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jerry Jerry Sturmer grew up in Anaheim, where he studied with and sang under the direction of Cantor Philip Moddel.  After graduating from CSU, Fullerton, he began his career teaching, first in Los Angeles, and then in Rialto.  After 14 years teaching history and music he transitioned into administration in 1992, both at the site and district levels.  Jerry has been married to Nancy for over 35 years, and their son Daniel has sounded the shofar at Temple Beth El since 1994.  After singing with the Temple’s choir for more than 20 years, Jerry decided it was time to increase his contribution to our community by joining the Board first as Secretary, then Vice President, and is now proud to accept the office of President.
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Rusty Russell Like many members of Temple Beth El, I come from a mixed religious background. My father's grandfather Adolf Israel was Jewish, but he married a Catholic, so his son my grandfather also became Catholic and changed the family name from Israel to Russell. My mother's parentage was also mixed. After my parents left the Catholic Church, they told me that I should join the religion of my choice. Because I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, by age thirteen I knew that "the religion of my choice" was going to be Jewish. Everywhere I have ever lived, most of my friends have been Jewish. Since I married Judy Lehr in 1976, most of my family has been Jewish as well. In 1989-1990 I spent a semester on the faculty of Tel Aviv University, and I have returned to Israel for research purposes many times since. Increasingly, my whole world has been Jewish. After living for many years as the most Jewish Gentile that my Jewish friends and family had ever met, I finally converted to Judaism at Temple Beth El in 1996. Joining Temple Beth El has turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I will always be grateful to Temple Beth El for giving me so many wonderful friends.
Tim Tim was a born and raised in Riverside. He converted to Judaism in 1983 at Temple Beth El. Tim has been a member of TBE ever since. He has served the Jewish community in the past by sitting on the board of B'nai Brith as President and was treasurer of TBE for 6 years in the early 90's. He is proud to be joining TBE's board again.
Jory Jory is a native New Yorker who has lived in Riverside since 1989. He is a Professor of Physics and the Divisional Dean of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences at UC Riverside. He was brought up in the Orthodox tradition for a small portion of his childhood, and then Bar Mitzvah'd in a Conservative synagogue. Following his Bar Mitzvah, he was not affilated at all until joining Temple Beth El, where he has found a compatible vision of Judaism. His first TBE board position was Membership chair, which he held for three years prior to being elected for his first term as Vice President/President-Elect. He has also served as the Fund Development chair. He plays guitar, bass and keyboard with The Kleztafarians and spends as much time as he can with his wife and daughter.
LauriFenton My husband and I joined Temple Beth El in 2009. As well as being Secretary of the Temple I am also on the Sisterhood Board and on the Open Arms Committee. I am also a part of the Caring Community. I write greeting card poems and make my own cards. I enjoy walking, bike riding and swimming and I am a competitive figure skater.
Jason Jason Winston has been a member of Temple Beth El for about eight years and has lived in Riverside since 1998. He has worked professionally as a writer, editor and educator and has been producing the TBE newsletter, Chai Lights, since 2006. Jason was born in raised in Los Angeles and was Bar Mitzvah'd at Maarev Temple in the San Fernando Valley. He and wife Anna, a fellow board member, have three children and are very active in youth group and their chavurah. Jason is also a student of Mussar, a Jewish spirituality practice, and plans to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm for this tradition to TBE in a variety of ways in the coming years.
Kevin Kevin Akin has been a Temple Beth El member since 1983. He and his wife Margie sent their four children through the TBE religious school. Kevin previously served on the Board for seven years during the 1980s and 1990s. He urges anyone willing to work (in any way) for social justice to call or e-mail him. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Diane Kwasman Diane and her husband, Alan, both hail from the San Fernando Valley. Diane has been a Temple Beth El member for the last 10 years, serving 2 years as Sisterhood President. In addition to being a past committee member on the Open Arms Committee, she also works on other TBE committee projects throughout the year including the Women's Creative Service, Jewish Film Festival, and her son's Hebrew School class. With Teaching and Management as her background, Diane enjoys serving her community within other non-profit agencies. As Mom and Dad to a thriving 8 year old son, their greatest joy is enriching his life!
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Jerry Sturmer - President
jerryJerry Sturmer grew up in Anaheim, where he studied with and sang under the direction of Cantor Philip Moddel.  After graduating from CSU, Fullerton, he began his career teaching, first in Los Angeles, and then in Rialto.  After 14 years teaching history and music he transitioned into administration in 1992, both at the site and district levels.  Jerry has been married to Nancy for over 35 years, and their son Daniel has sounded the shofar at Temple Beth El since 1994.  After singing with the Temple’s choir for more than 20 years, Jerry decided it was time to increase his contribution to our community by joining the Board first as Secretary, then Vice President, and is now proud to accept the office of President.

