Clergy and Staff
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 and Matan.
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Our Cantor/Education Director
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 Office Manager
Ryvenna Lewis completed her Master's in Public Administration in from CSU East Bay, where she also obtained a BA in Philosophy. After traveling the country for many years, she and her family have settled back in her childhood hometown of Fremont, California. When not spending time with her husband Joe and baby daughter Olivia, you can generally find her baking or with her nose buried in a science fiction novel. Ryvenna is excited to be joining the Peninsula Sinai family, where she is looking forward to using her skills and taking on a larger role in the Jewish community.
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.