Board

Board

Meet The TAE Board Of Directors

We serve our members on a volunteer basis to provide leadership and direction to make all our religious, spiritual and social activities happen in a way that is consistent with and supportive of the reform Jewish values we all share and strive to achieve.

– President Sandy Greenstein


President

Sandy Greenstein
Sandy is originally a New Yorker, where he graduated from SUNY Buffalo and started his career as a teacher. He then worked for the Coca-Cola Company where he honed his skills in management and organization. Sandy also built his own consulting firm and recently retired. This is Sandy’s 30th year as an active member of Temple Adat Elohim community. He has held leadership positions on several committees as VP Administration, VP Finance and Executive Vice President. Sandy is also a facilitator of Mussar, an 1100-year-old Jewish spiritual program which is very active at TAE. Sandy and his wife Barbara love to travel, enjoy a glass of wine and spend time with their friends, many of which are at TAE. They are especially enthusiastic about spending time with their two children and three grandchildren.

Contact Sandy Greenstein at sandy@grnstn.com


Vice President Administration

Marilyn Lippel

Originally from St. Louis, Marilyn has been a Californian for about 30 years, and a Temple member for the past 20 years. Marilyn has been a highly active and dedicated “serial volunteer” at TAE. She has held several positions on the Board, including Havurah Chair and Membership Chair. She has served for many years on the Sisterhood Board, and at one point served as an interim Executive Director for the Temple. Marilyn serves as a vital link between Temple administration and the Board of Directors, assisting the President and Executive Vice-President with all Temple functions and other duties pertaining to these offices.

Contact Marilyn Lippel at momlipps@gmail.com


Vice President Education

Cindy Scott

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Contact Cindy Scott at casascott@earthlink.net


Vice President Development

Anne Rubin

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Contact Anne Rubin at anne.rubin@verizon.net


Vice President Finance

Maggi Salfi

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Contact Maggi Salfi at msalfi11@verizon.net


Vice President Membership & Engagement

Alison Friedman

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Contact Alison Friedman at alisonsiegel@gmail.com


Vice President Religious Practices

Bryna Fischer

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Contact Bryna Fischer at brynaf@gmail.com


Immediate Past President

Peggy C. Frank

Peggy C. Frank has been a TAE volunteer for more than a decade in a variety of leadership positions that included Membership, Communications, and President. A Management, PR and Fundraising professional, Peggy has freely given her professional expertise to deepen the connections at TAE – both with congregants and with the greater Conejo Valley. She is the mother of four daughters, and grandmother.

Contact Peggy C. Frank at pfrank@frankpr.com


Secretary

Juli Rycus

A native of California, Juli is entering her second year as TAE Board secretary. Juli has been a member of TAE for the past 7 years. She is honored to have served the board the last 6 years in a variety of roles including chair of Havurah and Circlehood as well as co-chairing the “Roaring Twenties Gala” in 2013. In addition, she was a member of the 2013 Adult B’nai Mitzvah class. In her non temple life, Juli has been an Operating Room tech in the medical field for the past twenty years. Juli lives in Newbury Park with her husband Paul (also a Board member), their 16-year old son and their dog Winston.

Contact Juli Rycus at jrycus@recyclefree.com


Treasurer

Larry Levine

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Contact Larry Levine at ldlevine@sbcglobal.net


Board of Education Chair

Amy Corin

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Contact Amy Corin at arcorin@sbcglobal.net


Development Chair

Suzanne Gallant

Suzanne moved to the Conejo in 2003 from New Haven CT. After attending a Havurah organizing meeting, she joined TAE and was immediately welcomed into the TAE community. Her present position is just the most recent of her positions on the Board. Suzanne is also serving the Sisterhood as Recording Secretary as well as Treasurer of the Gift Shop. She has a long history of philanthropy from joining BBYO as a teen through helping to found a synagogue in her small town in Connecticut. Suzanne has also been active in both the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation. In addition to her Temple activities, she is a Board member of the Women’s’ Department of the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance and serves on the Cultural Recreation Advisory Board. Suzanne is the proud mother of a son and daughter and has three grandchildren.

Contact Suzanne Gallant at gallantsuzanne@gmail.com


Havurah Chair Co-Chairs

Arthur and Debbie Heisman

In 2017 The Heismans assumed leadership of the TAE Havurah program, which has a long and successful history at the Temple. Debbie and Art are  active Temple members — attending services regularly, and going to many TAE events. In 2014 the Heismans joined a Havurah that is still going strong as a close group committed to their friendships. Spreading the warm goodwill that grows in a successful Havurah is what drives Debbie and Art to build the program throughout the TAE community.

