Our Leadership


Brooke Freeman
President

I was raised in Dallas, Texas, and was a member of Temple Emanu-El when growing up. I graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and met my husband, Chris Koeller—a dairy veterinarian, during my internship at the University of Illinois CVM.

Together, Chris and I have three young sons: Gabe, Caleb, and Asher who are very excited to be a part of Or Hadash’s Religious School. Our family spent some time in northern Indiana and southern Illinois before finally settling in Greeley, CO in 2006. I am a small animal veterinarian at Paws of the Rockies Animal Hospital in Ft. Collins and in my spare time enjoy reading, movies, and horseback riding. I am so excited that we found Or Hadash, which we joined in 2012, as it was such a warm and welcoming environment for our interfaith family. I am looking forward to helping on the board, to being part of the Second Night Seder committee and to play Mah Jongg with the lovely ladies I have met through the synagogue.


Carole Crane
Carole Crane
Vice President

My husband, Myles, and I and our Lhasa Apso, Muffin, moved from Chicago to Fort Collins, in late 2004.  We were and still are thrilled to be here.  We enjoy the outdoors, love the people and adore the sunshine.

With an MA in Counseling, an MBA and years of experience doing group and family therapy, telecommunications marketing, and managing operations in an English language institute in Mexico (not all at the same time!), I worked with executives concerning their career choices or their roles/behavior in their corporations.  Now I have a private practice in career consulting in Fort Collins. In my spare time, I volunteer at Hope Lives and Partnership for an Age-Friendly Community, and teach Mental Health First Aid.

I joined Or Hadash in mid-2007 and was fortunate to be elected to the Board as VP in 2008.  Among many projects, the Board developed new programs and welcomed new members, and made sure that everyone felt like family at TOH.  We are still working hard and having fun doing that today.  After taking a hiatus in 2013, I came back to the Board in 2016.  In my years of being part of this wonderful Congregation, I have found the members to be caring, delightful, intelligent, spiritual, thoughtful, hard-working, always helpful, and really fun people.


Marty Goldberg
Marty Goldberg
Treasurer

My wife, Patzi, and I moved to Northern Colorado in the fall of 2002 from the Washington, DC area, where we lived all our lives.  I’m a consultant with a busy practice in technology and business strategy, IT and social media marketing.  I volunteer as a SAGE advisor at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, helping early-stage companies get off the ground, and occasionally teach business classes at Front Range Community College.

We joined Temple Or Hadash in 2004, as soon as we learned there was a Reform congregation in Fort Collins, and have felt completely at home since.  I served as President of the congregation from 2007-2011, was blessed to be able to build on the solid foundation inherited from my predecessors, and have been Treasurer since 2011.

When I’m not working or volunteering I like to spend my time hiking in the mountains and working in my wood shop.


Lenny Abels
Lenny Abels
Co-Secretary

 I first encountered Or Hadash when my wife, Jane, and I moved to Fort Collins 11 years ago. Jane, who was raised in the Lutheran church, saw an ad for a Reform congregation and thought it would be good for me to connect with “my people.” I hadn’t attended services in a very long time and wasn’t particularly religious, so I didn’t know if it would be a good fit.

We found not just a temple, we found a community that ofter feels like an extended family. It’s an honor for me to serve the congregation and help it fulfill its mission of providing a religious and social home for Jews throughout northern Colorado.

I operated a distribution business for 25 years, which I sold in 1999. Since then I have been involved in real estate and business brokerage.


Mike Harris
Mike Harris
Co-Secretary

My wife, Pat, and I joined the congregation in 2011.  Pat is an artist and photographer and we have been married for 42 years.  In 2010 we moved to Fort Collins from St. Louis where I grew up and lived for 68 years.  We truly appreciate the family community of Temple Or Hadash and find the greater Fort Collins community equally open and receptive.  Much of our time together is spent enjoying the exceptional variety of outdoor activities locally and in the Rockies.

I joined the Board in 2013 as a Director.  I am honored to be able  to have the opportunity to contribute to our future growth within the URJ community and the community at large.  Degrees in business and law were useful in the family business of pharmaceutical manufacturing and I am now semi-retired.  My volunteer activities have included educational planning and parent involvement with students in elementary through secondary schools, working with teens at risk and various other social services.

Pat and I have two sons, Richard and Stephen.  Both are married and currently living very far away in Anchorage and Honolulu.   So far we have one wonderful, very special granddaughter.


Adrienne Zoble
Adrienne Zoble
Trustee

I have been a member of Temple Or Hadash since 2007. A few years ago I met with then President Simone Dickstein and offered the idea of passive fundraising through supermarket purchases, which Simone implemented. This program continues to be quite lucrative for TOH.

I have presented three entertaining talks at our Sunday Chats about Jewish immigration to the U.S. Recently I started a genealogy club at the temple, which has helped our members discover exciting facts about their forebears.

As a marketing consultant and speaker, I am passionate about increasing and nurturing our membership.



Carol Roberts
Trustee

I was welcomed with warm arms in to the Or Hadash family when I moved here six years ago.  At Or Hadash I see a wonderful sense of family, a love of learning, a genuine concern for the members and a belief in Reform Judaism.

 My goal as a board member is to continue and pay forward the strengths of Or Hadash.

