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Sharone Weizman
Director of Lifelong Learning

With over two decades of expertise in both formal and informal Jewish education settings, Sharone Weizman brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of cognitive development to her new position. Her primary goal is to instill a passion for lifelong learning and a profound appreciation of Jewish heritage in today's world among children, teens, and adults by enriching the lives of the community members.

For Sharone, an ideal learning environment is one that fosters active participation, creativity, and interactive learning among students and facilitators. By engaging students in experiential programming, Weizman believes that educators can ignite excitement about Jewish culture, heritage, and values, fostering positive Jewish memories and a sense of belonging.

Sharone’s impressive academic background includes a Master's in Education and a Bachelor's in Jewish Studies from the prestigious University of Judaism (AJU), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Literature in Hebrew Letters from the esteemed Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and her fluency in Hebrew further enriches her ability to connect with the community.

Beyond her role as Director of Education in several synagogues, Sharone excels in curriculum development, family and adult education, professional development training at national conferences and schools, and leading various retreats, March of the Living trips, youth groups, and summer camps. Her expertise and dedication are evident in every facet of her work.

Sharone Weizman, together with her husband David Meyers and their 5-year-old son Ethan, resides in Lake Balboa. Apart from her professional commitments, she cherishes quality moments with her family and friends, enjoys exploring the outdoors, embarks on exciting adventures, and savors new culinary experiences.


Gerald Sternbach
Music Director

Gerald has earned thirteen Ovation nominations (winning in 2006) and seven LADCC nominations
( honored in 2007 and 2008 and 2012). In 2015, made his London debut- One Night Only with Mel Brooks,
also performed in LA, (April 2014), at the Geffen Theater- filmed for HBO. Also at the Geffen- Carrie
Fisher’s one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. Other Southern California credits: LA Philharmonic debut
(Hollywood Bowl 2005) pianist for Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday Concert, conducting 20
shows for REPRISE, Grey Gardens, (associate conductor-LA premiere- Ahmanson), Sondheim on
Sondheim (Southern California premiere), an ASCAP event honoring Stephen Schwartz (Wallis Annenberg),
featuring Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty, Liz Callaway, Jordan Fisher and Andrea Martin.
Other credits: associate conductor for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Merlin, and The Tap Dance Kid
(all Broadway), Les Miserablés (LA premiere company), conductor- Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song
and Dance, (national tour- Melissa Manchester). He’s worked with the likes of Leslie Odom Jr, Marilyn
Horne, Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman and Carol Burnett, Adam Lambert, Nancy Wilson, John Lithgow, and Judith Light; the ongoing pianist of An Evening with Groucho (with Frank Ferrante).
As a songwriter/composer- the musicals— Biting Broadway! ( with Jordan Beck and John Blaylock),
Club Mom and A Very Cherry Christmas (both with Elin Hampton). and, Heartbeats (with Amanda McBroom). His song (with Faye Greenberg)—“Mary” ( a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore) was sung by
Eric McCormack on the 2004 TV Land awards— in the presence of the sitcom's original cast.  WITNESSES, the musical based on five surviving diaries of teenagers who were victims of the Holocaust, 
has some of his songs written in collaboration with  Jordan Beck , featured with four other songwriting teams, and a  book by Tony award winner, Robert Freedman.   It had its world premiere the summer of 2022 and is slated for further productions in the coming year. He also did all of the arrangements and orchestrations for this important musical called “a triumph” by the San Diego Union Tribune.

Jack Bielan
Founding Music Director

Founding Music Director Jack Bielan is privileged to have served Valley Outreach Synagogue for thirty-three years—from its inception in 1985 through 2018.

Raised in the Beverly-Fairfax area, he has also been a longtime fixture in the Los Angeles music scene. Serving as a studio keyboardist, arranger and conductor, as well as a producer and composer, Jack’s varied discography includes a Gold Record award and a place in music history for his arranging efforts on James Taylor’s landmark “Sweet Baby James” album and the succeeding single, “Steamroller Blues”/”You’ve Got A Friend.” He has also toured the world as a Music Director and conductor/keyboardist.

In addition to having performed on recordings selling in excess of twenty million copies, Jack regards his spiritual endeavors as “the most significant part of my creative life.” During his tenure as Music Director, he produced and arranged all of VOS’ on-bimah musical presentations, in addition to composing much of the music. His first original CD, “From The Heart Of A Jewish Soul” (which prominently features Rabbi and Rebbetzin Ron and Bronwen Li-Paz) has been called “a contemporary Jewish masterpiece.”

Valley Outreach Synagogue has always been a family affair for Jack. His daughter Megan became a superb vocal soloist on the VOS bimah shortly after her seventh birthday, and her mother, Sheri Montrose, was the first VOS cantorial soloist.

Jack has authored two books, “On Loss” and “Does God Make Mistakes (Holding On To Your Faith At Life’s Most Difficult Moments).” In addition to his Jewish musical compositions, his works of contemporary inspirational and recovery-based material, including his renown “Serenity (The Serenity Prayer Song),” are sung in houses of worship all over the world. He has completed spoken audio recordings of the complete fourth edition of ”The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous” and “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,” which are available free of charge on his website as a service to vision-impaired individuals and anyone else in the recovery community who might find them useful.

His personal websites are and


Administrative Staff:

Clergy Assistant, Sharona Jacobs

Office Administrator, Arlene Mayo

Finance Administrator, Karen Lavin

Mon, May 27 2024 19 Iyyar 5784