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About Our Rabbi

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

Marc Ekstrand

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand joined the Temple Emanu-El community in July 2016. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also spent many years living in the Greater Cincinnati area. Rabbi Ekstrand came to the rabbinate by way of his first career as an engineer in the steel industry. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2016. Rabbi Ekstrand served student pulpits in Parkersburg and Bluefield, West Virginia and Portsmouth, Ohio during his time at HUC-JIR. Rabbi Ekstrand enjoys studying Hebrew poetry, modern Israeli history, Jewish mysticism, and liturgy. Rabbi Marc comes to the area with his partner Polly Berg, and their twins Nava and Ilan. You will also see his boys Michael and Aaron from time to time.


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About Our Cantorial Soloist

Cantorial Soloist Sherry Barnes

Sherry Barnes
Cantorial Soloist

Sherry Barnes joined Temple Emanu-El in 1987. In May of 1989 she became an adult bat mitzvah and began teaching in the Religious School that fall. In 2001 Sherry became Temple Emanu-El’s first full-time Cantorial Soloist. She enjoys teaching adult Hebrew classes, B’nai Mitzvah students, as well as congregants interested in chanting Torah. She has the pleasure of leading the Temple Emanu-El Choir.

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2018 - 2019 Executive Board

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Sean Bendick
1st Vice President Scott Zettler
VP of Buildings and Grounds Geoff Hausmann
VP of Religious Practices Jo Michaelson
Treasurer Christopher Rock
Financial Secretary Thomas Smith
Recording Secretary Elyse Hicks
Corresponding Secretary Deborah Linder
Past President Gail Weber

3 Year Trustees

Paul Kanfer

Steve Panikoff
Andy ParadRussell Sheikowitz

2 Year Trustees

Stanley BloustineAbe Fisher
Erica McCaffreyAmy Perry

1 Year Trustees

Susan FornaraBarbara Luftglass-Morea
Jo-el FernandezMarcia Reinhard

Committee Chairs

MembershipErica McCaffery
Allison Glickman
Social ActionMarty Zeldis
CommunicationSusan Fornara
Religious School CommitteeCaryn Novick
Sisterhood PresidentsMerrill Mazzella
Janine Sitko
Brotherhood PresidentJonathan Rowe

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