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Executive Director - Shanda Witkin

Phone: 408-358-1751 x10

Since joining the staff in 2006, I have found both a family and career in Congregation Shir Hadash. What began as a part-time endeavor while completing my degree has blossomed into a path filled with growth, both professionally and personally. My connection to Shir Hadash has deepened with every role.


I work in sacred partnership with clergy, staff and lay leader, as the executive director I oversee the day-to-day operations of the synagogue. All the rest is commentary, now back to work.


I obtained my bachelors degree from San Jose State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Jewish studies. I have continued my education with several Executive Education programs through the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.


As a rare San Jose native, I have strong roots in the south bay area. My supportive husband and three energetic kids are the loves of my life. When I am not at the temple, I enjoy cooking and baking and cheering on the San Jose Sharks, but who am I kidding I do all of these while at temple too.

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