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Clergy & Staff Directory
Rabbi Barry Leff – Interim Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Barry Leff (Rav Barry) has been HNT’s interim senior rabbi since July, 2019.

After a 20-year career as an entrepreneur and business executive in Silicon Valley, Rav Barry felt a calling to become a rabbi and quit his job as VP-Marketing for a semiconductor company and went back to school. He was ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles in 2002. He is also the holder of a Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as an MBA and undergraduate degrees in psychology and liberal arts.

Rav Barry is especially interested in halacha (Jewish law) and business ethics. He has authored four teshuvot (Jewish legal opinions) that have been approved by the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written and lectured on business ethics, including at the Rashi synagogue in Worms, Germany. He has completed the Talmud “Daf Yomi” (study of the entire Babylonian Talmud) and is interested in chasidut and kabbalah as vehicles for deepening spirituality.

After ordination Rabbi Leff worked as a congregational rabbi for five years, serving congregations in Vancouver, Canada, and Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Israel in 2007 with his then wife and the three youngest of his five daughters. He is on the board of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, and has served as chair of the board of Rabbis for Human Rights. He blogs at . This is Rav Barry’s second interim assignment: he served as interim rabbi for Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama, from 2016 to 2018.

Rav Barry is also a flight instructor, sailor, and avid runner. He’s also writes a regular column for the Jerusalem Post. You can see his video introduction to HNT here.

Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum – Rabbi Emeritus

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.

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.

Rabbi Miriam Green – Rabbi for Community Engagement

2018 has been an exciting year for Rabbi Miriam Green!  She completed rabbinical school in Los Angeles in May, moved to Mercer Island in June, and officially joined the Herzl-Ner Tamid community in August, serving as Rabbi for Community Engagement.  Rabbi Green looks forward to working with young adults, teaching adult education courses, celebrating Shabbat with community, and facilitating life-cycle events.

Rabbi Green loves to exercise (hiking and Crossfit are two of her current favorite activities).  She is engaged to Akiva Potok and lives in Mercer Island with her beloved collection of houseplants.

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 and has truly hit the ground running. HNT is the fourth Conservative Synagogue community he has been honored to serve over the past seventeen years. 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. 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. Working to educate and enrich is what Dr. Krigel is all about. He is a nature enthusiast, marathon runner, and an experienced percussionist who is married to Shanti Krigel with two beautiful children ages twelve and sixteen. 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.

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.

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.

Marcia Paul – Office Administrator

Marcia comes to us by way of the Canadian Border! She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to the states over 20 years ago. After spending the past year back in Canada to care for family, she recently returned to the Seattle area. Marcia is a third-degree Black Belt in TKD with a 15-year background in owning, managing and teaching in her martial arts school. Marcia has two grown boys who both live in the area. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying fit, travelling, live music, and continuing her education in martial arts.

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.

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.

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 States. She is the proud mother of three children and even prouder grandmother, if that is possible, of a wonderful grandson.

Meredith Auerbach – Education and Early Childhood Program Manager

Meredith Auerbach most recently hails from Florida, but returns to the Seattle area, and HNT, after spending much of her childhood on the east coast. Meredith graduated from George Washington with a degree in Sociology and has spent the last decade in the recreation, tourism and childhood development fields. She comes to the Frankel Religious School with a vast knowledge and passion for children and keen organizational ability. She has quickly meshed with the staff and her counterpart Dr. Krigel and she looks forward to making an impact on the FRS program. In her free time, Meredith is an avid traveler (has travelled to all 50 states), music lover, and sports fan and enjoys staying active.

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

Zane Brown Jr.

Executive Vice President
Ilyse Wagner

Treasurer/Financial Vice President
Mickey Friedman

Membership Vice President
Marilyn Corets

Aaron Kiviat

Immediate Past Co-Presidents
Donna Peha & Michele Glasser

Board of Directors

Jeff Becker
Lisa Fain
David Isenberg
Linda Krisher
Jonathan Langman
Nancy Morse
Aileen Okrent
Tara Reck
Mark Sandler
Marissa Shachmurove
Barak Schriger
Rachel Dobrow Stone
Michael Tarlowe
Michael Vinnick
Elaine Weinstein

Committee Chairs

B’nai Mitzvah Committee
Linda Krisher

Cemetery Committee
Elaine Weinstein

Irit Eliav Levin & Jill Nogi

Kathy Packer

Endowment Committee
David Isenberg

Legal Committee
Craig Sternberg

Membership Committee
Linda Jacobs & Gail Wiener

Personnel Committee
Michele Glasser

Religious School Committee
Jeff Becker

Ritual Committee
Tara Reck & Ilyse Wagner

Social Action Committee
Michael Adler & Mindy Landsman

Strategic Planning Committee
Audrey Covner

Women’s League
Aileen Okrent & Susan Silverstone

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

Auxiliary Positions