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STEVAN PARDO | PRESIDENT

Stevan is Temple Beth Sholom’s 34th president. His parents, Joe and Doris, were married by Rabbi Leon Kronish, the first TBS Senior Rabbi. He and Adrienne have three children—Daniel, Carly and Josh—who, as well as Stevan and his three siblings, Michele, Alissa and Jeff, all celebrated their b’nei mitzvah and confirmations at Temple Beth Sholom. Stevan chaired the Sanctuary/Social Hall Construction Project and with Adrienne, co-chaired the Temple’s 70th anniversary celebration. Stevan chaired the Philanthropy Committee, Legacy Campaign and Personnel Committee for several years,served as a TBS Vice President, and was a member of the Senior Rabbi Search Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

He and his family have been on the Magical Mitzvah tour twice.  Stevan is honored to be TBS President and says, “Temple Beth Sholom is our family’s spiritual home.”

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 retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department after 28 years of service and is currently a member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Security Committee.

MICHAEL LEVINSON | VICE PRESIDENT

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.”

SUZANNE MELTZER | VICE PRESIDENT

Suzanne is chair of the Youth Education Committee and co-chair of the Ronald MacDonald House project. 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 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.”

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.

MARTE SINGERMAN | VICE PRESIDENT

Marte was the chair of the Welcome Rabbi Pomerantz/Transition Committee, and Vice Chair of the Spirituality Council.  She and her husband Paul have two daughters who are students in Boca Raton, Florida.  She previously served on the TBS Board of Trustees 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 a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation teacher.  In her prior career, she practiced law in Miami for 15 years.

MYRA SPINDEL | VICE PRESIDENT

Myra is co-chair of the Social Justice Network.  She and her husband, Bart Chepenik, live in Bay Harbor Islands with their three daughters who are 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.

MICHAEL WEINBERG | VICE PRESIDENT

Michael is chair of the Panim El Panim project and past chair of the Congregational Engagement Committee.  He and his wife Chris co-chaired the annual fundraiser for two years.  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.

ETAN MARK | TREASURER

Etan is chair of the Budget Committee as well as many of the budget and finance subcommittees.  He has also served on the Personnel, Budget, and Rabbinic Search Committees. 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.  “I am grateful to TBS for continuing to be the bedrock of our Miami Beach Jewish community.”

VANESSA RESSLER | SECRETARY

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

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CYNDY ALBERT

Cyndy is a member and immediate past chair of the Youth Education Committee.

NIKKI BARON

Nikki served on the Design Committee for the Temple’s two renovations.  She and her husband Richard have three married children–Nicole, Katie and Steven—and six grandchildren. The baron family joined the Temple in 1996 and Nikki was an adult Bat Mitzvah in 1999 when her spiritual journey began.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts and was an Associate Professor of Art from 1975 to 1982 at Barry University.  She currently owns a residential interior design firm.

JULIE BASNER

Julie is a member of the Day School Subcommittee. She and her husband, Elliot, have three children. Most recently co-chair of the Education Committee, Julie previously served as PTO Co-president, a School Board member, and 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.

JERRI BASSUK

Jerri and her husband, Larry, recently chaired the Temple’s 2020 Sholomfest Fundraiser.  They are the proud parents of two little boys, George and Jordan.  Jerri serves as a member on the Miami Beach Mayor’s 41st Street Blue Ribbon Committee and the TBSIS School Board, and she is the Co-Chair of PJ Library Miami. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The George Washington University, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  She received her J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and currently handles residential real estate closings for Sunbelt Title Agency. Jerri became a bat mitzvah, was confirmed and married at Temple Beth Sholom, and it has always been a special place for her family.

MICHAEL BERMAN

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

Eric is a member of the Brotherhood Committee and a past Brotherhood president, and a member of the Security Committee.  A TBS member since birth, Eric considers the Temple his second home.  He and his wife Jaqui were married at the Temple last October.  Eric is a third generation real estate broker with M. Kotler Real Estate, the firm founded by his grandparents.  His grandmother Helen Kotler was the Temple’s first female president.  “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.”

BART CHEPENIK

Bart is chair of the Congregational Engagement Committee and a member of the Legacy Committee. He lives in Bay Harbor Islands with his wife Myra Spindel (also a member of the Temple Board of Trustees) and their three daughters—Molly, Leah, and Liv.  In addition to serving as a High Holy Days Torah chanter for the last seven years, Bart has served on the Spirituality Task Force and the Nominating Committee.  He is the managing partner of Chepenik Trushin LLP, a law firm focusing on trust and estate law.

