Rabbi Jordan Goldson assumed his position as the spiritual leader of Har Sinai Temple in 2020. His spirituality and his gentle caring manner have already endeared him to our community. He is known for his creativity and visionary leadership in the Jewish community. Rabbi Goldson encourages us in this time of rapid change and uncertainty, to work together to fashion a community that provides meaning in our lives. “Har Sinai Temple is an essential part of our lives because learning, prayer and deeds change our understanding of ourselves, of our world and our responsibilities in it.”
Rabbi Goldson grew up in Smithtown, New York. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University, he studied at the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, in Los Angeles and in New York where he was ordained. Rabbi Goldson has served as the rabbi of Temple B’nai Tikvah in Calgary, Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Congregation B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has also worked as the Executive Director of the Hillel-Jewish Student Center at Cal State Northridge (CSUN) and served as the President of the Canadian Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Chairman of the Calgary Rabbinical Council. He is the author of the Shabbat evening prayer book, “Sukkat Shalom: A Shelter of Peace.”
Rabbi Goldson is married to Beth and is the proud father of two grown children, Tali and Gabe.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees 2021/2022
Our Board of Trustees is composed of dedicated members of Har Sinai Temple. Trustees meet monthly for Board meetings to ensure that our Congregation thrives financially, socially, and spiritually. Trustees also serve on various Temple committees, such as Religious Education, Membership, Religious Practices, and Social Action. Board meetings are open to all Temple members.
President – Lewis Dauer
Senior Vice President – Ada Gallicchio
1st Vice President – Kristen Gurdin
2nd Vice President – Robin Harris
Treasurer – Robin Potter
Financial Secretary – Lisa Kimmelman
Recording Secretary – Hannah McCollum
Immediate Past President – Alan Kline
Janice Selinger Kline
Har Sinai’s staff has over 116 combined years of dedicated service to our Temple community, advanced degrees, community accolades, and a love of all things Judaica.
This committed team is the backbone of our Temple life and there is no job too big or too small for them to undertake. From oneg Shabbat offerings to annual High holy Holidays to change in Lifecycle celebrations, they make every event warm and inviting for our community. Working together they ensure everything from our grounds, our greetings and our gatherings are the best they can be.
Susan Sacks, Director of Music
Susan Sacks has acted as Har Sinai’s Religious School Director of Music for over 20 years. She prides herself in working with our wonderful teaching staff and students to teach music that is currently popular in the Reform Movement. During the High Holy Days, Susan co-leads Youth services and throughout the year, she helps lead class Shabbat and holiday.
Before moving to our area, Susan taught both middle school and high school Spanish as well as English as a Second Language. Susan has taught music and toddler classes at various synagogues and preschools. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and her master’s degree from CW Post Center (Long Island University). She lives with her husband, Fred, and has two sons, Evan and Jeff.
Robyn Shortall, Temple Administrator
Robyn Shortall has worked as our Office Administrator since 2011. In July, 2018, Robyn became our Temple Administrator following the retirement of Laura Reiser who held that position for 32 years. Robyn has the unique opportunity to interact with everyone from our Religious School students and parents, to the most esteemed elder members of our Congregation. She loves the rich history here at Har Sinai, both of our Temple and our amazing members.
Robyn has a background in management, overseeing both chain stores and local businesses. She spent a few years as an assistant chef at Cafe Con Leche in PA. The experience rounded out her cooking skills and inspires her fresh cooking at home.
She and her husband enjoy biking in Bucks County, rehabbing a home in Florida and spending time with family and friends.
Mike Rein, Building & Grounds Supervisor
Mike Rein has been with Har Sinai for over 30 years and is responsible for everything related to maintaining our beautiful facilities and grounds. Even though he works in the background, he is indispensable for the smooth running of the Temple.