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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.

Executive Committee

 

Dave has been a member of Temple Sinai for 35 years. Both of his children became Bar Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple. Dave has served on the Board of Trustees for the past three years, as a trustee for two years and on the Executive Committee for one year. He also previously served on the Denver JCC board for 10 years. Dave is the Executive Director of a non-profit agency that serves adolescents with severe mental health and behavioral issues for over 40 years.      


Bob grew up in Aurora, is married, and has three beautiful children. 

Bob is a graduate of Colorado State University, Gonzaga University, School of Law, and is currently a candidate for his Master’s in Management at the University of Colorado.

Bob has practiced law for over 25 years in criminal defense, divorce, bankruptcy, civil litigation, international and immigration matters, real estate, business law, personal injury and estate planning.

In addition to practicing law, Bob is an instructor at the Community College of Aurora Police Academy teaching constitutional law and is a Koga Instructor (Police martial arts).  In 2020, Bob retired from the Monument Police Department after serving on SWAT and other special assignments. 

Bob has a long history of volunteerism. He served as the President of the Aurora Bar Association, as the Chair of the Aurora Citizens’ Advisory Budget Committee, a Member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Aurora, was the Chair of the Spirit of Aurora, served on the Aurora Chamber Foundation, and was the Vice Chair of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was appointed to the City of Aurora’s Blue Ribbon Panel by Mayor Ed Tauer.  Bob was also a candidate for office in Aurora, and has worked on, and managed, various political campaigns in Colorado and Washington State.

For fun, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, practices and teaches martial arts, and enjoys history and travel.


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.


Fred is President and CEO of Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) and has worked for the organization since 1976. His primary responsibility is setting the proper strategic direction for the organization and creating an environment and culture to further the national organization’s efforts to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.

He has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate studies. He has served on several nonprofit boards, most recently as President of the Foundation of a senior housing organization in Denver, where DLN is headquartered.


Steve Weinstein is a native of Denver and is an attorney with Spencer Fane LLC. He specializes in tax law, as well as employee benefit, corporate and real estate matters. Steve and his family have been members of Temple Sinai for over 40 years and his children were part of Temple Sinai from preschool through confirmation. He served for many years on the Board of Trustees and was president from 1997-2000, and was pleased to be asked to re-join the Board of Trustees in 2019. 

Steve has been fortunate to serve as a board member, and has held various leadership positions, in such organizations as American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family Service and Dental Lifeline Network. He also enjoyed being part of the Denver Ballpark Development Committee and the Lower Downtown District, Inc.


Stephanie Podolak has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 1991. She is currently the Coordinator of the Organized Crime Strike Force Group and is responsible for leading a multi-agency task force focused on prosecuting complex, international drug trafficking organizations. 

 Stephanie obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie is the mother of two children, Billy, age 27, an audio technology engineer and associate product manager at iZotope Inc., and Katherine, age 23, who is completing her second year as a Hillel International Springboard Fellow for the Hillel at the University of Illinois. Stephanie and her husband Michael have been married for 33 years and Michael is an Interventional Radiologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Michael and Stephanie are proud members of Temple Sinai's Saturday morning "Minyan Mishpocheh." Stephanie's focus on the board is personnel and the Caring Committee.


It has been a joy and privilege for Vicki to be a member of Temple Sinai her entire life. As a child, Vicki attended religious school and services at the First Plymouth Church in front of the cross that we said was a “T” for Temple. When she became a teenager, she had the honor of serving as president of Temple Youth Group. Like many long-time congregants, Vicki 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 she and her husband, David, 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. Vicki and David’s children, Corey and Marissa, have also had the privilege to grow up at Temple Sinai, and become B’nei Mitzvah and confirmands. As you can see, Temple Sinai and Vicki have moved through life together.

Vicki’s experiences have made volunteering at Temple Sinai a natural and important part of her life. When her kids were in religious school, she was involved in the classrooms and made latkas and hamentashen. Vicki and her family volunteered in the kitchen for the Purim carnival for a number of years. She sat on the religious school committee and worked on the Chanukah dinners. In addition to serving on the board, Vicki is a member of the finance committee.

Temple Sinai, the community, clergy and staff have given so much to Vicki throughout my life, and her hope is that she can help to ensure that Temple Sinai is there for many years to come.


