2016 – 2017 Board of Trustees

**Listed in order of office and in alphabetical order by last name.

OFFICERS

 

KarenRivoWebheadshotKAREN RIVO | PRESIDENT

Karen, her husband Marc, and their two adult daughters Jessica and Julie have been TBS members since 1995.  Karen is a past chair of many committees including Congregational Engagement, Membership, Music, Mitzvah Day and Nominations. A registered nurse, Karen is also a Melton graduate, a TBS adult Bat Mitzvah, and a Torah and Haftarah chanter on Saturday mornings. “I am honored to serve as President of this wonderful congregation and am always looking for ways to help our congregants find meaningful connections with one another here in our spiritual home.”

CYNDY ALBERT | VICE PRESIDENT

Cyndy serves as Chair of the Education Committee.

JOSE BENREY | VICE PRESIDENT

Jose is Chair of the Security Committee and a member of the Budget Committee.  He and Oleva, his wife of 35 years, have two children—Andrew, who lives in Albuquerque, and Jennifer, a second-year student in Cantorial School. Jose recently retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department after 28 years of service.  He is currently a member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Security Committee.

ROBIN STRAUS FURLONG | VICE PRESIDENT

Robin is Co-chair of the Inclusion Committee and a member of the Budget and Congregational Engagement Committees.  She is mother to adult children Jeffrey (Colleen), Daniel and Morgan, and grandmother to Ethan. As one of the Temple’s founding families, her father Arnold Straus was the second Bar Mitzvah and a member of the first Confirmation class. Robin grew up at the Temple and has served on many committees. She is a pediatrician in Bay Harbor caring for children in our community—many of whom are TBS members. “We have been honored to have a TBS clergy officiate at every one of our Miami life cycle events.”

ETAN MARK | VICE PRESIDENT

Etan is Co-chair of the Legacy Endowment Campaign and a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. He joined the Temple at the urging of his father-in-law Alan Weisberg and his wife Brielle. Two of his three children have spent their formative years at the Temple Foundation School. He has also served on the Personnel and Budget Committees.” I am grateful to TBS for continuing to be the bedrock of our Miami Beach Jewish community.”

SUZANNE MELTZER | VICE PRESIDENT

Suzanne is Co-chair of the Legacy Endowment Campaign, Co-chair of the Youth Education Subcommittee, and a member of the Social Justice Network.  She and her husband Brad have three boys.  Suzanne is a past Mitzvah Day Co-chair and a former Open Tent Board member; she has also served on various other Temple committees. She regularly volunteers at Ransom Everglades School, Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, and Florida Foster Care Review. She holds a BA in economics and previously worked in Human Resources in New York City. “Temple Beth Sholom is a special part of our family’s lives and truly our second home.”

STEVAN PARDO | VICE PRESIDENT

Stevan is Co-Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee.  He and Adrienne have three children—Daniel, Carly and Josh—who, along with Stevan and his three siblings, had their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Confirmation at Temple Beth Sholom. His parents, Joe and Doris, were married by Rabbi Leon Kronish, the first TBS Senior Rabbi.  Stevan chaired the Sanctuary/Social Hall Construction Project and co-chaired the Temple’s 70th Anniversary celebration. He has served on the Strategic Planning, Budget, Legacy, and Nominating Committees. He and his family have been on the Magical Mitzvah tour twice. “Temple Beth Sholom is our family’s spiritual home.”

ALLAN PEKOR | VICE PRESIDENT

Allan is Chair of the Strategic Plan Monitoring Committee. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Coral Gables Trust Company and as a Board member of Pacific National Bank, The Lennar Foundation, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless, Mission United and The Social Cog. He previously served as a Trustee of Pace University, as President of Temple Shaari Emeth in New Jersey, and as a Board member of Miami-Dade United Way where he chaired the Finance Committee and co-chaired its annual fund-raising campaign. Allan recently retired after a 30-year career as a Lennar senior executive.

