Pam has been a fixture at our Temple since joining in 1980. In those 43 years you may have seen her performing in the Purim spiel, participating in Soulful services, facilitating affinity groups about New York on Zoom, leading parts of daily minyan, reading Torah, chanting Haftarah, or joyfully praying in the sanctuary. Pam has been on the officer corps in a variety of roles over the years and has just completed her second year as president. By training, Pam is a medical social worker specializing in geriatrics and is a resource for those with questions on caring for their aging loved ones.

Pam and Sam have three children – Shoshana (who, you may know by her own involvement in Temple life), David and Michaela. She is a very proud grandma of 5 and kvells to see her two oldest grandchildren participate in services routinely.

Terry has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 2000, and currently serves as our Vice President for Financial Development. Terry has served on both the Temple’s Capital Campaign Committee and an ad hoc committee on governance.

Terry is Executive Director of the Aquidneck Land Trust, working with a fabulous board and dedicated staff to protect and restore lands and waters on the Island.

Terry lives in Cranston and feels fortunate that his son Eli lives nearby in Providence. His younger son, Jonas, resides in Colorado Springs, CO.

Audrey moved to RI in 1981 for her Internal Medicine Residency Program and soon after started attending services at Temple Emanu-El. She became a member a year or two later and was warmly welcomed. Audrey raised her family in the Emanu-El community and both of her sons became a Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Franklin and Cantor Mayer. Over the years she has been on the Board and many other committees, and has come to the shul in both happy and sad times. Audrey has also developed deep friendships over the years.

Audrey is retiring from practice in Primary Care Internal Medicine but continues to volunteer at the RI Free Clinic, and teach at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is involved with several non-profits and other organizations. Her passions are travel, exercise and hanging out at the beach.

Leslie has been a member of Temple Emanu-El on and off since she was eight years old. She became a bat mitzvah and continued on to the Harry Elkin Midrasha until high school graduation. Leslie began teaching religious school while at the University of Rhode Island as a college freshman. Prior to moving to New York she taught in most of the Rhode Island synagogues. She taught in New York and at Temple Emanu-El upon returning to Rhode Island.

Professionally, she has been a Speech Language Pathologist in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Currently, she is the clinical supervisor of graduate students for the University of Rhode Island in childhood diagnostics. She also volunteers at the kosher food pantry and Tamarisk Assisted Living.

Leslie and her husband Steven have two sons, Alex and Noah and daughter-in-law Allie. They have two grandchildren, Emmett and Aviva.
Steve came to Rhode Island when he married his college sweet-heart (and Providence native) Donna. They have been active members at Temple Emanu-El for over 20 years, and have two grown daughters and a granddaughter and is excitedly awaiting his second grandchild.

Over the past two decades, Steve has volunteered in many lay leadership and board positions throughout the Rhode Island Jewish community, including the former Alperin Schechter Day School, the former Bureau of Jewish Education, and the Foundation for Rhode Island Day Schools. At Temple Emanu-El, Steve has previously served on the Budget & Finance Committee and the Board. He became an Officer in 2015, serving as Vice President of Financial Development and subsequently, as Treasurer, helped to outsource the Temple’s accounting function. He continues his active involvement in both the Endowment Committee and House Committee. As the current Vice President of Human Development and Planning, Steve also attends to matters concerning staff employment and contracts, policies and procedures, and governance.

Professionally, Steve is a private consultant in the areas of technology, finance, project management, operations and administration for the Financial Services and Public sectors.

Stephanie has been a member of Temple Emanu-El with her family (husband Marc, and sons Sanford and Abram) for nearly 10 years. The Trachtenberg family has been firmly rooted in the congregation for decades, and is proud to bring new generations to the community. Since joining the Temple, Stephanie has served on religious school committees, volunteered at fundraising events, sang and participated in High Holiday services, and particularly enjoys contributing to Purim activities – from party chairing to song writing to singing, and starring in a variety of Purim Spiel roles.

When she's not having fun with her family, volunteering or singing, she dedicates herself to advancing her career in marketing and public relations.