Debbie is a retired court reporter, and Art is a semi-retired CPA. Debbie moved to Los Angeles in 1952 with her parents and brother. Art has lived in Southern CA since 1961, when he moved here from Kingston NY.  Debbie and Art were married in 1953. They have two daughters who now live in the Bay Area. They are also proud grandparents of Amanda and Kyle.

Contact Debbie Heisman at debcsr@gmail.com or Arthur Heisman heicpa@gmail.com


Kadima Chair Co-Chairs

Bryan Friedman and Lonney Gordon

Mission Statement: “Kadima” Hebrew for “Vision” focuses on strategic planning for the Temple. Kadima seeks to provide extra meaning to the lives of our membership by fulfilling their spiritual and social needs over the long term with a vibrant and pro-active Temple culture.

A self-proclaimed “family man to the core,” Lonney is a resident of the Conejo Valley, primarily because of the amazing community, and that very feeling is what brought him and his family to Temple Adot Elohim. Lonney is proud of his new role as the Kadima Co-Chair with his good friend Bryan and he looks forward to what the next year has in store for them. Lonney is a Realtor in Conejo Valley, is happily married to Rachel and they have two wonderful children, Reese and Keith, ages 1 and 5.

Contact Bryan Friedman and Lonney Gordon at bryanfriedman@gmail.com or lonneygordon1@gmail.com


Membership Chair

Paul Rycus

Mission Statement: Adat Elohim is a welcoming and fulfilling Jewish community embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world.

Paul joined Temple Adat Elohim in 2010 and has been serving the congregation in a variety of roles. He has chaired countless temple functions including galas, fundraising events, auctions, concerts, carnivals, Shabbat dinners, open houses and more. As a teenager and with the assistance of some key collaborators, he collected more than 30,000 toys for families in need. Since those teenage years, Paul has served on more than 10 different boards and committees in the local community. Giving back and serving his community is among the most important life lessons he has learned and can teach – a trait he gained from his parents and grandparents – and currently shares with his amazing wife and two fabulous children. Outside of TAE, Paul is the Programs & Operations Manager at ACT-Today! Autism Care and Treatment, where they raise awareness and provide access to autism treatments for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). As a successful manager, he understands and respects the value of relationships. Paul believes in a culture that fosters audacious hospitality, engaging an ideal team and serving every man, woman and child through wholeness, justice, and compassion.

Contact Paul Rycus at paul@act-today.org


Outreach Chair

Gerri Wissot

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Contact Gerri Wissot at gwiz@wissot.com


Religious Practices Chair

Cyndi Levenson

A native of Southern California, Cyndi grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She and her husband moved to the Conejo Valley and joined Temple Adat Elohim in 1999 to raise their family. Cyndi taught 2nd grade at TAE’s religious school for ten years. Cyndi loves to learn! She has participated in Torah study and the Melton Adult School for
more than nine years. Cyndi has also been a member of the Religious Practices committee for many years. Although their oldest two children are now in college, their youngest daughter and her service dog, Faith, keep Cyndi very busy.

Contact Cyndi Levenson at JeffL2525@yahoo.com


Social Action Co-Chairs

Marcia and Harold Gordon

Mission Statement: The mission of TAE’s Social Action Committee is to encourage the education of and participation in understanding the local, national and global human needs around us. We seek to develop and provide opportunities for participation in meaningful projects, events and programs that respond to those needs and fulfill the act of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) . We strive to perform mitzvot reflecting the ideals of Reform Judaism and welcome involvement from all temple members.

Active in Community projects throughout their adult lives, Harold and Marcia are excited and committed to help TAE members in the vital work of Tikkun Olam. Connecting people to social action is Marcia’s passion, and she is thrilled to work with her TAE family to accomplish this important work. In addition to volunteering, Marcia works part-time as the bookkeeper for their small business, Nature Watch. In her pre-mom life, Marcia was the VP and Manager of the Southern California Human Resource Center for Bank of America.

Harold thoroughly enjoyed the first 30 years of his professional life in the world of youth development as the owner and director of Camp Kinneret Day Camp, Sunny Skies Day Camp and Sunny Skies Preschool. Harold is now a co-owner and partner running Nature Watch, a provider of nature and science educational materials for educators working with children. The Gordons feel very fortunate to have two great daughters, Becca and Rachel.

Contact Marcia and Harold Gordon at socialaction@adatelohim.com.


