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Ner Tamid is a synagogue that believes everyone has something important to contribute.  We not only seek out leaders, but we develop leaders in a warm and loving environment where people love to contribute to the best of their abilities and are cherished.  We form lay leadership teams around our priorities and challenges. Let us know where you can help



Gary and his wife joined Ner Tamid in 2018 because they were looking for a temple and a community that was warm and welcoming, and where it was easy to connect with fellow Jews. They were also looking for a place where their two children would learn about their Jewish heritage and make lifelong friends. They found exactly that at Ner Tamid.

Gary is originally from Canada where he was raised in a Moroccan Sephardic, French speaking household.

His spare time revolves around sports, particularly tennis, hockey and golf. Before taking on the role he has now Gary began on the Ner Tamid Board as the VP of Education because he believes it is a privilege to see young members embrace their Jewish identity and their thirst for knowledge.



Max joined Ner Tamid in 2015.  Born & raised in Brooklyn, New York, he moved to San Diego over 25 years ago, via Iowa.

Many congregants have met his  daughter, Bailey, her brother Myer, and his wife Debra at Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat. He is a scientist at Eli Lilly and a lifecycle photographer. Max enjoys walking on the beach with the family dogs, Peanuts & Boujee, playing poker, and cooking. Ask him about his smoked salmon that might be at the next poker and schmoozing get together.

He can be reached at



Liliane Eichenbaum was born in Marrakech, Morocco to a Sephardic Orthodox family. After completing Pharmacy school at the University of Strasbourg,France she emigrated to Israel and lived in Jerusalem, Natanya, and Hadera for three and a half years. Liliane speaks French, Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew, and English. After marrying an American in Israel, she moved to Saint Joseph, Michigan and became a member of a conservative synagogue.

Liliane became VP of Ritual from 1996 to 2013. During that time, she also served as " Shlicha Tsibur" שליחה ציבורית. In that role, she lead services on Shabbat and festivals in the absence of the Rabbi. She also taught Hebrew school and prepared children for Bar and Bat Mitzvah. 

In June 2013, she and her husband retired and moved to San Diego to join their two children and two granddaughters. They have been members of Ner Tamid and Liliane accepted the position of VP of Ritual in January, 2020.


VP, Finance

Gerry came to San Diego in 1999 from the NY/NJ area with his wife, Karen, and two sons (now grown and married).  Gerry and Karen have been members of Ner Tamid since 2016.

Gerry comes to the board of directors with a diverse background.  He was the owner/operator of a regional pest control company serving Southern California for 18 years.  Previously, Gerry worked as a computer business analyst and manager for Fortune 50 companies over a 20 year span.  Previous to that, Gerry received his Masters in Social Work for Washington University, St. Louis and worked in the field of addictions and family counseling for 5 years.

Gerry lived in Israel periodically during the 1970s and enjoys speaking several languages. 

Feel free to email Gerry at:


Recording Secretary 

Rena began attending Ner Tamid in 2019 due to the warm and welcoming atmosphere. In 2024 she accepted the position of Recording Secretary. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and enjoyed being part of the large Jewish community there as well as in San Luis Obispo where she met her husband at Hillel. She moved to San Diego in 2007 with her husband Randy. She has two children who attend Shul School. She loves the festive and intimate atmosphere at Ner Tamid, especially for her family with young children. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather. If you love Sephardic charoset don't forget to ask to get on her Passover distribution list. ​​​​​​​


VP of Education


Sat, July 13 2024 7 Tammuz 5784