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Our Team


CLERGY

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Linsley
Executive Director

office@shaareytefilla.org
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LAY LEADERSHIP

President – Don Katz, president@shaareytefilla.org

Melissa Allen, Vice President
Harvey Mover, Vice President & Membership Chair
Marlyn Safren, Vice President & Sisterhood President 
Robin Condon, Secretary 
Jeff Bublick, Treasurer
Corey Freedman, Immediate Past President 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mark Glazier

Sanford Horn
Marc Kappelman

Megan Maurer

Michael Mervis

Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow joined us at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in August of 2010. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. There he was active in Boy Scout Troop 18 based in Congregation Beth El. As a Boy Scout, Rabbi Sendrow earned the Ner Tamid Award. That experience established his relationship with Rabbi Howard Kahn, alav hashalom, and ultimately led to Rabbi Sendrow’s decision to study for the rabbinate. Rabbi Sendrow served his first pulpit in Southwest Florida for eighteen years. While there, Rabbi Sendrow served two terms as treasurer for the Conservative Movement’s Rabbinical Assembly Southeast Region, and as vice-president for the Southeast Region’s Central Council. He served for ten years as a chaplain for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and was as a member of the Ethics Committee and the Clergy Credentials Committee for Lee Memorial Health Systems. He was a founding board member of the Lee County Domestic Violence Council, and also founded the Chevra Kadisha of Fort Myers. Rabbi Sendrow has published articles and sermons in several publications including The American Rabbi, and a story in Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul. Until the pandemic, he was an Adjunct Professor of Bible at Butler University. For Rosh HaShanah of 2017 (5778), Rabbi Sendrow became one of twenty-five rabbis across the country asked to write for the Jewish Daily Forward’s Rabbinic Roundtable. In 2021, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.