Rabbi Adam Morris
Rabbi Adam Morris began his rabbinical career in 1994 as assistant rabbi at The Temple in Nashville, Tenn., followed by associate rabbi at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, N.C. His next assignment took him even deeper south, all the way to Temple Beit Shalom in Adelaide, South Australia, where he served as rabbi from 1999-2001. After a stint as Judaic studies principal at The Davis Academy in Atlanta, “Rabbi Mo” moved to Colorado to join Temple Micah as rabbi in 2003.
“Temple Micah is a place that not only lets me be myself but honors who I am and challenges me to continue doing so,” he says.
Rabbi Mo believes his role as rabbi is to “help the Micah community pursue understanding, connection and meaning by engaging them in Jewish traditions and sharing the wisdom Judaism offers.” He appreciates and emulates the congregation’s collective desire to “walk humbly, amongst one another and the world-at-large.”
When he’s not writing sermons, counseling Micah members or schmoozing with students in Temple Micah’s religious school, Rabbi Mo can be found woodworking, running in a marathon or spending time with his family.
Brenda Bruno, Temple Micah’s executive director since 2013, is involved in everything that makes the congregation tick. She works in partnership with Rabbi Mo and the board of directors to implement the community’s strategic plan, and she supervises operations, finances, membership and events – a little bit of everything.
“I’ve worked for a lot of nonprofits but being able to apply my professional skills to an organization I so strongly believe in is as good as it gets,” she says. “This job has allowed me to expand my circle of friends within our community because it is made up of such fun, unique and interesting people.”
Before joining Temple Micah’s staff, Brenda was executive assistant to the president/CEO of Children’s Colorado Hospital Foundation. Her most interesting job prior to that was as director of the Colorado Executive Residence under Governor Roy Romer.
Brenda and her family joined Temple Micah in 1998 to enroll her then young children, Claire and Maddy, in religious school. “That was just the beginning,” Brenda says. Her husband, Hal, had his adult bar mitzvah when he turned 45 and later served as president of Temple Micah’s board. Claire and Maddy celebrated bat mitzvah’s in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and Brenda completed her Kabbalt Panim in 2012. Brenda and Hal also participated in the congregation’s trip to Israel in 2015 and “highly recommend that experience to others.”
Outside of work, Brenda likes to embark on DIY projects around her house and enjoys working out at the JCC, skiing, walking her dog, Penny, playing the piano and cello, and baking.
Sarah Rovner, director of education since 2016, was an elementary school teacher and principal prior to embarking on her tenure at Temple Micah. She provides support to teachers and madrichim in our religious school program as well as Mishpacha!, our family education program.
“We teach and learn about Jewish traditions and values in both programs,” Sarah says. “I believe in working collaboratively with the staff to provide excellent learning opportunities for all.”
A Temple Micah member for more than 20 years, Sarah says, “The community is warm and welcoming. It’s small enough to have personal connections with many of its diverse members.”
Sarah has been married for more than 40 years to Uri Ayn Rovner, a Micah staple whose voice can be heard every year during High Holiday services. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys gardening and blending herbs to find excellent combinations for both culinary and healing uses. She is a self-proclaimed Francophile, likes trivia games and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, as a Micah rep in the interfaith group, and Denver Children’s Home.
Monica Fedrigo joined Temple Micah as operations and administrative coordinator in 2015 to provide the support necessary to ensure the office is organized and running smoothly. On any given day, Monica can be involved with accounting duties, helping a member or preparing for a Micah event.
“I have truly enjoyed getting to know some of our long time members,” she says. “Hearing their stories of years past at Temple Micah and about their experiences in Denver is always a bright spot. I look forward to getting to know more members as every single one I’ve encountered thus far has been exceptionally interesting and kind.”
Prior to joining the Temple Micah staff, Monica was a full-time ski instructor in Jackson Hole. She has also organized an international student work/travel program, been a management consultant, worked as a Portuguese translator and taught preschool.
In her free time, Monica enjoys skiing, biking, hiking or running outdoors. She is also on the board of the local University of Michigan Alumni Club. She loves living in the west, exploring new places and learning new things.
Becky Hensley has been Temple Micah’s engagement coordinator since 2016, working to connect members of the congregation and provide increased communication throughout the Micah community. Becky also provides the infrastructure that allows Micah members to create programming and experiences they seek.
“I'm eager to connect with all of Temple Micah's members, and contribute to and support the richness of the congregation's legacy,” Becky says, “I like the focused intention amongst staff members to serve the congregation and the surrounding community.”
Before joining the Temple Micah team, Becky owned and operated a craft business here in the Park Hill neighborhood. She’s an expert in crochet and embroidery and is always working on multiple craft projects at home.
Originally from Wyoming and a Denver resident for over a decade, Becky also enjoys playing board games, hiking, and a good green chile.