Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai is made up of a cross section of the Congregation and is nominated to serve terms according to the by-laws.  Usually, the Board is comprised of approximately 20-25 members, and includes the auxiliaries of the Temple (Brotherhood, Sisterhood, and Temple Sinai Youth Group – TSYG).

Although its primary duty is one of a fiduciary nature, to oversee the financial operations of the Temple, it has far reaching responsibility to provide diversified programming through its multitude of committees.  Additionally, the Board of Trustees oversees the general governance of the Temple. In addition to the Board, the Executive Committee (not to be confused with an “Executive Board”) is comprised of the Officers of the Board – President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary.  Their duty is to review matters of general interest and concern to the Board, and then make recommendations.  The Executive Committee has no authority to make policy unilaterally, nor modify the approved budget.  Requests that fall outside the approved budget are reviewed by the Committee and, again, a recommendation is made to the Board. The Board may elect to accept or reject any recommendation based upon its merits.The Board of Trustees meets monthly, as does the Executive Committee.

Any member of the Congregation is welcome to attend a Board meeting.  Dates and times are posted in the monthly Kesher calendar, Snippets and on the Temple Sinai website.

Board Of Trustees

Amy Rittenberg

Thank you for the opportunity to serve again on the Board of Trustees.  I've enjoyed getting to know our Sinai kids and families through Youth Group committees, Religious School, Music Programs and more.  We are a native Denver family and appreciate the strength of community and faith we have felt at Sinai since joining in 2002.  I have been a realtor for over 20 years and enjoy helping clients through the process.  Along with my husband Doug and daughter Tess (14) and Bree (12), I look forward to meeting you.




 

 

Bruce Tully




Bruce Tully and his family have been members of Temple Sinai for over 15 years. Bruce’s two children have both grown up and attended Temple Sinai Religious school. His volunteer activity at Temple Sinai has included working on: Shabbat Shira’s, Annual Dinners, and Jews and Addiction program.  His primary focus on the board is on the communications to the Temple Sinai congregation.







Grace Bach




Grace Bach is a mother of two, Grandmother of 6 and great grandmother of 1. She has been a member of Temple Sinai for 49 years. Grace has her wonderful dog companion named Frannie. Grace is an antique dealer and interior designer and in her spare time she loves to entertain and cook.

Jeff Lavenhar

One of the great blessings of my life is my involvement of over 25 years with Temple Sinai.  The lives of my daughter, 26 and son, 30 were positively shaped as youngsters, from preschool and through b’nai mitzvah, by the extremely dedicated clergy and staff of our Temple.  The loss of my parents was softened through the attentive involvement of clergy, staff and Temple members.   My family’s association with Temple has contributed greatly to our lives and provided an immense measure of joy, spirituality and support.

I have been involved in the transactional side of the energy business throughout my career.  During this time I took 14 years as the founder and director of an adoption agency, together with my former wife Laurie.  Participating in the adoption of almost 400 children has been another blessing of my life, and I consider it to be the most important and meaningful work that I have done.  The agency benefited from the guidance and support of two Temple Sinai members who sat on our board.

Another blessing through Temple was my trip to Israel in 2015 led by Rabbis Rick and Susan Rheins.  This was one of the most stirring experiences of my life.  It is difficult to describe the incredible contributions made by our Rabbis, who constantly enhanced the meaning of our experience while expressing an infectious love for Israel.   

I enjoy participating in the Temple Sinai choir.  My involvement greatly enhances my worship experience, has created new connections, and is just plain fun!

I hope to give back to Temple through my involvement on the Board of Trustees.  I am an advocate of our Listening Campaign and urge our membership to deepen your involvement in Temple.  The results will be more than you could imagine, and will benefit and enrich your life.

 

 

 

Sandy Korn





Sandy and her husband, Mike, have raised their family here at TS for 25 years. Sandy is a lifelong learner and has decided that learning is her hobby. She recently took up Mahjongg. She doesn’t like to cook but enjoys her husband’s BBQ’s year around. Recently, she has traveled to Israel and Italy.

 

 

 

Barbara Lettes





I have lived in Denver with my family for 30 years. We've been Temple Sinai members for over 25 years. Both of my children, David and Jillian, we're b'nai mitzvahs at Temple. My husband, Mark, and I have traveled to Israel with the Rabbis and look forward to going again next spring. I am a retired special education and reading specialist . My many interests include hiking, tap dancing, reading, exercising, reading good historical fiction, traveling the world, and best of all, spending time with my grandchildren and family.