TAMAS DOFFEK

For the past 2 years, Tamas has been serving on the budget committee as well as the ED search committee. In 2015, he and his wife Barbara chose Miami Beach to raise their two kids Aron (BM ‘18) and Zelma (BM ‘20) when they moved here from their native Hungary. He is a serial entrepreneur starting and building various businesses both in Central Europe and South Florida while also has been actively launching and supporting several Jewish nonprofits in his native Budapest Jewish community, like the Haver Foundation which he co-founded almost 20 years ago. Both Barbara and Tamas value the open and welcoming community of TBS, which already gave them a lot of new friends and a place of belonging.

GLENN DRYFOOS

Glenn is the co-chair of the 2018 TBS golf tournament. He and his wife Adriana live in Miami Beach with their children Louis (14, Miami Beach Senior High) and Sabrina (11, Nautilus Middle School).  Glenn is the EVP-Business Affairs for Univision Communications. 

BARBARA GELBER

Barbara is co-chair of the Youth/SLJ Subcommittee. She is a second generation member of Temple Beth Sholom.  Barbara and her husband John Barker have three children—Madeline, Claudia, and Benjamin—who have been through TBS life cycles and happenings.  They were all devoted Camp Coleman campers.  Barbara runs a national recruiting firm based in Miami Beach.

ALLISON GREENFIELD

Allison is co-chair of the jLab/Youth Committee and co-chair of Mitzvah Day 2019.  She is also co-chair of the Family Friendly Environmental Experience as direct service project of the Social Justice Network and very active in the North Beach Elementary School PTA. Allison and her husband Perry have two sons—Jordan and Hunter—who are currently enrolled in jLab and love that TBS is a part of their everyday lives. A Northwestern University graduate, Allison owns a cruise-focused travel agency after working in the cruise industry for nearly 20 years. 

JUDITH GREENE

Judith co-chairs the Inclusion Committee and serves on the Gary Glickstein Foundation.  She has served on the Rabbinical Search Committee, Congregational Engagement Committee, and Social Justice Network.  She and her wife, Lisa, have teenage twins who have been involved with the temple since preschool.  Judith is an attorney with a practice focusing on business transactions and litigation.  She is also an arbitrator and serves on the commercial panel, the consumer panel, and the large, complex commercial disputes panel of the American Arbitration Association.

DIANE KATZEN

Diane serves on the Personnel Committee, is  has served on numerous temple committees. Diane is a proud  adult bat mitzvah through Rabbi Pomerantz’ s class.  She and her husband, Bruce, have two grown daughters, Brynn, who works for Facebook in San Francisco,  and Alli, a litigation lawyer, who will be practicing in Miami.  The family has joyfully celebrated their  daughters’ various life cycles at the Temple as part of the temple family.  A former classical pianist, Diane has practiced law for over 35 years and currently practices employment and complex business litigation with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen, and Levine, PL. “Now more than ever, I am proud to be a dedicated  and committed part of  the TBS community.”

 

LARRY HURWITZ

Larry is currently co-chair of the Security Committee and previous co-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention task force. Larry and his wife Kathy are regular attendees of Torah study and Saturday minyan. Larry and Kathy have two children and six grandchildren. Larry received his BS degree from the University of Rochester and his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Larry practiced cardiology for 40 years in Pittsburgh. After retiring from clinical practice, Larry became the medical director of National markets for Highmark Blue Cross/ Blue Shield. Larry and Kathy live in Bay Harbor Islands.

 

BOBBI ANN OSSIP

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. 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.

AMY OSTROFF

Amy is a life-long South Florida resident. She and her husband, Eric have three children, Daniella, Tyler, and Kylie. Amy and Eric recently co-chaired the TBS annual fundraiser, Sholomfest 2020. Amy is also co-chairing Mitzvah Day 2021. Amy has been President of the TBS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) for the past two years and will continue in that role for the upcoming school year. She chairs the TBS Infant/Foundation-Level sub-committee for the board’s education committee. Amy also plays an active role in the PTA at North Beach Elementary where her daughter attends. She worked in MDCPS for 14 years as a Speech Pathologist, and has since opened her own speech therapy practice. TBS has a wonderful sense of community and she is very happy to be a part of it. 

 

MICHAEL PARDO

Michael chairs the Building and Grounds Committee and serves on the Budget Committee. He and his wife Caryn live in Miami Beach with their son Jordan.  Michael is a real estate attorney with Pardo Gainesburg PL.  He is an alumnus of the Foundation School and Shabbat School and became a Bar Mitzvah and confirmand at TBS. 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.”

ROBIN STRAUS FURLONG

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.”

