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Becoming a Leader

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


Our Board of Directors

Mark Baker, President



Marisa Connell, Past 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-10 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 for the people she has met at Ner Tamid and looks forward to meeting more as our kehillah grows. She previously served as VP, Education before being elected president in 2016. In the real world, Marisa works in program management at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. You can reach her at




Liliane Eichenbaum, VP of Ritual





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. 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 (21), Jeri (18) and Jake (15). 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!




Debbi Gourley, VP, Outreach & Publicity




Diana Finkelstein, VP, Communications

Diana Finkelstein is one of newest Board members, having joined Ner Tamid with her husband, Sol, in 2015. Originally from Canada, Diana has resided in the San Diego area for almost 40 years, raising two daughters and acquiring two sons in law and one granddaughter in the interim. A retired nurse, she enjoys painting, reading, Mahjong and dining out. Seeing a need for an empty nesters group at Ner Tamid, Diana started a Gourmet Group two years ago which has been going strong ever since.



Gerry Weitz, VP, Finance

 Gerry, VP of FinanceGerry 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.  Gerry has been the owner/operator of a regional pest control company serving Southern California since 2002.  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:



Max Ader, Executive Vice President

Max joined Ner Tamid in 2015.  Born & raised in Brooklyn New York, he moved here over 25 years ago, via Iowa.   Many congregants have met his 9-year old daughter, Bailey, her 8-year-old brother, Myer, and his wife Debra at Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat. He is a scientist at Eli Lilly and a lifecycle photographer. He enjoys walking on the beach with the family dog, Peanuts, playing poker, and cooking. Ask him about his smoked salmon that might be at the next poker and schmoozing get together. He is also the new Buildings & Grounds VP.  He can be reached at


Thu, January 21 2021 8 Shevat 5781