Senior Staff & Leadership

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Adam Kligfeld
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Raised in a traditional Conservative home in Connecticut, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld brings to his work as Senior Rabbi Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California a commitment to Jewish ritual, his love for Israel, his enthusiasm for Jewish education and teaching Torah, and a devotion to creating community that is as spiritually mindful and enriching as it is kind and mutually empathic.

Rabbi Kligfeld came to Beth Am in 2009 after serving for 9 years at Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY where he reinvigorated Eitz Chaim’s Kabbalat Shabbat service, turning it into a spirited Carlebach-style approach to davvening, and revamped the Bnei Mitzvah program in order to teach all students the ongoing skills for reading Torah and serving as shaliah tzibbur on Shabbat. Over a four-year span, Rabbi Kligfeld helped Eitz Chaim to envision, plan and ultimately implement their dream of constructing a brand new synagogue building, placed strategically in the center of several residential neighborhoods in Monroe, fostering growth, and an even greater sense of a local Shabbat community.

In his decade of service to Beth Am, Rabbi Kligfeld has spearheaded major efforts to reinvent the prayer experience in the community, both viz. the content and music of the service, and also regarding the space itself. Beth Am’s newly designed, in-the-round, bathed-in-natural-light sanctuary will open in 2019, and will be a fitting incubator for the new modes of tefilah that have been born in the community in the last few years: The Shabbat morning Hama’alot service, which is an intentional, minute-by-minute curated service that has subsequently been the model for similar services being created in other synagogues; and Sovev, the Friday-night experience, built off of some of the newest and most enriching niggunim and liturgical music being composed in the Jewish community, and which uses in-the-round seating, an inner circle of Sovevim to create energy and harmony, and interwoven kavannot to bring out the deeper meaning of the prayers. Rabbi Kligfeld, along with his fellow clergy, are thrilled to share these developments and successes with colleagues and peers as communities around the country reinvigorate their prayer experiences.

Rabbi Kligfeld teaches regularly in the Pressman Academy Day School and Religious School, along with being a teacher and story-teller in the ECC. In addition to teaching a regular, weekly class on Humash with Rashi, Rabbi Kligfeld teaches throughout the Rabbi Joel Rembaum Institute for Adult Education and Family Programming.

Rabbi Kligfeld is an active member of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, a graduate of the Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative, and is a newly-appointed rabbinic mentor in the CLI (Clergy Leadership Incubator) directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. One of his passions is building bridges and connections within the Jewish community, and he has been instrumental in organizing joint events for Selichot, Shavuot and Tisha B’Av bringing together members from myriad local congregations from a variety of denominations. Rabbi Kligfeld is also deeply committed to interfaith work, and is proud of recent communal partnerships and friendships created with local Muslim communities, including organizing a series of Shabbat dinners coinciding with Iftar meals to end Ramadan fasts.

Rabbi Kligfeld served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement for ten years, and in that capacity stimulated a process of self-review for the CJLS that culminated in a series of recommendations for its future work and progress.

Rabbi Kligfeld is a 1995 graduate of Columbia College, magna cum laude, with a degree in psychology and Jewish history. He was ordained as a rabbi in 2000 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, with a focus on Talmud.

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Rebecca Schatz
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Rabbi Rebecca Schatz is excited and honored to be the Associate Rabbi here at Temple Beth Am. Rabbi Schatz was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2017 with a concentration in Halakha and journeyed to Foster City, CA to be the Assistant Rabbi and Education Director at Peninsula Sinai Congregation. Rabbi Schatz received her Masters in Experiential Education from American Jewish University as well as her Bachelor in Choral Music Education before pursuing her rabbinic dream.

During rabbinical school Rabbi Schatz interned at Temple Beth Am and PSC, where she was encouraged to build programming around life cycles such as b’nei mitzah, and create new opportunities for traditional holidays such as Shavuot and Purim or prayer experiences such as Shabbat Sovev. Rabbi Schatz directed PSC’s experiential religious school program, Kesher, facilitated a mother-daughter b’not mitzvah program, Kol Banot, engaged women in Torah study, Midrasha, and continued to pursue her musical t’fillah passion with kids aged K-8th grade.

Rabbi Schatz grew up in an engaged Conservative home in Los Angeles, and together with her family’s support and musical talents continues to grow with their creativity, encouragement and masterful teaching.


