Rabbis & Staff

Senior Rabbi George Gittleman

Rabbi George Gittleman joined Shomrei Torah as our first full time rabbi in 1996.

In 1991 he embarked on his rabbinical journey after 8 years in computer sales, obtaining a Masters in Hebrew Letters and Ordination from the Reform Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996.

Rabbi George is also a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the prestigious Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a graduate of the Rabbinic Leadership Program of The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Contact Rabbi George Gittleman: rabbig@cstsr.org

Associate Rabbi & Educational Director Stephanie Kramer

Rabbi Stephanie Kramer is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa CA, where she has served since July 2011. A native of Houston, Texas, Rabbi Kramer studied Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. After graduation she attended an Ulpan in Arad, Israel.
Rabbi Kramer was ordained from LA campus of Hebrew Union College in 2011. During Her studies she served pulpits in El Centro and Long Beach.

Rabbi Kramer is passionate about Jewish continuity, building community, and creative worship. She particularly enjoys teaching people of all ages, both inside and outside the synagogue walls. She is committed to transforming Jewish youth through youth groups, leadership, camp and L’taken trips.

Rabbi Kramer enjoys working on IGI grants from the SF Federation, collaborative young adult programs, and pastoral care. Rabbi Kramer also serves as President of Sonoma Hillel. Stephanie and her husband Adam are the proud parents of Micah and Noa.

Contact Rabbi Stephanie Kramer: rabbikramer@cstsr.org

Cantorial Soloist Erica Wisner

Erica Wisner is Cantorial Soloist at Shomrei Torah, participating in services and holiday observances on a part-time basis.

Erica, a Sacramento native who lived in New York City for a decade while pursuing a career in musical theater, is a professional musician with a master’s degree from The Boston Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

As a young child, Erica grew up going to services and fell in love with Jewish musical liturgy when her parents started a synagogue in Sacramento County.  After considering Cantorial school in 2006, but determining the timing wasn’t right, Erica feels blessed that life has come full circle with this position at CST. 

Erica and her husband, Chris, moved to Santa Rosa in 2008, after marrying here in 2007.  They are the proud parents of Noah and Lael.

Contact Erica Wisner:ericaw@cstsr.org

Morgan Folger – 7th Grade Teacher, Youth & Music Coordinator

Hello everyone! I’m from Sacramento but I am currently in Santa Barbara, finishing my undergraduate degrees in English and Religious studies at UCSB. Growing up in Sacramento, my synagogue was a second home to me, and I took advantage of all the programs my congregation had to offer.

From Bat Mitzvah to madricha to camper and service leader, being a part of my synagogue gave me opportunities to grow amid a fantastic community. My Jewish experiences growing up have led to me to continue my Jewish involvement and education in Santa Barbara.  I have joined a Jewish sorority, am serving on the Hillel board, and am a religious school teacher at the local synagogue.

Over the past four summers, I have worked at Camp Newman as a counselor, song leader, and unit head. In my free time you can usually find me hiking, cooking, reading, and crocheting. I am incredibly excited to be a part of, and work with, the Shomrei Torah community and share my passion for Judaism, Jewish programming, and Jewish music with you all! 

Denise Harrison, Temple Liaison

(707) 578-5519

Denise is the de-facto historian, often the first person to welcome new congregants, and the first to know when someone is having a hard time or in need of assistance.

Denise will be at Shabbat services, temple events, and holiday celebrations ready to greet and assist you. Denise will also be helping to connect new members to one another, coordinating volunteer opportunities and looking after existing members.

Julie Hash, Rabbinic Assistant


If you have any questions concerning your financial account at CST, Julie is the go-to person. She is in charge of pledges and billings.

Also, if you want to get an item or article into the Voice, or Chai-Lites or the website, send them to Julie. Finally, if you have a question regarding Religious School or the B’nei Mitzvah Program, Julie is the person to direct your inquiry.

Seraphima Chisler, Facility Coordinator


If you are trying to schedule a class, program or get-together at the temple and need a space, Seraphima is in charge of the temple facility use calendar.

If you notice that something is broken, dirty, or not working properly, Seraphima is also our facilities guru. Seraphima is also taking the lead on food and details for Tishes, holidays, and programs. All food concerns and compliments should come to Seraphima. 

Angelica Steinman, Administrative Assistant


Next time you call the office, you will hear Angelica’s chipper voice greet you and direct your call. Angelica will now be taking RSVP’s, scheduling rabbi meetings, and keeping our database up to date.