Leadership Team


Reb and Rebbetzin James Rittenhouse-Spiritual Leader Reb Jimmy serves as the Spiritual Leader and Senior Elder at Sha’arey Tzion. Reb Jimmy has been married to his wife Laurie since 2003. They have two girls, Leah and Sarah. He moved to Colorado Springs from Ft. Myers, Florida in 1993. In 1998 Reb Jimmy joined Beit Ad-nai Yisrael in Colorado Springs, serving as President, Youth Leader, and Associate Leader. In 2003 he graduated with a Bachelors of Bible at the Messianic Bible Institute Yeshiva. In 2006 He, with the help of a handful of families, founded Sha’arey Tzion. Reb Jimmy has his Messianic ministry credentials from the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Rabbinical Studies from American Institute for Advanced Biblical Studies. He also works full time at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. Reb Jimmy counts amongst his current mentors; Rebbe Michael Marks, Reb James Oviedo and Reb Aaron Diem. Others who have greatly influences his spiritual walk include the First Fruits of Zion ministry, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Dr. Richard Booker, Dr. Ron Mosley, Dr. Dwight Pryor, and Pastor Steve Schell.  Reb Jimmy is also an avid Denver Bronco fan, MMA fan, and enjoys a good novel. 

294443_2074429255349_1083459085_31943934_1038087_nRay Schwartz-Elder-

Ray serves as Elder, mentor, and associate counselor for Sha’arey Tzion. Ray is a passionate Jewish follower of Messiah Yeshua. He and his wife Kathy have been proud members of Sha’arey Tzion for 5 years. Ray also serves as mentor and counselor for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for over 2 decades.  



janetJanet Strickland-President

Janet Strickland is a founding member of Sha’arey Tzion and has served tirelessly in various capacities.  Currently she serves as President, treasurer, shammash, Hebrew instructor, and spiritual mentor to many. Janet was raised in a conservative Synagogue in Chicago IL.



Caitlyn McNeill-Dance Leader, Hebrew Instructor, and Cantor





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