Deb has been a member of Temple Emanu-El for over 30 years. During that time she has been a Temple board member, the chair of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah committee, and a member of the membership committee. She has also co-chaired the Mishloah Manot fundraiser program. You can find Deb monthly at Shabbat services as a Temple Emanu-El greeter. She works for TW Financial Group as VP of Operations.

She enjoys spending time with her kids, granddogs, her weekly mahjong games and going to the beach.
Jeff grew up in Indianapolis and was a member of the Sephardic shul, Etz Chaim, his grandparents helped to create in the 1920’s. His roots are from Monastir, Serbia and Grodek, Austria. Jeff has four kids: Heather, Drew, Adam, and Miriam. He and his wife Rachel moved from Madison, WI to Providence in 2017 to be closer to Rachel's parents, Sheila (past President) and Paul Alexander.

Professionally, Jeff manages a project management office for a consumer products company.

Jeff has a history of volunteerism; he was on the board of both his shul in Madison and the Federation, has been a scout leader, and also a volunteer cook at homeless shelters. Jeff has been a member of the Temple Emanu-El board since 2019, previously serving as the VP for Membership, and is now currently our Treasurer. Jeff's hobbies include extensive research into his genealogy; he also likes woodworking and strategy board games.
Newly Nominated Trustees
Karen Drucker-Stern

Karen joined Temple Emanu-El in either 2006 or 2007. Formerly a member of Temple Beth-El, she wanted a more intense religious experience.

Growing up in Long Island, NY, no one in Karen’s family was involved in religious Jewish life. They had very abbreviated Seders and lit Hanukkah candles when they remembered. That was the extent of Karen’s exposure to Jewish observance growing up.

The warm, egalitarian community of Temple Emanu-El is what initially drew Karen to join our Shul. She formerly served on the Adult Enrichment Committee, and is now on the Membership and Religious Practices Committees. Karen also likes to bake and cook, and be found in the Emanu-El kitchen for various temple events. Karen also contributes her time as a gabbai and regular Torah reader at services.

Now retired, Karen loves spending time with her two grandchildren. She also enjoys reading and discussions with her book club, growing flowers and vegetables in her garden, visiting farm stands and farmers markets in the growing season, walking with the Wednesday temple group and doing Zumba and Body Pump at the gym. Karen is also an active volunteer with Swing Left Rhode Island.

Adriane Schoen

Originally from NJ, Adriane and her husband, Keith, moved to RI in 2008 so that Keith could complete a 1 year veterinary surgical internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists. They loved RI so much they decided to stay! Now, 16 years later, they live in East Greenwich with their three (not so small) boys. They own a small animal hospital together, of which Adriane is the Practice Manager. They sent their three boys to the Jewish Community Day School of RI (JCDSRI); their youngest is still there in the fourth grade. This connection to the school drew them to the Temple Emanu-El community, as they had already forged a number of relationships with families from JCDSRI.

Adriane had previously served on the Board as Secretary at Temple Torat Yisrael and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board at the Community Beit Midrash of RI. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family. Adriane hopes to become more involved in teen/youth/family committees while serving on the Temple Emanu-El Board.

Daniella Stark

Daniella Stark moved to Rhode Island from Boston in 2017 and has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 2019. She lives with her husband, Gershon, and their daughter, Alessandra.

Originally the family commuted to shul from Barrington, drawn by the excellent Tot Shabbat services. Later, as Alessandra got older, both she and Daniella joined the Purim Spiel cast. During the pandemic Daniella learned to leyn Torah and has become a regular reader. She also contributes to the Arts Emanu-El committee, Sisterhood, and musical programming at the shul.

It became clear that her family’s whole life was becoming wrapped up in Providence and after several years of looking they were finally able to move to the East Side last fall, allowing them not only to walk their daughter to school but to achieve their goal of being shomer Shabbos.

Daniella has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, and additional arts training from RISD, Stoll NY, and MassArt. When not at temple she can be found knitting at her family’s art studio on North Main St, at home playing guitar, or roller skating around Providence.

