dennispicture webDennis Deporte 
Executive Director 
Dennis DePorte joined the Temple Israel staff in 2004 after spending 15 years on the Board of Trustees. He was born and raised in Omaha, NE, and has been part of the Omaha’s Jewish Community his enitre life. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and worked in the Omaha business community prior to his position at Temple Israel. Recently, he was inducted into the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the food industry.
Sharon was born and raised in Omaha. She earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from UNL and her Masters from UNO in Curriculum and Instruction, Middle Level and Secondary Education Endorsement, and Educational Administration Endorsement.

After 34 successful years, Sharon retired in 2015 from Millard Public Schools. She began as an elementary teacher and eventually began to mentor new teachers and collaborated with UNO to lead their graduate induction program for 2 years and then developed, implemented, and oversaw the district’s new staff induction program.

Sharon is married to Randy, who you will see on Wednesday evenings helping with the school-wide dinner, and has two daughters, Mikayla and Dayna. They also have 2 crazy rescue dogs, Tusker and Tootsie. In her free time, Sharon loves coffee, books, chocolate chip cookies, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to exotic places.

Director of Youth & Young Adult Engagement
Aliyah, a Denver native, graduated from the University of Colorado with majors in both Jewish Studies and History. Aliyah has been actively involved in the Jewish community, most recently as a religious school teacher at Boulder’s Congregation Har HaShem. She was a director on the board of the university’s Department of Jewish Studies andthe Religious Activities Coordinator at the campus Hillel. Aliyah had previously been a director on the board of the Friedman Club Temple Youth Group, as well as a teacher’s aide at Denver’s reform synagogue, Temple Emanuel.  Aliyah has also been an active member of NFTY.

Cassandra1webCassandra Hicks Weisenburger
Director of Communications
Cassandra Hicks grew up in Sloan, IA, and moved to Omaha in 2006 to attend Creighton University where she majored in Graphic Design and Photojournalism. Cassandra has worked for Temple Israel for 7 years and also does photography on the side. She was married in August 2017 to her husband, Joel Weisenburger. She has two cats, Gizmo and Bob, and enjoys spending her free time volunteering at the Nebraska Humane Society.


Misty Weidner
Office Manager
Misty began working at Temple Israel in 2006. She previously worked for nine years as Office Manager at a meat packing plant. She grew up in Defiance, Iowa and currently lives in Minden, Iowa with her husband Bryan and two sons, Brody and Tyler.


Support Staff

Michelle Shea
Administrative Assistant


jengoodmanJennifer Goodman
Religious School Coordinator
Jennifer Goodman was born and raised in Omaha. She majored in Journalism at the University of Kansas and pursued her graduate degree in Management from Baker University. While at the University of Kansas, Jen met her husband Scott and they have been married for 20 years. They have two daughters, Hannah and Shelby, one in college and one in high school. She previously worked at the Business Ethics Alliance. Jen loves jogging and taking their family pets to the dog park – including their St. Bernard! In her spare time she volunteers for the Literacy Center of Omaha.

Vicki Ducharme
Vicki has been with Temple Israel for 25 years. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska and is married with 3 kids and 2 grandchildren.

1scottScott Anderson
Building Supervisor
Scott was born and raised here in Omaha. He attended the college of life, majoring in “jack-of-all-trades.” He’s worked in many areas and has been at Temple Israel for 8 years. Scott has owned many pets including dogs, gerbils and frogs. He enjoys collecting crystals/rocks and creating art in his free time.

Darius Daye
Darius is originally from Davenport, IA. He was in the Navy where he received training in business administration and he also went to MaryCrest College to study graphic arts. He has two children, a 22-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son. Darius love to play music and is the lead musician at his local church, the ICEA Conference and the 8th District Tri-State Council. He plays several instruments: organ, keyboard, piano, drums, bass guitar and electric guitar. He is very active in his church where he is on the leadership board and teaches music to children. He also enjoys creating music with his son. In his free time, Darius likes to listen to jazz, dine out and take long walks on the river front landing.