Rabbi Hillary Chorny
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Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny completed her cantorial investiture, rabbinical ordination, and a Masterʼs degree in Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary before joining the staff of Temple Beth Am in August, 2014. Raised in San Diego, CA, she grew up with a deep attachment to the Conservative Jewish community. In 2008, Hillary graduated American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in Jewish studies and a minor in vocal jazz performance. After working as a Judaics instructor and music director in various Jewish communities and camps, Hillary pursued her dream of becoming a cantor. In time, she was inspired by her teachers and family to also pursue the rabbinate. She and her husband, Rabbi Daniel Chorny, met in Israel, and continue to enjoy learning together.

Director of Youth Learning & Engagement

Rabbi Matt Shapiro
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Rabbi Matt Shapiro is excited and grateful to be Temple Beth Am’s Director of Youth Learning and Engagement. Rabbi Shapiro previously served as TBA’s interim associate rabbi after six years of working full time at Beit T’shuvah. In his work at BTS, Rabbi Shapiro worked as a spiritual counselor, educator, and pulpit presence, bringing out his interests and skills as a teacher and pastor.

He has worked in a variety of rabbinic and educational settings, including BCI, Mosaic Law Congregation, and Los Angeles Hebrew High School. Rabbi Shapiro looks forward to continuing to enhance and develop the wide variety of opportunities within the broad spectrum of YLE at TBA through building relationships, joy, and ruach!

Most importantly, Rabbi Shapiro is blessed to be married to Rabbi Sarah Barukh, his fantastic wife, and is the proud, grateful, and often exhausted father of Jonah, Eliav, and Rafael.

Executive Director

Sheryl Goldman
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Sheryl Goldman has been the Executive Director at Temple Beth Am since 1995. Active in both national and local professional organizations, Sheryl earned the coveted FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration) from NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives) in early 2005. Sheryl has served on the Executive Board as the Recording Secretary of NAASE, and also served as Vice President for Southern California’s PATA (Professional Association of Temple Administrators).

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Sheryl began her involvement in Conservative Judaism as a young teenager active in USY, serving as her chapter’s President and on the Regional Board of EMTZA Region USY. Sheryl is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her A.B. in Psychology and her M.S.W. While an undergraduate student, she visited Israel for the first time with United Jewish Appeal, and went on to chair the College Campus Campaign for UJA. Sheryl moved to Los Angeles in 1981, and immediately joined the Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am (at that time, still a separate organization).

Sheryl is proud to have been the first woman to lead Shabbat morning davening for the Minyan, and continues to participate as shaliach tzibur whenever possible. Sheryl completed the Double Masters Program in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982. As part of that program, she interned at Adat Ari El congregation in North Hollywood, working with the Havurah Program and other youth activities.

Following graduation from H.U.C., Sheryl worked as Assistant Director of Hillel at Valley and Pierce Colleges, and then as a Campaign Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. For most of her six years with Federation, Sheryl staffed the Young Business and Professional Network, led five missions to Israel, biannual conferences in Washington D.C., and organized numerous outreach and educational programs to raise more than $1 million on an annual basis.

Sheryl joined the staff of Kehillat Ma’arav in Santa Monica as their Executive Director in 1993. After two years, she was approached by leadership from Temple Beth Am to apply for their Executive Director position, and was thrilled to be selected for the job. In 2007, Hebrew Union College presented Sheryl with the honorary degree of Doctor of Jewish Communal service, in honor of 25 years of professional dedication to the Jewish Community.

Sheryl is married to Seth Goldman, Senior Engineer at FIGS. They have three amazing children: Rina (Pressman Academy Class of 2011), Ayelet (Pressman Academy Class of 2013), and Sammy (Pressman Academy Class of 2016).

Head of School, Pressman Academy

Dr. Erica Rothblum
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Dr. Erica Rothblum grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, where she was an active member of her synagogue and served as a regional vice president of NERUSY. Erica received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA. She holds an MA degree in Teaching from Loyola Marymount, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Barnard College. She also spent her junior year of college studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Erica began her teaching career in Compton, California as a member of Teach for America, a program that seeks out graduates of elite colleges to teach in inner city schools. During this time she was nominated for the Sue Lehman Award for Excellence in Teaching. After three years in Compton, Erica taught for 5 more years in both the suburbs of Boston as well as at Camino Nuevo Charter School in Los Angeles. Following her graduation from UCLA, Erica began at Beth Hillel Day School, where she served first as the Director of General Studies and then as the Head of School. In her six years at Beth Hillel, the school became known and recognized for its math education, commitment to professional development, and Judaic Studies/art integration curriculum. In addition to her full-time commitments in schools, Erica has served as a peer coach, lead teacher, grade level chair, mentor teacher and as a teaching supervisor at the American Jewish University. Additionally, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor in Education at the University level.