Dr. Gene Rosenthall

Gene was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He has been a memeber at Temple Siani since he was 6 years old.   He graduated from Cherry Creek High School and then received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from University of Arizona. He then went on to receive his doctorate in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City.  He pratices podiatry at Rose Medical Center.  Gene, his wife, and two daughters live in the Denver Tech Center. In his free time Gene enjoys spending time with his family, golf, skiing, and outdoor activities.






Jennifer Feingold 

 



Jennifer and her husband, Lane, have been members at Temple Sinai for 12 years where they have raised their daughter, Mira, and son, Ben, in both the preschool and now religious school.  Jennifer grew up in Los Angeles where she was raised with a strong sense of Jewish pride and identity.  While in Los Angeles, Jennifer was fortunate to serve alongside two generations of her family at their synagogue, Congregation Leo Baeck, where she served as the Youth Group representative along with her father and grandmother who were members of the Board.  Jennifer met Lane while teaching Hebrew school and religious in college at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in many ways their family life has always been enmeshed within the Jewish community.  Jennifer has loved the connections, community and strong friendships their family has made at Temple Sinai and appreciates the opportunity to serve on Temple Sinai’s Board of Trustees.  When she is not at Temple or running around with her kids, she practices as a family law attorney.

Kathy Zeiger

13 years ago my husband and I found a Jewish "family" home at Temple Sinai.  We were blessed to be one of Rabbi Zwerin's last weddings.  I have had the honor of being called to the bimah for my Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation.  My husband and I have served as Purim carnival co-chairs.  I also served on the Sisterhood Executive Board from 2007-2008.  We celebrated the births of our daughter, Eliana and son, Mateo, with their Simchat Bat and Brit Milah.  Eliana and Mateo are proud graduates from Temple Sinai Preschool and are active in Religious School as well.  During my children's time in preschool and religious school, I have volunteered on several committees such as the Mom's Group, the Shabbat Initiative, 1st grade Parent Liaison and as the Social Action Committee co-chair.  For the past year I have also worked with the Temple Sinai Preschool Building Jewish Early Childhood Education Team to increase enrollment, better engage Jewish families, and build stronger connections to the Jewish community.

As a board member, I feel like I would be working towards completing the "work" of the congregation.  L'dor va'dor is how we continue to build and grow our community.  This tenet of Judaism is one I hold fast to and the one I would like to bring to the Temple Sinai board.  I want to continue to build upon the connections and relationships we have with one another and extend them to the larger congregation.

 

Shirley Beer Powell,

Sisterhood President


 

 

 

 

Mark Meyer

 

Bob Steine

 

OPEN, Brotherhood President
 

Jesse Aseoff, TSYG President

 

Executive Committee

 

 


Larry Jacobson,

President

 


I am truly honored to be President of the Board of Trustees of our Temple.  I moved to Denver in 1991 and have been a member of our Temple since 1993; both of my daughters Chelsea (21) and Jamie (19) became Bat Mitzvahs at our Temple.  During my tenure serving in the leadership of our Temple, I was a member of the Building Committee which executed on our recent expansion and renovations as well as being involved in our Temple’s stewardship and oversight as a member of the Board of Trustees for almost 5 years and the Executive Committee for almost 4 years.  When not volunteering at our Temple, I am an attorney and a real estate developer, focusing on projects from Castle Rock to Longmont along the Front Range.  In that capacity, I am the Chair or a member of the Board of Directors of several Colorado Metropolitan Districts.  I am also an avid golfer, a passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan and have practiced yoga regularly for almost 4 years. 

 

 

Karen Kaplan,

Vice President



My husband Mike and I have lived in Colorado for almost 50 years and have 3 adult children and 1 grandson.  We have belonged to Temple Sinai for over 40 years.  My involvement with public education began with volunteering in classrooms and culminated with serving 4 terms on the Littleton Board of Education as well as on committees at the state level.  I earned a Ph.D. in Education and was a consultant.  My service on the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees, including the Executive Committee has been varied, but primarily focused on Preschool, Religious School, and Adult Education.  I believe education is our gift to the future.