VANESSA RESSLER | VICE PRESIDENT

Vanessa is Co-chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee. She and her husband Gary have three daughters.  Vanessa is a past Chair of the Open Tent and the Congregational Engagement Committee. She also co-chaired the Sholom Y’all Ball. She is a proud Jew-by-choice, an adult Bat Mitzvah,  a Wexner Heritage Program alum, and a marketer-turned Music Together teacher. “My heart is in building a strong foundation for my daughters in this beautiful community.”

JEFF GRAFF | TREASURER

Jeff chairs the Budget Committee and regularly attends the weekly Torah Study and Shabbat morning minyan. He and his wife Leslie have two girls who are both TBS Bat Mitzvahs and Confirmands. ”My family  and I joined the Temple more than 15 years ago and we knew immediately Temple Beth Sholom would be our spiritual and religious home for many years to come.”

BOBBI ANN OSSIP |  SECRETARY

Bobbi is Chair of the BAKIM and the High Holy Days Honors Committees. She regularly chants Haftarah at the Saturday morning minyan and serves the Friday night Oneg and Saturday morning Kiddush. She is also a member of the choir and several other committees. Bobbi was Sisterhood treasurer for many years and currently is a Reading Pal to elementary school children. She is a Professor Emerita at Miami-Dade College.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

ELAINE BACHENHEIMER |  BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Elaine is Chair of the Welcoming and Membership Committee and a member of the Congregational Engagement and Fund Raising Committees. She and her husband Steve share two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. A retired educator, Elaine is a High Holy Days usher. She also serves on the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy Board and on the Symphony of the Americas Society Board.

JULIE BASNER | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Julie is a member of the newly-formed Day School Subcommittee. She and her husband Elliot have three children.  Julie most recently was Co-chair of the Education Committee after serving as PTO Co-president and as a School Board member. She has also served on various Temple committees. Julie is a part-time Reading Coach at North Beach Elementary and an active PTA member in her children’s schools.

MICHAEL BERMAN | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Michael is Chair of the Council to Enhance Spirituality.  He and his wife Melinda live in South Beach from October to May and regularly attend Shabbat morning meditation, Torah study, and minyan services. During the summer, they live in Newton, MA, near their two adult children and new granddaughter and attend Shabbat services at their former congregation of 30 years where Michael served as President and Co-chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee. After practicing law, he founded a national finance business specializing in affordable and workforce housing. He continues to be active in national housing policy and serves as a consultant to CEOs.

ERIC BROAD | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Eric is President of the Brotherhood and a member of the Welcoming and Membership Committee and the Congregational Engagement Committee since its inception. A TBS member since birth, Eric is a product of Mommy and Me, SLJ, Saturday School, BESHTY, Bar Mitzvah, Confirmation and the NFTY Israel trip. His grandmother, Helen Kotler, was the Temple’s first female president. “Temple has always been a second home to me. I take pride in the fact that I can follow in the footsteps of my grandmother Helen, my Aunt Sharlane (Packar), and my father Howard (Broad) by being on the Board of Trustees.”

JOHN BUSSEL | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

John is a member of the Personnel Committee. He and his wife Laura have three children—Miriam, Adriana, and Samuel. Miriam celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last year. John is the Chief Investment Officer of Hewins Financial Advisors and currently serves as Barry University’s Board of Trustees Chair. He is a past Chair of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Foundation.

STEVEN CHANELES | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Steve is Chair of the Building Committee. He and his wife Margaret have two sons who attended Foundation School and were TBS Bar Mitzvahs. They are also one of the original Tot Shabbat families. Margaret is an adult Bat Mitzvah and a Melton grad. Steve is a past Chair of the Foundation School Committee and former Co-chair of a CAGE task force that analyzed the hiring, retention, and compensation of teachers in early childhood Jewish education.  Professionally, Steve is a lawyer and CPA. “Temple has been an integral part of our family life.”

