Clergy and Staff

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Corey Helfand received his rabbinic ordination in May 2011 from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America along with a Masters in Talmud and Jewish Law and a certificate in pastoral care. As a Gladstein Fellow in Entrepreneurial Rabbinics, Rabbi Helfand served as the rabbinic intern at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel in Riverdale under the mentorship of Rabbi Barry Dov Katz and as the rabbi of Beth Shalom of Lake Norman in Davidson, North Carolina. Rabbi Helfand graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Jewish and Islamic Studies and in Political Science. He completed two 400-hour units of Clinical Pastoral Education, one at the Zicklin Hospice Center through the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS and one unit at Bellevue Hospital. He served as the rabbinic intern for the Masorti Community in Kiryat Bialik outside Haifa under the mentorship of Rabbi Mauricio Balter. Rabbi Helfand is married to Jenny Ackerman, who completed her MPH at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and her MSW at Hunter College. Rabbi Helfand and Jenny are proud parents of Eden, Matan, and Jonah.

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Our Cantor & Director of Community Engagement

Doron Shapira was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in San Francisco. He has been involved as a singer and percussionist in Jewish music since 1968. This is his 31st year working in all facets of Jewish education in the Bay Area. He has been Cantor at Peninsula Sinai since 1994. Doron also served as the Peninsula Sinai Congregation Ritual Director 5771 (2010-2011). He looks forward to the privilege of developing PSC's programming, education, life-cycle needs, Jewish music, and ruach (spirit), for both adults and children throughout the year!

Our Assistant Rabbi and Education Director

Rabbi Rebecca Schatz was Ordained and achieved her Masters in Rabbinic Studies from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May 2017 with a concentration in Halakha (Jewish Law); her Masters in Experiential Education and Bachelor in Hebrew Letters in 2011 from the Fingerhut School at the American Jewish University; her Bachelor with High Honors in Choral Music Education and a Minor in Hebrew Language Arts at Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music.
 
Rabbi Schatz grew up in an engaged Conservative Jewish home in Los Angeles with parents Tracy and Dale, and siblings Samson, Jacob, and Jonah. Rabbi Schatz is an alumna of Sinai Akiba Academy and Milken Community High School. Rabbi Schatz gave back to her home communities working as Jewish educator, administrator and musician at Milken, Camp Ramah, Sinai Temple, Adat Ari El, and HaZamir LA.  Rabbi Schatz created and directed Indiana University's premiere Jewish a cappella ensemble, Hooshir, whose first performance was in the White House for President George W. Bush's Chanukah party. 
 
Rabbi Schatz served as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, as well as monthly here at PSC over three years. For this work she was awarded by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for Congregational Leadership.  
 
Rabbi Schatz has aspired to become a rabbi since studying for her Bat Mitzvah with Sinai Temple's first female rabbi, her role now at Peninsula Sinai Congregation.  She hopes to weave into her rabbinate loves of study and music, communal Judaism, teaching and relationship building. Rabbi Schatz feels blessed to be here and trail blaze the new position of Assistant Rabbi and Education Director among you and beside our wonderful professional and lay leadership. 

Our Synagogue Administrator

Marylou Khalfa was born and raised in England, but spent a few years in the Bay Area as an adolescent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Glasgow, Scotland (2009) and completed her Master's degree in French & Spanish Translation in 2010 from Swansea University, Wales. After spending nearly five years running UK operations for a French manufacturing group, she relocated with her husband Ben to California in 2016. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, learning languages, and traveling — especially visiting her grandmother in Israel.

Our Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Marvin Goodman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1975. He studied at the seminary after having earned his BA from Indiana University in 1970. From 1975-1988 he was the Executive Director of the Northern California Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, as well as the Regional United Synagogue Youth Director. During that time, he was very instrumental in the development of Camp Arazim. From 1988-2007, he was the Rabbi of Peninsula Sinai Congregation. In 2007 he became the Executive Director of the Northern CA Board of Rabbis and the Rabbi-in-Residence of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. Upon his retirement as Peninsula Sinai’s Rabbi, he became Peninsula Sinai’s Rabbi Emeritus.