Board of Directors
Natan Kahn has been a member of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh since 1999, when he and his family relocated to Portland for his occupation as an oculoplastic surgeon. Natan was raised in Tyler, Texas and learned first-hand about small-town Judaism as his family gravitated to Orthodoxy. After spending time during his education in Dallas, Israel, New York and West Virginia, the Kahns have found a welcome home in Maine and hope that other modern Orthodox families and individuals will be attracted to this beautiful and friendly place that represents “the way life should be”.
Dr. Michael Goldblatt received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 1967. Until April of 2006, Dr. Goldblatt was the Executive Director of Philmont Guidance Center, one of the largest private practices in the Philadelphia area. He also held a position as a Clinical Professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He brought to PCOM 40 years of clinical and administrative experience and is a recognized pioneer of cognitive-behavioral therapy. As a charter clinical fellow of the Behavioral Therapy and Research Society, Dr. Goldblatt is among an exclusive group worldwide. He was a member of the faculty of Temple University School of Medicine and was on the staff of St. Christopher’s Hospital and Holy Redeemer Hospital for many years. He has trained hundreds of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers and has written over thirty articles and papers.
Dr. Goldblatt has engaged in Israel advocacy for over 60 years. Currently, he is National Chairman of the board of the Zionist Organization of America. He has published over 300 letters and op-eds in several well known publications including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jewish Exponent, and Jerusalem Post.
Alisha is an English teacher at Greely Middle School in Cumberland, Maine. She grew up in Philadelphia and attended Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Barrack Hebrew Academy) for high school. Her experience as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College offered an introduction to the state of Maine, and she eagerly returned after earning a Masters in English Literature from Boston University. Alisha is also a poet and essayist with numerous publications including a recent essay in the Stonecoast Review, the literary magazine of the University of Maine’s MFA program. She also published a children’s book last year, Finding a Way, about her son’s rare chromosome disorder and the beauty of acceptance. Alisha lives in Portland with her husband Zach, the legal director for the ACLU of Maine, and her two lovely children.
Lorraine Smith is a retired homemaker and Sears Sales Associate. She moved to Portland from Lowell, MA after being married. Lorraine has been a member of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh since 1957. A lifelong member of the Sisterhood, she dedicated herself to working in the kitchen every week. Lorraine also enjoys serving on the board. She and her husband, Jonas raised two children in Portland.
Isaac was born in California and lived in Israel for 10 years, where his family still resides. Isaac is a culinary school graduate, licensed bartender and a professionally trained beer brewer. He lives in Portland and works as a beer expert. He enjoys all things Jewish and is known to conjure up lots of kosher delicacies.
Hillary was born in a small town in New Hampshire and attended UVM in Vermont. Looking to expand her Jewish knowledge and to be involved in a larger community, Hillary moved to Portland in 2013. Hillary teaches at a local preschool, and she enjoys baking, gardening and spending time with her loved ones. She is very proud to be a part of the board of directors at Shaarey Tphiloh and hopes to help her community and synagogue wherever needed.
Jean graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a B.A in Sociology and Hebrew Studies. She taught Hebrew school part-time for a number of years. After learning computer programming Jean worked as a computer programmer for John Hancock in Massachusetts. Since her return to Maine seven years ago, she has been a very active member of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh. As well as being a board member, she has been one of the Shabbos kiddush ladies.
Jonas Smith is a successful retired small business owner and musician, playing drums for various small bands since he was a boy. He moved to Portland in 1957 and has been a member of Shaarey Tphiloh ever since. He continues to be an active member of the synagogue and has been a member of the board for years. He currently serves as Vice President. Jonas has also been an essential member of several other Portland area organizations. Jonas and his wife Lorraine love Portland and continue to make their home there.
Rori Lockman and her family have called Shaarey Tphiloh their spiritual home for over ten years. Rori has been an active board member, including board president, during that time. She and her family enjoy making Kosher Maple Syrup at their home in North Gorham, Maine.
Daniel is from Detroit, MI but has been in New England ever since attending Brandeis University. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in Near East and Judaic Studies, Daniel pursued his culinary passion which brought him and his wife, Alex, to Portland in the summer of 2015. Never forgetting the supportive Jewish community that he had been raised in, Daniel recently left the restaurant business to work for Portland’s Jewish community which has been so welcoming the last few years. He is now the Administrative Coordinator at Temple Beth El and serves as a board member for the Maine Jewish Film Festival.
In addition to her role as Bookkeeper at Shaarey Tphiloh, Sherri is also Bookkeeper and Cemetery Director at Temple Beth El in Portland, Maine. She is the Treasurer and Bookkeeper for the Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association, which manages Mount Sinai Cemetery in Portland and Smith Street Cemetery in South Portland. Sherri’s passion for Jewish end of life traditions and rituals was sparked when she observed her first Tahara (ritual purification of a deceased person) in 2011. Since then, she has acquired her license as a funeral attendant at the Jewish Funeral Home and has become a member of the Portland Chevra Kadisha.