Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
Rabbi Rosenbaum has been HNT’s spiritual leader since 2002. He has been connected to the Seattle-area for a very long time. His wife, Janine was born and raised in Seward Park. He’s also an unabashed fan of the Seattle Mariners who frequently uses baseball analogies in his sermons.
Rabbi’s vision for Herzl-Ner Tamid is a congregation that is vibrant, warm, welcoming and that has the ability to convey excitement about Jewish living to Jews of all ages. His innovative programming over the years has included our Rhythm & Jews musical Shabbat service, Torahthon, rock-musical Purim Shpiels from Game of Cohens to Blazing Shrudels, Sukkah Building at Home Depot, The Iron Mensch, Men Cooking for Shabbat, Lag B’Omer Bonfire, Make a Lulav Shake, and Sneak into Shul on Yom Kippur. He has led 3 HNT Israel trips and created a Muslim/Jewish dialogue group that has been going strong since 2012.
With degrees from NYU (1972), Rutgers University (1974) and Jewish Theological Seminary (1980), Rabbi Rosenbaum has more than thirty-six years of rabbinical experience. He has distinguished himself as a man of creativity, passion and compassion with innovative programming that both engages and educates.
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Cantor Bradlee Kurland
This wonderful congregation has been Cantor’s home since July 1984. During that time, he’s seen us grow in size, diversity and spirit. Because we freely practice the Jewish custom of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests), our synagogue is seen as a center for Jews throughout the Seattle area. He is pleased to be your Shaliach Tzibur, (messenger of the congregation), and proud that we have become a congregation that cultivates the idea of Klal Yisrael (the unity of the Jewish People). In his book, that is what a shul should be – our “other home” – a place that welcomes us from birth through old age. “Worship God in gladness and with joyous song.”
Cantor is married to Sandy Samuel and has three grown children, Akiva, Talya and Noam. In his spare time, you can find him walking his dog Lila around Mercer Island.
Click here to email Cantor Kurland.
Nadine Strauss – Executive Director
Nadine has been the executive director at HNT since 1989. A native Texan, she holds a BS from University of Texas and masters work in continuing education. She oversees most administrative areas of the synagogue as well as supporting on-going development and planning. She has served on the board of the National Association of Synagogue Executives and is a volunteer in a variety of civic organizations. An enthusiastic cyclist in her spare time, Nadine brings a perspective gained from long time service as well as best practices in current trends to serve our congregational community.
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Eliyahu Krigel – Director of Education
Moreh Eliyahu joined the Herzl-Ner Tamid community on June 1, 2015 as our new Director of Education. Our community is the fourth Conservative Synagogue community he has been honored to serve over the past fifteen years. As a full time Jewish educator, he strives for and has been successful in working collaboratively with all of the individuals in each of the organizations he has served. Most recently, he was the Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, Oklahoma for seven years. He grew up in Kansas City, MO. Along with his BA from Naropa University in Religious Studies, Moreh Eliyahu holds a Masters of Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has also completed one year of study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel. He is a graduate of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and he is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Educators Assembly, the Conservative movement’s professional network for Jewish educators. Along with his work within the HNT community, Moreh Eliyahu is in the process of completing his Doctorate of Education from Gratz College. His website where he is developing his thesis called The Jewish Education Type Indicator can be viewed here. Over the past decade and a half, Moreh Eliyahu has instilled Jewish life with meaning and opportunities for self-identification, community enhancement, and relationship development. He is enthusiastic and passionate about transforming the teacher and student learning process into a dynamic collaboration. Working with babies to bubbies to educate and enrich is what Moreh Eliyahu is all about. He believes interfaith and non-traditional families have an important place at the table of Jewish learning within our engaged community of life-long Jewish learners. He is a nature enthusiast, marathon runner, and an experienced percussionist who is married with two beautiful children, ages ten and fourteen.
Click here to email Eliyahu.
Rebecca Frankel – Program Director
Rebecca has been an HNT member since birth and began working here in 2008 for four summers during college. After receiving a BA in Public Communication and a minor in Jewish Studies from American University, she returned to HNT full time in 2012. As Program Director, she works with committees to create exciting events varying from religious to cultural to social action. Contact her for event questions and registrations, volunteer opportunities and membership inquiries. During her off-hours you’ll find her spending time with her husband Jamie, family, and friends. Click here to email Rebecca.