13 years ago, Kathy and her husband found a Jewish "family" home at Temple Sinai. They were blessed to be one of Rabbi Zwerin's last weddings. Kathy has had the honor of being called to the bimah for her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. She and her husband have served as Purim carnival co-chairs. She also served on the Sisterhood Executive Board from 2007-2008. They celebrated the births of their 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 her children's time in preschool and religious school, Kathy 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 she has 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, Kathy feels like she would be working towards completing the "work" of the congregation. L'dor vador is how we continue to build and grow our community. This tenet of Judaism is one that she holds fast to and the one she would like to bring to the Temple Sinai board. Kathy wants to continue to build upon the connections and relationships that she and her family have with one another and extend them to the larger congregation.

Board Of Trustees

Dr. Erwin

Gelfand

Dr. Erwin Gelfand, a native of Montreal, Canada, is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health for 30 years (1987-2017). His career as a Physician and Scientist focused on immune system disorders and bone marrow transplantation. He is married to Adele Gelfand, a former Sinai Board member. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.


Rebecca Hea

Rebecca Hea (Wolf) and her family have been a part of Temple Sinai since its founding in 1967. Rebecca attended religious school at Temple Sinai and her daughter and son were both B'nai Mitzvah here. Rebecca is the Executive Director of Denver Children’s Home, one of the major mental health providers for children in the state of Colorado. She is responsible for all clinical, financial, and operational aspects for the over $6,000,000 agency.


Lauren


Kimball

An east coast native, Lauren Kimball moved to Denver almost a decade ago. Her love of adventure and exploration is what encouraged her to move out west. Lauren holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland as well as academic certifications from institutions In NY/NJ and abroad. 

Professionally, she has been in the financial services industry producing Corporate Events and Conferences for nearly twenty years. She’s a strategic leader and a champion of culture. 

Lauren joined Temple Sinai a few years after moving here, as she integrated her family into Sinai’s programming. Lauren has three children - Spencer (14), Alexa (12) and Dani (4). She joined the Board at Temple Sinai to fulfill her passion for serving a greater purpose within the Jewish community, helping others and soulfully connecting with others to make a greater impact where possible. Along with her husband and children, Lauren enjoys the Colorado mountains all year long!


Dave

Solomon

Dave Solomon was born and raised in El Paso, TX and attended Temple Mt. Sinai there in El Paso. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 and was a fighter pilot in the USAF, mainly flying the F-16 for a number of years. Dave is currently a pilot with United Airlines, flying the 777. Dave is single with no kids and his hobbies include working out, golf, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Terri Tillis

Terri’s first 'event' at Temple Sinai was for her daughter’s baby naming, and that was nearly 4 decades ago! Both Terri and her current husband, Stacy Pocrass, were Temple Sinai members before we even knew each other--so they both have a long history of membership.

 Their 'Temple Sinai life' is important to them and they value the spirituality, camaraderie and growth that they have experienced through our association with Temple throughout each part of their life cycle.

 Terri and Stacy have chaired the spring channel 9Health Fair and participate in an active Chavurah which has enriched their lives. Terri appreciates the opportunity to 'give back' by serving on the board and hopes to help Temple Sinai flourish moving forward.

Terri is a dental hygienist and a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she teaches Communication and Behavior Change Facilitation skills to dental and medical students. Terri and Stacy have recently moved to Parker and are loving the wide-open spaces and wildlife that they are privileged to live among there.


Marshall

Tobin

Marshall is a compounding pharmacist, retired. He previously served on the Temple Sinai board and was President from 1994 to 1997. Marshall  was on both the national and regional boards of the URJ and served briefly as President of the Midwest region.


Lisa Meer

Weiss

Lisa Meer Weiss, a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), a Certified Valuation Analyst (“CVA”) emeritus, and a Colorado licensed real estate broker, is an accomplished business, financial, and strategic advisor to privately-held business owners and executives, individual and corporate investors, legal and financial advisors, boards of directors, and other key stakeholders.  

As Managing Member of LMW Consulting, LLC, Lisa focuses on serving family-owned businesses and family enterprises, helping them understand and navigate complex financial matters, family succession  and governance concerns, and wealth optimization and transfer.  As a trusted advisor, fiduciary, and business advisory board member, she brings to bear more than 30 years of experience with Crowe’s Denver office in providing business and transaction advisory, financial and valuation consulting, forensic accounting, risk management, financial planning, succession planning, and organizational development services.

     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  

Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782