LISA CICERO | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Lisa co-chairs a Social Justice Network Committee that regularly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. She and her husband Mathew have three daughters—Alexandra, Jordan, and Marina. Lisa is a past Mitzvah Day Co-chair and has served on the Personnel Committee and the Caring Committee. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and her law degree from the University of Miami.  She is currently an in-house counsel for a business founded by her husband specializing in association management, commercial property management, and construction management. Lisa is a life member of Hadassah and supports AIPAC, JNF, Israel Bonds and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

HEIDI COOPER | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Heidi is a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. She and her husband John have three daughters– two Foundation School alums, Sara and Nina, who now attend Lehrman Community Day School, and future TBS student Ella.  Heidi is a past Foundation School PTO President and an adult Bat Mitzvah. “We found an open, progressive, like-minded community at the Temple which serves as an important foundation for our family’s community and spirituality. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to represent our community as we find our next amazing rabbi.”

TERRY JOVE | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Terry is Chair of the Art Committee. She and her husband Fred were married by Rabbi Leon Kronish and have three sons—Scott, Ryan, and Tyler—who have all become Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom. Terry was Shula Ben David’s first Bat Mitzvah. “I am proud to bring beauty and diversity to display on our Welcome Center walls.”

TARA KATZ | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Tara is a member of the Personnel Committee. She and her husband Brian have three children who have enjoyed and thrived at the TBS Foundation School. Tara is the founder and owner of Snap’t, a line of interchangeable accessories for teens and tweens.

DIANE KATZEN | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Diane is Vice Chair of the Leadership Development Committee. She and her husband Bruce have celebrated each of their two daughters’ naming ceremony, Foundation School graduation, Bat Mitzvah, and Confirmation at the Temple. The girls also traveled to Israel with the Temple’s NFTY group.  Diane is an adult Bat Mitzvah through Rabbi Pomerantz’s class. A former classical pianist, Diane has practiced law for over 30 years and currently practices employment and complex business litigation with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, and Levine, PL. “We have truly cherished our involvement and commitment to the TBS community.”

MICHAEL LEVINSON | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Michael is Co-chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Budget and Living Wage Committees. He and his wife Jessica have two children. Michael has used his skills as an attorney, physician, and tactician as a past Chair of the School Board. “I believe Reform synagogues should be progressive, inclusive, compassionate and engaging. That is why my family joined Temple Beth Sholom.”

SHARLANE PACKAR | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sharlane is a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. She and her husband Ken have been married over 40 years and have two adult children—Daniel and Jacquelyn. Sharlane is a past School Board Chair and a past Sisterhood President. She graduated from Miami Beach High School and the University of Miami.

MICHAEL PARDO |  BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Michael is a member of the Budget Committee. He and his wife Caryn live in Miami Beach with their son Jordan. Michael is a real estate and construction attorney with Pardo Gainesburg PL. He is an alumnus of Foundation School, Shabbat School, Bar Mitzvah programs, and Confirmation. He has been to Israel on the Magical Mitzvah Tour and the Confirmation trip. “I am proud to call Temple Beth Sholom home my entire life.”

STEPHANIE ROSEN | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Stephanie is a member of the Social Justice Network and a regular volunteer for the Foster Care Review. She and her husband Michael have three children, all of whom have celebrated their simchas at the Temple. Along with her family, Stephanie organizes the annual Wendy Walk Miami.  She attended McGill University for her undergraduate work and NYU for graduate school. She works part-time with her husband who is a real estate developer. She currently serves on the Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Board. “Temple Beth Sholom is an important and special part of our family’s community life.”

GARY ROSENBERG | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Gary is a member of the Budget and Security Committees. He and his wife Linda have three adult children. Gary is a past TBS Treasurer.  He is President of Rosenberg Realty Corp., Leasing Director of Plaza Development Realty, a Commercial Real Estate Broker, and Shopping Center Manager.

MARTE SINGERMAN | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Marte is a member of the Spirituality Council. She and her husband Paul have two daughters who are students in Santa Monica, CA, and Boca Raton, FL, respectively. She previously served on the TBS Board from 1999 to 2005 as Vice- President and Secretary. She currently is a Director, Secretary, and General Counsel for The Social Cog, Inc. and a Board member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Marte is a certified yoga instructor and is studying to become a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She practiced law in Miami for 15 years.