Youth Development Chair

Dave Warner

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Contact Dave Warner at warner.dave@rocketmail.com


Member-at-Large

Bob Grossmann, Catering

Our family has been active with the Temple since we moved here from the East Coast in 1985. I have been an active member within our Temple community as well as having been on the Temple Board for many years in the past, most recently as President of the TAE Senior Group. I have volunteered to spearhead this most important effort – to organize our relationships with the caterers, to develop a means of gaining feedback from our congregants and others who are using our Social Hall for their special events, to utilize this information for the betterment of fellow congregants presently and in the future, and to try to look forward to see how we can best promote and improve each experience for anyone using our Social Hall. Please contact me if you have any ideas and comments that can help this important effort move forward.

Bob Grossmann at robert.grossmann@verizon.net


Member-at-Large

Todd Kislak

A member of TAE since 1993, Todd joined the Board in 2017 to oversee the marketing and communications program. Todd has 25 years of experience as a marketing and business development executive, facilitating communications for both small companies and billion-dollar corporations. His mission is to help facilitate the internal communications vehicles available to our TAE members, as well as providing a variety of outreach communications to the greater Jewish community throughout the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. Todd and his wife Nancy are especially proud of their daughters’ terrific Jewish education at TAE starting at age 3 and going on to become Teacher Assistants at our religious school!

Todd Kislak at tkislak@gmail.com


Sisterhood President

Shoshana Lewin Fischer

Mission Statement: The TAE Sisterhood fosters the ideals of Judaism, promoting religious, social and educational activities. We come together in friendship for programs that benefit the TAE family and community. The Sisterhood is affiliated with Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), an agency of the Union for Reform Judaism. We further WRJ programs of service to Jewish and humanitarian causes locally and internationally.

A native of Chicago, Shoshona is entering her second term as Sisterhood president, following in the footsteps of her grandmother Char Lewin (z”l), Sisterhood president from 1980-1981. Shoshana has been a TAE and Sisterhood member for the past 17 years, serving Sisterhood in a variety of roles, such as co-chair for Rosh Chodesh, chairing the Sisterhood Shabbat, and overseeing the Sisterhood Facebook page. In addition, she also manages the Women of Reform Pacific District Judaism (WRJPD) Twitter account and is editor of the WRJPD Chai Line newsletter. In her non-Sisterhood life, Shoshana is the Senior Content Manager for DexYP. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband, their 4-year-old daughter, and their cat Punim.

Contact Shoshana Lewin Fischer at shoshieml@aol.com


Brotherhood President

Stuart Goodman

Mission Statement: The TAE Brotherhood fosters the ideals of Judaism, promoting religious, social and educational activities. We come together in friendship for programs that benefit the TAE family and community. The Brotherhood is in the stage of transition to the next group of young leaders.

Stuart is entering his third year as Brotherhood president. A Michigan native, Stuart has been a TAE and Brotherhood member for the past 19 years, serving the Temple in a variety of roles, such as VP of Finance, Treasurer, Security Task Force and Parking enforcement for the High Holidays. Stuart also volunteers as a first responder CERT Team Member, and also volunteers with the LA County Sheriff Department for Agoura Hills. Stuart has also served on the steering committee for the AICPA San Fernando Valley CPA Discussion Group. When he is not working or volunteering you will find him biking in the mountains or local roads.Stuart lives in Agoura Hills with his wife Elaine of 37 years. Stuart and his wife Elaine have two grown daughters and two grandsons.

Contact Stuart Goodman at stuart.goodman@wolterskluwer.com


TAE Adults: Boomers & Seniors

Bill Gorback

Mission Statement: The TAE Adults provides our Temple and the Conejo Jewish community the opportunity to “learn, grow and connect.” This organization is open to all people regardless of Jewish affiliation, whether they are single or married, where one of the couple is over (50). The T.A.E. (Adults) participants will join together on a regular basis for socializing as well as to enjoy informative, interesting, educational and entertaining programming.

Bill was raised in Pittsburgh PA. A graduate of Penn State University, Bill moved to Thousand Oaks in 1982 and joined TAE at that time. Bill has been a teacher at the TAE Religious School and served on the board of education. After a 7-year hiatus living in Arizona, Bill moved back to Thousand Oaks and rejoined TAE in 2014.Bill formed the TAE Adults at the request of Rabbi Straus. The group was formed to to provide programming for age 50+ adults in the congregation as well as the Conejo Jewish Community who seek activity they can share, enjoy and learn from, regardless of gender.

Contact Bill Gorback at bill.gorback@gmail.com


Mishpaha Co-Presidents

Cyndi Horwitz and Lindsay Montoya

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Contact Cyndi Horwitz at cyndihorwitz@gmail.com
or Lindsay Montoya at lyndz333@msn.com


AETY President

Sarah Warner