Meet Our Leadership
Rabbinic Pastor Sandra Wortzel
Co-PresidentRabbinic Pastor and Expressive Arts Therapist and Educator Sandra Wortzel grew up in NYC and has been a desert dweller in Tucson, AZ since 1975. ‘Reb Sandra’ was ordained as a Mashpiah and Rabbinic Pastor through ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination programs. Sandra is a Hospice Chaplain, lifecycle officiant and spiritual director. Sandra is a graduate of the Kol Zimra Hebrew chant leadership training. She is the Assistant Director of the AOP Rabbinic Pastor Program and is on the Mashpia and Hashpa’ah faculty of the AOP. Sandra encourages seekers to express their spiritual yearnings through arts exploration in spiritual direction, creative ceremonies and workshops – uniting spirituality and the arts.
Rabbinic Pastor De Herman
Co-PresidentRabbinic Pastor, Mashpi’ah, and Sage-ing Mentor, De Fischler Herman has served 10 years as hospice chaplain. She co-chairs the Rabbinic Pastors Association and is a “champion” of the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust. De is an artist, writer, educator, gardener, bicyclist, and mother. She lives with her husband and cat in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Rabbinic Pastor Cantor Lisa Levine
TreasurerLisa Levine is a nationally known cantor, composer, author, poet and recording artist. She earned a BA from UCI and received Ordination from HUC-JIR DFSSM. Lisa is the author of “Yoga Shalom” & prayer voice of “Hebrew In Harmony”. Her latest CD “Bridge To Peace” promotes healing & peace. Ordained by ALEPH Alliance in 2018 as Rabbinic Pastor, Lisa is a JSSA Chaplain and Religious Leader of Seaside Jewish Community in Rehoboth DE.
SecretaryChaya Lerner is a third year Rabbinic Pastor student with ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She serves on the Rabbinic Pastor Association as its secretary. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Barry University. She works with Holocaust survivors. She lives in Miami with her spouse, Nancy and black lab, Jake. She is originally from New Orleans, La. She attends Temple Israel of Greater Miami and has served as Gabbai.
Board Member at LargeAggie Goldenholz, Rabbinic Pastor, Board Certified Hospital Chaplain, Reiki Master, Trauma Healing Practitioner, Educator, Spiritual Counselor, Story-Teller and Author. Aggie is a hospital chaplain and spiritual counselor in Milwaukee, where she mentors chaplain residents and specializes in trauma, using complimentary healing modalities. Aggie, also has a Masters in Jewish Education and has taught for over 40 years. This past year, she was recognized for a Bikkur Cholim project involving children and adults who create healing cards to lift the spirits of the sick. Aggie is co-author of Tastes of Jewish Tradition and Our Community Women’s Seder.
Board Member at Large
Shayndel Kahn is an ordained Rabbinic Pastor, Spiritual Director and interfaith hospice chaplain. She is also a certified HeartMath coach and trainer helping people to find peace inner ease and balance amongst the chaos. She uses therapeutic music to the dying and dementia patients and also teaches music and dance therapy to dementia patients in a variety of nursing home and memory care units. She loves to dance, sing, be among the trees and be very silly!