EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
 

 

Jeff Hyman, President 

Jeff Hyman and his wife, Hillary Weingast, joined PTBE in 2008 when their daughter enrolled in Ganon. Jeff is General Counsel, Head of HR and Corporate Secretary at Pebble Technology Corp, the Palo Alto-based pioneer of the smart watch industry. Jeff joined Pebble in March 2014 after more than 5 years at Apple Inc, where he lead the legal team responsible for the design, technology development, supply chain and manufacture of Apple’s hardware products. Prior to Apple, Jeff was a senior business attorney at Intel Corp and started his legal career as a business and intellectual property litigation attorney at Cooley Godward.

Jeff was born and raised in San Francisco, earned his law degree at Santa Clara University’s School of Law and graduated with a double major in Economics and Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz. Jeff, Hillary, Sierra and their dog, Bialy, live in Belmont.

Drew Lieberman, 1st VP

Drew and his family relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago when he joined eBay in 2002.  His daughters, Ellie and Zoey, became b’not mitzvah at PTBE in 2011, and his son Jake is studying feverishly towards his bar mitzvah in 2017.   Drew has been an active member of the PJCC Finance Committee, and for the last two years has served on the Federation’s Northern Peninsula Regional Impact Committee which focused on bringing new solutions to increasing teen involvement and engagement in the Jewish community.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Drew earned his undergraduate degree at Yale and his MBA at Harvard Business School.  He worked on the East Coast and Midwest in the management consulting field and in General Management.  He is now CEO of Glyde Corporation, an eCommerce Company. Drew, his wife, Randi, and kids live in San Mateo.

Judy Fisher, 2nd VP

Judy grew up in Monroeville (suburb of Pittsburgh), PA where her family was very active in their synagogue, Temple David, and the Jewish community.  She became a Bat Mitzvah and was Confirmed there.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. Professionally, Judy has been a technical and marketing writer, editor, and project manager.  She currently teaches mindfulness meditation, received her certification to teach Jewish mindfulness meditation from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and serves on their national board.

At PTBE, Judy served on the Development Committee, founded and chaired the BEW Rosh Chodesh program, teaches and directs Or HaLev (Light of the Heart), the Center for Jewish Spirituality at PTBE, and is currently serving on the Capital Campaign Committee.  In 2015, Judy was honored to receive PTBE's Member of the Year Award.  Judy has previously served a term on the PTBE Board of Trustees, a year as secretary, and is currently 1st Vice President. Judy has been married for 38 years to Tom, who is currently the Chief Technical Officer at MapR Technologies, Inc.  Judy and Tom are blessed to have three children whom all live in the Bay Area.  Their daughter, Mariah, became a Bat Mitzvah in 2013 and is currently in the Confirmation Class.  Rabbi Eisner performed the marriage of their son, Michael, to Michele in 2016.  Their daughter, Rebecca, lives in San Mateo and is the middle school history teacher at the Wornick Jewish Day School. Judy believes that the synagogue is the heart of Jewish life and wants to contribute to creating a vibrant Jewish community at PTBE and on the North Peninsula. 

Roger Feigelson, Secretary

Roger is a Northern California native who grew up in Saratoga. He did not have a religious upbringing, but he decided he wanted to become a bar mitzvah at the age of 13 anyway, and yet got derailed. Nonetheless, he was involved in BBYO in high school and after graduation from Stanford, became active in the leadership of the Young Adults Division of the Jewish Community Federation of San
Francisco, et, al., where he met his wife Rebecca Schwartz at Super Sunday. They have two daughters, Alyssa and Liana. Roger is wrapping up his sixth and final year on the board of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School where he served first as VP of Strategic Planning, then as President, and then finally as Immediate Past President serving on nearly all committees. By day he works for Oracle and offers
business consulting for a soundtrack record label based in Oakland, putting his hard earned MBA from Santa Clara University to work. And he did finally did become bar mitzvah at the age of 36.

