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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the managing body and trustee of the Congregation and is responsible for assuring the financial health of Rodef Shalom.

The Board of Directors and committees at Rodef Shalom are vital to the health and growth of the congregation. There are currently over 20 committees covering everything from membership, marketing and finance to ritual, education, programming, and social action. 

The Rodef Shalom culture is one of cooperation, collaboration and community input. Through participation on the board or committees, our members have an opportunity to share their voices concerning plans, programs and policies of our synagogue and to participate in its future.

The board and committees, in partnership with our staff, help accomplish the mission of our congregation.

Rodef Shalom Board of Directors

David Seligman​ President
Nora Murrell Vice-President
Jason Steele Treasurer
Traci Bekelman  Secretary

 

 
Hannah Baldwin At-large
Matt Clary At-large
Rena Dulberg At-large
Mollie Gilbert Brody At-large
Camille Papini-Chapla At-large
Barbara Pearl At-large
Aviva Pearlman At-large
Joyce Raynor  At-large
Myles Steiner At-large
Elly Valas At-large
Seth Weintraub At-large

 

David Seligman 

I grew up in Denver, but I did not attend Rodef as a child. When I moved to Massachusetts for college and law school, I was convinced that I would never move back. But after my wife Izzi and I had our first daughter (Ruthie, 8), while I was working as a consumer protection lawyer in Boston, we began to see the benefits of being closer to home. In 2015, we moved back to Denver, where we had two more daughters (Miriam, 6, and Dalia, 3). I am a worker and consumer rights lawyer and the Executive Director of Towards Justice, a non-profit legal organization that principally represents workers in impact litigation across the country to address systemic injustices in the marketplace and abuses of corporate power. I also advocate for policy reforms at the city, state, and federal levels. I love the Buffalo Bills, the Colorado Rockies, ice cream, and whitefish salad—but more than anything, I love my family and our three energetic, curly-haired, little daughters. Even if you haven’t met me yet (and you will!), you’ve likely seen them around shul.

 

Nora Murrell

I am a vintage seamstress YouTuber.  I’ve been primarily focusing on anything between 1920 through the early 1950s.  I am also a hardened, seasoned pilot’s wife with a history of sudden fixation on a new hobby or topic that eventually will be utterly abandoned.  This experiential and journey based approach to life has resulted in many inexplicable college degree changes and career changes that have absolutely paved the way to who I am today.  It’s not exactly clear how I went from a political science degree, to teaching middle school science, to being a labor doula, to sewing on youtube, but this wildly edited bio is now still too long.  I am regularly at Rodef with my wonderful family: Michael ‘Hawk’ Murrell (the pilot husband), Tiernan, and Alice.  Please always feel welcome to come up and say Hi.  I’m the red head that is endeavoring to look like she stepped out of a time machine.  You can’t miss me.

 

Jason Steele

Jason Steele was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in History, Jason moved to Denver in 1997, where he worked as a computer systems consultant. In 2005 Jason married Dr. Janna Steele, an Israeli-American. In 2011, Jason left his job in computers to become a full-time freelance writer covering credit cards and award travel. Jason and Janna live in the Mayfair neighborhood with their daughters Ilana (15) and Evie (10), and their son Ari (6).

 

 

Traci Bekelman 

Traci is an anthropologist and a professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She joined the Rodef Shalom community in 2008, and the Board of Directors in 2022. She has been an active member of the Education committee and the Disability, Awareness and Inclusion committee. Traci and her husband joined Rodef Shalom because they love the haimish atmosphere and strong sense of community. All of her children attended preschool and had their B'nai Mitzvah at Rodef.

 

 

 

Hannah Baldwin 

Hi, I'm Hannah (she/her)! I'm a pie-baking, quilt-making, dog-cuddling, union-organizing writer with a background in journalism and marketing. When my fiancé, Eyal, and I joined the shul after moving to Denver last year, we found a warm, inclusive community so I'm excited to chair the Membership Committee and welcome other new members. I can't wait to meet you.   

 

Matt Clary 

I was born in Columbus, Ohio and zigzagged my way across the country between both coasts before meeting my wife, Jennifer, in Philadelphia. We came to Denver over 10 years ago with the plan to stay only a couple years before moving back East. Both my wife and I work in medicine through the University of Colorado. We have a young girl and a boy that have attended pre-school at Rodef Shalom and love to travel, ski, and swim. We joined Rodef for the preschool but stayed for the community. 