Erica and her husband, Daniel, are the proud parents of Maya, Jack and Nomi.


Jacob Pressman was born October 26,1919, the son of Dora and Solomon Pressman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated first in class from West Philadelphia High School and elected to its Hall of Honor and in 1940, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ordained Rabbi in 1945 at Jewish Theological Seminary.

Received a Doctor of Hebrew Letters, Doctor of Divinity from JTS and a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Judaism.

Congregations Served

  • Student Rabbi, Woodbridge, New Jersey 1943-1944
  • Rabbi, Forest Hills Jewish Center, N.Y. 1944-1946
  • Associate Rabbi, Congregation Sinai, Los Angeles, 1946-1950
  • Rabbi, Congregation Beth Am, Los Angeles, 1950-1985
  • Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Beth Am, Los Angeles, 1985-2015
  • Interim Rabbi: Congregation Beth Shalom of Santa Clarita, CA 1998

Institutions Founded or Headed

  • Board of Directors of L.A. Jewish Federation Council nine (9) years
  • President Southern California Board of Rabbis
  • President Western States Region, Rabbinical Assembly of America
  • Chairman Board of Governors, Los Angeles Jewish Federation Council, 1992 -1996
  • Founder and first president of Beverly Hills Maple Counseling Center
  • Founder of B.C.I., now Brandeis-Bardin Institute
  • Founder of Camp Ramah at Ojai, and its first Director, summer, 1955
  • Founder of Akiba Academy and on its Board for seven years
  • Founder and first headmaster of Herzl Schools, grades 7 to 12, from 1972 to 1996
  • Founder and first headmaster of Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy K-8
  • Co-founder of Los Angeles Hebrew High School
  • Co-Executive Director (with wife) of Making Marriage Work, a program of orientation for premarital and post-marital Jewish living.

Significant events:

In January 1964 Rabbi Pressman was one of the 15 member committee who determined to break the silence about the plight of Russian Jewry. The committee convened a new American Jewish conference of 24 major Jewish organizations inn Washington D.C. and launched the “Save Soviet Jewry” movement. The committee included the late Senator Abraham Ribacoff, Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and performer Theodore Bikel.

On Wednesday, March 24, 1965, Rabbi Pressman joined a planeload of 293 men and women and flew to Montgomery, Alabama to march with Rev. Martin Luther King to the capital building in Montgomery.

Rabbi Pressman delivered the benediction at the 1984 National Democratic Nominating convention in San Francisco.

Spearheaded and chaired many innovative events at Temple Beth Am:

  • Israel Expo West, 1972, six-day first Israel Fair on west coast, masterminded by wife Marjorie, 50,000 attended
  • Expo ‘76, Chairman: a five day event in tribute to U.S. Bicentennial and Jewish contributions to our country. 10,000 attended
  • L.A. Bicentennial, 1981, four-day event with dinner honoring 15 top Angelenos for contributions to improving quality of life in our city.
  • Beth Am Day School is renamed The Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy at time of retirement.


  • Editor and author of the text of The Hebrew Alphabet, paintings by Joe Rose, Triton Publishing Co. 1988
  • Weekly Columnist, Beverly Hills Courier
  • Numerous Newspaper Articles


  • Dear Friends: A prophetic journey through great events of the 20th century selected sermons dealing with world crisis events, KTAV Publishing House. Has received excellent reviews including a great one in the Women’s League Outlook
  • This Wild and Crazy World as seen from Beverly Hills by Rabbi Jack – a selection of columns he writes weekly in the Beverly Hills Courier, a local newspaper, and it has a wonderful following.


  • Awarded prize “Funniest Rabbi in Los Angeles” at stand-up comedy contest 1995 at Camp Ramah dinner.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Loves to sing and play piano.
  • On his 75th birthday he celebrated with a show in which he performed along with some rabbi friends, Monty Hall and son Joel, at the Westside Room, Century Plaza Hotel, which was a benefit for the Pressman Academy, netting $30,000.
  • Also paints, sketches, handyman, (Ed. note from M.P.) true Jack-of-all trades, a renaissance man!)
  • Did another show on his 80th at the Gindi Auditorium (University of Judaism) with 500 people in attendance. Joined for cameo appearances by Steve Allen, Dave Barry, Golabek sisters, Monty Hall. Grossed $250,000.
  • Celebrated his 85th and 90th birthdays with performances at Temple Beth Am, grossing additional funds for the synagogue and the Pressman Academy Scholarship Fund.