 

 


Harry Freedman - Vice President/President-Elect 
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Rusty Russell - Finance
Rusty RussellLike many members of Temple Beth El, I come from a mixed religious background. My father's grandfather Adolf Israel was Jewish, but he married a Catholic, so his son my grandfather also became Catholic and changed the family name from Israel to Russell. My mother's parentage was also mixed. After my parents left the Catholic Church, they told me that I should join the religion of my choice. Because I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, by age thirteen I knew that "the religion of my choice" was going to be Jewish. Everywhere I have ever lived, most of my friends have been Jewish. Since I married Judy Lehr in 1976, most of my family has been Jewish as well. In 1989-1990 I spent a semester on the faculty of Tel Aviv University, and I have returned to Israel for research purposes many times since. Increasingly, my whole world has been Jewish. After living for many years as the most Jewish Gentile that my Jewish friends and family had ever met, I finally converted to Judaism at Temple Beth El in 1996. Joining Temple Beth El has turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I will always be grateful to Temple Beth El for giving me so many wonderful friends.


 

  Tim Beld - Treasurer
TimTim was a born and raised in Riverside. He converted to Judaism in 1983 at Temple Beth El. Tim has been a member of TBE ever since. He has served the Jewish community in the past by sitting on the board of B'nai Brith as President and was treasurer of TBE for 6 years in the early 90's. He is proud to be joining TBE's board again.

 

 




Jory Yarmoff - Past President
JoryJory is a native New Yorker who has lived in Riverside since 1989. He is a Professor of Physics and the Divisional Dean of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences at UC Riverside. He was brought up in the Orthodox tradition for a small portion of his childhood, and then Bar Mitzvah'd in a Conservative synagogue. Following his Bar Mitzvah, he was not affilated at all until joining Temple Beth El, where he has found a compatible vision of Judaism. His first TBE board position was Membership chair, which he held for three years prior to being elected for his first term as Vice President/President-Elect. He has also served as the Fund Development chair. He plays guitar, bass and keyboard with The Kleztafarians and spends as much time as he can with his wife and daughter. 

 

 

 


Lauri Fenton - Secretary
LauriFentonMy husband and I joined Temple Beth El in 2009. As well as being Secretary of the Temple I am also on the Sisterhood Board and on the Open Arms Committee. I am also a part of the Caring Community. I write greeting card poems and make my own cards. I enjoy walking, bike riding and swimming and I am a competitive figure skater. 

 

 

 

 


Jason Winston - Communication

JasonJason Winston has been a member of Temple Beth El for about eight years and has lived in Riverside since 1998. He has worked professionally as a writer, editor and educator and has been producing the TBE newsletter, Chai Lights, since 2006. Jason was born in raised in Los Angeles and was Bar Mitzvah'd at Maarev Temple in the San Fernando Valley. He and wife Anna, a fellow board member, have three children and are very active in youth group and their chavurah. Jason is also a student of Mussar, a Jewish spirituality practice, and plans to bring his knowledge and enthusiasm for this tradition to TBE in a variety of ways in the coming years. 