 

 

Rena Dulberg

Originally from Albuquerque, Rena now considers Denver home. Rena received her BA in Psychology from Occidental College and an MA in Conflict Resolution from University of Denver.  After nearly 10 years in higher education as both faculty and administrative leadership, she served as VP of Community Engagement at ThinkImpact, an international social enterprise. Later, she worked as Innovation Lead of Entrepreneurs & Ventures at UpStart Labs. She became a certified Design Thinking facilitator through the Stanford D School and in 2017 and later founded BOOSH LLC, where she serves as Lead Consultant. BOOSH supports nonprofit organizations with innovation through Human-Centered Design. Rena currently serves as Education Committee Chair and sits on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Rodef Shalom. In her spare time, she and her husband are designing their dream home and wrangling two kids, ages 9 and 6. 

 

Mollie Gilbert Brody

Mollie is thrilled to be joining the Rodef Shalom board after being so warmly welcomed into the community when her family moved to Denver in 2021. Mollie grew up in Denver and was confirmed at Rodef, before leaving Colorado to spend time in New York, Michigan and Israel. Mollie is now a faculty member with the University of Colorado School of Nursing where she practices as a Nurse Midwife. Mollie lives with her husband, Aaron, and their four children, all regulars at Rodef. Outside of shul and work, Mollie’s interests include exploring the Colorado mountains, attending shows at the DCPA, visiting museums, gluten-free baking and glass blowing.

 

Camille Papini-Chapla

Camille (she/her) is an attorney and has been a member of Rodef Shalom since 2019. She is proud to be a member of such a diverse and inclusive synagogue, and she looks forward to supporting the community as it grows.  Camille enjoys cycling, bad puns, and the Oxford comma.  She is married and has three children.

 

 

Barbara Pearl 

Barbara Pearl has been a member of Rodef Shalom for 15 years, worked in the office for three years, and is pleased to serve on the board for the first time. She worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20 years, specializing in oncology. She is married to Professor Fred Greenspahn and is a parent of five children and grandmother of 10. Rodef Shalom continues to be a significant part of her life.

 

 

Aviva Pearlman

 

Joyce Raynor 

Joyce Raynor grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BA in Hebraic Studies from Rutgers University. She also holds an MA in rabbinic literature from the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) and a PhD in archaeology from Duke University’s Department of Religion. Joyce was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as a Conservative rabbi.

Joyce has served on Duke’s staff at archaeological excavations in ancient Galilean synagogues and Tzippori. She has worked as a curator at the Israel Museum and the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. Since her return from Israel, she has worked at Golda Och Academy in West Orange NJ as a Bible and Rabbinics teacher, high school principal and head of school. Prior to her recent retirement and move to Denver to be close to her children and grandchildren, she served as head of school of the Dr Miriam and Sheldon G Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas NV.

Myles Steiner

 

Elly Valas

I’m Elly Valas and I’m a Denver native. My parents, Harry and Lee Valas, were founding members of Rodef Shalom. My father and some of his friends even laid the tile in what is now the Mizel Museum building. I was a retailer for many years and then became a small business consultant. Since retiring six years ago I have been raising puppies that eventually become service dogs for Canine Companions. As a passionate traveler I’ve been to all seven continents, over 35 countries and 49 states in the US. I just returned from Iceland and Greenland. My next travel goal is to visit as many of the 439 US National Parks Sites as I can. I love the vibrant multi-generational make-up of Rodef. I smile at the young families and their children filling the building on Shabbat and holidays. We definitely exemplify Dor l’Dor—from Generation to Generation.

Seth Weintraub

Seth and his wife, Debre, came to Denver from Los Angeles in 2022 shortly after retirement. Why Denver? Their three adult children are here, including grandchildren. Seth’s long career in finance spanned both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He served as Director of Finance at the Wonderful Company, and as CFO for the Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles, the L.A. Opera, and The Colburn School. His hobbies include fly fishing, hiking, and pickleball.

 

 

 

Past Board Presidents

Myron Wilkoff
Jerome Kesselman
Tibor Stern
Sol Cersonsky
Harry Pells
Robert J. Pells
Jonas  Kiken
Walter Stark
Robert Rottman
Leonard Rivkin
Isadore Katz
Marvin Shamon
Noah Perlis
Richard Martin
Steve Zimmerman
Allan Rosenbaum
Marilyn Bogan
Elaine Tinter
Roni Ogin
Debbie Ginsburg
Barbara Shecter
Della Levy
Barbara Robbins
Andrew Brock
Scott Fisher
Ron Rubin
Carl Boymel
Marty Zimmerman
Chandra Rosenthal
Marcus Oginsky​

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