Our Leadership

  • I was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in New Jersey, and first came out to Colorado for undergraduate studies. After being away for about 20 years, I returned to Colorado in 2011. 

    Although I took a long break from formal participation in a Jewish community following my Bar Mitzvah, Judaism has always been in my heart.  

    I am a specialist in Chinese history and Asian civilizations in the History department at Colorado State University, and I have lived in Taiwan and Mainland China for close to ten years.

    I enjoy hiking, travel, experiencing different cultures, and study.  

  • My wife, Pat, and I joined Temple Or Hadash in 2011after moving here from St. Louis. I served three two year terms on the board, the last one as co-secretary. 

    My goal for the future of TOH is to encourage members to become more actively involved in our family community. 

    There are many ways for members to become involved both religiously, during the special religious holidays, as well as socially and charitably. 

    We now have an added responsibility with our security committee, which is of special importance, and in need of help from members to provide safety for our congregation. 

    Becoming involved is very empowering and rewarding when participating in our numerous opportunities. If you are not currently involved, please contact any board member for more information. 

    My background is in business and law. 

    Pat and I enjoy hiking and kayaking as nature is very spiritual for us. 
    Our greatest joy is in visiting our children and grandchildren whenever possible.

     

  • I was born in St. Louis, MO and moved to California following college graduation. After living in California for almost 50 years I retired to Fort Collins in 2018 to be near family. I was active in Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, serving on the temple board and Sisterhood board. I also worked at the temple for 20 years in various capacities before becoming the rabbis’ administrative assistant. One of the first things on my checklist after moving here was to become affiliated with a Reform synagogue. Temple Or Hadash was very welcoming, and I immediately felt at home. The members are quick to volunteer and very conscientious with social action projects. I look forward to serving on the TOH Board.

  • 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.

  • LANA OLSSON – I am a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio and a recently retired Registered Dietitian. My husband Anders is a semi-retired electrical engineer. We have one adult daughter who lives with her family in Sweden. I remain a member of the Temple Tifereth Israel of Beachwood, OH and a supporter of Congregation Emeth of Morgan Hill, CA. I hope to contribute to Or Hadash by growing our Membership. I look forward to supporting the congregation, and to sharing the kindness that I have enjoyed as a member.

  • JUDY GARBER – I am a retired senior. I am originally from New Jersey and taught grade school until my second daughter was born. I have two daughters, one in Florida and other in Louisville, CO and four grandchildren. From NJ we moved to Florida for 17 years and then to CO in 2005. I love gardening, exercising, playing mah jong and the arts like operas, theaters and orchestras. I also enjoy traveling and have seen many interesting parts of the world. I was very involved in National Council of Jewish Women in all aspects and then became president. I go to Friday night services, events and volunteer at the Temple. I am honored to be on the board because I am hard working and want to make a difference to accomplish their goals. 

  • ADRIENNE ZOBLE – 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.

  • SARAH RAMSEY SCHWARTZMAN – Sarah Schwartzman Ramsey is happy to be on the board of TOH. She is a doctoral student at CU Boulder studying 20th century Jewish American literature and theory. Originally from Cincinnati, Sarah enjoys being part of the TOH community with her husband and 2 young kids.

  •  CYNDY MIRON – After living overseas for 12 years, we retired from Beijing. My husband and I discovered Fort Collins on a 6 month road trip and made it our home.  We joined Or Hadash soon after. The Or Hadash community has enriched my life and I’m honored to be on the board.

  • PAM LEVINE – Pam has been a member of Or Hadash since 2005. The mother of twin adult daughters, Rachel and Jenny, she was a family physician in the area for many years and now maintains a small coaching practice. Pam is enjoying her first time on the Or Hadash board and loves our community members.

  • 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.

Board

Co President: Mike Harris
Co President: Eli Alberts
Secretary: Kim Migdall
Treasurer: Lenny Abels
Trustee: Cyndy Miron
Trustee: Adrienne Zoble
Trustee: Sarah Ramsey Schwartzman
Trustee: Lana Olsson
Trustee: Judy Garber
Trustee: Pam Levine

Standing Committee

Education

 

Religious School

Renee Cohn Jones

Youth Programs

 

Adult Education

 

Sunday Chats

Adrienne Zoble

Adult Hebrew

 

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

 

Website

 

Social Media

Eli Alberts

   

Budget & Finance

Lenny Abels

Membership

Lana Olsson