Rabbi Pressman has been married to Marjorie (Nee Steinberg) for more than 70 years, and raised three children (Rabbi Daniel Pressman, Joel Pressman z”l and Judith Pressman), 5 Grandchildren (Aliza, Benjamin, Elijah, Aviva, Rebecca), and 3 great-grandchildren.

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For 25 years, beginning in July, 1985, Rabbi Joel E. Rembaum served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California. He is now Rabbi Emeritus. Following his ordination as Rabbi in 1970 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City, Rabbi Rembaum returned to his native Los Angeles where he pursued studies at U.C.L.A. in Jewish history. He was awarded a Ph.D. in History by U.C.L.A. in 1975. Rabbi Rembaum also holds the degrees of B.A. and M.A. from U.C.L.A., the degrees of Master of Hebrew Literature and Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from the American Jewish University. While an undergraduate at U.C.L.A. he also studied Judaica at the American Jewish University (then the University of Judaism).

From 1970 to 1985 Rabbi Rembaum served on the faculty and administration of the American Jewish University, advancing to the positions of Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Jewish History. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at U.C.L.A. and U.C. Irvine. From 1994-1997 he taught for the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and from 2001-2007 he served on the faculty of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He has received a number of graduate and research fellowships and participated in the Melton Research Institute Seminar in Jewish History. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Jewish Studies and has presented papers to that and other learned societies. Rabbi Rembaum has published a variety of articles in the field of Jewish history and has lectured widely throughout the United States.

As a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards for twenty years, Rabbi Rembaum authored the paper that served as the basis for the inclusion of the Biblical Matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah) in the Amidah prayer, the central element of Jewish liturgy. The Conservative Movement’s Sim Shalom series of siddurim (prayer books) and their companion Or Hadash prayer book include the addition, and it has been widely accepted in the Conservative community.

Rabbi Rembaum has been involved in Camp Ramah in California since 1955, first as a camper, then as Counselor, Division Head, Camp Rabbi/Professor-in-Residence and member of both the Board of Directors and the Standing Committee of Camp Ramah in California. He served as President of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, National Secretary of the Rabbinical Assembly, President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Chair of the Middle East Commission of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation and member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation. He was Chair of Los Angeles’ Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet and Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of Israel Bonds. In 1997, Rabbi received the Mickey & Edna Weiss Foundation grant for study in Israel at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Soon after his appointment at Beth Am, Rabbi Rembaum spearheaded a reform of the synagogue’s education system and worked with the congregation’s lay and professional leadership to create the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy. The Academy is known for its unique umbrella educational system, in which a Solomon Schechter Day School, a Religious School and an Early Childhood Center work in a coordinated fashion to offer outstanding educational programming to a combined student body that has grown to well over 600 students. The congregation’s United Synagogue Youth chapter grew and flourished and is recognized for its excellence. A massive building project was undertaken and completed, providing the Beth Am community with a new school facility and expanded synagogue activity and office space. New adult and family learning and experiential programs offered a wide range of opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Year in and year out, Rabbi Rembaum has been teaching in all facets of Beth Am’s educational programming.

During the Rembaum years a third regular Shabbat morning service was added, as well as new Friday evening worship experiences, including a weekly Carlebach-style minyan. And, social action activity grew, with expanded mitzvah projects, Israel related activities, including regular synagogue trips to Israel, and environmental awareness programs.

Rabbi Rembaum lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Fredi, herself a respected and well known Jewish communal professional. The Rembaums have four children: Yona, Avi, married to Sharon Isaac, Nomi, married to Israel Feuerstein, and Joshua, married to Amsel Zivkovich. They also have eight grandchildren: Itai, Dani and Ella Rembaum; Ilan, Uri and Maayan Eshkenazi; and Noah and Ayla Feuerstein.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rabbi Silverstein is a direct descendent of the Ba’al Shem Tov and the tenth generation of an unbroken chain of rabbis. His family came to Los Angeles in 1935 where his father , Rabbi Osher Zilberstein, became rabbi of the Breed Street Shule in Boyle Heights and later became the Chief Orthodox Rabbi of Los Angeles.

