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Rabbi George Gittleman joined Shomrei Torah as our first full time rabbi in 1996.

In 1991 he embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Masters in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996.

Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Email Rabbi George  |  Rabbi George's Sermons  |  Rabbi George's Blog

 

Executive Director 

Katie Evenbeck comes to CST with a wealth of management, budgeting and fundraising experience. 

For more than 17 years, Katie has served as the Executive Director of St. Dorothy’s Rest, an Episcopal camp and retreat center located in West County. Katie has also served as the Community Services Director in the Indiana prison system; ran YMCA Camp Roger in Salt Lake City, UT; and is an AmeriCorps Alum.

Katie has a BA in Economics & Sociology and an MS in Sociology. She will be graduating from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May with an M.Div. Her current program includes two years of experience working in a congregational setting.

When not working or in school, Katie enjoys spending time with Lucie, her twelve-year-old, Ike, her partner, and Rosie, her Lab Corgi. She is an avid documentary film fan, softball mom, Zumba instructor, and creator of pediokies, an experience of getting a pedicure while singing Karaoke!

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Cantorial Soloist & B'Mitzvah Coordinator 

Erica Wisner serves as Cantorial Soloist, B'nei Mitzvah coordinator, tutor, and choir director at Congregation Shomrei Torah. She loves to create musically themed Shabbatot. 

As a young child, Erica grew up going to services and fell in love with Jewish musical liturgy when her parents started a synagogue in Sacramento County. Erica has recently begun cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. 

Erica holds a master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. 

Erica and her husband, Chris, moved to Santa Rosa in 2008, after marrying here in 2007.  They are the proud parents of Noah and Lael.

Email Erica Wisner  |  Erica's music

 

Youth Coordinator

Morgan Folger runs our youth programming for congregants grades pre-K to 12th. Growing up in Sacramento, she was incredibly involved in her synagogue, B'nai Israel, where she helped lead music and services during the religious school, was a madricha, and volunteered in the Cantor's office. After graduation, she attended UCSB, where she majored in English and Religious Studies and graduated a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies. In her Torah study and sermon writing she enjoys combining her Biblical Hebrew and Judaic studies with the literary critique and analysis she learned in undergrad. She plans on one day going to Rabbinical school to become a Rabbi. She is  excited and thankful to have an opportunity to work at Shomrei Torah and to work with and learn from Rabbi Stephanie and Rabbi George. 

Email Morgan  |  Morgan's Sermons

 

Religious School Director

Brandon Binder is our interim STaRS Director for the 2021-2022 school year. Brandon oversees the religious school program on Sundays and Wednesdays. Prior to this role, Brandon was our youth group director, URJ Service Corps Fellow, music teacher, and KIDdish teacher. Brandon spent many summers on the leadership team at URJ Camp Newman and plans to bring camp ruach to STaRS. 

Outside of CST, Brandon is a public school music teacher. Brandon received his bachelor's degree and teaching credential from Sonoma State University and recently earned his master's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Brandon met his wife, Lauren, at CST while volunteering at the kid's camp after the fires. They live in Santa Rosa with their puppies, Hank and Bocelli. 

Email Brandon Binder  |  STaRS Religious School

 

Temple Liaison

Denise joined Shomrei Torah in 2001 as the first full-time office receptionist/administrative assistant. Denise's family joined the temple in 1975 as the 14th member family.

Denise was the first Sisterhood President, spent some time on the Board of Directors, and taught Kindergarten at Shomrei Torah for 9 years. Currently she is back at the reception desk ready to meet and greet you and answer any questions that you may have.

As Temple Liaison, Denise attends all services and events, gets to know our new members and helps them to connect. When not at work, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband of 38 1/2 years, Ken, her two daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Denise also enjoys music and crossword puzzles.

 

Facility Coordinator

Seraphima Chisler joined the Shomrei Torah team in 2018.  Seraphima oversees the building, the calendars (Rabbi George's and the Website's), manages the bills and runs events that happen on campus.

Prior to joining CST, Seraphima has worked many jobs including Modeling (a million years ago), Front Desk person at Safari West, Yard Supervisor at K9 Activity Club and lots of retail. Seraphima is also a certified Bridal Consultant, a published poet and raised 1 beautiful daughter, Zoe, with her husband, Daniel. 

Seraphima also enjoys dancing, skating, being with friends, drawing and painting, and planning parties.

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Office Administrator

Julie Hash joined the Shomrei Torah team in 2015.  Julie oversees membership pledges and billing, as well as publicity for programs and events in The VIEW, the CST Connect and the CST Website.

Julie has a BS in pre-veterinary medicine from UC Davis. Prior to joining CST, Julie worked in retail management, raised 2 lovely children and ran an Ebay and Etsy business. 

Julie's favorite people (outside of work!) are her husband Garin, daughters Naomi and Alyssa, and her two silly cats. Julie also very much enjoys plants, gardening, gaming and crocheting.

Email Julie Hash

Sun, January 16 2022 14 Sh'vat 5782