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Directors of Congregational Council


Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Co-CEO

Vice - President, Executive Director:

Meirav Finley, Co-CEO

Second Vice - President:

Sherri Porath-Rockwell, Leagel Lisbon

Sheri has been a member of Ohr HaTorah since 1996. She is married to Marshall Rockwell, and together they have three children – Jacob, Lily and Isaac. Sheri has been active in the Ohr HaTorah community for several years in various capacities including President, Vice President and Secretary of the Congregation.

Sheri is a Southern California native and a graduate of UC Berkeley and USC School of Law. Before becoming a mother she practiced law for seven years, first as a law clerk to a federal judge and then as a litigator with a local law firm. 


Pamela Mahoney

Pamela Anderson-Mahoney is the founder and director of Epidemiology Resources. She began her career working in industry at Lockheed's "Skunkworks" program where she identified groups of workers at high risk for injury and illness using a state-of-the-art surveillance system and prediction techniques. She used this data to design interventions to minimize risk and prevent injurious exposures. She then served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the world famous Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) often known as the Disease Detectives. She was Principal Investigator for a multisite behavioral study overseen by the CDC. Dr. Anderson-Mahoney has successfully managed multi-million dollar research budgets with staff, overhead, equipment, travel, recruiting, etc. She has a strong academic foundation in epidemiologic methods with an M.S. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from UCLA's School of Public Health. Her wide range of practical experience in government, private and public sectors make her uniquely qualified to provide scientific consultation, guidance, and expert witness testimony. 

Director at Large:

Sheila Coop,

Human Resources



Sheila Coop is the mother of two daughters, Diane and Nancy Klein, and the proud grandmother of Diane's two children Harry and Siobhan.

Sheila is an independent consultant and the managing partner of Coop Consulting Associates, Ltd and advisor to Fortune 100 companies in the areas of Human Resources Strategy, Professional and Executive Development, Executive and Business Coaching and Communications. Since early in 2003, Sheila has served as Director of Communications for The Marlo Group, an independent documentary film production company headquartered in Los Angeles.

Sheila is a founding Board member of the Mesesso Foundation. The Foundation is focused on education, healthcare and microlending in support of children and families in Ethiopia

Officers of The Congregational Council

Select members of the Congregational Council form a core management team to provide ongoing coordination of all aspects of synagogue life. 

Every event, program, and activity is led by a layperson that works in coordination with the Executive Director, Meirav Finley. 

An officer of the council may volunteer to run a program or event. When it is completed, that volunteer may decide to step down from the Council team until a new inspiring idea emerges. 

The Officers of the Congregational Council do not have a specific tenure of office.

Wed, December 12 2018 4 Tevet 5779