Staff


Temple Executive Director

Aliza Goland

Aliza Goland has been active in the Jewish community of Los Angeles for over 25 years, both as a volunteer and as a professional. While she was raising her three children, she became an active volunteer at school and at her synagogue. She was a founding member of Dor L’Dor, an auxiliary support group for the Jewish Homes for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles and has served in numerous capacities on the boards of several organizations, including President of the Sisterhood and later Synagogue President at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills. She is active in Women’s League for Conservative Judaism where she has served in many capacities including Newsletter Editor, Conference Chairman, Administrative Vice President and Torah Fund Vice President, managing the annual Torah Fund campaign and raising over $250,000 annually towards scholarships for the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Schechter Institute, and the Seminario Rabbinico in Buenos Aires. She is currently serving as Regional Training Services Coordinator and is an International Trainer.

Aliza attended UCLA where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology as well as a teaching certificate. After taking time off to raise a family, she went back to study at the University of Judaism in 2000. She has completed her studies towards an M.B.A. in Non-Profit management. Prior to joining Temple Adat Elohim in 2006, she was the Director of Regional Services for The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, where her responsibilities included Regional Programming, Development, Marketing, Administration, Scholarships, and the development of cost-savings programs for affiliated congregations.

In her free time, Aliza enjoys singing with the Ruach Revelers of Women’s League’s Pacific Southwest Branch. She also loves to read, crochet, and needlepoint. She is extremely proud of her three children, Danielle, Matthew, and Nicole.

Contact Aliza Goland at agoland@adatelohim.com


Director of Education

Marcy Goldberg

“I love being Director of Education at Temple Adat Elohim because it gives me a chance to be engaged in many of my passions. I have the opportunity to teach Confirmation, I guide and work collaboratively with an amazing group of teachers, I get to study and grow Jewishly through classes that I take and I join with our 4th – 6th graders in prayer and song each week”. – Marcy Goldberg, Director of Education

For over 30 years Marcy has served the Jewish education needs of Southern California. She has been active in the Bureau of Jewish Education, headed many Accreditation Teams and is a frequent presenter at the Educators Conferences. Also recipient of the Lainer Distinguished Religious School Educator Award. Leading her staff of eighteen, Marcy shares her love of music weekly with the students of Adat Elohim as she leads them with her guitar in prayer and song.

Contact Marcy Goldberg at Mgoldberg@adatelohim.com


Early Childhood Center Director

Donna Becker

Our Preschool Director, Donna Becker, has been an educator for more than 25 years and joined TAE in 2012. Prior to joining TAE, Donna worked at Malibu Jewish Center as their first teacher then went on to be the Director of the Early Childhood at Temple Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica for 10 years. She joined Temple Beth Haverim and built their early childhood program literally from the ground up before moving on to direct the preschool program at Ilan Ramon Day School. She is credentialed in Child Development as well as Administration.

Donna grew up in Van Nuys and married her high school sweetheart (they met at a BBG/AZA event) and raised their two children in Woodland Hills. When not working she loves spending time with her husband, her family, which now includes her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. She also enjoys photography, movies and reading.

Contact Donna Becker at dbecker@adatelohim.com


Clergy Assistant

Cindy Leshtz

Contact Cindy Leshtz at cleshtz@adatelohim.com


Accounting

MarySue Whalen

Contact MarySue Whalen at accounting@adatelohim.com


Youth Advisor

Joey Ben Chitrit

Contact Joey Ben Chitrit at youthgroup@adatelohim.com