 



Michelle Weinraub, Vice President


I'm happy to be returning to work with the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees.  Mitch and I have been active members since moving to Colorado in 1998 and have been involved with preschool, religious school, social action and fundraising.  Our daughters, Miriam (16) and Hannah Meg (14) are active members as well, and keep our family busy and happy.  We are a three-generation Sinai family with Grandparents, parents, kids participating on a weekly basis.  I'm a Pediatric Nurse Manager for Cherry Creek Schools, where I am privileged to work with 54,000 students and their families and the 70 nurses who care for them.

 

 

 

Frank Urman,

Treasurer




I've been congregant of Temple Sinai since 1985. During those 32 years as a congregant, I've had the privilege of serving on the Board on three separate occasions. My wife Evelinda and I have been married for 30 years and have 3 children. As an insurance broker for the last 39 years, I previously owned The Urman Company, a multi-line insurance agency with four offices and 50 employees.

 





Wendy Vean, 

Past President

 


I am a Denver native, loving mother of daughter, Stephanie (Avram), grandson Harrison and son Matthew (Mary).  A graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising and a BS in Social Work, my career experience was mainly in the Fashion industry as HR, a Buyer, Store Manager and Regional Promotions Manager for Estee Lauder, Inc.

I have been a member of Temple Sinai for 45 years and have volunteered on the Annual Event Committee, Finance Committee, Sinai Circle Committee, BOF Committee, Caring Committee, Executive Committee liaison, and HR Committee. I was also past Co-President of the Sisterhood, a BOT Trustee, the Executive Committee Secretary and Executive Vice President.  Most recently I was President of the Board of Trustees from 2015-2017.    I have also volunteered with Big Brothers/Sisters of Colorado, Colorado Symphony Guild, Chi Omega Alumni Association and am the ongoing annual chair of "In Water for a Cure" which benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

 

Lane Feingold,

Vice President





I am a proud Colorado Native who grew up in Aurora and attended Rodef Shalom throughout my childhood. Throughout college at CU-Boulder, I worked as a teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor at Congregation Har Hashem. While teaching 7th grade at Har Hashem, I met my soon-to-be wife Jennifer. I also enjoyed tutoring for Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sinai for a few years in the mid-2000s as well as co-led the Shevet Achim program that ran for a few years beginning in 2011. My family has been members at Temple Sinai since 2006.  I am honored to be on the Board of Trustees and to serve on the board because of my love for the Sinai community and my want to help move Temple Sinai into the future as the model of a successful synagogue evolves.While not spending time at Temple Sinai, I work at Motorola Solutions selling public safety systems and solutions to State and Local Government agencies in Colorado. I also enjoy playing handball, spending time with my wife and children, Mira (11) and Benjamin (9), as well as following Denver pro sports. 

 

 

Vicki Goldman,

Secretary




It has been a joy and privilege to be a member of Temple Sinai my entire life.   As a child I attended religious school and services at the First Plymouth Church in front of the cross that we said was a “T” for Temple.   When I became a teenager I had the honor of serving as president of Temple Youth Group.   Like many long time congregants, I attended High Holy Day services in the building on Dartmouth where we were able to see the sunlight streaming through the cracks in the walls.   When David and I were married by Rabbi Zwerin, the ceremony had to be held at the Hebrew Educational Alliance because the sanctuary on Glencoe was still under construction.  Our children Corey and Marissa have also had the privilege to grow up at Temple Sinai, and become Bnei Mitzvah and confirmands.  As you can see, Temple Sinai and I have moved through life together.

My experiences have made volunteering at Temple Sinai a natural and important part of my life.  When my kids were in religious school I was involved in the classrooms and made latkas and hamentashen.  My family and I volunteered in the kitchen for the Purim carnival for a number of years.  I sat on the religious school committee and worked on the Chanukah dinners. 

Most recently I worked with the building committee to obtain financing for the construction of our new learning center and chapel.   Over the past five years I have been involved in the Sinai Simchas and the annual events.   In addition to serving on the board, I am a member of the finance committee.

Temple Sinai, the community, clergy and staff have given so much to me though out my life, and my hope is that I can help to insure that Temple Sinai is there for many years to come.


 

     A Few of Temple Sinai's Past Presidents:
        
       Top left:  Mel Klein, Fred Leviton, Jerry Gotlieb, and        Marshall Tobin

Bottom left:  Matt Gordon, Harvey Stein, Barbara Emery Mendel, Rob Abramson, Larry Siegel  

Mon, December 11 2017 23 Kislev 5778