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.
My name is Jeff Imber and I have been a member of SOJC since 2009. I have been married to my wife Amy for 20 years and we have two boys, Sam age 16 and Max age 13. Both were bar mitzvahs at SOJC.
I am an IT Manager at Darden Restaurants. I am a past president of the JCC nextdoor, where my family met lifelong friends. My oldest son was a camper at Camp Ramah for 6 yrs. My youngest proudly represented Orlando at the Maccabee Games in Atlanta playing basketball.
I have been actively involved at SOJC volunteering with the Mens Club and being on the Executive Board. My goals for SOJC is to rejuvenate our congregation post-Covid with a new Rabbi who is excited to be a part of our community, keep our youth engaged and provide opportunities for us all to celebrate Judaism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eileen Krantz has been a member of the SOJC family for 15 years since relocating to Orlando from New Jersey. Along with her husband, Douglas Ethridge, and their 11-year-old daughter, Stella, she has been an active member of the SOJC community. Upon joining the Board in 2015, she had served as chair of the Education Committee for several years. Most recently, she has been the chair of the Membership Committee which has focused on staying connected with all our members during the pandemic. In addition, she has been the Recording Secretary for the Board for the past year. Professionally, Eileen works for Harvard Business Publishing as a leader in Corporate Learning. She has over 20 years of experience in human resource management and organizational development.
I have been an involved member at SOJC for over a decade. I bring a background in business best practices after working as a Senior Executive for a Fortune 500 Company, Regional Head Asia Pacific & West Asia Area for Regulatory Compliance and Business Ethics Officer. I have an MBA from Long Island University in with strengths in Finance and Economics and look forward to helping SOJC as a member of the finance and fundraising committees.
I have a strong history of Volunteerism in many of the Jewish Organizations in Central Florida. I currently serve on the Keenes Pointe Finance Committee and was the Parkway Condominiums Treasurer from 2004- 2010, the Jewish Welfare Board of Singapore as Assistant Treasurer from 2000=2003, and Havas Sholem Orthodox Cemetery, Niagara Falls, New York Committee Member from 2004 - present.
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.
Dr Hardoon has been a long time member of SOJC. His knowledge of building, financial planning, and fundraising have been instrumental in SOJC’s success. His extreme generosity is seen throughout SOJC. He fully funded our restroom rehab several years ago, was part of the five families that purchased our new Torah, donated the beautiful front doors and funds to enlarge the foyer, and most recently, paid for half of the entire building’s roof replacement.
Dr Hardoon inspires us through his generosity and love of community and Judaism. He is the CEO and Medical Director of Chateau Madeline, a senior living and memory care in Melbourne, Fl. He looks forward to continuing to serve the SOJC community.
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.