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Office Administrator: Dennie Lieber
Dennie (Denyse) Lieber has been with Or Tzion, and its predecessor congregation, Or Chadash, since the start of the congregation. She and her husband Efrem moved to Fountain Hills from New Hampshire in 2002 and immediately became involved with the start-up congregation. Dennie volunteered to write and distribute the first synagogue bulletin, “The New Light News,” and continued producing that communications piece for the next six years. Along the way, she served on the Board of Directors and volunteered for more committees than she can recall. When Or Chadash hired its first Rabbi and needed a part-time office assistant, Dennie accepted the position, working 20 hours a week for the congregation. That job evolved into a full-time position as our congregation grew. Prior to her involvement with Or Chadash, Dennie spent 28 years as a litigation paralegal for law firms in Wilmington, DE, Chicago, IL, Nashua, NH and Phoenix. She has held leadership roles with Hadassah chapters in New Hampshire and Phoenix and served on the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Centers in Chicago and Wilmington. Dennie and Efrem have two children, Sam and Amy and three grandkids, Ethan, Sarah and Adam.Contact


Youth Director: Michael Groetsch
Michael serves as our energetic Youth Director, planning and overseeing activities for Kadima and Sr. and Jr. USY at Or  Tzion. In addition, he's one of our talented Roz Goodell Religious School teachers. Michael Groetsch, known to his students as Moreh Michael, begins his second year teaching at Or Tzion. Previously, he was an Assistant Soccer Coach at Pardes Jewish Day School and spent two semesters as a Teaching Assistant for microbiology at Northern Arizona University. He has achieved a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry in 2016. Michael has a five year old bilingual dog named Ashd, who understands Hebrew and English commands. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing sports, walking his dog, and learning new skills. Email



Religious School Admin/Youth Advisor: Stephanie Monier
Stephanie Monier joined Congregation Or Tzion in August 2015 as an assistant to both the religious school and office staff. She also serves as our youth advisor. Born in Brooklyn, NY she moved to Arizona at age nine and fell in love with the desert at first sight. With a strong background in customer service and over 12 years of childcare experience (which started with a babysitting certification course at the JCC) she is happy to help anywhere she is needed. When she’s not working, she spends her time going to concerts, being the “best baker ever” and being a crazy dog mom to the cutest pups ever, Benjamin and Zoe. Email

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