Rabbi Silverstein received his B.A. from UCLA and in 1953 was ordained and received an M.H.I. degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1979. He served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Upon discharge in 1955, he served as rabbi in Lakewood and Lancaster, and was principal of the Hebrew School at B’nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester. During this time, he served as auxiliary chaplain at George and Edwards Air Force Bases and as chaplain for the Jewish inmates at the Mira Loma facility and the Sheriff’s Wayside Honor Rancho.

For 32 years, he was the associate rabbi and director of education at Temple Beth Am from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. He conducted the auxiliary High Holy Days services at Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs for 12 years after his retirement.

Rabbi Silverstein earned his California State Teaching Credential and was accredited by the Los Angeles Bureau of Education. He also served as treasurer of the Western States region of the Rabbinical Assembly for twenty years.

He has always been a true rabbi of the people. He says, “I treat each congregant and community member with the same respect and love I show my own family. I serve the members in their religious needs in such areas as Hatch, Match, Detach, and Dispatch.”

Rabbi Silverstein instructed thousands of students during his 38 years as chaplain, rabbi, and religious school director. Second and third generations refer to him as the rabbi who gave joy from the fact that four of his students have become rabbis and two students have become cantors. They are all serving in congregations at the present time. His contributions to the yiddushkeit of so many has been both key to the transmission of our heritage and an inspiration for other rabbis and Jewish educators.

In June of 1961 he was married to Kay Prager. They are blessed with three sons: Alan, David, and Robert; and three grandchildren: Natalie, Nathan, and Alexis.

Not long after his arrival in the United States, young Samuel Kelemer was engaged to appear in Carnegie Hall on a “Night Of Stars” program with Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, George Jessel and other headliners. Watching Jolson drop to one knee and croon “Mammy” inspired Shmiliki who went on stage, dropped to one knee, his arms flung wide and sang “A Brivele Der Mamme” (A Letter to Mother). The house thundered until the boy rose, held his hand up for silence, and delivered “Adam Y’sodo Meafat” from the High Holy Day Service. The same acuity guided him unaided through the first talkies in Yiddish, “A Yiddishe Marnme,” “Persecution,” and “Kol Nidre,” three films that encircled the globe.

Trained by great cantors, including Cantors Weisser, Katchko, and Beimel, he was a scholarship student for advanced studies in voice at the Julliard School of Music. Profoundly educated in the Jewish tradition, Cantor Kelemer received rabbinic ordination from several distinguished rabbis. His gifts led him to prominence in many areas. He served 2s the first National Vice-President of the American Conference of Cantors and has been a member of the National Board of the Jewish Music Council.

Cantor Kelemer served on the faculty of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Judaism and was assistant to Max Helfman in the early years of Brandeis Camp Institute. He has appeared frequently on the concert stage as a lecturer and performer, and appeared in a number of films. He is a prolific composer of liturgical music and of settings for Yiddish poems, and is an authority on the subject of Yiddish folksongs.

He has graced the bima of hundreds of synagogues in guest appearances. Before coming to settle in Los Angeles, Cantor Kelemer served both Conservative and Reform congregations in Miami Beach. In Los Angeles, he faithfully served Temple Beth Am for more than thirty years where he continues as Cantor Emeritus. In 1998 the Jewish Theological Seminary granted him the degree of Doctor of Music Honoris Causa for his more than seventy years of extraordinary service as shaliach tzibbur, teacher, composer, role model, intellectual, poet, concert artist, movie actor, hero and mensch.

The American Conference of Cantors was proud to have Cantor Samuel Kelemer as an honorary charter member and deemed him a Living Treasure.

The Cantor’s wife, Linda, resides in Marina del Rey. They were blessed with two wonderful sons, Dov Kelemer, a Film producer/director and David Akiba, a mortgage/real estate broker, wife Stacy and grandchildren Dylan and Amy.

Native of Philadelphia, nee Steinberg; Beloved widow of Rabbi Jacob Pressman z”l, mother of Rabbi Daniel (Helen Tieger), Joel z”l, and Judy, grandmother of Aliza (Craig Chosiad), Benjie (Melissa), Rebecca, Elijah and Aviva (Brian Wallis), great-grandmother of Batsheva, Avital, Nathan, and twins Liam and Charles

Active with Beth Am Sisterhood since 1950, spearheading its Torah Scholarship Fund campaigns which have led all others in the world; coordinator of Sisterhood Fashion Auction; creator and coordinator of three art shows: 1968, 1970, and “Festival of Arts” 1973; installing officer and creator of twenty Sisterhood installation scripts; Chariman of Book Review series which launched Temple Library.

