Our Leaders


At Ner Tamid, we encourage everyone to
participate and be active in our community.
Whether that means setting up the Sukkah, offering your skills as a yoga instructor, organizing our Rosh Chodesh group, or providing our Oneg...we appreciate the time and effort these leaders take to help build our kehillah (community).


Here you can learn about our spiritual leader, Rabbi Nadav Caine, our School Director Becky Bar-Lev Henning, our Administrator, Gina Caplan and our Board. We've also featured a few members who play leadership roles by lending their time, their talents, and themselves to our kehillah.

About
Rabbi Caine

Rabbi Caine, affectionately
known as "Rav Nadav," came
to the rabbinate from scholar-
ship in the Philosophy of
Religion and distinguished
engagement in Jewish Education.  Originally from Philadelphia, the son of Rabbi Ivan Caine, Rav Nadav earned his B.A. in religion and philosophy at Princeton University in 1988 and his Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University in 1993.  When not in school, Nadav lived for two years in Indonesia, and 1 year on kibbutz in Israel.  He then spent nearly ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, working toward his doctorate at Stanford University under Dr. Arnold Eisen (now chancellor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York) while working in Jewish Education.
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While at Stanford University, Rabbi Caine won the Jewish Community Federation’s first annual $10,000 Diller Prize for best Jewish Studies teacher in the Bay Area, as well as the International Academy for Jewish Philosophy’s Essay Prize for his scholarly essay on the thought of Moses Mendelssohn.  From 2000 until 2002, Rabbi Caine was Director of Peninsula Havurah High in Palo Alto, an interdenominational community Hebrew High program, which grew from 120 students to 190 students under his leadership.  He served on numerous committees and boards of Jewish institutions while also teaching Jewish Studies at Cal State Hayward and San Jose State University.


At the age of 40, Rabbi Caine moved from academia to the rabbinate, enrolling at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California, where he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi.

Rav Nadav is passionate about people and works closely with Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, families, and seniors.  His congregational teachings emphasizes Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), comparative religions, Talmud and Midrash, Psychology and Religion, and the relationship of Religion & Science.  Most importantly, Rav Nadav brings to Ner Tamid a genuine concern for the spiritual lives of all congregants.


Learning Center
Director

Becky Bar-Lev Henning was born in the U.S., but lived in Israel for
6 years as a child. As the daughter of a linguistics professor, she
grew up with a love for languages. After earning a Master's
Degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Teaching English as a
Second Language, Becky taught English overseas.

 

Becky says, "I have been involved with Hebrew schools since high school, serving as a teacher's aide through college. My first opportunity as a teacher was during graduate school in Washington D.C. I also taught in Hong Kong's Jewish community. Prior to joining Ner Tamid, I taught a range of grades at my previous Hebrew school for 12 years in addition to tutoring the B'nai Mitzvah student, working with remedial students, and running a "junior congregation" program.  

 

I am married with three sons. We live near Cowles Mountain in east county, where I grew up. My husband and I met in Israel during Junior Year Abroad in college. My oldest son is post Bar-Mitzvah, going into 10th grade. My two youngest sons will be in Kindergarten and 2nd grade this year and have joined us at the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center. My goal at the school is to give our children a "meaning-full" package of Judaism, Torah and Hebrew that will serve as a stepping stone to continued Jewish interest and learning into adulthood."

Board of Trustees


Mitchell Freedman, President

Mitchell Freedman is an attorney licensed to practice in California and Arizona. He has extensive litigation and transactional law experience in business contracts, real estate contracts, employment law and insurance law. Mr. Freedman also served as general counsel for two publicly-traded companies specializing in emerging technologies. Mr. Freedman graduated with a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego (J.D. 1982). He earned a degree in History and Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (B.A. 1979). Mr. Freedman is not only a lawyer but also a writer. Mr. Freedman is the author of an alternative history novel, "A Disturbance of Fate" (Seven Locks, 2003). In addition to receiving endorsements from Publisher's Weekly (a Starred Review), historians and writers for the novel, in 2004, "A Disturbance of Fate" was a finalist for best alternative history known as the Sidewise Awards. A long-time member of Conservative movement synagogues, Mr. Freedman was previously president of the Men's Club at a Conservative movement synagogue in Ventura County where he helped quadruple the active members of that club, and helped the club earn awards from the regional and national offices of the Men's Club organizations. For Ner Tamid related business, Mr. Freedman may be reached by email at mjfreedman@cox.net.


