Executive Committee 2016-2017
David Weisberg is President of Temple Emanuel after having served as Assistant Treasurer for the previous four years and Vice President for the last two. He and his wife Rikki are proudly married with two children, live in Mt. Lebanon, and have been members of Temple Emanuel since 2007. Professionally, David is a Senior Banker at BNY Mellon. He is thankful to serve and looks forward to helping shape the future of the congregation for his family and others.
As someone who has belonged to Temple Emanuel my whole life, I love having the opportunity to help create a sense of community among our Temple members and look forwarding to working towards that goal as one of Temple’s Vice Presidents. I attended Religious School, became a Bat Mitzvah, was confirmed, and even got married to my husband, Pace, at Temple. We have two children, Myer (age 12 – a Torah Center 6th grader) and Hannah (age 7 – a Torah Center 2nd grader). Professionally, I am an attorney and am Chief Law Clerk for Judge Gene Strassburger on the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
David Rullo was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. His journey to Judaism started here at Temple Emanuel when he attended the course “A Taste of Judaism” taught by Rabbi Mahler and Rabbi Locketz. He formerly served as co-chair of the Beit HaMidrash (Adult Ed) Committee.
A writer and marketing/media consultant, Rullo’s articles have appeared in The Jewish Chronicle, NEXTPittsburgh, The Almanac, Distinction Magazine and The Tribune Review. In addition, his collection of poetry, “Tired Scenes from a City Window” is available at most local bookstores. He currently works as a consultant with South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh and is a member of the Dormont Democratic Council.
Rullo’s passion for Judaism is deep. He is committed to the concept of Tikkun Olam and social justice. In addition, he believes strongly in the idea of continual education, for both children and adult.
He is excited to serve as a Vice President and hopes to hear from each of you about your vision for Temple Emanuel.
Synagogue involvement is important to Renee, who believes it fosters a connection with the Jewish community and strengthens Jewish values. The native of Elgin, IL now resides in Pittsburgh with her husband Bob and their dog. In addition to volunteering at Temple Emanuel – where she’s been a member for three years – she enjoys running and participating in triathlons.
Jeff Young was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a Squirrel Hill native. Following high school, he spent 20 years away from his beloved Pittsburgh, attending college and starting his career as an architect. In 2011, he convinced his wife Laura to leave the bright lights of New York City for the Norman Rockwellesque life that is Mt. Lebanon. They have two young children. Although his family’s membership at Temple Emanuel began in 2011, his roots run deep – his grandmother’s brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Mitzi Browarsky, were early members of Temple more than 50 years ago. Jeff is committed to carrying forth his ancestors’ dedication and determination to make Temple Emanuel a thriving home for communal and spiritual connection to Judaism.
Becoming active in Temple was a key consideration in deciding where my family would live when relocating to Pittsburgh (from my native Chicago via Connecticut) in September 2002. Meg and I sought and found a welcoming congregation with whom to share milestones and memories and a setting where our three children Lauren, Isabelle and Paul (then age 4 to 11 years old) could learn and explore their Judaism from preschool through confirmation. We are glad to be able to contribute to Temple and the surrounding community as well. As head of the corporate law group at Bayer, my responsibilities focus not only on what work we do but as importantly also how we do it. It offers me an opportunity to do what I enjoy – exploring different cultures and concepts, productive problem-solving and guiding others. I also enjoy cooking, baking bread and nearly anything having to do with good food and chocolate.
I have been a Temple member since moving to Pittsburgh almost 21 years ago. I worked for a number of years as the Education Secretary in the Torah Center. Currently I’m an Association Manager, managing professional associations’ conferences, boards of directors, websites, etc. I am married to Bill and the proud mom of three lovely daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Rebecca. You may know Hannah and Becca as madrichim for Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I’ll definitely need to take up a new hobby when they are all in college in about 15 months (but who’s counting). I’m looking forward to meeting all of you whom I don’t already know as a member of the Board.
Lee has been a member of Temple Emanuel for 48 years. His wife Sandy has him beat, having been a member for 54 years. He is retired from owning the Green Grocer Wholesale Produce Company, which was one of the largest in Western PA. He and Sandy have two sons and four granddaughters. Lee’s commitment to Temple is based on his strong belief that it is very important to keep Judaism — as a religion and tradition — alive and well.
Jason Green is married with two children. While he has been a member of Temple since moving to Pittsburgh in 2003, his wife, Pauli, has been involved with Temple Emanuel for her entire life. Jason is an attorney who manages new business and conflicts of interest issues for a large Pittsburgh firm. Before going to law school, Jason spent nine years as a print journalist. For about four years, Jason has been chairman of the Larry Miller Caring Community. With a group of committed volunteers, he has worked to revive this group, which provides assistance to those in need in our Temple community. Jason is in his fifth year on the board.
Mary has been a Temple member for 17 years. Her past Board service includes six years as Adult Ed chair, Women of Reform Judaism Chair, and she’s currently on the Worship Committee. She’s a retired nurse practitioner/educator.
Immediate Past President
Dan became a Temple Emanuel member over 20 years ago when he and his wife Lori, along with their four children, moved from the East End of Pittsburgh to Mt. Lebanon. Amongst many Temple passions, he has been an ardent participant in Torah Study over that time, and finds his time on Shabbat mornings studying Torah to be very meaningful. Dan and his architectural firm were also the designers of the additions to Temple Emanuel in 2002, and he collaborated with Rabbi Mahler on a paper that describes the symbolism regarding the architectural design: Light, Time, and Temple Emanuel. In his role as President, Dan worked on increasing the engagement of every Temple member in order to make their membership more meaningful to them.