TBA-Pressman Academy Gala

May 6th: Early Bird Deadline • May 24th: Extended Tribute Deadline • May 24th: Final RSVP Deadline

Mark Samuel

Mark Samuel joined Temple Beth Am when he married Jessica Pilch Samuel in 2005 and has been a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. Mark has served on every TBA board committee including serving as chair of VP Membership, VP Resource Development, VP At-Large, served on the JPA Education Cabinet, Co-Chair of the campus expansion Capital Campaign, participated in the sanctuary design committee and served as co-manager of the Corning LLC properties, which he helped ensure the temple owns debt free.

Mark has been an integral leader in enhancing the overall institution, including the establishment of the Elbaz Family Foundation Gymnasium, Ganzberg Sanctuary and Pilch Hall enhancement. Mark’s commitment and dedication for TBA was inspired by his beloved father in law, past President Howard Pilch z’l” when he was named President of Temple Beth Am in 2022. Mark is an active member of the deToledo Board of Trustees and currently serves on the executive committee at UCLA Hillel Board of Directors. Mark is an alumnus of UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is the owner of an assisted living facility, in addition to developing and managing residential apartments. Mark is an Ironman triathlete, who has completed in 18 Ironman competitions, including 5 World Championship Ironmans in Hawaii.  

Mark’s deepest pride and joy comes from his family, with his wife, Jessica, of 19 years and his children Chason (17), Eleanor (15) and Sienna (10) who keep him humble and very busy!

Joshua Kaplan

A New York / New Jersey native, Josh received a Jewish education from nursery school to a gap year in Yeshiva in Israel. Josh received a BA in History from Brandeis University, while spending his summers on staff at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. 

After college, Josh relocated to New York City and spent a year as an Assistant Judaic Studies Teacher at the SSDS of Bergen County. He attended Cardozo Law School and began his legal career, all while playing rugby at the Old Blue Rugby Football Club. Josh’s rugby path led him to represent the United States in rugby at the World Maccabi Games in Israel in 1997, 2001 and finally in 2005 as the Captain of the team. Josh and Joanna met in New York, and were married in 2006. Henry was born in 2008 and in 2009 they moved to Los Angeles, where Joanna grew up. After touring Pressman, Josh and Joanna decided that Pressman was a good fit for their family, so they enrolled Henry in the ECC in 2010. Alexander and Lola both followed in their brother’s footsteps and entered the ECC as soon as they could. 

Josh and Joanna immediately got involved in school leadership and never stopped. From hosting events at their home, to helping on the annual campaign, service to the school community is at the core of who they are. Joanna assumed leadership roles in the ECC and in the Parent Association and Josh joined the Capital Campaign Committee in 2013 and the Day School Committee in 2014. Josh became the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign and joined the TBA Board in 2016. He served as the VP of Development from 2017-2019 and then joined Joanna on the Education Cabinet in 2019. Josh assumed the role of Chair of the Education Cabinet and rejoined the TBA Board Executive Committee as the VP of Education in 2022. 

In addition to Josh’s involvement at Pressman Academy and Temple Beth Am, Josh previously led the Ramah in the Berkshires Alumni Association, is a Superblue member of the Old Blue Rugby Foundation, is a member of the US Maccabi Rugby Hall of Fame, and was on the Board of Trustees at Bnai-David Judea. 

Josh takes pride in helping his community in any way he can. He hopes to set an example for his children in making sure to find time to give back to others, in addition to being a present parent and a productive member of society.

