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Lay Leadership

President Marc Friedman
 

Member of Temple Sinai since 2011 and a Trustee since 2014.  He served on the President's Executive Council as First Vice President, Finance. Leadership Team President, Ritual.  He also serves on the Development Task Force, the Inclusion and Men's Retreat Committees. Marc is an active member of Brotherhood, a regular at Friday night services and enjoys studying in the Mussar Program.
 
Professionally, Marc is the Chief Revenue Officer at buildOn, a global not for profit organization based in Stamford, CT.  Founded in 1991, buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

president@templesinaistamford.org

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Leadership Team

 

Alan Cohen – First Vice President Avodah (Ritual)

Wife – Roberta. Sinai member since 2002.  Two children, son Andrew attends Sinai Religious School, daughter Claire is a member of the 2012 Confirmation class.  Member of Religious School Committee.

Attorney/Johnson Controls

Email address: avodah@templesinaistamford.org



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Alan Barr – Vice President, Administration

Wife - Janet. Temple Sinai member since 1998. Three children, Brian, Noah and Maggie. Temple Sinai Membership Committee (1998). Temple Sinai Trustee (1999). Class Parent (1998-2007). Temple Sinai Nominating Committee - 2006, 2008-2009. Temple Religious School Committee (2008). Temple Camp Scholarship Committee (2009). Temple Sinai Vice President, Torah (2010-2013). Temple Sinai Vice President, Ritual (2013-2014). Jewish Family Service Board of Trustees (2014-2017).

Email address: admin@templesinaistamford.org

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Wendy Lewis - Vice President, Torah

Wendy and her husband, David, have been members of Temple Sinai since 1999.  They have two children, Alexandra and Matthew who both became B’nai Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple Sinai.  She served as chairperson of the Religious School Committee and the 2014 Temple Sinai Annual Gala Committee.  She is also a member of the Women’s Retreat Committee and has been Team Captain of Schleppers for Mitzvah Day for the past few years. Wendy has been a Trustee on the temple board since 2013.

Wendy is Manager of Contracts Administration at Freepoint Commodities LLC

Email address: torah@templesinaistamford.org

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Amanda Sherman – Vice President, Finance

Amanda and her husband, Anthony Stark, have been members of Temple Sinai since 2004 and they have two boys who currently attend Temple Sinai religious school (3rd & 7th Grades).  Amidah Leadership Initiative participant (2016-17), Team Captain of Sandwich Making – Mitzvah Day, attends Women’s Retreat.

Email Address: finance@templesinaistamford.org

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Lisa Silver - Vice President Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Husband – Grant Silver. Temple Sinai member since September 2015. Two children, Jacob (age 8) who attends Religious School and Lily (age 4) who will attend Religious School in the Fall. Amidah Leadership Initiative participant, Caring Committee Chair, participates in Temple Sinai monthly meals for Inspirica.

Communications Consultant lmsilver@gmail.com


Email address:  tikkunolam@templesinaistamford.org

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Steve Zales - Vice President, Kehillah (Membership)

Steve and his wife, Cathy, have been members of Temple Sinai since August 1997.

Steve has held two previous terms as a member of the Board. One previous term as a Vice President, Torah. Former Co-Chair of Religious School Committee. Current Co-Chair of Community Education Committee. Founding and current Co-Chair of Amidah Leadership Initiative. Former public relations/marketing executive.

Email address: kehillah@templesinaistamford.org

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Gloria Skigen - Immediate Past President

Gloria, her husband, Randy, daughter Natalie (20) and son Dan (15) have been members of Temple Sinai since 1997.  Gloria has served in several leadership positions at the Temple, including President (2015-present); VP Finance (2012-15); VP Avodah (2010-12); VP Kehillah (2006-2008); Sisterhood President (2003-04); Rabbinic Search Committee (2011); Religious School Committee (2009-10); Community Education Committee (2004-05); and ECE (2001).  Both Natalie and Dan have grown up through Temple Sinai’s religious school, attended URJ’s Camp Eisner, the Sara Walker Nursery School and JCC Kinderplace.  Dan serves as a Madrich and was confirmed in 2016. Randy is President of the Stamford Board of Representatives, serves on the current Religious School Committee and is a member of Brotherhood.

Email address: pastpresident@templesinaistamford.org

 

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Program Leadership

 

Director of Education Amy Ritell

Amy is a long-time Jewish Educator and mother of two, who loves to cook and enjoys music of all genres. She is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport where she received a B.S. in Advertising and Mass Communications and a minor in Art.  She has also received certification from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Teacher Development Institute. She and her husband Jeff reside in Ridgefield, CT where Amy has been the Education Director at Temple Shearith Israel of Ridgefield for 14 years, developing creative family and special education programs. In addition to her duties as Director, she has taught religious school in both Ridgefield and Mount Kisco for 20 years. Working in the Jewish community runs in her blood, having grown up attending a Hebrew school where her mother served as educational director for 36 years.

 You can email Amy at: educator@templesinaistamford.org

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Music Directors

Co-Coordinators of Ruach

Paul Storfer 


Paul has worked in the field of Jewish music for nearly 25 years. For many years, Paul worked as a lead musician (guitar and percussionist), singer, and back-up conductor to his late wife Kathy for the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY.

