Rodef Sholom: A Reform Jewish Congregation in Marin County, California

Kol Yisrael arevim ba’zeh/All Jews are responsible for one another.
Congregation Rodef Sholom stands as one with Israel
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Michael Kamler - Executive Director
Melissa Armoza - Director of Development
Moji Javid - Director of Engagement
Meredith Parnell - Director of Communications
Lara Regev - Director of Jewish Living and Learning
Irene Resnikoff - Director of Education

Brandon Brown - Youth Director
Robin Foster - Religious School Office Manager
Sonja Gammon -  Office Manager and Assistant to Rabbi Stacy Friedman
Sofie Goldstein - Assistant to Cantor David Margules and Scheduling
Molly Hirschfeld - Assistant to Rabbi Michael Lezak and Social Media Coordinator

Deanna Sumski - B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director
Charles Weinstein - Accountant

Michael Kamler - Executive Director
Michael Kamler was born in San Francisco, a fourth generation native, and raised in San Rafael. Michael graduated from Stanford University. In 1981 he started working at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, and worked there for twenty years, the last nine years as Associate Director. Michael is married to Pat Shiu and together they have two daughters, Alexandra and Aviva.

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Melissa Kamins Armoza - Director of Development
Melissa Armoza was raised in Northern California.  She earned her BA at Brandeis University, and went to graduate school at Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where she received her Master's and advanced postgraduate degree in psychology.  Melissa lived in Jerusalem from 1997-2012, working as the Director of Communications and Development for Crossroads Jerusalem, a non-profit agency providing social services to at-risk youth in Israel.  Melissa returned to California in 2012, and is the mother of three girls, Noa, Lia, and Ella. Melissa joined Rodef Sholom in 2013.  

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Moji Javid - Director of Engagement
Moji Javid joined Rodef Sholom in 1997 as its first Program Director. She is a longtime Marin County resident and member of Rodef Sholom. Moji earned her bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley. She was then the Youth Coordinator for the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and Rodef Sholom and helped start the MAJYC Program. Later she earned her master's in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service in the double masters program at the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Before returning to Rodef Sholom, she worked as the Youth and Family Services Director at the Westside JCC in Los Angeles.  She is the mother of Sophia, Jacob & Benjamin.

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Meredith Parnell - Director of Communications
Meredith Parnell joined Rodef Sholom in 2003.  She was born in San Francisco, raised in Tiburon and Honolulu and has lived all over the country as well as in Vancouver, British Columbia.  A lawyer by training, she has been married since 1985 and has two children, Izzy and Jack.  She converted to Judaism in 1984 and celebrated her adult bat mitzvah at Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa.  She is responsible for Rodef Sholom's electronic communications (website, e-mail, etc.) and the majority of its print communications, as well as Rodef Sholom's participation in the Marin Organizing Committee
(MOC).

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Lara Regev - Director of Jewish Living and Learning
Lara Pullan Regev is joining Rodef Sholom this summer as the Director of Jewish Living and Learning.  A native of southern California, Lara is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Master of Jewish Education program in Los Angeles, and will be ordained as rabbi in May 2015.  Prior to that, Lara received her Bachelors degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  She has worked for URJ Camp Newman for 10 summers, serving most recently as their Summer Assistant Director, and has spent many years working with Jewish youth and teens in NFTY and various temple youth groups in southern California and Michigan.  She is married to Rabbi Yoni Regev.

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Irene Resnikoff - Director of Education
Irene Resnikoff, a native of California, grew up at Temple Beth El in Berkeley and joined the Rodef Sholom staff in 1997. She received her B.A. and Teaching Credential at UC Berkeley and spent eight years in Israel, studying and teaching. Irene taught at TehiyahDay School and directed Kulanu, a Jewish Family outreach program. She is co-author of four Hebrew textbooks. Irene earned the title of Jewish Family Educator after completing three years as a Family Education Fellow in a program sponsored by the San Francisco Bureau of Education's Jewish Family Education Project. Irene delights in teaching Torah to adults and children. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Joel, and their four children.

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Brandon Brown - Youth Director
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Robin Foster - Religious School Office Manager
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Sonja Gammon -  Office Manager and Assistant to the Senior Rabbi
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Sofie Goldstein - Assistant for Cantor Margules and Scheduling 
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Molly Hirschfeld - Assistant to Rabbi Michael Lezak and Social Media Coordinator
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Deanna Sumski - B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director
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Charles Weinstein - Accountant
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Tihomir Brkic - Custodian

Jose Carillo - Custodian

 

Elul is coming - it's time to prepare

Elul begins on August 27 and we have lined up some fabulous teaching to help you prepare for the High Holy Days. Click here to learn more.

S'lichot & Mikvot

New this year - we offering a women's mikvah in addition to the men's - click here to learn more and to find out about S'lichot

Religious school opening days

It's time to register for religious school - click here for all of the opening days and how to register.

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