All clergy and staff can be reached by phone at 415.479.3441
Rabbi Stacy Friedman - [email protected]
Rabbi Stacy Friedman, Congregation Rodef Sholom’s senior rabbi, sees Judaism as a rich tradition which can inspire its followers to lift each human being and see within them the divine spark. She joined the congregation in 1993 after posts in New York City, Montana and Victorville, CA and was named senior rabbi in 2003 when her predecessor Rabbi Michael Barenbaum, z"l, retired.
Rabbi Stacy is passionate about prayer and ritual and believes strongly in the power and holiness of Congregation Rodef Sholom.
Dedicated to tikkun olam – repairing the world – she is known for her ardent sermons on social justice issues. Her 2014 Rosh Hashanah drash on mental illness and suicide, for which she received national attention, spearheaded a congregational initiative on the subject.
Born in Framingham, MA, Rabbi Stacy grew up in New York and Salt Lake City. She was just 16 when she decided to become a rabbi. After earning a B.A. degree in sociology at Brandeis University, she attended Hebrew Union College and was ordained at HUC-Los Angeles Institute of Religion in 1993.
Rabbi Stacy is a rabbinic fellow with AIPAC where she has met with leaders in Israel to devise new ways to engage U.S. synagogues with the Jewish state. She has joined rabbis across the country to fight Presbyterian divestment in Israel. She has traveled with American Jewish World Service to Guatemala on a fact-finding mission on human trafficking and has lobbied our congress-people on issues including human trafficking, LGBT rights and the environment.
In addition, she represents Congregation Rodef Sholom at the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and Hebrew Union College (HUC). At home, among her many community involvements are the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, Marin Interfaith Council, the Northern California Board of Rabbis, and the Marin Interfaith Youth Outreach.
Rabbi Stacy is married to Frank Friedman and they have two sons, Adam and Eli. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading fiction, cooking, movies, gardening, traveling and meditation.
Rabbi Michael Lezak - [email protected]
Rabbi Michael Lezak joined Congregation Rodef Sholom in 2003 after four years as associate rabbi at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA. His aim is to deepen individual and communal spirituality through Jewish prayer, study and social activism.
To that end, he presides at Shabbat and holiday services, and works with teens to prepare for their b’nai mitzvah and experience the holiness of the ritual. Rabbi Michael initiated and leads the congregation’s Chevra Kadisha, a group of congregants who support those dealing with illness and death and perform the sacred rituals of shmirah and taharah. The team recently produced A Jewish Guide to End-of-Life: Sacred Traditions and Rituals.
In the area of social justice, Rabbi Michael’s focus is prison reform. He teaches second chances and forgiveness at San Quentin prison and is a member of Rabbinic/Cantorial Chaverim of T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, a North American group that mobilizes rabbis and communities to protect human rights in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied territories. As an instructor in the congregation’s Israel study course IEngage with Israel sh’licha (emissary) Lev Reuven, Rabbi Michael leads discussion and study on difficult and controversial topics relating to Israel.
A serious “foodie,” Rabbi Michael believes in the power of food to build connections. He loves to bake in his spare time and for the synagogue’s Mitzvah Kitchen.
A Los Angeles native, Rabbi Michael was ordained from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1999. He has a B.A. degree in marketing from University of Colorado at Boulder. He is married to Rabbi Noa Kushner and they have three daughters, Zella, Bluma and Minna.
Cantor David Margules - [email protected]
Cantor David Margules’ beautiful tenor voice has enhanced and blessed members of Congregation Rodef Sholom since 1991. As the synagogue’s cantor and musical director, he choreographs services and leads the congregation in traditional prayers and new arrangements – enjoining them to sing out with him and the rabbis.
Under Cantor David’s leadership, Shabbat services are joyful and musical. He works with a variety of musicians and brings new talents – often young people – to the pulpit. Through his tutorship, teens (and adults) learn the blessings and parshas for b’nai mitzvah.
Cantor David is treasurer of American Conference of Cantors, where he is also a mentor. He has joined other U.S. cantors to sing at the Vatican and each year participates in the Blessing of the Boats at the Tiburon’s Corinthian Yacht Club. He is an avid golfer and a member of the champion Rodef Sholom Rebels softball team.
A native of New York, he earned a B.A. degree in music in 1976 from Ithaca College and an M.A. in sacred music from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1987. Before joining Rodef Sholom, he served as cantor at Temple Sinai in Lawrence, New York. He is married to Marney Margules and they have two children, Benjamin and Danielle.
Rabbi-Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown - [email protected]
Rabbi-Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown is eager to share her love of teaching and learning with students of all ages. She graduated from the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she was ordained as a rabbi in 2014 and as a cantor in 2012. She joined Congregation Rodef Sholom in 2014.
Rabbi Elana is a part of the congregation’s education team, working with the teen Midrasha program and with families of Junior Jews (i.e., pre-k children). In the social justice area, she is involved in outreach to the LGBT community, Marin Interfaith Council and Marin Organizing Committee. She was honored to address the state legislature during 2015 California Holocaust Remembrance Week at the invitation of Assemblyman Marc Levine.
A native East Coaster, Rabbi Elana grew up in Connecticut. She graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a degree in history and secondary education. She also has training in mindfulness meditation, interfaith dialogue and outdoor education. As a rabbinical/cantorial student, Rabbi Elana served congregations in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles.
In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, exploring libraries and checking out the local music scene.
Rabbi Lara Regev - [email protected]
Rabbi Lara Pullan Regev joined Congregation Rodef Sholom in 2014 as Director of Jewish Living and Learning, bringing with her many years of rich experience working with Jewish youth. She was ordained as a rabbi in May 2015 after graduating from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion – Los Angeles with an M.A. in Jewish education.
Rabbi Lara oversees the temple’s religious school for students from kindergarten through grade 12, including baseCamp.
A Southern California native, Rabbi Lara has a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Her background includes 10 summers working at URJ Camp Newman, serving most recently as summer assistant director, plus many years directing youth groups in Southern California and Michigan.
Rabbi Lara is married to Rabbi Yoni Regev, a rabbi at Oakland’s Temple Sinai, and they have a beautiful baby boy, Noah.
Michael Kamler, Executive Director
Melissa Armoza, Director of Development
Moji Javid, Director of Synagogue Engagement
Ryan Leszner, Director of Youth Engagement
JoAnne Forman, Mental Health Initiative Program Coordinator
Sofie Goldstein, B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator and Assistant to Cantor David Margules
Molly Hirschfeld, Synagogue Engagement & Development Coordinator
Deanna Sumski, Assistant to the Executive Director and Facilities Coordinator
Hagar Ben–Eliezer, Executive Assistant to Clergy
Jose Carillo, Head Custodian