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Rabbi Dana Magat
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Rabbi Dana Magat became Temple Emanu-El’s Senior Rabbi in July 1999. Prior to that, he served four years as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego. Rabbi Magat’s first pulpit was in Miami where he was the Assistant Rabbi/Director of Education for Temple Israel of Greater Miami... more>>



Cantor Leah Shafritz
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Cantor Leah Shafritz grew up just a few hours down the 101 in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. During her youth and teen years, she was very involved in the music programs and worship at her home congregation, B’nai B’rith, encouraged and mentored by Cantor Mark Childs.   more>> 


Stephanie Pollock
Executive Director
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Executive Director Stephanie Pollock joined Temple Emanu-El in 2011 as their communications and facility director and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in 2015. more>>



Barbara Smead
Director, Early Childhood Education
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Preschool Director Barbara Smead has over 32 years experience in early childhood education and as a preschool director. She is the founding director of Temple Emanu-El Preschool and opened the doors in 2001. more>>


Phil Hankin
Director of Education
408-292-3223

Phil Hankin, who joined us as the Director of Education on July 1, 2015. Phil has had a long history with the Jewish community in the SF Bay Area. His formative years were spent in Fremont, attending Temple Beth Torah. He attended UAHC Camp Swig as a camper, CIT, and staff person, and was very active in NFTY as a teen. more>>

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