MYRA SPINDEL | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Myra is Co-chair of the Social Justice Network. She and her husband Bart Chepenik live in Bay Harbor Island with their three daughters ages 17, 15, and 13. Her daughter Molly Chepenik is BESHTY Co-president. A past Mitzvah Day Co-chair, Myra is a clinical psychologist with the Jewish Community Services of South Florida.

RACHEL UNGER | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Rachel is Co-chair of the Social Justice Network.  She and her husband Michael Feldman have two children. The TBS clergy officiated at Max’s bris and Ellie’s naming ceremony as well as at Rachel’s TBS Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation and her wedding to Michael. Rachel taught at the TBS Foundation School for three years and wrote the curriculum for Parent Child programming. She also Co-chaired the Family Friendly Environmental Experience as a direct service project for the SJN. She is currently a fifth grade teacher at North Beach Elementary. “I grew up loving the sense of community that is always present at TBS.”

MICHAEL WEINBERG |  BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mike is Chair of the Congregational Engagement Committee and, for the second year, Co-chair with his wife Chris of the annual Fundraiser. Both Mike and Chris grew up in Miami Beach and now live in Bay Harbor Islands with their son Max and their daughters Shay and Zoe. Mike also co-chaired the Congregational Engagement Task Force for Strategic Planning. As a Wealth Advisor with UBS, his area of focus includes investment management, tax-efficient strategies, and charitable and philanthropic giving along with wealth and estate planning.

MARK WEITHORN | BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mark is a member of the Budget Committee. He and his wife Deede have two sons, David and Matthew, who attended the Foundation School and School for Living Judaism and went to Israel with their Conformation classes. A past School Board Chair, Mark taught 6th graders in the Shabbat School for 19 years.

CARRIE WIESENFELD |  BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Carrie is Co-chair of the Youth Subcommittee. She and her husband Jason have three children—Chloe, Maxwell, and Myles—who attended Foundation School and Mommy & Me.  Carrie is a past PTO President, a past Co-chair of the Mitzvah Day Soup Contest, and a past member of the TBS School Board. She also served as a Vice-chair of the Lehrman Community Day School Board and was a member of the Miami Beach Commission for Women and the Miami Beach Fine Arts Board. A Syracuse University graduate, Carrie is Human Resources Director of Investran, a Miami-based private equity software company.

SISTERHOOD

 

RONNI LITZ MERKIN | SISTERHOOD PRESIDENT

Ronni and her now-adult children, Jamie and Jordan, grew up at Temple Beth Sholom. Ronni is a past Mitzvah Day Co-chair and a past Board member from 2003 to 2010. She is a local and nationally recognized nutritionist. “TBS has always had an extraordinary special place in our hearts, especially mine. My husband Alan and my family remain involved and spiritually fulfilled at TBS.”

PAST PRESIDENTS

 

RONALD ALBERT, JR. | PAST PRESIDENT

Ron served as Chair of the Budget Committee for many years. He also is a Past President of the Rabbi Leon Kronish Foundation. Ron currently serves the community as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

MARJORIE BARON | PAST PRESIDENT

Marjorie has served the Temple in a broad spectrum including budget, endowment, legal counsel, building campaigns, school, education, child care, and strategic planning.  Her two sons, Daniel and David Garcia-Pedrosa, were raised within the Temple’s religious, education and social programs. Their commitment to Israel was born through travel with the clergy. Her husband Michael Spritzer compliments her work through his involvement on a national level with URJ and HUC. “Sharing each life cycle event is made more memorable here.”

CHARLES CITRIN | PAST PRESIDENT

Charles chaired the Temple’s Burn the Mortgage campaign. He and his wife Deborah have three adult children—Michelle Beth, Ethan Abraham, and Hannah Kathleen—all of whom, including Deborah as an adult, were Bar/Bat Mitzvah at TBS. Charles currently serves on the Miami Beach committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and AIPAC. He founded and served as treasurer of NACPAC, a pro-Israel Action Committee. Charles graduated with honors from the University of Miami and was a Root Tilden Scholar for his NYU law degree. He is president of Citrin Financial and Insurance and a partner in Citrin & Walker law firm.