Kevin Akin - Social Justice
KevinKevin Akin has been a Temple Beth El member since 1983. He and his wife Margie sent their four children through the TBE religious school. Kevin previously served on the Board for seven years during the 1980s and 1990s. He urges anyone willing to work (in any way) for social justice to call or e-mail him. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 






Diane Kwasman - Open Arms Committee
Diane KwasmanDiane and her husband, Alan, both hail from the San Fernando Valley. Diane has been a Temple Beth El member for the last 10 years, serving 2 years as Sisterhood President. In addition to being a past committee member on the Open Arms Committee, she also works on other TBE committee projects throughout the year including the Women's Creative Service, Jewish Film Festival, and her son's Hebrew School class. With Teaching and Management as her background, Diane enjoys serving her community within other non-profit agencies. As Mom and Dad to a thriving 8 year old son, their greatest joy is enriching his life!

 

 

 

 


Sandie Nelson - Religious Education
SandieSandie Nelson has been involved with TBE and the Education Committee for several years. Prior to her retirement from teaching in 2003 she taught in the Perris Elementary School District, where she was president of the Perris Elementary Teacher's Association, and with her husband, David, a math teacher, in overseas American schools in Karachi, Pakistan, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Warsaw, Poland, and Kinshasa, Zaire. She has two children: Michelle teaches at the Jewish Community School of the Desert, and Michael, who lives on his sailboat when he is not working in Northern California. 

 




Lyn Yarmoff - Fund Development
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Eric Lesser - Building & Grounds
EricEric Lesser joined Temple Beth El in 2012.  Prior to being appointed to the Buildings and Grounds position, Eric (at the request of Rabbi Singer) organized the 2013 and 2014 Tu B'Shvat temple grounds clean-up and plantings and, in addition, had a major role in the August 2013 refurbishment of the temple patio around our 50-year-old Podocarpus tree.  Eric is originally from the San Fernando Valley and is a landscape design professional.  He is also a 'cellist and has played the Kol Nidrei at Erev Yom Kippur for the past 2 years.

 

 

 

 


Sharyn Sherman - Youth Groups
SharynSharyn Sherman has lived in Riverside for the last 12 years. She has been a middle school teacher for the past 20, and truly enjoys working with young people. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her husband and children, being active, and reading. 

 

 

 

 

 


Aimee Perlstein - TBECDC Representitve
AimeeAimee has been a member and involved with TBE for about 20 years. With her husband Adam, and two sons Jeremy and Brian, she has been active in the Religious Education Committee and other aspects of our temple community. She converted to Judaism in 1995 here at TBE. She has been an upper grade elementary teacher and mentor for 15 years in RUSD. 

 

 

 

 
 


Paula Hermann - Sisterhood Representative
PaulaPaula has been a member of Temple Beth El since 1992, when she and husband Ron were married and moved to Riverside. She had her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in 2005, in her 50's. Ron and Paula have an 18-year-old daughter named Rachael. Paul is retired now, but worked in the proprietary school industry for over 30 years. 

 

 

 




Christine Leapman - Sisterhood President
ChristineChristine, a Riverside native, joined TBE in 2007 when she and her family moved to Riverside from London, UK. Christine brings years of experience as a teacher and administrator and mountains of enthusiasm to her position with the board.

 

 

Weiss Judaica Gift Shop
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The gift shop hours are:

Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

(when Religious School is in session) 

or by appointment

call Diane at

(951) 684-4511

Weiss Judaica Gift Shop

GiftShopSign thumbOur Gift Shop serves two purposes for our Temple. It is a one-stop-shop for building a Jewish home. We carry Mezuzot, menorahs, Seder plates, cookbooks; anything and everything needed to promote a sense of history, celebration, and identity of Judaism for our families. Additionally, thanks to the support of our TBE family and the Jewish community, The Weiss Judaica Gift Shop will donate $4,000 to our Temple’s General Fund. Thank you for making our shop, “the best little gift shop in the Inland Empire.” We look forward to serving you in the upcoming years.

The gift shop hours are:
Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(when Religious School is in session)
or by appointment
call Diane at
(951) 684-4511

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