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Meet the TBT staff

Rabbi Iah Pillsbury


Rabbi Iah Pillsbury (she/they) is honored to serve as the rabbi of Temple Beit Torah. Rabbi Pillsbury is an artist, activist, teacher, and builder. They teach and guide groups of all ages, lead shabbat and holiday services, officiate and prepare folks for all life-cycle ceremonies, engage in community building and organizing, and produce ketubot and other ritual text and artifacts. Rabbi Pillsbury is deeply committed to tikkun olam, repairing the world, and building healthier communities and relationships to community. She serves on the board of Family Promise Colorado Springs and is co-chair of Colorado Springs Faith Table. Before becoming the rabbi of Temple Beit Torah, Rabbi Pillsbury served a variety of communities all over Ohio-- from college campuses to retirement homes, reform congregations to humanist, in academic settings and communal settings. Rabbi Pillsbury graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In their spare time Rabbi Pillsbury enjoys hiking with her wife Anna and spending time with their amazing cat. She is overjoyed to be here in Colorado Springs, helping you make your world and our world a better more meaningful place.

Rabbi Pillsbury is available most Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays to meet in person or on zoom. Email them rabbi@beit-torah.org to set up a time to chat!

Amber Lindsey

As the TBT temple administrator, Amber handles a multitude of tasks regarding every aspect of the congregation. Whatever it takes to manage and run the congregation, Amber will know how to get it done. Call the office and introduce yourself! She is always happy to make your day a bit better!

Wendy Chiado, BoD Member-at-Large

Hi! I am Wendy Chiado, and I am honored to be elected to serve on the Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. I have been a member of Temple Beit Torah since 1996 and have served as a volunteer for many Temple activities throughout this time. Most recently, I have served as the Chairperson for the Security Committee and have been successful in gaining our temple two grants of $85,750.00 and  $136,078.00 respectively. In addition, I recently submitted a third FEMA grant package for $149,940.

I have been very active in the Pikes Peak community and have served on several Colorado Springs School District 11 Committees. In addition to my undergraduate and graduate degrees,  I am a graduate of multiple community and Jewish leadership courses. These include Leadership Pikes Peak, the Bighorn Political Fellowship program, and the Spertus Institute of Judaic Studies/Northwestern University Certificate in Jewish Leadership.

As most members know, I am part of an all-Navy family. My husband and I both retired from the US Navy Officer and our son serves aboard a Virginia class submarine, USS Oregon (Go Navy!). I am the proud grandmother of three gorgeous grandchildren. In my professional life, I work for The Aerospace Corporation as a technical expert in Space Systems Operations and Space Warfare. I have been fortunate to travel the world and experience other cultures as both a Naval Officer and DoD Contractor. The picture below shows me in Thule, Greenland on one of the milder climate days!

 

Wendy Chiado   TBT Security and Building Committee Happenings

 

The security and building committee has remained busy in the past few months overseeing the installation and operation of several security enhancements and making improvements to the building.  TBT was fortunate to have been awarded two large FEMA grants in the amounts of $85,750.00 and  $136,078.00. Thanks to this funding we implemented several security enhancements allowing for increased safety and security of our congregation and building.  The most recent security feature provided for by the FEMA funding was the incorporation of an electronic door access system. The committee is now working on acquiring a fence for the backyard, many new building windows, hand-held radios and stronger inside and outside doors with other FEMA funds.

The committee was able to incorporate other security enhancements in recent months. A Knox box, which will provide the fire department easy access to the building is being purchased with funds from Jewish Colorado. A new master key to the building was also obtained. Finally, the committee applied for a third FEMA grant in the amount of $149,940.

The committee is striving to keep up with the lawn maintenance and building repairs. The security and building committee needs volunteers to help with several tasks to include serving as ushers during services and to help with minor building upkeep items. Please contact Wendy Chiado, wchiado@aol.com or Mitch Teeters, Mitchell.hr.teeters@gmail.com for more information.

 

Sun, August 14 2022 17 Av 5782