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.
Kelli Theis joined Temple Micah as Executive Director in 2017 to provide administrative leadership for the community by supervising and directing the operational, financial and programmatic functions of the synagogue while working in partnership with the Rabbi and the Board of Directors to implement the strategic goals of the community.
"I like being able to work with the dedicated staff and lay leadership. It's important to me to work for an organization that I am passionate about and one that can benefit from my years of experience.”
Before rejoining the Temple Micah staff, Kelli was the Executive Director at Hillel of Colorado and has 25 years of corporate experience with Qwest, MCI Telecommunications, and New York Life. She’s also held roles as the Religious School Director and Religious School Teacher at Temple Micah.
In her free time, Kelli loves to travel and discover new places and revisit places she already knows and loves. Most recently she traveled to New Zealand, and she visits the south of France often. She’s been to Israel several times and looks forward to another visit. She is on the board of the Rocky Mountain Arts Association and Healthy LifeStars.
Kelli is married and has two children in college. She also has three tiny furkids: two Portuguese Podengos and the cutest little Pom mix. They are her constant companions at home. Recently, Kelli has been making updates to her 112-year-old Park Hill home that she and her family have lived in for 20 years.
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.
Angela Geis joined Temple Micah as operations and administrative coordinator in 2018 and acts as the primary contact for any administrative issues. Angela manages the day to day operations of the office, supports Temple operations by maintaining office systems and lending a hand with special events as needed.
Angela comes from the profit-based healthcare model and is eager to learn more about the non-profit model. She believes spiritual health is just as important as physical health. "I'm excited to keep the cogs turning so Micah's leaders can focus on their mission and vision."
Angela likes Micah's focus on community health and spiritual wellness. Coming from a small town where everyone helps everyone, she appreciates Micah's small, close-knit community and is happy to be coming back into that mindset.
In her free time, Angela enjoys all the basic Colorado activities (Colorado born and raised): hiking and camping, climbing, anything dog-related, snowboarding, and paddle boarding. She loves live music. She is a member of the botanic gardens (especially enjoys their mushroom club), Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Nature and Science.
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.