Rosalie Waterman
Rosalie WatermanPresident
Rosalie Waterman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, graduating from Ohio State University. She moved east to teach in Northern Virginia, before retiring and settling in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. She has been active in Temple House of Israel and a volunteer in Hospice of the Shenandoah, the Augusta Health auxiliary, the Staunton Public Library, and the Stonewall Brigade Band. She has a husband, a son, and a dog.
Bonny Strassler
Bonny StrasslerSecretary
Patty Sutker
Patty SutkerTreasurer
Kay Senator
Kay SenatorVP of Buildings and Grounds
I am a special education teacher in Augusta County. My husband and I enjoy the Shenandoah Valley’s stunning beauty and more relaxed pace of life. I lived in Bethesda and Annapolis for almost 30 years before moving to Staunton in 2012. I have two sons. One is a teacher and the other one is in his last year of college.
Debbie Jacobs
Debbie JacobsVP Membership
I moved to Staunton with my husband, David, in 2009 after living in Northern Virginia for 32 years. The decision to retire in Staunton was a no-brainer as it offered everything we wanted next in our marriage – no traffic, mountainous scenery, lots of culture, and a college! No regrets!!! Originally from Englewood, NJ, I met David in grad school in Buffalo – we escaped after 2 winters there to settle into living and working in Northern Virginia. We raised two great kids, Josh (who recently married Megan Wolk who is from Winchester) and Mara. We recently bought a motorhome (David’s lifelong dream) and are setting out for new adventures.
Ellen WertherMember At Large
Richard Young
Richard YoungTrustee
Rich Young was born and raised in Staunton, Virginia. He got a degree in philosophy and religion from Hampton Sydney College and another degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. He moved to Denver to work in architecture, met and married his wife Beth and then, in 1984, moved back to Staunton with his wife to work in the hardware store for 30 years and help raise 2 children. He has served in several officer positions in the temple.
Doug Degen
Doug DegenTrustee
Doug was raised in Staunton and was Bar Mitzvahed in 1965 at Temple House of Israel. He left for college and med school and then moved back in 1982 to start a medical practice. He has been on the THOI board since returning and served as president. He is currently the longest living member of a family connected to THOI as his family moved here at the end of the 19th century.
Alan Goldenberg
Alan GoldenbergTrustee
My wife Vickie and I came to Staunton in 1978 and were introduced to Temple House of Israel. After our first exposure to this small synagogue and loving caring people, we became regulars. Our spiritual and social life centered on the temple. I had the privilege of serving as president and participated in that position for each of my children’s bar and bat mitzvot. During these years we faced many obstacles, but in each case the members came through with anything needed. It is my personal goal as a trustee to make sure the temple continues for many generations and offers the opportunity for a Jewish way of life in the Shenandoah Valley.