Jeff Lager, Treasurer

Jeff was born in Miami and lived in central New Jersey before moving to California to attend Stanford University. He holds a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford and is a CFA charter holder For the past 19 years Jeff has worked as an analyst and portfolio manager with the Capital Group Companies. He is a former board member and treasurer of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), a job training and career counseling
nonprofit based in San Francisco. Jeff and his wife Erin have been active PTBE members since moving to the Peninsula in 2005. They have three young sons, Jacob, Samuel, and Nathan.

Lawrence Siegel, Immediate Past President

Larry grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where his family was active in the Jewish community. He is a graduate of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He completed post-graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and at Stanford University where he served on the faculty and headed cardiovascular anesthesiology. In addition to academic medicine, Larry has been an executive for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Larry served on the Religious School Board, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the Bonim B'Yachad capital campaign.  His wife, Pat, was active in establishing PTBE's role in the Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Home and Hope), helping homeless families in San Mateo County. Their children, Emily and Lillian, became b'not mitzvah at PTBE and Lillian was a member of the North Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation for four years focusing on water projects and vocational and educational programs to help youth in impoverished communities and Israel.

Bios for Board of Trustees

 

Debby Horowitz Courtney

Debby and her husband Brian joined PTBE in 2006, when their eldest son, Lucas, started kindergarten. As an active member of her childhood synagogues, Temple Emanuel in San Jose, and Temple Beth David in Saratoga, Debby has continued that synagogue activism at PTBE as an early member of the Education Committee under the leadership of Rabbis Karen and Micah Citrin, co-chair of SSH (Sunday Sandwich Hevre) for two years, and the Education Committee Co-Chair for four years. Debby was also on the Search Committee to replace Rabbis Karen and Micah Citrin. Debby is honored to serve on the PBTE Board of Trustees, and she looks forward to helping sustain our unique PTBE spirituality through Torah study, community activism, and rejuvenating musical experiences.

Debby runs corporate events and professional conferences for Silicon Valley high-tech companies. She holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado and started her career in academic publishing before going to work for Guitar Player Magazine in 1993. She met her husband, Brian, at a music event in Nashville, where he was living at the time working as a professional bass player. Brian’s music talents have been passed down to their two children, Lucas, a passionate drummer, and Danielle, a guitar player and passionate singer.

Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox has been a member of PTBE since 2001. He is married to Nicki Fox, who has been an active member of Beth El Women and PTBE’s Education Committee. Jonathan and Nicki have two children, both of whom participated in the PTBE’s Education Program and became b'nai mitzvah at PTBE. Jonathan has had the honor of being co‐chair of the Education Committee and serving on the
Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee as an Ex‐Officio member. Jonathan is also a past member of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center’s Board of Directors and chair of it Marketing Committee, as well as a recipient of the PTBE Congregation Member of the Year Award. Jonathan works at Intel as Senior Privacy Engineer and is the co‐author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto (ApressOpen
2014).

Juliette (Julie) Goldman

Julie has been a member of PTBE since 2007 when she and her husband, Jeff, moved back to the Bay Area after living in Durham, NC, and enrolled their daughter in our Ganon Early Childhood Education Center. After joining PTBE, she was asked to join the Ganon Task Force and also served on the planning committee for the Brandon Brier Playground Fundraiser. Julie grew up in Cupertino, where she became involved with BBYO and then lived in San Francisco, where she became increasingly more involved in the Jewish community where she held multiple positions on Boards for YAD (Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation) and YABS (Young Adults at Beth Sholom) as well as participating in a Jewish and Civics leadership program, NLP (New Leaders Project) through JCRC. Most recently, she served on the Board of her daughters’ nonprofit school board, in addition to serving as the Vice President and President for the parent association for four years.