DENIS RUSS

Denis is co-chair of the PACT Leadership TZEDEK Team of the Social Justice Network. Following a career as an attorney and CPA, he founded and led the Miami Beach Community Development Coalition in revitalizing the South Beach Art Deco District.  Denis’s family have been TBS members for 70 years. He and his brother, Richard Russ, and sister, Lori Mishkin, celebrated their b’nei mitzvah and confirmations at Temple Beth Sholom.  Denis holds a BS from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA and law degree from University of Miami. His community service includes being a director of Miami Jewish Health Systems and a founder at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

JONATHAN SEPSENWOL

Jonathan is a member of the Congregational Engagement Committee and the Post B’nei Mitzvah Transition Subcommittee. An active Brotherhood member, he previously served on the SLJ Board of Education.  Jonathan, his wife Karen, and their two daughters –Molly and Zoe—have been TBS members since moving to Miami Beach over 13 years ago.  Both girls went through Tot Shabbat, Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, and confirmation. Jonathan serves as Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations of Incomm Agent solutions, a financial services organization specializing in payment processing.

RACHEL UNGER

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.”

ANDREA WAGNER

Andrea serves on the board of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Innovative School of Temple Beth Sholom. She and her husband, Seth Alhadeff, have a daughter at the school. She is also a member of the Education Committee and the Social Justice Network.  She is the event chair for Snow Day at TBSIS and a Mitzvah Day co-chair for the Lentils For Love service project. Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and her law degree from the University of Miami. She is licensed to practice law in both New York and Florida and practices as an assistant public defender with The Law Offices of Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez.

CARRIE WIESENFELD

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 and her husband Jason have three children—Chloe, Maxwell, and Myles—who attended Foundation School and Mommy and Me.  Carrie also served as 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

KIM HABER | CO-PRESIDENT

Kim was introduced to Temple Beth Sholom through her husband, Dan, who grew up and had his Bar Mitzvah with Rabbi Kronish. They have been members for over 25 years and raised both their children, Melanie and Matthew, at the Temple. Along with her mother, Phyllis Winston, Kim has been selected as Co-President of the Sisterhood. She has also been Co-Chairman of the “New To You” clothing drive as part of Mitzvah Day for a number of years. “I am always comforted and inspired when I walk through the front doors of the Temple. There is always something interesting to see or learn.”

PHYLLIS WINSTON |  CO-PRESIDENT

Phyllis has recently been selected as Co-President of the Sisterhood with her daughter Kim Haber, but has been involved with Temple Beth Sholom for a number of years, as a member of the Congregational Engagement Committee, Co-Chairman of the New Member Welcoming Committee and as Co-Chairman of the project "New To You" clothing drive as part of Mitzvah Day for over 10 years. She also celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with Rabbi Davis teachings before watching her two grandchildren, Melanie and Matthew, have their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs at the temple. She and Marty have been members for over 15 years enjoying Friday night Shabbat Services and Saturday Morning Torah Study. “Temple Beth Sholom has become our second home.” 

Past Presidents

RONALD ALBERT, JR.

Ron served as chair of the Budget Committee for many years.  He is also past president of the Gary Glickstein Foundation.  He and his wife Cyndy have two children—Erin and Jason–who grew up at Temple Beth Sholom.  Ron is a corporate attorney with a practice focused on business transactions including mergers and acquisitions. Ron serves the community as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

MARJORIE BARON

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—grew up participating in the Temple’s religious, education, and social programs. Their commitment to Israel was born through travel with the clergy.  Her husband, Michael Spritzer, complements 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

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, became b’nei 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

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

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

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 Islands 1 & 2 Homeowner’s Association and serves on the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Board of Directors.

ANDREW HIRSCHL

Andy is President of the Gary Glickstein Foundation.  He co-chaired the Rabbinic Search Committee.  He and his wife Debbie have two adult children—Aaron (Alissa) and Heidi (Ryan Orley).  “Temple Beth Sholom has always been a Jewish home that was inviting and inclusive to us and our family.”

JACK KARSON

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

NANCY RATZAN

Nancy co-chaired the installation of Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz.  She and her husband Kenny share a “big tent” family of six children and five grandchildren.  She is a past president of the National Council of Jewish Women and currently serves on the national board of Common Cause.  “I am dedicated to the pursuit of tikkun olam through advocacy and social action.”

KAREN RIVO

Karen is the immediate past president.  She and her husband Marc have two adult daughters—Jessica and Julie.  Karen serves on the North American Board (NAB) of the Union for Reform Judaism and on the AIPAC Board.  She also chairs the G.O. Bond Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach.  She and Marc love Israel and travel there as often as they can.

PETER RUSSIN

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 b’nai mitzvah. Peter, a TBS  bar mitzvah and Andi, an adult bat mitzvah, were married by now Rabbi Emeritus 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.

BESHTY

 CHLOE WIESENFELD | PRESIDENT

 

BROTHERHOOD

JOSH LAURENCE | PRESIDENT

Josh Laurence and his wife Selma are a constant presence at Temple services and events. Josh regularly provides percussion accompaniment and chants Haftarah at the Saturday minyan services.  A Miami Beach native, he has deep roots in the community.  Josh is Vice President of Accessible Home Health Care Aventura. 

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781