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Our Leaders

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Marc Grisar


Marc Grisar serves as President to the Midbar Kodesh Temple.  Marc and wife Robyn were raised in Las Vegas and have been members of the synagogue for over 20 years. They have 3 children, all who celebrated their b'nei mitzvah with the congregation.  He is an Enrolled Agent with C.Terry Raben, CPA and spends time with District 2 Little League as an Assistant District Administrator. 

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Amy Fieldman


Amy Fieldman, a current Vice President, past President, and founding member of Midbar Kodesh Temple has served on many committees.  Her children attended the first classes of MKT Preschool and MKT Religious school, with all 3 celebrating their B’nei Mitzvah at Midbar Kodesh Temple and becoming active in the USY program.  Her contributions in time, talent and treasure are invaluable and she looks forward to helping bring Midbar Kodesh Temple into the next decade

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Jackie Gilbert


Jackie Gilbert serves as a Vice President on Midbar Kodesh Temple's Board of Directors. She is a long-time Las Vegas resident and retired attorney who calls Henderson home and members of Midbar her Nevada family. When not traveling or at home with her two-dog family, Jackie is at the Smith Center enjoying Broadway plays or can be heard yelling "Go Knights Go" at the T-Mobile Arena.

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Darren Schwartz


LVMPD Sergeant Darren Schwartz serves as a Vice President on Midbar Kodesh Temple's Board of Directors.  He advises on security at the synagogue. Both Darren and wife Jennifer were raised in Las Vegas and they both were USY advisors at Midbar Kodesh Temple.  They have been members of the synagogue for almost 2 decades and have a 12 year old son. 

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Ileen Spoor


Ileen Spoor is a retired Judicial Executive Assistant for the Eighth Judicial District Court and serves as Vice President, previously serving in the position of secretary at Midbar Kodesh Temple. Ileen coordinates MKT's book club.  Ileen and her husband Randy are long time members of the synagogue. The Spoor/Villanueva family are proud to be a 3 generation Midbar family! 

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Emily Ventura


Emily Ventura, husband Ron and their 2 children have been congregants for 6 years.  Emily has worked closely with the ECC for several years and for the past year has been a membership co-chair of Sisterhood. Previously, Emily worked with the Jewish Federation and as Assistant Area Director of AIPAC. She currently assists her husband in his real estate business. Emily is looking forward to continuing to improve and grow the MKT Religious School community. 

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Tiffany Doctors


Tiffany Doctors has been a member of Midbar Kodesh Temple for over 27 years and has been the head of the Education Committee, co-chaired a Recipe Book committee, sat on the Scholarship Committee, was a MKT Kadima Advisor and has been one of Midbar's Star Bakers.  Tiffany is a partner in a local law firm and participates in several professional organizations. 

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Joel Altman

Board Member

Joel Altman has been a member of Midbar Kodesh Temple with wife Marci and their children for almost 2 decades, with Noah, Chase and Dax, all being graduates of MKT ECC.  Joel is an Exhibits Director for the Western Veterinarian Conference (WVC).   The Altman's parents are Bobbi & Hesh Altman and Janis & Harvey Riceberg, giving them status of a 3 generation Midbar family on both sides. 

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Ira Goldberg

Board Member

Ira Goldberg moved to Las Vegas from the Bronx, NY in 1978 and with his wife Isabel, of blessed memory.  Together, they became one of the first members of Midbar Kodesh Temple. Ira is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a clinical member of A.A.M.F.T. with a private practice with Comprehensive Therapy Centers.  Ira has always been available to the youth of MKT and has often been a guest host at USY and Ma'ayan events.  


Laura Pyzer

Board Member

Laura Pyzer joined Midbar Kodesh Temple in 2010, and joined the Board 6 years ago, taking interest in the Midbar's educational committees.  Married to Jeremy Pyzer, they share 2 young children; Sarah who is a graduate of the ECC and Religious School, and Rebecca, who is also a graduate of the ECC and currently attends Religious School.  Laura is CEO and Owner of PyTown Marketing, a local advertising agency focusing on the Strip.

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Barbara Raben

Board Member

Barbara Grisar Raben has been a member of Midbar Kodesh Temple for almost 2 decades. Barbara has been honored by JFSA for the work that she has done as a past President and for the community. Barbara was a co-President of Hadassah Southern Nevada and served as President of Hadassah's Desert Mountain Region. Barbara is married Terry Raben and together they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren.


Laura Teisch

Board Member

Laura Teisch, husband Avi Moas, and their 2 children have been congregants for 5 years. Both of Laura's children attend the ECC at Midbar currently and she has worked closely with the preschool over the years. Laura is a pediatrician at a local private practice here in Henderson. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys traveling and hiking. 

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Dave Schwartz

Board Member

David Schwartz has been a member of Midbar Kodesh Temple along with his wife since 2005. Both of his children have attended the ECC and Religious School. He currently serves as ombuds at a local university and is deeply involved in a number of professional organizations.  

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Jana Gitnacht

Board Member

Jana, her husband Demian and their daughter Abigail have been members at Midbar for over 4 years, Jana having converted to Judaism here at MKT with Rabbi Tecktiel. Jana has a Bachelors in Marketing and has extensive experience in photography, website creation, and managing various marketing campaigns. 

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Greg Goussak

Immediate Past President

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Greg Goussak serves as Immediate Past President of Midbar Kodesh Temple.  He is a Principal Auditor for the Clark County Water Reclamation District.  Greg with his wife Cindy and their 2 young adult daughters, who both celebrated their bat mitzvah at MKT, has been a member of the synagogue for almost 20 years.

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