I have served a term as a board member and, more recently, have co-chaired the Awesome Activities Committee. (The AAC is a group of devoted TOHers who plan events that bring together members, and sometimes non-members, for social events.) I’ve served as Membership chair and currently serve as the Caring Committee. For two years I coordinated the TOH booth at the annual NewWestFest weekend and I’ve served on our strategic planning committee.

In addition to TOH work, I volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a support group facilitator and co-teach a twelve-week course about mental health to affected family members. I also volunteer with Faith Family Hospital, an organization that supports homeless families.



Scott Rosenberg
Trustee

I grew up south of Denver and moved away from the area after high school. Since then I had been unable to find a religious environment in which I felt comfortable. That changed when I encountered Or Hadash and subsequently joined in early 2017.

As a board member, I hope to ensure the congregation remains the welcoming, committed, engaging environment that attracted me.  I formerly served in numerous editorial roles for several newspapers, and now enjoy time with my wife and three children.


RhondaWoodburn
Rhonda Woodburn
Trustee

I moved to Colorado from Cincinnati, Ohio last summer after retiring from a management position in banking. Shortly after moving here, I joined Temple Or Hadash. The congregation has been very welcoming and I have enjoyed getting to know you and participating in several of the social events. I have also enjoyed the Monday night Hebrew and Judaism classes led by Rabbi Katzir. Even though I grew up in a Reform Temple, I’ve appreciated his teachings around Reform Judaism and have gained a much broader knowledge of our history. I have been blessed with 3 wonderful children; a daughter in Ft Collins, one in Tampa, and a son in Singapore. My only granddaughter, Salome, is 5, and I’m anxiously awaiting 2 new grandchildren in April and June. I’ve loved exploring and redefining my life here in Colorado. I’ve enjoyed hiking, cards and other activities with the newcomers club. I volunteered extensively in Cincinnati with the blind and visually impaired, with the arts and Tikkun Olam projects. I have continued to pursue volunteering with Ensight Skill Center and the Lions Club in Ft Collins and Loveland. Unfortunately I will not be at the annual Board Meeting in May due to previous plans to attend a wedding back home in Cincinnati. However, I’d be grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of Temple Or Hadash if elected. I was impressed with the current leadership I observed at 2 previous board meetings and would very much like to contribute and be a part of the leadership team.


NoraBaker
Nora Baker
Trustee

I grew up in Detroit, MI. After graduate school (I am an audiologist by profession), I moved to Texas, and lived in Dallas for six years, then 30 years in Austin, before moving to Colorado. My husband Mark and I have a daughter living in Denver (hence the move to Colorado) with her husband and our infant grandchild. We have been in Fort Collins for almost three years and have never looked back. I have belonged to a synagogue all of my life, I was the Hebrew school nerd, attending all the way through high school. The synagogue I belonged to in Austin started out much like Or Hadash…a small group wanting to create something new….it is now a large congregation, but has worked hard at keeping the small group values they began with. I would love to see Or Hadash grow and be a congregation welcoming to all ages.


Vacancy
Trustee



Renee Cohn-Jones
Religious School
Director

Renee Cohn Jones, has lived in Ft Collins since 2004.  Her family moved here to be closer to the ski slopes!  She is currently a member of 3 synagogues, one in Rochester, NY.   As a mother of two, Renee is very interested in family activities and child-friendly activities within Or Hadash and serves as a co-director of Temple Or Hadash’s Religious School.  She is also a B’nai Mitzvah tutor.  Renee was a Hebrew School teacher for 4th, 6th and 7th grade in Reform and Conservative synagogues for over 15 years, and started a 7th grade teen program called Hineni, at Temple Beth David in Rochester, NY.   She has also served on Temple Boards and been a Ritual Committee chair.  In Ft Collins, she facilitated Al Galgalim, a program for 2.5-5 year olds and their families for 4 years.

Renee has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is a motivational speaker, and a professional clown who loves to teach Mitzvah Clowning classes.



Matt Rosing
Webmaster

I was born in Colorado and have moved back three times, most recently to Fort Collins. Two of those moves included my wife, Cathy, and one included my children, Eric and Emily. I enjoy the outdoors and all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. The same goes for the great people at Temple Or Hadash. I graduated from the University of Colorado with degrees in Computer science.

Board

President Brooke Freeman
Vice President Carole Crane
Co-Secretaries Lenny Abels & Mike Harris
Treasurer Marty Goldberg
Trustee Nora Baker
Trustee Scott Rosenberg
Trustee Carol Roberts
Trustee Adrienne Zoble
Trustee Rhonda Woodburn
Trustee Vacancy

Standing Committees

Education Brooke Freeman
Religious School Renee Cohn Jones
Youth Programs
Adult Education
Sunday Chats Adrienne Zoble
Adult Hebrew Rabbi Goldberg
Weiss-Pollock Library Carol Roberts
Holidays
Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Break the Fast Pat Harris
Hanukkah
Purim
Sukkot Renee Cohn Jones
Simchat Torah
Shavuot
Religious Events Lenny Abels
Oneg Carole Tuttle
Room Setup
Child Care
Havdalahs Carol Roberts
Community Lenny Abels
Caring Carol Roberts
Book Club Jane and Lenny Abels
Social Action John Schaer
Interfaith Jane and Lenny Abels
Member Dinners Jane and Lenny Abels
Gifts Pat Harris
Marketing & Communications Don Rawitsch
Newsletter Brooke Freeman
Website Matt Rosing
Social Media Don Rawitsch
Budget & Finance Marty Goldberg
Membership Carole Crane
Facilities Carole Crane