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Rabbi George Gittleman

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.

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Executive Director Katie Evenbeck

Katie 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'nei Mitzvah Coordinator Erica Wisner

Erica Wisner serves as Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Shomrei Torah. In addition to leading services, Erica directs the CST choir and tutors B'nei Mitzvah students. She loves to create musically themed Shabbatot. 

Erica, a Sacramento native who lived in New York City for a decade while pursuing a career in musical theater, is a professional musician with a master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

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.  After considering Cantorial school in 2006, but determining the timing wasn’t right, Erica feels blessed that life has come full circle with this position at CST. 

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.

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Click here to Listen to samples of Erica's music

Youth Coordinator Morgan Folger

Morgan is our Youth Coordinator, running 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. 

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Click here to see Morgan's Sermons

Religious School Director Brandon Binder

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. 

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