Suzanne Gallant is an active member of Temple Adat Elohim. Before moving to California in 2003, she, her husband and sixteen other families founded a Reform Congregation in a small town near New Haven, Connecticut.
Since moving to California in 2003, Suzanne has been actively involved in Temple Adat Elohim, where she has held numerous jobs on the Board of Directors including Pillar Chair, Social Action, and Membership. Presently, Suzanne is Development Chair. She also holds the job of Recording Secretary to the Sisterhood and, for good measure, is the treasurer of the Sisterhood Gift Shop.
Supporting Jewish organizations is a family tradition. Suzanne’s grandfather was one of the early members of the national Jewish Federation, served on the Executive Committee of the JDC (Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), and was treasurer of Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio. Suzanne has continued this tradition. She currently serves on the Women’s Department Board of the Jewish Federation-Valley Alliance. In 2018, she was appointed to the HUC (Hebrew Union College) Board of Overseers for the Pacific Region. Suzanne has been president of her chapters of B’nai Brith and Brandeis Women’s Committee, as is a past member of the Women’s Board of the JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America). Presently, Suzanne is serving a second term on the CRAB (Cultural Recreational Advisory Board) of the City of Westlake Village.
Suzanne is a widower. Suzanne’s late husband was a president of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and he created the Jewish Foundation in their small town. When he died, he was President of that foundation.
Suzanne is an artist and writes poetry, mostly Judaic and Midrashic. Suzanne is known as the “Madame LeFarge” of Temple Adat Elohim.