Professionally, Juliette is a Senior Customer Success Manager for a startup, GuideSpark. Previously, Juliette was a fundraiser for six years as well as a marketer for over ten years. Juliette received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing from San Diego State University. Julie and Jeff have two daughters, Emma, 11, and Abby, 7, who both attended Ganon and who currently attend Rishonim. She enjoys running, working out at Orangetheory, enjoying the beautiful outdoors, and planning her next adventure.

Aliya Gordon

Aliya and her husband Gil joined PTBE in 2008, seeking a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community for their family, including their two daughters, Gavrielle and Sasha. Energized by PTBE's commitment to developing new programming to meet the needs of its broad range of members, Aliya is eager to contribute to PTBE's continued growth. A firm believer in supporting the local Jewish community, Aliya
previously served on the board of the Wornick Jewish Day School. Aliya is a Senior Associate General Counsel at Franklin Templeton Investments, primarily working on commercial, securities and employment litigation, as well as regulatory matters. Aliya earned her law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Sydney Kapchan

Sydney grew up in Alameda where her parents were active volunteer leaders in the Jewish and civic communities. The combination of small Temple Israel and later, Oakland’s large Temple Sinai, were powerful incubators for religious and civic life that continue to motivate Sydney’s engagement. These continue to deepen within PTBE and the larger Jewish community. Sydney and her husband, Steve Tulkin, joined in 1992; one son became a bar mitzvah at PTBE and all three sons were confirmed here. Over the years, Sydney has served on the Beth El Women’s board, on the PTBE Board and Executive Committee, on various committees and task forces (i.e., Sanctuary Capital Campaign, Caring Committee, Social Action, Strategic Planning). She is a lifelong learner and participates in Torah Study regularly. Sydney believes that synagogue life is foundational to Judaism and to a vibrant community and is honored to be invited to serve as a PTBE trustee. 

Sydney is a graduate of U.C. Davis (B.A., Rhetoric), of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs (post-graduate), and of Occidental College (M.A., Urban Studies). Professionally, she has led communications and marketing, public relations and public affairs organizations and departments as corporate officer, broadcast journalist and as a foundation CEO. She has also served as an international consultant in the areas of leadership, development, and strategic communications. Sydney and Steve, a clinical psychologist, travel frequently and enjoy visiting with their adult children and seven grandchildren. 

Natasha Kehimkar

Natasha comes from a family of Bene Israel (Indian) Jews. Her maternal grandfather, a lay leader in the Bene Israel communities in Mumbai and Toronto, was her greatest inspiration for pursuing Jewish studies. Natasha credits her parents for enabling her to attend Hebrew Day School from Grades 1–12, and she and her husband are now proud Wornick parents. She had an Ashkenazi education and
synagogue experience, along with a unique Indian Jewish home and festival experience. She is honored to be PTBE's representative to the World Union for Progressive Judaism, an organization that had direct impact on her extended family in the late 1950s through its efforts to reinvigorate Jewish life in the Bene Israel community. Natasha completed a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at McGill University and a
Master's in Human Resources at Michigan State University. She brings global HR and organization effectiveness experience in both established and entrepreneurial companies and is VP, People at Guardant Health, which offers breakthrough genomic cancer testing. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Natasha was active in synagogue life and a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Sinai in
Summit, NJ. When she and her family were looking for a synagogue home in the Bay Area, PTBE was the first and only place they visited. They were captivated by PTBE's wonderful clergy and warm community. You'll find them in the sanctuary most Friday nights, with her kids singing "loud and proud."

Erik Nierenberg

Erik grew up in the Bay Area and attended Congregation Beth Am for his Jewish studies including Sunday School, Hebrew School, Confirmation, and his Bar Mitzvah. He and his wife Sandie have two daughters who are alums of the Ganon program here at PTBE and all are still involved in the programming for young families. Erik received his MBA from Stanford and his undergraduate degree in Economics from Pomona College. Most recently, Erik was the SVP and GM of Enterprise at Lynda.com until its acquisition by LinkedIn. He spent almost 7 years before that at Salesforce.com in a variety of leadership positions covering sales, marketing, business development, product management, and corporate strategy. Prior to Salesforce.com, Erik was a venture capitalist working with management and at the board level with early‐stage technology companies. He has also led growth strategy, operations, and marketing initiatives in the technology, media, consumer products, private equity, and retail industries. Erik is also an advisor to numerous technology startups. Philanthropy is a core value for Erik, who was part of the initial team at The Bridgespan Group and currently sits on the Advisory Board of East Palo Alto Charter School & Phoenix Academy.

