Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in-person and virtual
Join together for the Annual Congregational Meeting when our new Board of Directors is installed and hear our vision for the path forward.
Celebrate our Hineni award winners, who will receive their awards this evening. This year’s award winners include: Chip Ellis (How We Gather Task Force), Ellen Poster (Breaking Bread on Broad, RS Women, Days of Learning, EID, and pRiSm), and Janeane Sloane (Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art).
Slate of Officers
Assistant Treasurer and Secretary
DIRECTOR NOMINEES (Incumbents to be renominated for second, 1 year term of either a 2 or 4 year maximum)
DIRECTOR NOMINEES (New nominee for first, 1 year term of 4 year eligibility)
OFFICERS who will not stand for election but will assume new positions as per Bylaws
President (Year 3 of 3 year term ends May 31, 2023)
Immediate Past President (Year 3 of 3 year term ends May 31, 2023)
About Our Hineni Award Recipients
Chip Ellis is a lifelong member of Rodeph Shalom (Confirmation Class ‘77). Chip served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. Chip leads the How We Gather Task Force and chairs the Major Gifts phase of the Keren Or: Ray of Light Endowment Campaign. Additionally, he is vice-chair of the Audit Committee, serves on the Finance Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Strategic Planning Task Force. He is a former RS Treasurer and chaired the Financial Sustainability Task Force. Chip previously worked on the Equity Inclusion Diversity (EID) Task Force and has volunteered with pRiSm and annual Rodeph Shalom fundraisers.
Chip is a retired finance professional with over 30 years of experience as the Global Tax Director and more than ten years as the Director of Risk Management for the international consulting firms Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Perrin) where he was a Principal and Hay Group (now Korn Ferry). Chip is a CPA with a Masters in Tax and a Masters in Business Administration. For many years, Chip served on the Board and Planning Committee for the Philadelphia Tax Conference and was a member of the World Affairs Council International Business Senior Tax Roundtable. Chip also served on the Board of Equality Advocates (now Equality Pennsylvania) and as Finance Chair of Beth Ahavah. Chip is an active member of a recovery group where he enjoys working with others on an individual level and has worked on a national level chairing the finance committee and co-chairing the fellowship’s literature committee.
Ellen Poster was an attorney in Boston for over forty-five years. She brought employment discrimination claims on behalf of members of the LGBTQ community as a significant part of her practice.
After moving to Philadelphia, she and her husband Stan have found a wonderfully enriching Jewish life at RS. Ellen finds great joy in her work with Days of Learning, pRiSm, Breaking Bread on Broad, RS Women, Equity Inclusion Diversity (EID), Jewish meditation, Israel ConnectRS, small group Jewish text study and Torah history havurah. She is a member of our Board of Directors. Ellen is a mom of three and grandmother of four.
Janeane Sloane has been a part of the Rodeph Shalom family since she met her husband Bob more than 40 years ago. After their marriage, Janeane converted to Judaism under the guidance of the much-beloved Rabbi David Wice, of blessed memory.
With gentle guidance from her sister-in-law, Gail Rosenberg, Janeane began her engagement with the RS community. Janeane began her journey of engagement by joining the RS Sisterhood as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art Committee (PMJA). At the same time, Janeane was raising a blended family that included five children, pursuing a BSN degree at LaSalle University, working as a part-time school nurse at Germantown Academy and becoming a guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Janeane’s involvement with the PMJA grew from her family’s legacy as the founders of the PMJA. Her work with the PMJA evolved over time, under the mentorship of Gail Rosenberg and Joan Sall.
As her family grew, Janeane was able to devote more time to the PMJA Committee and eventually becoming Chairperson. As its Chair, Janeane helped guide the museum forward in its mission to present contemporary art with Jewish themes as well as cataloging the collection, updating the permanent collection labeling, and re-installing the permanent collection throughout the building. Along with her work with the PMJA collection, Janeane partnered with Tom Perloff and Gail Rosenberg to evaluate stored art to modernize, catalog, and display the many treasures of Rodeph Shalom. Working with the art at RS has been Janeane’s way of engaging the spirit of the Hineni Award.