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Chris modified modifiedChris Marks began working at TOR in May of 2004. She is responsible for the day to day functions of receivables and payables as well as assisting Verde, Marcia and Rabbi Rabishaw whenever needed. She has two grown sons, Adam and Jacob and lives in El Dorado Hills with "Peanut" a Havanese rescue.

Verde - home modifiedVerde Richardson began working at TOR in September of 1999, one year before TOR opened the doors of its permanent home in Orangevale. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the office, including keeping the congregants and the community informed of temple activities and other important information and is usually the first voice you will hear when you call the office. She and her husband Bill reside in Rocklin.   They have 4 grown children, Michael, Coreen, David and Will. They have two grandchildren, Michael Jr. and Travis.

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Carol Gunnerson received her BA in Vocal Music Education and Performance along with her teaching credentials in 1976. With a background in classical piano studies coupled with performance technique in French, Italian, and German Art Song, Opera, and Jazz, she successfully completed five years serving hundreds of students as the Vocal Music Educator in the Haddonfield NJ Public Schools before turning her focus to raising her growing family. All the while, she continued to provide private instruction in voice, piano, and music theory. In 1990, Carol played an integral role alongside the cantor at Congregation M´Kor Shalom in the production of a year-long recording project on which she arranged much of the music and performed on several tracks.


The Gunnersons moved to California in 1993, and joined what was then, Sunrise Jewish Congregation. Carol began singing and teaching for congregational Shabbat services, Religious School, holidays, and special events. During the early years in California she also volunteered to serve in the unpaid professional position of Choral Conductor and Music Director of several concert and theatre productions in local public schools. She was determined to provide music opportunities to children at a time when school budgets were cutting arts curriculum.

Carol has joyfully served as our formal Cantorial Soloist since 1995, creating what has become our congregation´s musical identity. As a composer, Carol has written a number of songs for Shabbat and the classroom that have become part of us. She has mentored a great number of our B´nei Mitzvah and adults through the years while teaching proficiency in both Torah and Haftarah Trop, and has participated in many other lifecycle events within the community. She continues to find the greatest reward in using music to elevate the prayer experience and in applying her years of teaching/parenting skills to motivate and encourage our children as they embark on their Jewish journeys. Carol is also a skilled mixed-media artist who has shared her ´Joyful Judaica´ with the community through shows, fundraisers, classes, and private instruction. She resides in Roseville with her husband Mark and their three grown sons.

Laurie Friedman_Photo_croppedI was raised in Napa and moved to Sacramento to pursue my education as a teacher. I am currently, and for 17 years, been a special education teacher at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks. I teach non-diploma track students independent living skills. I am very much an advocate for the students I work with.

I have been involved with Temple Or Rishon for over 20 years. I was around before we had a building! I have taught religious school for almost that long, including 4th grade, 7th grade, and now PreK/K. I am now helping out with TASTY as the advisor.

I have a wonderful daughter, Eden, who has gone through the education system at Or Rishon and is now helping with Sunday School and TASTY Bites. I am very proud of her and her connection to Judaism because of her relationships here.

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Alan Rabishaw

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Carol Gunnerson

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Mary Frank

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