Board of Trustees

Ornit Rose

Ornit Rose – President
Ornit and her family have been PSC members since 2012. An Israeli-American, she lives in San Mateo with her husband, Jack, and their children, Danny (19), Tommy (16), Ellie (14) and Addie (11). Ornit is committed to PSC, serving as a Trustee since 2017 (as President over the past year and 2nd Vice President for the two years before that), and previously chairing the Education Committee, the DYEP Search Committee and the Reentry Team. She is a non-practicing corporate attorney who enjoys traveling, exercising, reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Allan Jaffe – 1st Vice President
Allan, a life-long resident of the Bay Area, is serving his second stint on the board of trustees. He previously served during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, not long after joining our congregation. He lives in Belmont with his wife, January, and recently retired from a family-owned glass and mirror business. He previously owned and operated a printing business in Burlingame.


Mina Bressler – 2nd Vice President
Mina and her family have been members of PSC since 2019 and has been honored to lead the Rabbi Search Committee over the past year. She also serves on the Wornick board, and will start the two year Wexner Heritage Program this summer. A twenty-year Bay Area resident originally from Los Angeles, she began her professional career in public policy and government before shifting focus to become an art therapist. Mina, her husband Dan, two daughters, and one cat live in San Mateo. They are an active Wornick family and love to hike, bake, play board games, and make art.


Warren Lieberman – Treasurer
Warren and his family have been PSC members for over 20 years and now live in Belmont. Warren grew up in New York City and  his wife, Gracie, was born in Warsaw, Poland. Their daughter, Vanessa, and son, Max, are California natives, currently attending school in Japan and Colorado. Warren has been serving on the Belmont City Council for more than 15 years. Warren has previously served on the PSC Board as 2nd Vice President. He is President of Veritec Solutions, a consulting and software development firm specializing in dynamic pricing and revenue management. In addition to being passionate about PSC, he still enjoys giving a hard time to young adults that are 30 years younger than him while playing ice hockey.


Sandy Shepler – Secretary
Sandy is a native San Franciscan, and other than a 2 year work stint in Santa Cruz, has enjoyed living between San Francisco and San Mateo. She and her husband, Dave, first became acquainted with PSC when they were looking for a synagogue for their daughter Rebecca’s baby naming. Fast forward 27 years…PSC continues to be an important part of Sandy’s life. Sandy recently retired from a career which included Retail Buying and Merchandising, and most recently Software Training for worldwide IBM retail clients. Sandy enjoys walking her dog, connecting with friends and traveling.


Adrienne Abrams – Past President
Adrienne and her family joined PSC in 2008 shortly after the birth of her second child. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Adrienne has been in the Bay Area since 1999. She and her husband Howard live in San Mateo with their two children, Lila (15) and Carter (13). Professionally, Adrienne works in online marketing at a digital agency. Adrienne is passionate about PSC, working on several committees and initiatives, such as membership, engagement, and the flexible commitment model. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and puttering in the kitchen. She has a passion for musical theatre, currently as an audience member but in a former life as co-founder of a non-profit community theatre, as producer and sometimes-performer.


Sue Blockstein – PS Women Representative & Trustee
Sue and her family have been members of PSC for over 20 years. Sue is a retired electrical engineer who spent over 30 years working on Integrated Circuit Designs. Sue is also the treasurer of PS women, and represents PSC at the Jewish Community Relations Council. Sue is active in the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition. She co-chaired their MLK Day of Service in 2021 and 2022, and will do so again in 2023. Sue enjoys working in her garden, bike riding with her husband on their tandem, running, and hiking, as well as volunteering with Science is Elementary in Bay Area schools.


Lou Harris – Men’s Club Representative & Trustee
Lou has been a member of PSC since 1974. A native of Liverpool, England (and born in the same hospital as John Lennon, only much later), he grew up in Chicago and moved to San Mateo with wife Linda in 1973. Lou serves on the PSC board as trustee representing the Men’s Club. He is also on the homeowners’ board of Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lou’s interests include family, travel, and the World Champion Chicago Cubs.


