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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.

Board Of Trustees

Neil Culbertson


Neil Culbertson is a native of Chicago, IL, and has been a member of Temple Sinai since coming to Denver in the mid 1990’s. All three of Neil and Sandy’s children – Aaron, Rebecca and Ariel became Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Sinai. He served on the Board of Trustees for more than 12 years, including the Executive Committee, and as Temple President from 2010 to 2013. He returned to the Board in 2018.

David Eisner


 

 

 


 

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.

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.

 

 Jeff Lavenhar

One of the great blessings of my life has been my almost 30-year involvement in Temple Sinai.  Through their attentive personal involvement our talented and dedicated clergy and staff have influenced positive experiences in my children’s lives from preschool through B’Nai Mitzvah, softened the loss of my parents, and contributed to many simchas including the naming of my grandson and marriage to my beloved wife Anna.  Through experiences such as choir participation, committee involvement, a trip to Israel with our Rabbis and many other, my family’s association with Temple has contributed greatly to our lives and provided an immense measure of joy, spirituality and friendship..  

Taking a hiatus from my career in the transactional side of the energy business, I worked as founder and director of an adoption agency together with my former spouse Laurie.  We were blessed to participate in the adoption of almost 400 children – the most meaningful work that I have done.  Our agency benefited greatly from the guidance and support of two longtime Temple Sinai members who occupied seats on our Board.

Temple Sinai has enriched and benefited my life more than I ever anticipated.  I hope to give back through my involvement on the Board of Trustees and otherwise.  I am a strong advocate of the Strategic Plan and our Listening Campaign, and urge our membership to deepen your involvement in Temple and to freely and regularly communicate your thoughts and opinions to your Board. 



 Barbara Emery Mendel
 

 

Larry Polman
 

I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Growing up in Newington, CT, I went to Temple Sinai there (I must like the name) and was very active in the Jewish community.  I moved to Denver in 1995 with my wife Barb and my two boys, and have been a member since fo 23 years.  Over the years I have contributed through Minyan on Saturday mornings and ushering for over 10 years.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue to add value, playing a larger part in the Sinai community, and helping toward the success of our future!​​​​
 



 Jessica Strouse
 

 

A fourth generation Colorado native and Temple Sinai member for 33 years, Jess is an avid skier, cyclist, and hiker! As such, she hasn’t drifted far from home, having received her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver and her M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professionally, Jess works in brand management at Danone North America, where she manages the International Delight coffee creamer brand. Women’s rights, empowerment, and community are all passion points for Jess.

In addition to her board service at Temple Sinai, Jess serves on the board for the Denver chapter of Young Women's Leadership Network, a subgroup of Jewish Women International. Additionally, she serves as co-president of Danone’s women’s resource group, LIFT (Leading and Inspiring Female Talent), and is also active in the consumer goods industry group NEW (Network of Executive Women) along with the M.B.A. alumni group at CU - Go Buffs! Jess credits her time as a cohort member and now alumni council member of Roots & Branches through the Rose Community Foundation with reinvigorating her adult Jewish journey. Fun fact: Jess has a life goal to collect more stamps in each progressive passport – she’s currently at 25 countries and counting!

 

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.

 

 


Josh Thorner,


TSYG President

 

 

I am Josh Thorner and am currently serving as TSYG’s next president. I am a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School and have a passion for socializing with others, making new friends, and allowing for everyone to have fun experiences. I am super excited for next year and am honored to have this amazing opportunity.

Executive Committee



Bob Steine,
President

 

 

Vicki Goldman,
 

Vice President





 



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.

 



Fred Leviton,
Vice President

 

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.



Stephen Weinstein,
Vice President

 

 

 


Larry Jacobson,


Past President

 


I am truly honored to have been 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. 

 

 

 

 


Bruce Tully,
 

Secretary


 


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.


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.

 

     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  

Tue, November 19 2019 21 Cheshvan 5780