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Nance Ruiz


Finance Manager

Bellevue native Nance Ruiz loves the Temple’s Bellevue location, just five minutes from her home. She enjoys working with numbers and people and has been with TBT since 1996. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, loves cruises and traveling, especially to warm climates. She’s the one to call when you can’t quite figure out your Temple statement or you need to have adjustments made. Nance is definitely a people person!

Nestor Quijada


Facility Manager

Nestor Quijada is our Facility Manager and an indispensable member of our Temple team. He knows where everything is and how to make all of the equipment work the way it is supposed to. Anytime you need a special set-up for a Bar Mitzvah, wedding, dinner, or meeting, Nestor is the man who makes it happen. His skills, dedication, and good humor help to make Temple B’nai Torah the welcoming and comfortable community we are. Nestor is a native of El Salvador. He is married and has a daughter.

Jessica Brumer


Director of Youth Engagement, CLASP Fellow

Jessica graduated from the University of Washington, Bothell with a degree in Educational Studies. Her family has been members of Temple B’nai Torah for over 27 years and Jessica was active in BTY and NFTY-NW in her teenage years. She has also been involved in URJ Camp Kalsman since its inception in 2007, first as a camper, then as a counselor and ropes specialist and now as part of the leadership staff. Jessica has always wanted to work with youth in her professional life and her involvement in Temple B’nai Torah, URJ Camp Kalsman and the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (where she attended from Kindergarten – 8th grade) has led her to where she is today, a CLASP (Camp Leaders and Synagogue Professional) Fellow at Temple B’nai Torah which brings camp and synagogue life together. She loves working with and mentoring the next generation of young leaders at Temple B’nai Torah.

Larisa Babak


Executive Assistant

Born in Ukraine, Larisa grew up in America with a sense of straddling two worlds—balancing her legacy of the former Soviet Union with that of growing up in the West. From this world-view sprang a deep curiosity and love of learning about people from all walks of life and backgrounds. In her perusals of the different historical backgrounds and religions of people all over the world, Larisa was especially drawn to the history of Israel and the role they have played throughout the ages. Naturally, she gravitated toward a position on the team of staff at Temple B’nai Torah. You can usually find Larisa doing any number of things that she loves most—entirely engrossed in a fascinating new book, lifting heavy weights at the gym, hiking trails around the beautiful PNW, or if you can’t find her at all, it’s because she’s off traveling to another country on her bucket list.

Josh Niehaus


Director of Music, Marketing & Membership

Josh Niehaus is a musician, song-leader, lifelong Jewish "camp guy," and the current artist-in-residence at Temple B'nai Torah. Josh studied music at Columbia University (although he majored in history) and received an additional degree in audio engineering from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. After graduating, Josh worked as the music assistant on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Throughout that time, Josh's love for Jewish music and liturgy began to develop. He started attending Jewish music conferences and set up apprenticeships to study with various cantors and rabbis to develop his skills as a shaliach tzibbur (Jewish prayer leader). Josh transitioned to a full-time synagogue position in 2012 as the musical director at Temple Sholom in Vancouver, BC. 

Over the past decade, Josh has worked at numerous synagogues in both the Reform and Conservative movements, and he was the former camp director of the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Josh is one half of the musical duo Josh and Chava, and he continues to work in the world of Jewish camping as the Associate Director of Camp Solomon Schechter. Josh lives with his wife, Karli, and their puppy Mylo, in North Seattle. 

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