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Lisa Roher


Office Manager

Southern California native Lisa Roher comes to Temple B’nai Torah following a long career in management for several national retail brands, including Soft Surroundings, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, and West Elm. She also spent seven years as the retail director for the Skirball Cultural Center, one of the world’s most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions. Her responsibilities included serving on the Center’s executive management team.

In addition to working for national brands, Lisa also ran her own retail consultancy, focusing on startups and nonprofits. Her work for nonprofits has not been solely focused on the business side, as she has also volunteered her time and energies to numerous philanthropic organizations, including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Susan B Komen, and St. Jude’s Hospital.

When not working, Lisa enjoys the outdoors, family, friends, travel, working out, and baking. She was also a professional pastry chef, where her customers included Sherwood Country Club in Southern California, The Milken Institute, and Kol Tikvah Temple in Woodland Hills, CA. Lisa studied at LA Trade Tech & University of Haifa and is fluent in Hebrew. 


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. 

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.

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. 

Tue, March 21 2023 28 Adar 5783