MICHAEL DRIBIN |  PAST PRESIDENT

Michael served as President of the Rabbi Leon Kronish Foundation after his tenure as Temple President. He and his wife Lori have two adult sons—Sam and Aaron—who grew up at the Temple. Michael is an estate and trust attorney with Harper Meyer Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP.

SHELLEY NICELEY GROFF |  PAST PRESIDENT

Shelley Co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and serves as a member of the  Rabbinic Emeritus Committee. She and her husband Jon have two adult children, Aaron and Emily. Nationally, Shelley is the Union for Reform Judaism Lay Leader for Youth, a member of the URJ North American Board and Oversight Committee, the URJ Women of Reform Judaism Board, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.  Locally, she chairs the Jewish Community Relations Council and serves on the Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education.  Shelley is a Past Board Chair of Jewish Community Services of South Florida.

ROBERT HERTZBERG |  PAST PRESIDENT

Robert is Chair of the Rabbinic Emeritus Committee. He and his wife Jill have three adult children—Jerri (Larry), Danny (Amanda) and Hillary—and two grandchildren—George and Jordan. He is an AV rated attorney. Robert is President of Sunset Island 1&2 Homeowner’s Association and serves on the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Board of Directors.

ANDREW HIRSCHL |  PAST PRESIDENT

Andy is Co-chair of the Rabbinic Search Committee and President of the Rabbi Leon Kronish Foundation. He and his wife Debbie have two adult children—Aaron and Heidi. “Temple Beth Sholom has always been a Jewish home that was inviting and inclusive to us and our family.”

JACK KARSON | PAST PRESIDENT

Jack is the Immediate Past President. He and his wife Arden have three adult children—Jared, Micah, and Lily. Jack is President and owner of South Beach Veterinary Solutions and manages operating businesses and real estate properties. He is a Past President and mentor of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami. A University of Alabama graduate with an MBA, Jack is a past chair of the Budget Committee.

NANCY RATZAN | PAST PRESIDENT

Nancy and her husband Kenny share a “big tent” family of six children and five grandchildren. She is a Past National President of the National Council of Jewish Women, and currently a founder of local and national platforms to end sex trafficking of children. “I am dedicated to the pursuit of tikkun olam  through advocacy and social action.”

PETER RUSSIN | PAST PRESIDENT

Peter has served as a Vice President, Chair of the Personnel Committee, and a member of the Budget Committee in his 20 + years on the Board. He and Andi have three adult boys—Jacob, Noah, and Asher—who were TBS Bar Mitzvahs. Peter,  a TBS Bar Mitzvah and Andi, an  adult Bat Mitzvah, were married by Rabbi Gary Glickstein.   A graduate of Tulane University and George Washington University Law School, Peter is co-founder and shareholder of Meland, Russin & Budwick. He has written and lectured extensively on solvency and commercial litigation topics. Peter is actively involved with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and numerous charitable institutions.

MARVIN STONBERG | PAST PRESIDENT

Marvin and his wife Sandy, parents of three sons and seven grand children, joined TBS in 1966. Marvin served as Treasurer and then became President in 1987. He believes that he may have been the first male adult bar mitzvah at TBS and many years later he and Sandy became B’nai Mitzvah together. Marvin served on the search committee that selected Rabbi Glickstein. “I was not raised as an observant Jew but as a secular Jew, but I am as Jewish as they come”.

BESHTY

 

MOLLY CHEPENIK | BESHTY CO-PRESIDENT

Molly is a senior at Miami Beach Senior High. She swims and plays water polo for the MBH teams and hopes for a career in public policy. She is currently in her second year as Rabbi Amy Morrison’s intern and has held various BESHTY positions. Molly co-captains a Mitzvah Day project “Let Her Shine” which is a women’s empowerment workshop for inner city girls through Honeyshine.

JARED HARTLEY |  BESHTY CO-PRESIDENT

Jared is a senior at Miami Beach Senor High. He is a linebacker on the MBY football team and a bass player in a jazz combo and rock band. He is interested in studying engineering at Tulane University.