Yoni Weiss

A little boy once returned home from Hebrew school and his father asked, "What did you learn today?" He answered, "The Rabbi told us how Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt." The father asked, "How?" The boy said "Moses was a big strong man and he beat Pharaoh up. Then while he was down, he got all the people together and ran towards the sea. When they got there, they built a bridge and once they got to the other side, they blew up te bridge while the Egyptians were trying to cross." The father was shocked. "Is that what the Rabbi taught you?" The boy replied, "No. But you'd never believe the story he DID tell us!"

Some days, it’s hard for Yoni to believe his own story. He started coming to Temple Emanu-El shortly after arriving in Rhode Island in early 2023, searching for Jewish community. He didn’t know anyone, although he was acquainted with Cantor Mayer from his high school years in HaZamir. Little did Yoni know that, in addition to finding community, Temple Emanu-El would give him so many opportunities like leyning a shalshelet and participating in the Purim Spiel! He is humbled to be nominated for the board and is truly grateful for the opportunity to serve. Yoni brings with him his experiences as the President of Franklin & Marshall Hillel, a strong grasp of numbers and analytical thinking, and a sense of humor which he completely understands if you, the reader, are already judging.

Steven Horen

Steven joined Temple Emanu-El in October of 2022, having returned to Rhode Island during Covid in June of 2020.

He is originally from Westerly and has family in Providence who grew up at Temple Emanu-El. He has had several important life cycle events occur at the Shul, and has always felt a strong affinity for it. Upon joining, he became involved with TEQ.

Steven has two grown children, a grandson, another grandchild on the way, siblings, and close cousins and friends who are all a source of great joy to him in his retirement.  

He began his career in Tech Manufacturing in Boston, then did an MBA at the University of Virginia alongside a MA in Japanese Political Economy. He had a career in Finance for many years in New York City and Silicon Valley, then created a Psychiatric Home Recovery Coaching and Care Management company which he ran until he retired in 2017.

Hannah Pearlman

Hannah Pearlman grew up at Temple Emanu-El. Although she spent many years away from Providence, she never felt quite at home anywhere else. Hannah and her husband and son moved back to Providence in 2021 and have been Temple Emanu-El members ever since! 

Hannah works as an illustrator, muralist, and designer from her home studio on the East Side. An avid singer, Hannah is a joyful participant in Shabbat B'ma'agal and serves on the Arts Emanu-El committee.

Deborah Siegel

Deborah and her husband are 40-year members of the Temple. Over those four decades in the synagogue (shul), She’s served on numerous Temple committees (i.e., Social Action, Inclusion, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and the Board) and been privileged to share in the warmth, sense of community and caring that Temple members extend to one another. It means a lot to Deborah to be both receiver and giver with other Temple members in times of sorrow, struggle, celebration and pleasure. She appreciates the many different styles of religious services that the Temple offers, ranging from traditional to alternative, including Daily Minyan, Minyan Hadash, the large sanctuary, Young Families, Soulful Shabbat, Shabbat Chai, and Shabbat in the Round, so all Temple members can pray (daven) with others in ways that are most spiritually meaningful to them. Deborah also values the wide range of social, educational, cultural and recreational programming that allows Temple members to tap into their Jewish community according to their unique interests and needs. In these and other ways the Temple helps every member to fulfill their wish for a sense of community, spirit (ruach), meaningful human connections, sense of purpose, humane values, soothing and pleasure.

When not in shul, Deborah serves as Professor Emerita in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. In addition to her teaching, she volunteers extensively in several human service agencies and organizations locally and nationally, including efforts to address homelessness, get out the vote, and end gun violence.

Judie Tenenbaum

Judie Tenenbaum has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since moving to Providence in 1999 with her husband Arthur and three children. She has lived in many, many places but is originally from Denver. 

Judie is an attorney who serves as a guardian for children in the foster care system in Massachusetts. She is also a professional harpist and harp teacher. She is an avid baker and seamstress, and is famous for her cookies. Judie has four adorable grandchildren in Philadelphia. 

Thank you to the nominating committee:

Jonathan Lentz (chair)

Sandi Atlas-Gordon

Judy Fishman

Marilyn Katz

David Kadmon

Jeffrey Prystowsky

Patricia Raskin

Bonnie Ryvicker

Niecie Weiner