Tracy is very excited to be on the Bet Alef board. What matters most to Tracy is her family (including her dogs), her friends and the community she lives in. Currently, Tracy runs Gnosis Research which is a market research and strategy company. Tracy has been a recognized fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Heidelberg and ZUMA, Mannheim Germany and holds a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from New York University.
Susan, Board Treasurer, has been a Bet Alef member since 2013. Susan and her husband, Frank Cioch, moved to Seattle in 2000 after living in the Detroit, Michigan area for over 20 years. She is a retired public finance attorney and enjoyed her role in the financing of a variety of public projects, such as water and sewer systems, public schools, universities and public buildings. She enjoys travel, hiking, yoga, auditing history classes at the University of Washington, and taking advantage of Seattle’s many cultural offerings.
David joined our board in August 2016 after being a dedicated member for four years with his wife, Michelle, and children, Abby and Julia. They live on the Eastside and happily make the trek in to BA frequently. David has contributed to our membership committee for the past several years, and as chair-person since early 2015. David works internationally as a global finance director, and is excited to bring his organization and communication skills to Bet Alef.
Rachel Sofferin holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Certificate in Non-profit Management and is pleased and proud to serve on the Board of Bet Alef, her spiritual home.
She currently works at Center for Spiritual Living as Marketing and Communications Manager after serving in the capacity of communications and administration at Bet Alef from 2014-2016, and Interim Executive Director from July-October 2016. Rachel lives with her husband Joshua and dog Merlin in Mountlake Terrace. Some of her hobbies include travel, hiking, and recently and fused glass art.
Stu has been an attorney in the State of Washington for over 45 years. He has chaired the King County Bar’s Business Advisory Panel working with the UW Foster School of Business to annually assist a number of local minority-owned businesses, has been a volunteer attorney at the microenterprise legal clinic of Washington CASH (Washington Community Alliance For Self-Help aka Ventures), and a member of the boards of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Stu lives in Leschi and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Cindy Ervin is delighted to join the Bet Alef board. She and her husband, Keith, have been grateful members for about ten years. Cindy has recently closed her clinical psychology practice, but has yet to call it “retirement”. Over the last 40 or so years, she has supervised, consulted, worked on the UW research faculty, taught at several colleges and universities and at a post-graduate family therapy training program. She has always focused on families and couples and brings a dedication to healthy and kind relationships to her work on the board.
Cindy has three children and two grandchildren, all living nearby. She spends a lot of time caring for her grandchildren. She’s excited about her vegetable garden, wants to get back to regular yoga in “retirement”, and hopes to do music, hiking, and biking. And to serve the Bet Alef community.
Rabbi Olivier BenHaim
Spiritual Leader of Bet Alef
With an Modern Orthodox, Sephardi background, Rabbi Olivier has been a student of Torah and of the Jewish way for most of his life. He lived in Israel for close to 10 years, where he studied in Jerusalem with many teachers of the Jewish spiritual path, both in Yeshivas and scholarly circles. He received a B.A. and a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He was ordained as a Rabbi in 2009.
Karen Warner comes most recently from Miami, having worked in affordable housing, contributed to community and downtown revitalization, and assisted in the financial services arena. She’s now been in Seattle for almost 4 years and has enjoyed the temperate climate, the walkability of the city, and exploring all the beautiful scenic drives. She currently lives in Phinney Ridge with Morien, a native Seattleite, their friendly and outgoing 3 year old daughter, Hazel, and their 11-year-old timid cat, Sebastian, who is finally warming up to Hazel.
She grew up as part of the Reform movement in Memphis, TN, attending religious school,
becoming a b’nai mitvah, attending URJ summer camp in Utica, MS for 10 years, and making a
trip to Israel with NFTY. She’s excited to be part of the Bet Alef community, so please come up, say hello and introduce yourself. L’Shalom
Dianna Rose has been a member of Bet Alef since 2001. Her early musical training (piano, voice, percussion) eventually led her to a career in radio, in Los Angeles and Seattle (where she was Music Director and on-air at Smooth Jazz KWJZ for 12 years). She is currently on-air at two internet radio stations, and has a voice-over business. Dianna is also a Therapeutic Sound Consultant, having completed a two-year training at the Open Ear Center on Bainbridge Island, WA. Plus she’s an Acutonics (tuning forks) Level I practitioner, and a trained provider with the Strong Institute (rhythmic entrainment therapy).
Vince has a background in non-profit management, large-scale event development, and startup operations. He is active in the arts community and plays music with his band, The Ranken File, throughout Seattle area. He enjoys camping and hiking in the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife, Silvia, and daughter, Valencia.
Communications & Digital Services
Katie comes with a background in Interfaith Dialogue and peace-building, digital services (communications and website work), and strong friendships in the wider Seattle Jewish community. She is excited about engaging with the diverse and rich group of people that call Bet Alef their spiritual home. She, along with her husband Aaron and daughter Amanda, live in Shoreline and love sunny days at the park, rainy afternoons with cups of tea, good music, and good writing. She is passionate about building peace bridges in her community.