Michele Fischer has proudly served on the SOJC Board for the past several years and is currently serving as co-President of SOJC. Having been a member of Southwest Citizens for A Temple when that group merged with the Williamsburg Jewish Congregation to form SOJC, and a member of SOJC for 20 years, she brings a unique knowledge and understanding of our roots and struggles in building the Jewish community in the Southwest Orlando area. During that time she has organized fundraisers, catered Family Friday Shabbat Dinners and served as chairperson of marketing and membership drives.
Vivian Kerstein and her family have been active members of SOJC for 18 years. She’s proud to be a contributor along with her family to the forward progress of a warm inviting synagogue. The first five years, Vivian served as co-president of the PTA for the Religious School and she has been a board member for several years, serving as First Vice President, on the Marketing and Membership Committees, and as the SOJC Designer creating the SOJC logo and many of the printed materials for the synagogue events. Her family’s support of SOJC over the years includes husband Rich Waldor serving on the Board as First Vice President and being an Adult Instructor of Beginning Hebrew.
I have been actively involved at SOJC since joining in 2004. My husband Michael, our son Jacob and I moved to Orlando from Seattle where we were active members of a conservative synagogue. Since joining SOJC, it has become a second home for us like no other synagogue we’ve ever joined. Jacob attended the SOJC Religious School until he became a Bar Mitzvah and he was a member of SOJUSY. I learned to read Torah in 2005 in order to read at Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah. I enjoyed the experience so much I became a member of Cantor Ramsay’s Adult Cantorial Corps. I have served on SOJC BOD for several years including co-President and Treasurer.
My husband and I are founding members of SOJC. We have lived in Orlando for over 20 years and have watched the growth in the South Orlando community. I have been involved in many of the SOJC committees including fundraising and membership. I help set up and clean up the Friday night Onegs, help with fundraisers, and welcome our members on the High Holidays and work on the committee that distributes aliyot and honors for the high holiday services. I look forward to sitting on the board again and serving SOJC.
Eileen has been a member of the SOJC family for 10 years since relocating to Orlando from New Jersey. Along with her husband, Douglas Ethridge, and their daughter, Stella, she has been an active member of the SOJC community, serving on the membership committee and as a room parent for the religious school. Since joining the Board in 2015, she has served as chair of the Education Committee and was involved in hiring and onboarding our current Religious School director.
My family joined SOJC in 2013, and we felt so at home and part of a great new family. During both Rabbi Skolnik’s classes and while attending Services with my loved ones, we felt so comfortable and accepted. I knew then that I had to give back to the SOJC community by helping in any way I could. I have served on the Board as the Treasurer for the last two years. I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve our community so that I can use my knowledge and resources to benefit SOJC.
Stacy and her family joined SOJC in September 2000, when she and her family moved from New Jersey to Orlando. During the past 17 years SOJC has been an important part of their lives. She has served as an active member of the Board of Directors for the last 2 years, pitching in when help is needed and is eager to help SOJC continue to be a vital part of the Jewish community. Stacy served as both a teacher and served as PTA president for several years. Her husband served on the Board as Vice President for 8 years. Her children attended Religious School, had their Bar Mitzvahs and were student assistants and members of the Cantorial Corps. & SOJUSY.
Jeff Sikora has served on the SOJC Board of Directors for multiple terms. He is the Immediate Past President. Jeff is the Technology Committee chair and manages the SOJC website and the weekly email blast. This is his seventh year of teaching Religious School for the Second Grade Class. His wife, Risa, teaches the First Grade Class and is the SOJUSY Youth Director. Jeff and Risa have two sons, Grant and Chad, who are very active within SOJC’s Religious School, Youth Programs, and Services.
My wife Marian and I joined SOJC when I relocated to Orlando from Peabody, MA, in November 2004. In Orlando in addition to being active at SOJC where I am currently chairperson of the Ritual Committee, I am a member of the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and the Central Florida Hillel.
Lynell Medel has been an active member of SOJC since 2000. During this time, she has served as a Parent Teacher Association member, volunteered as a room mother, and regularly attended services. She has served on the SOJC Board of Directors for the past five years and has also been on the membership committee. Her daughter has grown up at SOJC and now teaches third-grade religious school. Lynell is looking forward to another year as a board member and seeing our SOJC family grow.