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Our Leadership

2016-2017 Executive Board

Sean Bendick


Jonathan Rowe

Vice President

Geoff Hausmann

VP of Building & Grounds

John Murphy

VP of Fund Raising

Jo-el Fernandez

VP of Religious Practices

Chris Rock


Tom Smith

Financial Secretary

Deborah Linder

Recording Secretary

Elsa Freedman

Corresponding Secretary

Gail Weber

Immediate Past President


3 Year Trustees

Mike Roseman

Barbara Luftglass-Morea

Sue Fornara

Ellen Gottfried


2 Year Trustees

Regina Magnus-Aryitey

Caren Linden

Rachel O'Brian

Armi Rowe


1 Year Trustees

Brian Alpert

Sam Winograd

Scott Wolfe

Scott Zettler


Committee Chairs

Barbara Senges


Gary Freeman
Marty Zeldis

Social Action

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Marc Ekstrand


About Our Rabbi

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand joined the Temple Emanu-El community in July 2016. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also spent many years living in the Greater Cincinnati area. Rabbi Ekstrand came to the rabbinate by way of his first career as an engineer in the steel industry. He was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2016. Rabbi Ekstrand served student pulpits in Parkersburg and Bluefield, West Virginia and Portsmouth, Ohio during his time at HUC-JIR. Rabbi Ekstrand enjoys studying Hebrew poetry, modern Israeli history, Jewish mysticism, and liturgy. Rabbi Marc comes to the area with his partner Polly Berg, and their twins Nava and Ilan. You will also see his boys Michael and Aaron from time to time.


עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט
וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד
וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת

Do Justice, Love Goodness,
Walk Humbly with your God

Rabbi Ekstrand can be contacted by e-mail.

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Sherry Barnes

Cantorial Soloist

About Our
Cantorial Soloist

Sherry Barnes joined Temple Emanu-El in 1987. In May of 1989 she became an adult bat mitzvah and began teaching in the Religious School that fall. In 2001 Sherry became Temple Emanu-El's first full-time Cantorial Soloist. She enjoys teaching adult Hebrew classes, B'nai Mitzvah students, as well as congregants interested in chanting Torah. She has the pleasure of leading the Temple Emanu-El Choir.

Sherry can be reached by e-mail.