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.
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.
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.
Eamonn, been an active member of SOJC over the last year, since he and his family relocated to Orlando from London, England in the summer of 2016. Since joining Eamonn and his family have been active members of the SOJC community. Since his election to the board last year, Eamonn has been serving on the Technology committee, maintaining the SOJC website, and supporting email newsletter creation. Eamonn, is also currently serving as the Rabbi Search Committee Chairperson. He is looking forward to another year as a board member and seeing our SOJC family grow.
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.
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.
Jodi and her family have been members of SOJC since 2012 when her oldest Simon who recently became a Bar Mitzvah started in the Religious School. Her daughter Hannah also attends. Jodi is entering her second term on the SOJC Board of Directors. Jodi has served as Room Parent, member of the PTA and since joining the Board of Directors as co-chair of the Education Committee. She is looking forward to continuing her service and supporting our SOJC family.
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.
My family joined SOJC upon moving to Orlando in 1998 from the Washington, D.C. area. Both of my daughters became a Bat Mitzvah at SOJC thanks to Cantor Doug. Professionally, I’m the CEO of the 2,000-member Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association. Born in Newport, RI, I became a Bar Mitzvah in historic Touro Synagogue. First appointed to SOJC’s board in 2003, I’ve chaired SOJC’s rabbi search, strategic planning and other initiatives. I sometimes give the Kol Nidre Appeal as I’m passionate about seeing our SOJC family and Jewish community grow and blossom.
Mat and his family have been active members of SOJC. Previously he successfully organized and ran the Men’s Club events and is still actively involved with there activities. He has served on the Board of Directors as an active member, and looks forward to helping guide SOJC towards for the future for the benefit of all of our families.
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.
Melissa resides in Orlando with her husband Nicholas, and 2 sons, Noah and Ethan. They have been SOJC members since 2017. Their family regularly attends Services weekly and enjoys participating in Holiday events. Both Noah and Ethan attend religious school at SOJC. Melissa has served as a member of the PTA and Homeroom Mom over the past few years. This will be Melissa's first year serving on the Board. She is co-chair on the Education Committee and the Fundraising Committee.