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If you are trying to contact us in case of a pastoral emergency, such as:

  • Death or imminent death in the family

  • Moving a loved one to hospice

  • Receiving a terminal diagnosis

  • Emergency medical issues or accidents

Please contact Rabbi Sammy directly by calling (858)-513-8330 follow the prompts to be connected directly to him. For non-urgent pastoral matters (such as routine surgery or other hospitalization), please call during office hours or email Rabbi Sammy at


Rabbi Sammy Seid


Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Sammy Seid brings his Torat Chesed(“A Torah of Loving Kindness”) into all aspects of communal and personal engagement from prayer leadership and teaching, to social programming and relationship building.

Learn more about Rabbi Sammy Seid!




Learning Center Director Becky Bar-Lev Henning

Becky Bar-Lev Henning was born in the U.S., but lived in Israel for six 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 earned a B.A in Psychology from UCLA, and her M.A. from Georgetown University).

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 students, working with remedial students, and running a 'junior congregation' program."  

Becky is married with three sons. She lives near San Diego State University in east county, where she grew up. She met her husband in Israel during Junior Year Abroad in college. Her oldest son is post Bar-Mitzvah and is preparing to leave for Israel. Her two youngest sons are students at the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center, as well as at local public school. Becky, or "Morah Rivkah" as she is known at the school, says her 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."

Our Office Staff


Ron and family at Eli's 1st Chanukah!Ron Harris, our Office Administrator, was born in Chicago but only stayed for a year, as his father was a traveling cigar salesman. The family settled in LA, where Ron graduated from Santa Monica High School along with some names you might know including: Heather Thomas (of “The Fall Guy” fame), Lisa Gerritsen (of the “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Phyllis” shows), Bruce Buffer (of MMA announcing fame), Jimmy Lennon, Jr. (famous boxing announcer), and Dennis Smith (long time Denver Broncos Safety)!

Ron earned a degree in Business Management and Finance from Cal State Northridge, where he also met his now-wife of 38 years Eileen. Recruited by Pacific Telephone as a software developer - with no experience but a passing aptitude test score - Ron ended up working for 30 years with them as a software developer in Northern California. He then work for 10 years in the Disability Claims business.

By 2015, both his daughters (Amy and Sarah) had graduated from college and were living in San Diego. Amy had recently gotten married, so they made a deal: if they were fortunate to have a child, Ron and Eileen would sell their home in Thousand Oaks and move down to become built-in babysitters for them. They say it's the best decision they ever made - Eli is now 2 years old.

While in Thousand Oaks, Ron served as the Treasurer of the Brotherhood at Temple Adat Elohim for 15 years, and then as their President for a year before relocating to San Diego. He also played piano in their Band of Milk and Honey during the same period.

Interesting fun facts about Ron: A few years ago, Robert Redford was interviewed in AARP magazine and was quoted as saying that he met his first Jew in elementary school and named her by her maiden name, Lois Levinson, who just happens to be Ron's mother.  She remembers him as being one of her closest friends. A few years ago, Ron played in a charity poker tournament and sat at the same table as Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame.


Office Manager

Christa Mandel joined our office team in 2018, several years after becoming a Ner Tamid member and frequent volunteer. Whether the phones need answering or the Shabbat wine needs pouring, Christa is here to take care of whatever is needed around the synagogue to keep things running smoothly.

Christa was born in Minnesota, lived in Colorado, then settled in San Diego as a teenager. She lives in the Mission Gorge area with her son and their dog. Her son attends the Sam S. Bloom Learning Center at Ner Tamid and is currently studying for his bar mitzvah this year!

If you have questions about the synagogue or school, Christa is always happy to help answer them.




Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779