Our Leadership

 

 

Eli Alberts

Co President

 

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.  

Mike Harris

Co President

 

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. 


Scott Rosenberg
Secretary

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.


Lenny Abels
Lenny Abels
Treasurer

 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.


Kim Migdall
Trustee

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.

Lana Olsson
Trustee

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
Trustee

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
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.


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.



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.

Board

Co President Mike Harris
Co President Eli Alberts
Secretary Scott Rosenberg
Treasurer Lenny Abels
Trustee Carol Roberts
Trustee Adrienne Zoble
Trustee Rhonda Woodburn
Trustee Kim Migdall
Trustee Lana Olsson
Trustee Judy Garber

Standing Committees

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 Matt Rosing
Social Media Eli Alberts
Budget & Finance Lenny Abels
Membership Lana Olsson