Rabbi Dennis J. Eisner
Rabbi Eisner brings his strong background in spiritual and pastoral guidance, Jewish communal work, formal and informal education, social action, as well as lay and professional leadership development to his role at PTBE.
Rabbi Eisner was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and holds a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Letters and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service.
Most recently Rabbi Eisner has served on the Israel & Global Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Northern California Board of AIPAC.
Previous to coming to PTBE in July 2007, Rabbi Eisner served as the Associate Rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and as Assistant Dean of the Los Angeles School of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. While at HUC-JIR Rabbi Eisner also served as Director of the Berit Mila Board of Reform Judaism and the National Organization of American Mohalim/ot. He was the Director of the Junior and High School Programs and NFTY for the Union for Reform Judaism and was Assistant Director of the URJ's Department of Synagogue Management.
Rabbi Eisner is married to Mandy Eisner, and they are proud parents of son Max and daughter Sadie.
Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin
Associate Rabbi / Educator
Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin was most recently the Assistant Rabbi and Congregational Educator at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. She was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2010, after receiving both a Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters in 2007, and her Masters Degree in Jewish Education in 2008. Prior to her studies at the Hebrew Union College, Sara earned her Bachelors Degree from Brandeis University in Sociology and Judaic Studies.
Rabbi Sara began her career as a Jewish educator in the DeLeT (Day school Leadership through Teaching) program. Teaching second grade at a Jewish Day School in Boston was what led her to the rabbinate. While teaching, Sara discovered a passion for educating others about Jewish living, and a commitment to engaging in further Jewish learning. This dedication to pursuing further work in the field of Jewish education led her to Jerusalem, where she began her rabbinical studies.
While living in Los Angeles, Rabbi Sara served as an Interim Rabbi at Beth Knesset BaMidbar in Lancaster, worked with student representatives of the Reform movement at UCLA Hillel, was the Education Director at URJ Camp Newman, and worked as both a rabbinic presence and as an educator at Congregation Or Ami, in Calabasas.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Rabbi Sara has spent significant time in both Chicago and Boston. When Sara is not teaching, studying, or enjoying the California sun, she loves to play Jewish music on her guitar, bake, and relax with her husband, Josh, and her children, Charlie and Sela.
Rabbi Lisa Kingston
Associate Rabbi / Educator
Rabbi Lisa Kingston is originally from Hartsdale, New York, and grew up at Woodlands Community Temple. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Skidmore College, she received her M.A.R.E degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York School of Education in 2009.
Rabbi Lisa has served as an intern for the Department of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-el in New York City, and as the student rabbi for Temple Israel in Uniontown, PA. As a recipient of the Bonnie and Daniel Tisch fellowship, she spent a summer learning about congregational leadership at B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT. Rabbi Lisa also spent a summer in Jackson, MS as the rabbinic intern for the Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
Elana Jagoda Kaye
Elana Jagoda Kaye joined the staff of Peninsula Temple Beth El in 2004 and has served as the full-time Cantorial Soloist since 2007. In addition to leading Shabbat and High Holy Day worship services, Elana conducts engaging tot-Shabbats, prepares students for B’nai Mitzvah and teaches in all of our education programs.
In 2007, Elana released her first solo album, Zum Gali Gali. Her 2nd CD, Uri Uri, produced by Jewish Blues extraordinaire, Saul Kaye, is a creative fusion of musical styles that elegantly speaks to both kids and adults alike. Both CDs have been selected for national distribution through the PJ Library program. Elana’s third album Im Ruchi, is a beautiful collection of Shabbat melodies produced for the Beth El community. Elana’s original music has been featured on several CD compilations including the URJ's Ruach series and Craig Taubman's Jewish Lullabies. Elana's latest collection is a new solo album of Passover music, Seder Song Revival.
Elana plays family concerts at synagogues, museums, festivals and community centers. Past appearances include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the ToLife! Festival, the East Bay Jewish Music Festival and the Chicago Jewish Music Festival. She has also played concerts for the PJ Library and the Bureau of Jewish Education. Elana loves spending time at camp and has served as guest music faculty for KUTZ Camp and Camp Newman. This summer Elana and her husband, Saul, served as artists-in-residence for the Wexner institute.
Elana is currently studying in the ALEPH Cantorial Ordination Program and is working towards becoming an ordained cantor.
Im Ruchi is available for purchase from PTBE by sending a check for $17.50 or contacting Kenneth in the temple office.
Photos on this page courtesy of Jeff Bartee Photography.