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Our Leadership

Meeth The Staff

Meet The Staff

Rabbi Zöe McCoon (she/her)

Rabbi Zöe McCoon became the rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in July 2021. She is proud to be a part of the Tri-City Interfaith Council, the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit - the Bay Area's center for domestic violence prevention and response within the Jewish community, the Religious Action Center of California, and the Women’s Rabbinic Network.

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Rabbi Emeritus Avi M. Schulman

A native Californian, Rabbi Avi Schulman graduated with highest honors from the University of California in Santa Cruz. His research thesis, “The Havurah Movement: Experiments in Creating Alternative Jewish Communities,” was in fulfillment of his individual major entitled Modern Jewish History and Thought.

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Mara Sheade, Administrator

Mara was born in New York and moved to California in high school. She received a Master’s in Social Work, with an emphasis in Gerontology, from UC Berkeley. After working in social services, she pivoted to a career in technology, working as a Quality Assurance Analyst and as a Technical Writer. A published poet, she trained with California Poets in the Schools, an artist-in-residence program, to become a poet-teacher. 

Annie Jacob, Preschool Director

Annie completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science from Delhi University. She then did her course work in Early Childhood Studies from Ohlone College, Fremont, and has thrived in the field for the last fourteen years. Annie obtained her Site Supervisor Permit and trained and honed the fine skills of her fellow colleagues and run a successful and flourishing childhood center. 

Board of Directors



Cheryl Cohen

Vice President of Member Services


Vice President of Finance

David Benoun

Executive Secretary

Gigi Dornfest

Immediate Past President

Ronnie Petersohn



Michelle Eisenbruck


Holly Diamond

Women of Temple Beth Torah

Jackie Bazley



Jim Petersohn



Laurie Ravenscroft


Ways & Means



Facility Administration

Alan Eisenbruck

Social Action

Janice Fonteno & Susan Schwartz

Marketing / Publicity

Cindy Monroe

Chevra Chesed

Terri Gladish


Pip Ziman

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