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Congregation Shomrei Torah

Leadership & Staff

 
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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 a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program and Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certificate Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi George is married to Laura, an artist and Nurse Executive for Kaiser, and they are blessed with twin adult children, Levi & Sophia.

Rabbi George's Sermons

Rabbi George's Blog

Rabbi George's Published Works

 

OFFICE STAFF

 
Katie Evenbeck
Executive Director
Erica Wisner
Cantorial Soloist & B'Mitzvah Coordinator
Julie Hash
Office & Communications Manager
Lara Brown
Director of Education & Youth Engagement
Pieter Palmer
Facility & Operations Manager
Angelica Steinman
Administrator
Austin Piehoff
Facility Attendant
Diane Larkin
Event Liaison
Michael Sandoval
Custodian
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Executive Director 

Katie Evenbeck (she/her) comes to CST with a wealth of management, budgeting and fundraising experience. 

For more than 17 years, Katie 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, MS in Sociology, and an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. 

When not working or in school, Katie enjoys spending time with Lucie, her fourteen-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!

Cantorial Soloist & B'Mitzvah Coordinator 

Erica Wisner (she/her) is honored to serve as Cantorial Soloist, B'Mitzvah coordinator, tutor, and choir director at Congregation Shomrei Torah. 

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 is in her third year of cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California and also serves on the board of the Guild of Temple Musicians, an affiliate organization of the American Conference of Cantors. 

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. They have two great kids and two dogs. Listen to Erica's Music.

Communications & Office Manager

Julie Hash (she/her) 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 bachelor of science degree in pre-veterinary medicine from UC Davis. Prior to joining CST, Julie worked in retail management and ran Ebay and Etsy business. 

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

Director of Education and Youth Engagement

Lara Brown (she/her/ella) began her work with children in 2006 as an in-home daycare assistant. After receiving her AA in Music from Cuesta College and B.S. in Child Development with a minor in Psychology in 2013, she worked in various roles such as Lead Preschool Teacher at Acorn Learning Center, Music Educator at Art and Soul, and Therapeutic Behavioral Services Coach with Seneca Family of Agencies. In 2016, Lara began her work in Jewish Education as Assistant Director and later Co-Director at Beth Ami Community Nursery School. In May of 2021, she accepted the role of Area Director at North Bay Children's Center supervising six preschools and one elementary aftercare program across two counties. Now, she is thrilled to be back in the world of Jewish Education as the Director of Education and Youth Engagement with Congregation Shomrei Torah.

In her spare time, Lara is a member of the local Reggae/Rock group Sonomacana, and can be found performing original compositions and covers on most weekends. She enjoys playing the flute, ukulele, and singing with her bandmates. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Sampson, roaming around in nature with her partner Kyle, watching Star Trek, and playing video games on her VR headset.

Facility & Operations Manager

Pieter Palmer (he/him) joined Shomrei Torah as Administrator, but he also supports the facility and technology operations at CST.

Pieter holds degrees in philosophy and music from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Shomrei Torah, he was working as a sales manager in the fitness industry. You can find him at the gym, on the tennis court, or in the music studio.

Pieter's hobbies include hiking, tennis, music production, cooking (and eating), listening to philosophy lectures, and taking in a good novel.

Administrator

Angelica Steinman (she/her/ella) is not only is she part of the office team, but is also a member of the congregation. She brings over 20 years of experience in customer service, administrative, and accounts payable roles.

Angelica has her associate degree in Dance from SRJC, and she’s performed with local dance companies in Sonoma County since the early 2000’s. Over the years she has worked for local organizations such as: Community Market, Oliver’s and recently LandPaths. She also spent a year exploring a career as a Flight Attendant and traveling to new places.

Angelica enjoys spending time with her family, time in nature, making home cooked meals and dancing around the house with her toddler.  

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
 

COMMITTEES & GROUPS

 

Committee Chairs

CARING COMMITTEE
Fran Danoff
 
CULTURAL COMMITTEE
Beverly McChesney
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Eli Weinzveg
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE
Reuben Weinzveg
 
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Sharon Bauman
 
JEWISH MEDITATION PLANNING COMMITTEE
Alissa Hirshfeld
 
LEGACY CIRCLE COMMITTEE
Marsha Jacobs
LIFELONG LEARNING COMMITTEE
Carolyn Carregui
 
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Larry Lapides, Sandy Sidorsky
 
ONEG COMMITTEE
Susan Roth
 
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Dave Fichera
 
RELIGIOUS PRACTICES COMMITTEE
Judith Richlin-Klonsky
 
SECURITY COMMITTEE
Arnold Rosenfield
 
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Alissa Hirshfeld

Group Leaders

CHAVURAH
Jan Schwartz
 
CHOIR
Erica Wisner
 
ELISHA'S PANTRY
Suzanne Abrams
 
GREETING CARDS
Lee Spitzer
 
LITERARY CIRCLE
Sandy Sidorsky
 
LIBRARY
Stan Roodman
 
TORAH ORGANIZERS
Fran Danoff
 
WOMEN’S INTEREST GROUPS
Ronnie Campagna
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