LaMarrServing on the board of trustees at Temple Israel is an honor. My service is inspired by the temple’s commitment to diversity and social justice as well as the collective and open relationship among clergy, staff, lay leaders and all the families of TIOH. Professionally, I am a marriage and family therapist, specializing in early intervention work with children and families. As a trustee, I have served as co-chair of the Family and Youth Education Commission for the past three years, on the Social Action Committee, the Nominating Committee, and am involved with Reform California. My family has been part of the Temple Israel community for the last decade, where our gratitude for an enriching and meaningful experience of Jewish life continues to grow every day. Our connection to the religious school and the Shabbaton program has been a thriving arena of engagement for all of us. It has been a joy to witness our son become a Bar Mitzvah and launch into the teen program, and our daughter enjoy her Shabbaton friends and teachers. Led by a humanistic and warm clergy and staff, the religious school provides a sound base for our children to become responsible and connected Jewish adults. I am grateful to be a part of a synagogue that continues to grow and where the entire TIOH community is always at the forefront of progressive Jewish thought.