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Board of Directors

Greg Herman, Co-President

Greg Herman has been active in Har Shalom for many years – as president (2004-2008) and chair of many committees. After a long career with HP, he retired in 2009. Since then he has been working with Colorado State University’s global social enterprise program, and also consulted with the Future Earth research consortium. He is also active in the CASA program supporting children who have been neglected/abused. He is a cyclist and skier. Greg is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He and Trudy came to Fort Collins in 1980, left for 10 years in 1990 to Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, WA, and returned in 2000. They have 3 grown children Kyle, Becca and Jay.

Madi Lapidot, Co-President

Madi is on her “second tour of duty” on the presidential team at Har Shalom. She has been on the board since 2005, including her first tour on the presidential team from 2009-2014. With her family, Madi moved to beautiful Fort Collins, CO from Israel in 2000 and loves the opportunities for hiking, skiing, road trips, and enjoying the outdoors that abound here.

All three of her girls were Bat Mitzvahed here at Har Shalom and were active participants in the madrichim program; and the youngest (born in Fort Collins) was also a Shalomie at the preschool. Har Shalom is community, family and a vital, integral part of life.

After many years of consulting and research in the Biomedical Engineering field, Madi is now developing her private practice as a spiritual director and dream worker. Ask her about it!

Laura Actor, Co-VP Membership

Laura Actor and her family have lived in Fort Collins for 4 1/2 years. She was born in Baltimore, MD and grew up in Coral Springs, FL. She graduated from the University of Florida and has been teaching since the early 90s. During that time, she has taught elementary school, Jewish preschool, and English as a second language. She has also been on the board of Women's League for Conservative Judaism. Laura's family enjoys traveling, trying new foods, biking and skiing together. 

Rachel Feldman, Co-VP Membership

Geri Raichel, Past President

Geri Raichel was born in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College, Teachers' College Columbia University and Fordham University earning a B.A, M.A. and ABD in curriculum and teaching.  She has worked as an elementary teacher, teacher of the gifted, staff developer, director of curriculum, and professor of education in New York and New Jersey before retiring and coming to Fort Collins in 2000.  She enjoys working with the talented members of Congregation Har Shalom.  "I encourage each of you to get involved with one aspect of the life of Congregation Har Shalom.  You will find that you will gain more than you give."

Josh Goldstein, Secretary

Josh Goldstein is excited to be back on the board for his second term in support of this wonderful Jewish community. Josh and his wife, Liba, have been members of Har Shalom since arriving in Fort Collins in 2008. Their two young children are big fans of Religious School. Their son is a proud “Shalomie” graduate of the preschool, and their daughter is enjoying her first year there. Josh works as a scientist for The Nature Conservancy and enjoys going on adventures near and far with his family and spending lots of time outdoors. Josh was born and raised in Rochester, NY, where he enjoys going back to visit family and friends and to have his favorite matzoh ball soup from Geulah’s café.  

VP Youth Education, Vacant

Kyla Pfeif, VP Fundraising 

Kyla Pfeif was born and raised in Boulder, CO and then moved to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado. In 2008 Kyla and her husband Chad moved to Fort Collins and Kyla began working for a local non-profit. In 2011 Kyla and Chad's daughter, Emma, was born and she is now a very happy "shalomie" at Har Shalom Preschool. In her spare time, Kyla loves to explore the beautiful mountains around Fort Collins, bake with her daughter, and spend time in Old Town.  Kyla is very excited to utilize her non-profit and development experience in her role as VP of Fundraising.

Adam Graber,  VP Administration

Adam Graber and his wife, Helen, moved from Chicago to Fort Collins in 2002. Their twin daughters, Sasha and Tovah, both graduated from Har Shalom preschool and now attend Har Shalom Religious School. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz and recently graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Adam is an active member of Har Shalom and has volunteered and participated in various community activities. As VP of Administration, Adam will bring his skills as a small business owner, as well as his knowledge learned in school to benefit the community. In his spare time, Adam enjoys live music, snowboarding, and camping with his family.

VP Programs, Vacant

Peter Dratch, VP Spiritual Practices

Peter Dratch is a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he is involved in the scientific surveys conducted on wildlife refuges from Florida to Alaska, Maine to the Mexican border. He and his wife Kathy, who works for the National Park Service, have been members of the congregation for 15 years, and other small congregations wherever they have lived. Peter is a past president of Congregation Har Shalom and currently leads, with the rabbis, a diverse and thoughtful group of CHS members on the Spiritual Practices Committee.

VP Facilities, Vacant

Brooke Fisher, Member-at-Large

Brooke Fisher is a long-time member of Har Shalom and is happy that her children have grown up in such an amazing community! Over the years, she has worked in varying capacities including B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Director of Har Shalom Preschool and currently, our Religious School Director. As a volunteer, she chaired the fundraising committee for a few years with fond memories of the 'Oy Vegas' FUNdraiser and Taste of Har Shalom. Now, she is entering her second year on the board in representing member groups in our community as Member-at-Large. 

As both an educator and writer, Brooke also owns a Communications Company with her husband, Bill, and received a Fellowship with the Good People Fund which she is very excited about. She enjoys spending time with her family, agonizing through Crossfit and of course, PocketTorah.

Susan Baum, Member-at-Large

Susan Baum moved to Fort Collins 25 years ago, taking advantage of the opportunity to both pursue her career in engineering and enjoy many outdoor pursuits, including skiing, hiking and cycling. She and her husband Rob have been members of Har Shalom since their arrival, and their children participated in the religious and pre-school programs.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State, and a Masters in Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an experienced Program Manager and facilitator, and is currently working at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is excited for the opportunity to be a member of the board and contribute to the Har Shalom community.

Fri, June 23 2017 29 Sivan 5777