Executive Committee 2019-2020



David Weisberg is on his second two-year term as President of Temple Emanuel after having served as Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. 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.

David Rullo

Vice President

David Rullo has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014.

A writer and marketing/media consultant, David is a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. Previously, he worked for South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in publications including The Jewish Chronicle, NEXTPittsburgh, The Almanac, Distinction Magazine and The Tribune Review. Additionally, he has published a collection of poetry, “Tired Scenes from a City Window,” and his creative writing continues to be published in national/international magazines and journals.

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, and previously served as the chair of the Beit HaMidrash (Adult Education) committee.

Beth Schwartz

Vice President

I have been a member of Temple Emanuel since 1997 when I moved to Pittsburgh after marrying my husband, Matt (who grew up at Temple). I met Matt while in St. Louis, and work as a medical social worker at a local skilled nursing facility. Our two daughters, Rebecca and Anna have gone through ECDC and Torah Center, and are both currently enrolled in the Jewish High School program. I was on the Temple Emanuel board from 1999-2003, and I am glad to again have the opportunity to serve the Temple Emanuel community as a board member. Temple Emanuel has been a central part of our family’s life, and I am eager to be involved in helping it thrive for years to come.

Lisa Steinfeld

Vice President

The last time I was on a synagogue board was when I was president of my youth group in Buffalo, NY. I was forced to join youth group by my parents, but it changed my life. Now that I’m married with two kids, I have a vested interest in making our Temple — of which I’ve been a member since 2008 — a true community so they reap the same benefits. Professionally, I’m a freelance journalist with a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley, and utilized my interests and skills in chairing the re-instituted Communications team during my term as a member of the Board of Trustees.


 Vice President

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.

David Hepps 

Financial Secretary

I am both honored and proud to serve on the Temple Emanuel board. My wife Terri and I, along with our 3 children, moved to Mt.Lebanon 3 years ago from Squirrel Hill. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and had the good fortune to meet my fabulous wife (a Pittsburgher) nearly 20 years ago. Since moving to the south hills, Temple Emanuel has quickly become the integral place to develop our Jewish identity and values. Professionally, I am a urologist with offices in Pittsburgh and the South Hills. I look forward to helping maintain and grow Temple Emanuel’s success in the community.

Tracy Barnett


Tracy joined Temple in 2013 when she and her family moved to Upper St. Clair from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Since joining Temple, she has served as Financial Secretary on the Board (2014-2016) as well as the Bylaws and Interim Rabbi Search Committees.

Professionally, Tracy is an attorney licensed in Illinois. She works as a tax manager for an accounting firm based in Virginia and specializes in international tax.

Michelle Markowitz


Michelle has been a member of Temple Emanuel since 1981. Her past board service includes being on the Board of Trustees as well as a VP on the Executive Committee. Professionally, she is a clerk for Judge Gene Strassburger. She is married to Pace and has two children, Myer and Hannah.






Mary has been a Temple member for 18 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.