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JEFF GRAFF | PRESIDENT

Jeff is Temple Beth Sholom’s 33rd president.  He previously served as treasurer and chair of the Budget committee in addition to working on many other committees and task forces. He and his wife Leslie have two adult daughters, Erica and Britany, who grew up at the Temple and became B’Nei Mitzvahs and confirmands. Jeff regularly attends Torah Study and is a member of the Saturday morning minyan. He works for a development company.  “My family and I joined the Temple more than fifteen years ago.  We knew immediately that Temple Beth Sholom would be our spiritual and religious home for many years to come.”

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.”

STEVAN PARDO | VICE PRESIDENT

Stevan is chair of the Legacy Campaign and a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. He and Adrienne have three children—Daniel, Carly and Josh—who, as well as Stevan and his three siblings, all celebrated their b’nai mitzvah and confirmations 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 alumna, and a marketer-turned-Music-Together-teacher. “My heart is in building a strong foundation for my daughters in this beautiful community.”

MARTE SINGERMAN | VICE PRESIDENT

Marte is 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.

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.”

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.”

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. 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

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.

JOSE BENREY

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.

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.

JOHN BUSSEL

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.

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.

LISA CICERO

Lisa is co-chair of the Personnel Committee and 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

Heidi served on the Rabbinic Search Committee. She and her husband John have three daughters—Sara and Nina, Foundation School graduates who now attend Lehrman Community Day School, and Ella, a future TBS student.  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.”

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. 

SUZANNE MELTZER

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.”

TERRY JOVE

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 all have become b’nai 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.”

DIANE KATZEN

Diane serves on the Personnel Committee. She and her husband, Bruce, have celebrated their two daughters’ naming ceremonies, Foundation School graduations, b’not mitzvah, and confirmations 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.”

MARK MELAND

Mark is a member of the Legacy Committee and The Glickstein Foundation Board.  He and his wife Jill have three adult children—Ben, Hallie, and Libby.  Mark, a founding shareholder of the law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A., is a real estate lawyer as well as a corporate and transactional lawyer who has received many awards and accolades including South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer in South Florida and South Florida Super Lawyer. A graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, he received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida.  Mark is a Guardian Angel at Holtz Children’s Hospital, and a member of the Ransom Everglades School Board of Trustees and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He is also known around town as bass guitarist and vocalist for the rock band “The Urge.”

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.”

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’nai 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.

MYRA SPINDEL

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.

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.”

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.

CHERYL ZUCKERMAN

Cheryl is the co-chair of the Youth/SLJ Committee.  A former Mitzvah Day co-chair, she is also o-chair of a Children’s Home Society service project and a member of the Social Justice Network. Cheryl and her husband Steve have two daughters—Hannah and Myla—who graduated from the TBS Foundation School and are currently enrolled in the TBS Hebrew School.  Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from the University of Miami.  She practiced commercial litigation/employment law for 12 years and currently teaches writing and upper-level electives at the University of Miami Law School.

Sisters In The ‘Hood

ANNETTE CANNON | CO-PRESIDENT

Annette is the mother of two children---Hershel, a Magna cum laude graduate from University of Florida, and Hailey, a junior at Florida State University.  Both are B’nei Mitzvot and confirmands at Temple Beth Sholom.  Annette is an attorney who practices fulltime as a circuit court certified mediator and special master for the City of Miami Beach. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she was born in Miami Beach. She is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and was born in Miami Beach.

LIZA SAMUEL |  CO-PRESIDENT

Liza and her husband Roy have three children—Sarina, Caleb, and Giselle—who are receiving their Jewish education at TBS.  Sarina was a bat mitzvah in 2016 and Caleb is scheduled for his bar mitzvah next spring. Liza loved the Mommy and Me program so much she became a teacher in 2007. She is a respected realtor and a board member of Jamie’s Rescue. She loves hosting Shabbat dinners.

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’nai 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

JORDAN SCHWARTZ | PRESIDENT

Jordan is a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School.  His BESHTY activities include Top golf, collaborating with other Temples, and jTravel.  At Beach High, he is on the Board of the Health Information Project (HIP). He hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting with a minor in sports management and then attend graduate school.  His favorite quote is by Michael Phelps: “There will be obstacles.  There will be doubters.  There will be mistakes.  But with hard work, there are no limits.”  

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. 

Fri, April 26 2019 21 Nisan 5779