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Spokane Area Jewish Family Services is located in the building of Temple Beth Shalom. We are extremely grateful to TBS for donating office and program space, and for all of their ongoing support.

1322 East 30th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99203
Office: (509) 747-7394
Cell: (509) 413-8254


Director, Neal Schindler

Neal SchindlerA native of Detroit, Michigan, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. He worked in journalism and media in Seattle before moving to Spokane to earn a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern Washington University. Neal has provided counseling and social services to diverse populations for more than six years. He was raised in a Reconstructionist congregation and is currently a member of Congregation Emanu-El. He loves his work as director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. The Jewish values that are most important to Neal include humor, resilience, community, food, intellectualism, and healthy skepticism. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Assistant Director, Caitlyn Martzall

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Caitlyn Martzall was born and raised in Spokane. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in June 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She lives with her husband in North Spokane.

Meet the SAJFS Board of Directors:

Alan Rubens, President
A Spokane native and an active member of the Spokane community, Al serves on the Executive Board of Hospice of Spokane, is a member of Spokane Central Lions Club, is on the Board of Trustees for the Lilac Blind Foundation, and is an active member of Temple Beth Shalom, in addition to serving on the board of SAJFS. He is also a member of the Estate Planning Council.

Marti Martin, Vice President
I’ve been a member of the Spokane Jewish community since 1991 and am happy to live in the Pacific Northwest. I served for many years on the Temple Beth Shalom board as both a member at large and president. In 2003 I became a board member of SAJFS and eventually served as president for three years. I’m happy to be serving once again as a board member helping to serve those in need in our wonderful community.

Ron Hannes, Treasurer
Ron is the president and CEO of Hannes Financial Services. He attended Eastern Washington University and has worked and supported the Spokane Lilac Festival, served on the executive board of Temple Beth Shalom, and volunteered with a multitude of other organizations in the community. Ron and his wife of over 37 years enjoy traveling and spending time with their two daughters and grandchildren.

Carl Baum
I’ve lived in Spokane since 1980 and have been a local psychiatrist since 1994.  I’m delighted to be on the board of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. As I get older, service work becomes more and more important to me. I’ve been very impressed with this dynamic, generous, inclusive organization.

Miriam Berkman
A position as a counseling psychologist at Eastern Washington University brought me to the Spokane area in 1992. I have been actively involved in the Reform Jewish community and have served as president of the board for Congregation Emanu-El (CEE). Coming off the CEE board, it was a natural transition to now serve on the board for SAJFS. I grew up with a strong sense of social justice developed by my parents’ words, deeds, and commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). I hope to bring the skills I have honed over the years to develop relationships, honor all peoples, and thoughtfully engage in meaningful decisions that affect the Spokane community at large, and the Jewish community in particular.

Meryl Gersh
I have been a member of the Temple Beth Shalom community for more than 32 years, having served on the temple board, and a long time ago, as a Sunday school teacher.  I welcome the opportunity to participate on the SAJFS board as it gives me the chance to “walk the talk” that I try to impart to my physical therapy students every day: the obligation and privilege of a professional to serve one’s community. 

Lucy Gipstein

Julie Morris

Dale Severance
Social services has always been close to my heart.  As a social worker through most of my professional life I have found serving others enriches my life as it can also enrich others. I can remember how excited I was when JFS first started and I am honored to now have the opportunity to serve on its board.  

Cinda Tanners

Larry Weiser
A longtime director of University Legal Assistance at Gonzaga, Larry retired in 2015 after 35 years of service to his alma mater. He has a lengthy history with Gonzaga Law, going as far back as 1973 when he started as a student. Larry spent his entire Gonzaga Law career as director of the Elder Law Project, and the last 10 as director of the Clinic. While he taught different classes, he was best-known for his expertise in Elder Law, Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation, and Administrative Law.