Our Board of Directors

Marisa Connell, President

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-7 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. You can reach her at marisa.l.connell@gmail.com.

 

Mitchell Freedman, President Emeritus

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 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). For Ner Tamid related business, Mr. Freedman may be reached by email at mjfreedman@cox.net.

 

 

Jon Pearl, Executive Vice President

Jonathan Pearl is one of the newest members to join the board (January 2016) and is excited about the opportunity to serve the synagogue and its members.  Lisa, Jon and their three daughters live in Scripps Ranch.  Their oldest daughters celebrated Bat Mitzvahs at Ner Tamid in 2013 and 2015.  Jon is a partner at a law firm in San Diego where he focuses on labor, employment and education law issues.  Jon encourages members and prospective members to contact him if they have questions, concerns, ideas or news to share at jpearl517@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).  

 

 

David Hardoon, VP, Ritual

David Hardoon moved to San Diego in 2011 and joined Ner Tamid in 2012.  David is originally from Hewlett, NY,  on Long Island, and graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in Computer Science.  He met his wife, Kristal, in law school and they were married in 2013 at Ner Tamid.  David's day job is as a patent attorney, but in his spare time he enjoys photography, backgammon, craft beer and home brewing.  David's approach to Judaism can be summed up in Hillel's famous quote, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" (Avot 1:14).   David can usually be found davening at Shabbat services, hanging out with the Sunday minyan, and trying not to fold at the quarterly Ner Tamid Poker Tournaments.

 

Evan Cohen, VP. Education

Evan Cohen joined Ner Tamid in 2012 with his wife Gigi, and daughters Monica and Sierra. Monica attends CSU San Marcos (his alma mater!) and Sierra is in 2nd grade and attends our Hebrew school. When he's not surfing in Del Mar or hanging out with family and friends, you can find Evan at his Encinitas office of Edward Jones Investments where he provides finance, investment and retirement planning guidance to families in North County San Diego.

 

 

 

Myla Kelly, Recording Secretary

Myla is currently serving the NerTamid community as the Recording Secretary of the Board. Myla joined Ner Tamid Synagogue in 2004. Born in San Bernardino, California, 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.

 

 

Sara Reisman, VP, Membership

Sara and her family moved to San Diego (for the second time!) in 1998 from Washington D.C. and joined Ner Tamid in 2002. Originally from Tucson, she attended the University of Arizona with a BS in Biochemistry and received a Master of Public Health/Health Service Administration from San Diego State University. After a few years working in hospital software, Sara "retired" to take care of their 3 kids - Maya (18), Jeri (15) and Jake (12). Ner Tamid has become such an important extended family to the Reisman family. Sara, along with her husband, Joe, and kids love to host a Ner Tamid party!

 

Mark Baker, VP, Grounds & Facilities

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Shemirani, VP, Fundraising

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.  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.

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