Chariman Temple two night public auction, 1950; cast of Temple shows, “Spring is in the Air,” “Let’s Go Places,” and “Painting the Town.” Initiated and served as advisor on Temple Concerts by Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill, Theodore Bikel. Provided stellar entertainment personalities for numerous programs and annual Temple dinner dances. Creator, advisor and publicity chairman for Israel Expo West, eminently successful first Israel Fair on the West Coast.

In National Women’s League was organizer and first branch vice-president for Torah Fund; president Pacific-Southwest branch 1968; Editor United Synagogue National Women’s League bulletin; National vice-president.

President Henrietta Szold Hadassah, 1948; Chairman, Youth Aliyah Drive of Los Angeles chapter of Hadassah, 1948; Board of Governors, Bonds of Israel; Chairman “Bonds Between Us” luncheon for Israel Bonds 1972; Board of Conference of Jewish Women; Board of Municipal Leaugue of Beverly Hills; Executive Director, Guardians of Courage, for Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel.

Recipient of Woman of Achievement Award, 1960, and Past-President’s Award, National Women’s League , 1967; National Benefactors Award, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1964; University of Judaism Citation of Honor, 1965; Sisterhood President’s Award, 1968; Temple Beth Am President’s Award, 1970.

“Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou excellest them all.” -Proverbs, 31:29

2023-2024 Executive Board

Mark Samuel – President
Jacqui Jacobs – Executive Vice President

Vice Presidents
Michael Steuer – Advancement
Elyssa Elbaz – At Large
Michael Shimansky – Budget & Finance
Josh Kaplan – Education
Eric Maman – House & Grounds
Jana Lehman Richland – Membership
Ben Reder – Personnel
Aaron Aftergood – Programming & Engagement
Jennifer Low – Ritual
Gil Hopenstand – Social Action
Bryan Carmel – YLE

Recording Secretary
Seth Fisher

Immediate Past President
Stuart Tochner

Sisterhood President
Rebecca Friedman

Board of Trustees
Aaron Aftergood
Melissa Berenbaum
Sandra Braun
Tamar Braz
Christy Chaloff
Alex DeGood
Jay Greenstein
Lori Harrison
Jerry Krautman
Teri Cohan Link
Sara Onufer
Eli Pearlman
Alan Petlak
Jana Posalski
Sarah Pottebaum
Anna Prager
Jonathan Swerdlow
Andrew Wallenstein
Stuart Weiss
Eric Weissman

Tillie Barnett*
Edie Bartnof
Stanley Black
Charles Brucker*
Milton Goodman
Ann Gorrin
Michael Harris
Ellen L. Jacobs
Adele Kichaven
Joseph Kichaven*
Henry Kaplan*
Sylvia Kaplan*
Sidney Klein*
Anne Miller*
Rose Pilch*
Norman Rosenblatt*
Hyman Walter
Harold Waterman*
Shoshi Wilchfort

*of blessed memory

Past Presidents

1935 Samuel F. Goldman*

1936-43 David Schwartz*

1943-45 Saul H. Curtis*

1945-50 Martin Belousoff*

1951-52 Emanuel Fisch*

1953 Oscar Salenger*

1954-57 Ben Silverstein*

1958-59 Irving Footlik*

1960 Saul H. Curtis*

1961 Edward Colman*

1962-64 Joseph Harris*

1965-67 Nathan Shapell*

1968-69 Louis Wolfe*

1970-73 Alexander L. Berg*

1973-75 Meyer E. Hersch*

1975-78 Maxwell Salter*

1978-80 Dr. Sigi Ziering*

1980-83 Jack Colker*

1983-85 Morris Gorrin*

1985-88 Erwin Glincher*

1988-90 Leonard Smith*

1989-92 Dvorah Colker

1992-94 Larry Schwimmer*

1994-96 Marshall Temkin

1996-98 Alan Bunnage

1998-2001 Virginia Maas

2001-03 Howard Pilch*

2003-06 Mark Wolf

2006-08 Vivian Alberts

2008-10 Diane Shapiro

2010-12 Robert Ring

2012-14 Ron Alberts

2014-16 Mike Cohn

2016-18 Susan Hetsroni

2018-20 Avi Peretz

2020-22 Stuart Tochner

*Of Blessed memory