Staff and Board

Education Director — Zehava Dahan

Zehava Dehan has worked as a Jewish educator in the Bay Area for 25 years, both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator. “For me," she says, "the most exciting aspect of working in a congregational school is the creation of a warm environment through a wide partnership of teachers, parents and students." Her goal is to use that partnership to develop inquisitive, engaged, caring and happy children who will become lifelong learners and compassionate human beings. This, she says, is "essential and central to the mission and vision of Or Shalom.”

Zehava has worked as department head of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco and as a preschool teacher, as well as a classroom teacher to first- through eighth-graders.

"I learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and most from my pupils." (Yehuda haNasi, in Ta’anit 7a)

Music Director — David Cohen-Tzedek

David Cohen-TzedekDavid Cohen-Tzedek was raised in Tel Aviv, where he was a bandleader, songwriter and choral singer, absorbing the variety of musical traditions alive in contemporary Israel.  In 1999, David settled in San Francisco and continued studying cantorial singing, improvisation, composition and voice. Serving as Or Shalom's musical director since 2004, David sings at  services and celebrations and directs the volunteer Or Shalom Choir and Instrumental Ensemble. The ensemble's repertoire includes David's original compositions as well as his arrangements of traditional melodies.

David is dedicated to communal musical creativity. He takes pleasure in discovering meaning in Jewish practice through music-making. He believes that participatory ritual and a rich musical life are essential to a community's spiritual practice.

Board of Directors

The board meets monthly to make the decisions that guide our community.
To place an item on the board's agenda, contact a member of the executive committee. The executive committee is comprised of the president, vice president, immediate past president, secretary and treasurer.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

President: Judy Olasov
Past Presidents: Jurate Raulinaitis
                           Debbie Benrubi
Secretary: Tam Putnam
Treasurer: Janet Jacobs
Adult Education Committee: Jurate Raulinaitis, Chair
Chesed Committee: Saralie Pennington, Co-Chair [Norisa Berardi, Co-Chair]
Fund Development Committee: Seraph White, Chair
Interfaith Action Committee: Margo Freistadt, Chair
Membership Committee: Barbara Bernstein, Chair
Minhag Committee: Joel Rubinstein, Board Representative
Personnel Committee: Leslie Roffman, Co-Chair [Stacy Leighton, Co-Chair]
Religious School Committee: Laura Fankushen, Chair
Teen Havurah: Claire Garcia, Board Representative
Tikkun Olam Committee: Wendy Thurm, Chair
Members at Large: Scott Falcone
                                Chester Hartsough
                                Kelly Kozak

Thu, December 14 2017 26 Kislev 5778