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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 Amanda Edmondson
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Cantor Amanda Edmondson grew up in Roanoke, Virginia where there was a small Jewish community, being one of only eight Jews in her high school.  Despite this, she was highly involved in Temple youth group as a founding member with her closest friends also being involved.  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
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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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