Lee Goodman, Executive Vice President

Lee Goodman is the CEO and President of Jerome's Furniture, an 8-store chain of home furnishings stores based in Southern California. Jerome's has 458 employees and generates over $100 million in annual sales. Lee moved to San Diego to join the company in 2006 after 12 years in his family's furniture business in his hometown of Boston. Lee has 2 sons, Maxwell (12) and Parker(9).  He married Amy Kyle this summer and collectively they all adore their 7 lb. Maltese, Biggie Smalls Goodman.   Lee graduated with a business degree from University of Connecticut. In his free time, which there's not much of, Lee plays tennis, golf, and coaches basketball. He resides in Del Mar and loves dessert.   He was the first person from his childhood temple to perform his entire Bar Mitzvah service in Hebrew, an accomplishment that he remains proud of to this day.


Marisa Connell, VP, Communications

Marisa Connell joined Ner Tamid in 2011, after relocating to San Diego from upstate New York. Immediately drawn to Ner Tamid, she and her enthusiastic now-5 year old daughter quickly became regulars.  Marisa and another member soon started our Rosh Chodesh women's group (questions? please contact her!) to grow the bond between the women of our community and - to be frank! - make friends! She is grateful to the people she has met at Ner Tamid and looks forward to meeting more as our kehillah grows. In the real world, Marisa works in program management at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. marisa.l.connell@gmail.com.


Corey Eagle, VP, Finance

Corey and his family moved to the San Diego area in 2001 and joined Ner Tamid in 2007.  He was born and raised on the East Coast and went to school in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Professionally, Corey has worked as an auditor at a Big 4 Accounting firm, and then as an accounting, financial and litigation consultant.In addition, Corey is accredited as a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).  Corey may be reached by email at  coreymeagle@gmail.com.


Myla Kelly, Recording Secretary

Myla is currently serving the Ner Tamid community as the Recording Secretary of the Board. Myla joined Ner Tamid Synagogue in 2004. Myla was born in San Bernardino California, and she is a third generation native Californian, she grew up in Pasadena California, completed her Bachelors degree at Point Loma Nazarene University, her Master’s degree at San Diego State University, and she has been married to Kenneth W. Kelly since 1977. Myla has served as the San Elijo Campus Librarian for MiraCosta College since 1988. 


Joe Reisman, VP, Religious Affairs

Joseph Reisman was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, and was raised in a tradition (but itinerant) Jewish home, chiefly in New Brunswick, New Jersey; San Jose, California; and Weston, Connecticut. He obtained B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry at, respectively, Yale University and the University of California, San Diego. He also studied at the Université de Montpellier, in Montpellier, France. Joe obtained a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. After law school, Joe and his wife Sara moved to Washington, D.C. There, they welcomed their first child, Maya, and Joe was honored to serve as a Judicial Clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Joe’s family returned to San Diego in 1998, where they welcomed another daughter, Jeri, and a son, Jacob.  Joe joined the intellectual property law firm, Knobbe Martens, and has been a partner in its San Diego office since 2002. He is a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; he specializes in patent procurement and litigation in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.  Joe and his family have been members of Ner Tamid for over a decade and Joe has been the VP of Religious Affairs since early 2012. He would like to thank the Committee members, particularly past Chairs Marty Leblang and Gerry Burstain, for welcome guidance. joereisman@san.rr.com.


Mark Schauder, VP, Grounds & Facilities

Mark is a lifetime resident of San Diego and has been a realtor since 2003.  He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Prior to his career in real estate, Mark worked as an architect, city planner and small business owner.  Mark enjoys volunteering in his community, traveling and spending time with his two daughters.



Paris Shemirani, VP, Fundraisng

Paris Shemirani left Iran around the age of 16 and came to the US to live with his older brother in Maryland.  He then moved to the west coast and attended San Diego State before becoming involved with the family budsiness, Baron's Market.  Paris is now in charge of purchasing for their grocery, produce and wine departments.  Paris' wife, Malka, is Youth Director at Ner Tamid, making the Shemirani's a strong and dedicated Ner Tamid family.  In addition to Ner Tamid and Baron's, Paris and his family are active in the community with other non-profit organizations and all of his children enjoy and excel in sports. PShemirani@PacificNFD.com.





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Administrator


Gina Caplan joined Ner Tamid in July 2014.  Born in Chicago, she spend more than 25 years as a radio air personality.  When she tired of getting up at 3am, she found her talents as an administrator, including working for a synagogue on Philadelphia's Main Line. To be closer to her two sons, Gina moved to the west coast several years ago.  "I finished up a stint managing a couple of offices for H & R Block and took some time to think about what came next.  I remembered the joy I felt working for the synagogue and set out to find that again.  I love my job at Ner Tamid!"