David Menashe – Trustee
David and his family have been PSC members since 2018. Along with his wife Glenna, 4th-grade daughter Mira, pup Poppy, and mischievous cat, Jasper, he lives in San Mateo. He was born and raised in Manchester, England. In his late teens, he moved to Israel, living on a kibbutz for 7 years and serving 30 months in the army before moving to California. David has served on PSC’s Budget and Finance committees. He works in Sales for a software company and is a Manchester United fanatic.


Karen Moen – Trustee
Karen has been a member of PSC since 2009. She currently serves as the chair of the Hesed V’Tzedek committee, is a member of PS Women and volunteers in the PSC office on an “as needed basis.”  Karen enjoys reading historical novels and mysteries, and enjoys all travel but especially travel to Southeast Asia. She retired in late 2015 from her position as a senior policy analyst for the Judicial Council of California.


Linda Oberstein – Trustee
Linda is essentially a Bay Area native having lived here since age 2. Linda has been a member of PSC since 1999 and enjoyed her first year as a Board Trustee in 2018-19. Included in the many things Linda has done for PSC over the years was her vastly successful stint as Chair of the Torat Chaim Campaign. Linda keeps herself busy raising two teenage children, Avital and Zev, and her black lab, Diamond. She is a retired primary care physician, exploring her next professional chapter. She loves spending time with her family and is an avid skier.

Matt Parks

Matt Parks – Trustee
Matt has been a member of PSC with his wife Laura since 2000. All three of their daughters attended Hebrew School and had their B’Nai Mitzvah at PSC. When not at his day job working in mobile security, Matt can be found on the soccer pitch playing and reffing soccer or on the basketball court playing for PSC’s basketball team. He is excited to serve on the PSC Board for a second year.


David K. Ries – Trustee
David and his wife, Jean, joined PSC in 2016.  They have two children in PSC’s Kesher Hebrew school, Josephine and Sebastian. David is a lawyer specializing in health care, and he Chaired PSC’s COVID Reentry Team prior to joining the Board. A proud New Yorker by birth, David came to San Mateo by way of San Diego in 2012.

Joy Shmueli – Trustee
Joy has been a member of PSC since her family moved to Foster City in 1976. She attended Hebrew and Sunday School here, had her Bat Mitzvah here, was a teacher’s assistant at our religious school while in high school, and then had her son, Cayden’s, Brit Milah here many years later…and the story repeats itself through him, now 12. In the years after Joy returned from college, she taught Hebrew and Sunday school, and ran the Kadima program. In recent years, Joy coordinated High Holy Days children’s programming, was part of our Torat Chaim team, and has been a member of our Education Committee. By profession, Joy is a public school administrator, having worked with children kindergarten through eighth grades. She enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, and is an avid sports enthusiast.


Adam Silverman – Trustee
Adam and his family joined PSC in 2016. Adam and his wife Lisa, children Jeffrey and Kayla, and cats Hermes and Fern live in San Carlos. When not exploring the hiking trails and campgrounds of California with his family, Adam leads a drug discovery research team at a biotech company.


Alan Zorfas – Trustee
Alan and his wife, Nancy, moved to Foster City from New England in 2010 and joined PSC in 2012.  Originally from Boston, Alan has three sons (ages 30-36) living in Boston, Washington D.C., and the Bay Area. Alan is a co-founder of a marketing intelligence company that moved its headquarters to the west coast in 2010. His career started in advertising, spanning Boston and New York, before launching his current business. In the late 90s, Alan served one term as a board member of a synagogue in Norwalk, CT. He also served on a committee for the launch of New York’s Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Nancy and Alan have been fixtures at PSC’s Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service, and Alan has recently graduated from a three- to a four-braided challah in his baking collaboration with Nancy.