 

Michele Stafford

Michele grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA for her undergraduate education. She moved to the Bay Area to attend law school, and has been here ever since. Michele is a Shareholder and Vice President of Saltzman and Johnson Law Corporation in San Francisco, where she practices law in the field of employee benefits. Michele has been a member of PTBE for many years, and recently her
son, Max, became bar mitzvah. Her son, Alex, became bar mitzvah in 2012. Both of her sons were educated at the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, which Max still attends and of which Alex is a graduate. Michele was PTO President for the Wornick Jewish Day School for two years, and served on the board for two years. She has been involved with other organizations that serve the Jewish
community, including Shalom Bayit, which focuses on helping victims of domestic violence. Michele has participated in PTBE’s SSH and Home & Hope programs, and is looking forward to becoming a more active member of the congregation.

Steve Sarver

Steve grew up in Montville, New Jersey and became bar mitzvah at the Pine Brook Jewish Center. He attended a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania and participated in a seven-week Jewish teen leadership program in Israel. The trip included three weeks of living and working on Kibbutz Or HaNer, travelling throughout the country for three more weeks, and finally one week of educational training in Tel Aviv. Steve attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree, worked in lingerie manufacturing in Hong Kong, and then graduated from Harvard Business School before moving to the Bay Area. Steve is an owner of San Francisco Soup Company, which includes Urban Bistro and Ladle & Leaf restaurants. Currently, he is treasurer on the board of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. You can find his matzoh ball soup at Mollie Stone’s and perhaps QVC one day.

Steve lives with Erica Park, who is a clinical scientist at Genentech, and his four children–Sam, 15, who became bar mitzvah at PTBE in 2016 and attends Burlingame High School, Zachary & Jacob, 13, who became b’nai mitzvah in 2018 and attend Crocker Middle School, and Eliana, 11, who attends North School. Steve enjoys skiing with the kids in the winter, playing tennis with them in the summer and, of course, cooking with/for them all year.

Aviv Siegel

Aviv is Israeli born and raised, who followed his passion as a high-tech entrepreneur moving from the Israeli Silicon Vaddi to the Bay Area high tech community in 2000, with his wife, Relli, and twin boys Omer and Noam. While making Bay Area and San Mateo their primary home, their family grew with the birth of their daughters, Maya and Shira.

Growing up in Israel was like being "Jewish by default"—surrounded by Jewish people and Jewish public education. As the years went by in the U.S. it became clear to Relli and Aviv that life in the U.S. requires active involvement in a Jewish community to maintain their core Jewish identity, traditions, and heritage for them and their kids. The family has found their Jewish home in the PTBE community since 2012. Together the whole family has become involved in PTBE—Gesher, SMRTY/NFTY, Omer and Noam serving as Madrichim, Maya becoming bat-mitzvah at PTBE—and in the larger URJ community with active involvement in Camp Newman by the family, including Relli teaching and serving as a camp board member. The family maintains Hebrew as a second primary language and they travel frequently to Israel to strengthen connections with their first language, their larger family, friends, and the Israeli culture.

Joining the lively reform community at PTBE has allowed Aviv a fresh perspective on what it means to be Jewish in a modern dynamic society, very different than how he grew up in the more uniform Israeli-Jewish environment. It reconnected him in a new way to his Jewish heritage and roots. It became an active choice and not something to just live through. Aviv intends on bringing this perspective with him while serving the community further.