Julie Lovejoy – Director of Finance
Julie joined Herzl-Ner Tamid July 2015 as the Director of Finance. She comes with an extensive background in Financial Accounting and Business Management. She is a Seattle native (one of the last few) from Burien and graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance. Julie spent the majority of her career (27 years) as a senior financial leader in the logistics industry. She is extremely excited to take a change of direction with HNT. Julie is the proud mother of two sons; Brandon and Josh. To say Julie and her family are Seahawk enthusiasts would be an understatement, in fact, they named their Labradoodle Russell Wilson. Click here to email Julie.
Melanie Miller – Operations Coordinator
Melanie Miller has been active in the local Jewish community since childhood. She grew up in Bellevue and graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a BA in Business Administration – International Business. After a stint in the tech industry, Melanie was excited to move her talents to the synagogue spectrum. She plays an evolving role at HNT including lifecycle celebrations, facility and project management, and finding new and creative ways to increase productivity. In her spare time she is an avid sports fan, enjoys weekend adventures, travelling and enjoying time with her friends and family. Click here to email Melanie.
Carol Reynolds – Clergy Assistant
Carol assists the clergy with all lifecycle events, including engagements, weddings, baby namings and britot milah, b’nai mitzvah lesson scheduling, hospital visits, and funerals. When you call HNT to speak with either Rabbi or Cantor, you will often be connected to Carol; she schedules the majority of their appointments. Aside from being a clergy assistant, she is a second generation native Northwesterner, and farmed for six years with her husband Ken Reynolds z”l in the San Joaquin Valley in California. She has two wonderful grown children, and enjoys brisk walks, yoga, skiing, reading, movies, and all types of music. Click here to email Carol R.
Siamack “Max” Sahafi – Art Director
When Max became HNT’s Art Director in 2012, he brought with him many years of diverse experience in design; ranging from print to multimedia, animation, motion graphics, photography and everything in between. Max’s primary focus is designing HaKol every month, as well as the synagogue’s other marketing and promotional materials, not limited to posters, invitations, and postcards. In addition, he uses his photography and motion graphics skills to help document events and ceremonies. Max is a family-man and his off-hours are spent with his wife and daughter. They enjoy camping, biking, cooking, tending their garden and doing art projects together. Click here to email Max.
Nicole Elbling – Accounting Assistant
After being the voice of HNT when you called for four years, Nicole moved to the accounting office where she is happy to continue answering your questions, but this time as they relate to accounting. She was born and raised in Paris, France and also lived in Israel for three years on a kibbutz before coming to the United State. She is the proud mother of three children and even prouder grandmother, if that is possible, of a wonderful grandson. Click here to email Nicole.
Rhiannon Gerhardt – Administrative Assistant
Rhiannon comes to HNT and the Seattle area after growing up in Colorado Springs. She utilizes her hospitality background and office management skills to engage with congregants, assist with projects and support the synagogue’s educational programming. You can find her friendly face at the office front desk. As a recent transplant to the area, she is enjoying exploring what Washington has to offer and looks forward to the rain, the local food scene and exploring the islands in Puget Sound. Click here to email Rhiannon.
Veronika Patrashko – Education and Early Childhood Program Manager
Veronika comes to HNT with a wealth of passion for the field of education and for making an impact on the community. You will see her smiling face in the Main Office. Her primary responsibility is to ensure smooth operations for all FRS and young family educational programming. This includes planning, logistics, marketing, communications and acting as a liaison between the congregation our Director of Education. She is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in International Communications and is fluent in three languages. She is active in her church spiritually and socially, and embraces opportunities to be a part of social action events and projects within that community. She is a world traveler, an avid hiker and explorer, and a talented musician. Click here to email Veronika.
Chhoeuk Soeun – Head Custodian
Chhoeuk (Chuck) Soeun has been the Head Custodian for over 30 years, caring for, repairing, and improving our facilities. He came to HNT to provide some temporary support for a project and started to fix other things he saw needing attention. He and his wife Elaine, who were married at our waterfront park by Rabbi Pomerantz, have one daughter, Tammy, who recently graduated from the University of Washington.