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Rabbi Jacob Herber – Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Jacob Herber joined HNT as Senior Rabbi in August 2020, and loves being a pulpit rabbi. He began his rabbinate as the Assistant and then Senior Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia. Rabbi Herber was then blessed to serve as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s only USCJ affiliated congregation, for 15 years. In 2018 he was invited to join the staff of The Shalom Hartman Institute, North America, where he works on the Institute’s national rabbinical programs and teaches rabbis of all denominations how to teach “Hartman’s Torah,” most especially its iEngage video lecture series. He is now excited by the prospect of returning to synagogue life where he feels most professionally fulfilled. Rabbi Herber is passionate about building a vibrant and welcoming congregational community, leading worship services that are engaging and inspiring, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds, being there for people when they are celebrating life’s joys, facing challenges, and experiencing loss, preaching, officiating at weddings, baby namings, britot, b’nei and b’not mitzvah, funerals, guiding people on their journeys to Judaism, supporting the State of Israel, tikkun olam, and engaging in interfaith work.

A big believer in giving back to his community, Rabbi Herber has served on the Nominations Committee of The Rabbinical Assembly and the Boards of Directors of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of State of Israel Bonds, Masorti Olami, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and as a member of the Clergy Auxiliary Board of the Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association. He served two non-consecutive terms as the President of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis. While living and working in Philadelphia, Rabbi Herber was the Chaplain of the Shomrim Society of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, and Jewish Chaplain for the Philadelphia Police Department. Currently he serves as a member of The Rabbinical Assembly’s Executive Council, Strategic Plan Implementation Leadership Team, and Chair of the Commission for a Vital and Connected Rabbinate, overseeing 10 committees charged with transforming the RA into a relationship-based international organization.

In July 2008 Rabbi Herber travelled to Uganda with other leading Conservative rabbis to supervise the conversion of over 200 members of the Abayudaya community. He also participated in the installation of Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, Africa’s first Black, Sub Saharan rabbi, as the spiritual leader of the Abayudaya community. Rabbi Herber’s work in promoting interfaith dialogue has taken him from the United States to Mexico, Germany and Poland.

Rabbi Herber is a recipient of the Jewish National Fund’s Service Award and Masorti Olami’s “Rabbi Mordecai Waxman Rabbinic Leadership Award.” He is also a contributing author of the book, Walking With Life published by the American Jewish University. Rabbi Herber received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, cum laude, from the University of California, Davis, and his Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a recipient of the Seminary’s “Joseph Zubow Memorial Prize in Codes,” awarded annually to a rabbinical student for outstanding work in codes. In 2010 Rabbi Herber was admitted to The Shalom Hartman Institute’s highly selective and rigorous Religious Leadership Initiative (RLI) rabbinical fellowship program. He graduated in 2013 and was named a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Rabbi Herber is blessed with two children. Mychal is a recent graduate of Dickinson College and lives in Washington, D.C. where she works as a press officer at the Embassy of the State of Israel. Adin is currently a freshman at UNLV.

He is a former competitive cyclist and raced for the Endeavour and ISCorp cycling teams. Today, he simply enjoys riding his bike, cross country (skate) skiing in Winter, reading books, playing his Fender Strat, and sharing his spare time with his loving dog, Reggie. A native New Yorker, Rabbi Herber is passionate about his New York Yankees, New York Rangers and is also an enormous supporter of the English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club.

Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum – Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Rosenbaum became HNT’s Rabbi Emeritus in July 2019 after serving as 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.

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 Yofi around Mercer Island.

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.

Dr. Eliyahu Krigel – Director of Education

Dr. Eliyahu Krigel joined the HNT community in 2015. HNT is the fourth Conservative Synagogue community he has been honored to serve over the past two decades. He grew up in Kansas City, MO and along with a BA from Naropa University in Religious Studies, Dr. Krigel holds a Masters of Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Jewish Education from Gratz College. 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. In addition, Dr. Krigel is a certified Soulful Educator through Ayeka and a Conservative Jewish Educator through the Jewish Educators Assembly. Dr. Krigel instills 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. Dr. Krigel is a second year Rabbinical school student at the Academy of Jewish Religion in California. He is a nature enthusiast, marathon runner, and an experienced percussionist who is married to Shanti Krigel with two children. Please contact Dr. Krigel early and often with anything related to education and learning at HNT for all ages.

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.

Arianne Slayter – Director of Finance

Arianne is a CPA with a Master of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Washington, Bothell. She worked for HNT while completing her undergraduate studies and has returned to leverage her broad financial and accounting experience. Arianne is a Seattle native who enjoys travel and water sports, but whose personal time revolves around her small daughter Alice.

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.

Ashley Rowland – Administrative Assistant to the Clergy

Ashley Rowland hails from the Bay Area where she was born and raised. She came to the Northwest several years ago and has enjoyed exploring the beautiful scenery and building a life here. She looks forward to meeting everyone and assisting everyone in their lifecycle events. Ashley enjoys animals, reading, cooking and spending time and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Rei Walker – Accounting Assistant

Rei is a Washington native who was born in Denver and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and Huntington Beach, California.  He graduated from Evergreen State with a BA in Business.  He worked in various fields until he discovered a forgotten love of numbers and accounting. The fastest way to his heart is definitely through his stomach as he is always hungry.  In his spare time you can find him hiking, playing sports, swimming, cooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

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.

Elaine Soeun – Facility Supervisor

Elaine was born in China and moved here in 1983. She has been married to Chhoeuk for 36 years, and they have a daughter Tammy who just got married in 2018. She spent the last ~30+ years teaching in the Early Childhood Program at the SJCC and is excited to be the new Facility Supervisor.

Chhoeuk Soeun – Associate Custodian

Chhoeuk (Chuck) Soeun has been the Head Custodian for 37 years, caring for, repairing, and improving our facilities, and has now transitioned to Associate Custodian. 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 graduated from the University of Washington.

Executive Committee

President
Ilyse Wagner

Executive Vice President
Susan Edelheit

Treasurer/Financial Vice President
Mickey Friedman

Membership Vice President
Marilyn Corets

Secretary
Aaron Kiviat

Immediate Past President
Zane Brown Jr.

Board of Directors

Orly Feldman
David Isenberg
Jonathan Langman
Nancy Morse
Aileen Okrent
Tara Reck
Mark Sandler
Ilene Sloan
Jaime Slutzky
Jodi Sternoff
Rachel Dobrow Stone
Michael Tarlowe
Michael Vinnick
Elaine Weinstein

Committee Chairs

B’nai Mitzvah Committee
Linda Krisher

Cemetery Committee
Elaine Weinstein

Garinim
Irit Eliav Levin & Jill Nogi

Shtilim
Kathy Packer

Endowment Committee
David Isenberg

Legal Committee
Craig Sternberg

Membership Committee
Linda Jacobs & Gail Wiener

Personnel Committee
Michele Glasser

Religious School Committee
Lindsay O’Neil & Brooke Pariser

Ritual Committee
Tara Reck & Craig Weinstein

Social Action Committee
Michael Adler & Mindy Landsman

Strategic Planning Committee
Audrey Covner

Women’s League
Aileen Okrent & Susan Ben-Rubin

Vacant Positions
Adult Education Committee
Budget Committee
Dues Committee
Financial Committee
Men’s Club
Young Adults Committee
Youth Commission

Auxiliary Positions