For six years, Paul led the music program for Seeds of Peace (www.SeedsOfPeace.org), a non-profit organization that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict, where he organized the music program to provide a common language to Seeds with different languages and backgrounds.  In cooperation with Seeds of Peace, he also produced two concerts and a CD.

Together with Kathy, Paul has sung and performed with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, one of Pete Seeger's singing groups, helping to bring awareness to the environment and the Hudson River. The group was recently featured in "Peter Yarrow's Sing-Along Special" which aired on PBS.

Paul is also deeply involved in interfaith work and annually takes part in sharing the leadership of a large, inter-denominational choir during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebrations at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, NY. He is a founding member of northern Westchester's Unity Made Visible (www.UnityMadeVisible.org), a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative. Its goal is to provide education and opportunities for fellowship between members of all faiths within the community. He regularly serves as an Interfaith Service Music leader at the Presbyterian Church at Croton Falls.  Most recently, Paul was awarded the Rufus P. Strother Community Service Award, which was presented to him as an individual who makes significant contributions to the community and emulates the ideals of compassion and service, as exemplified by Antioch’s former Pastor of 38 years, after whom the award is named.

 

Barbara Orwick

 

Barbara Orwick earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattanville College in 1983 and has been making music in Westchester and Fairfield Counties ever since. As a piano accompanist, she has worked throughout the area for various schools, churches, community choirs, singers, instrumentalists and theater organizations.

Barbara accompanied the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, NY, for almost 25 years. She played for all choir rehearsals and services during which the choir performed, and did some arranging for the group. As a result of a recent merger, she now plays for Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield, for the High Holy Days and occasional b’nai mitzvot and other musical services.

Other long term associations include 20+ years of musical direction and accompanying for the Play Group Theatre, a children's theater organization based in White Plains. During her tenure with this group Barbara has been part of over 50 shows, including several for which she composed the music. She is currently keyboard player and vocalist for a classic rock band known as SR2 (formerly Shake, Rabbis and Roll). And she accompanies a group called Poperatic, a non-profit group of singers who perform at area nursing homes and other functions.

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Director of Congregational Engagement
Larry Stoogenke

 

Larry was born and raised in Stamford.  After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations and Mediation, he lived in Washington DC, Colorado and New York City.  In 1998, he moved back to Stamford, where he managed a staffing agency for 13 years.  When his son Harrison was born in 2010 with health issues, Larry left his job to care for him.  In 2015, he began substitute teaching at Harrison’s school.Larry has been a member of Temple Sinai since 2015.  He is a member of the board, chaired the LGBT inclusion committee, is a member of both the religious school committee and the membership committee, and served as an usher at High Holiday services. 

Larry’s time caring for Harrison at home has heightened his understanding of the importance of relationships. That insight combined with his skills in connecting employees and employers during his experience as a recruiter, makes him a natural fit to create “sacred community” at Temple Sinai.

Larry lives in Stamford with his wife Susie and their son Harrison

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Youth Director - Erica Quamily
 

Erica Quamily grew up as a member of Monroe Temple Beth-El of Liberal Judaism located in Monroe, NY. As a member of the congregation, she and her family were involved with the youth group as well as social action programming. While in college and graduate school Erica stayed active in the NFTY community by staffing local and regional events and is passionate about Jewish education. Erica works full-time as the Program Manager for Innovation and Learning with the Union for Reform Judaism. There she coordinates professional development opportunities for Youth Professionals across the United States.  Erica holds a Master’s Degree from CUNY’s Hunter College School of Social Work with a specialization in Community Organizing. 

You can email Erica at: youthdirector@templesinaistamford.org

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Office Administration

Secretary Jayne Vasco
 

Jayne has been working at Temple Sinai for over 15 years as an Administrator. She previously worked at Playtex Products for 14 years. At Playtex she held several positions, beginning as an Executive Secretary in the Legal Department with her last position being a Sales Development Assistant in the Sales Department. She will be celebrating 30 years of marriage to her husband, Gerard. They have 2 children, a son, Gerard, who graduated from Fairfield University in 2012 and is currently working at TracyLocke in Wilton and a daughter, Jillian who will be a Senior at Roanoke College in Virginia.  She lives in New Canaan with her family and two dogs (Max & Ozzy).

 

You can email Jayne at: jayne@templesinaistamford.org 

Assistant Shelly Welfeld
 

Rochelle L. ("Shelly") Welfeld is the Temple Administrator for Temple Sinai, a position she has filled since 2004. She brings with her a wealth of experience having previously managed several offices in Westport, CT. Just prior to joining the staff at Sinai, she had been a Sunday/Preschool teacher for 10 years at Temple Shalom in Norwalk. Over the past 25 years Shelly has volunteered at both the Norwalk Seaport Association's Oyster Festival and the SoNo Arts Celebration. Shelly has two children; Dylan - Bar Mitzvahed at Temple Shalom, and a graduate of Syracuse University, Dylan is currently working in Washington D.C.; Kayla (Bat Mitzvahed at Temple Sinai and was involved with both Kulanu and SoSTY); Kayla made Aliyah in December 2014 and joined the IDF.

 

You can email Shelly at shelly@templesinaistamford.org

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Tue, January 15 2019 9 Sh'vat 5779