TBA/Pressman Senior Staff

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz, Associate Rabbi
Rabbi Hillary Chorny, Cantor
Sheryl Goldman, Executive Director
Rabbi Matt Shapiro, Director of Youth Learning & Engagement
Dr. Erica Rothblum, Head of School
Rabbi Joel E. Rembaum, Emeritus
Rabbi Jacob Pressman z’l, Emeritus
Rabbi Harry Silverstein z’l, Emeritus

Honorary Gala Committee

Jenny & Aaron Aftergood
Vivian & Ron Alberts
Melissa & Michael Berenbaum
Lynn & Les Bider
Sandra & Robert Braun
Tamar & Avi Braz
Anamay & Bryan Carmel
Christina & Alex Chaloff
Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny & Rabbi Daniel Chorny
Hadar & Micah Cohen
Leah Weiss & Alex Cohen
Michael & Sherri Cohn
Dvorah Colker
Nancy Solomon & Alex DeGood
Elisa & Brad Delson
Robin Schaffran & Ronnie Eisen
Jennifer & Yaron Elad
Elyssa & Gil Elbaz
BJ Elias & Elaine Parker
Jana Posalki & Ken Firtel
Shani & Seth Fisher
Cantor Chaim Frankel
Karen & Zev Fried
Elaine & Larry Friedman
Rebecca & Leonard Friedman
Samantha & Jeremy Garelick
Andrea Kasowitz & Andrew Goldberg
Samantha & Rob Goldenberg
Sheryl & Seth Goldman
Marie & Jeff Green
Yoni Fedman Greene
Rebecca & George Greenberg
Jay Greenstein
Fran & Joel Grossman
Joelle & Daniel Gryzcman
Lori Harrison & David Horwich
Sue & Ofer Hetsroni
Melissa & Oren Hirsch
Adena & Gil Hopenstand
Jacqui & Alex Jacobs
Sari Abrams & Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky
Henry, Alexander & Lola Kaplan
Karen & Jonathan Kaplan
Jessica & Adam Kaplan
Melissa Kushner & Jeremy Kaplan
Rona & Josh Karp
Allison & Jonathan Kasirer
Debra & Robert Kasirer
Danielle Kasirer
Joanna Kasirer
Rachel Lesin & David Kasirer
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld & Havi Kligfeld
Lauren & Wayne Klitofsky
Lisa & Jeremy Kolieb
Jacqueline Weiss & Jerry Krautman
Shuli & Noey Kupchan
Mallory & Greg Lee
Teri Cohan Link
Jill & Matthew Lefferman
Jennifer & Dan Low
Arlette & Harry Lumer
Eric & Rishelle Maman
Sara & Michael Onufer
Danielle Orgel & Dr. Etan Orgel
Rachel Weber & Ephraim Pelcovits
Virginia & Frank Maas
Danielle & Ari Mark
Cazzie & Aaron Marzwell
Dina Hellerstein & Josh Metzger
Leslie & Eli Pearlman
Wanda & Avi Peretz
Ariella Moss Peterseil & Nachum Peterseil
Lisa & Alan Petlak
Rachael Petru
Deenie Silberstein & Levi Pinsky
Sarah & Tait Pottebaum
Anna & AJ Prager
Susie & Joshua Pretsky
Jeffrey Rabin
Liorra Rothschild & Ben Reder
Jana Lehman-Richland & Bruce Richland
Susan Green & Robert Ring
Dr. Erica Rothblum & Daniel Rothblum
Linda & Lee Salem
Chason, Eleanor & Sienna Samuel
Galina & Joseph Samuel
Jessica Samuel
Jessica & Stephen Samuel
Sara & Jay Sanders
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz
Rabbi Sarah Barukh & Rabbi Matt Shapiro
Sima & Michael Shimansky
Tammy & Mark Shpall
Rinat & Amnon Siegel
Rachael Gordon & Don Snyder
Dikla & Erez Solomon
Alissa & Aaron Spiwak
Sheila & Alan Spiwak
Lauren & Jeffrey Stern
Laura & Michael Steuer
Vanessa & Kenny Stoff
Jonathan & Sharon Swerdlow
Marshall Temkin
Betty & Stuart Tochner
Janet Metson Urman
Lauren & Andrew Wallenstein
Gosia & Adam Weiss
Marla & Stuart Weiss
Julie & Eric Weissman
Shannon & Justin Weissman
Hillary & Mark Wolf
Diane & Michael Ziering
Marilyn Ziering
Shira & Roye Zur