Temple Executive Director

Aliza Goland has been active in the Jewish community of Los Angeles for over 35 years, both as a volunteer and as a professional. While she was raising her three children, she became an active volunteer at her synagogue. including President of the Sisterhood and later Synagogue President at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills.

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 where she 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.

Aliza was advanced to Senior Member of the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) in 2009 and in November 2013 received her Fellow in Temple Administration (FTA). She serves on the NATA Board as well as Certification Chair. She has served as Co-Chair of the Association’s Annual Conference in 2013 and 2016. She was elected a vice president of the Association in November 2018.

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 married to Phyllis and together they enjoy music and theater. Aliza is the proud mom of Danielle and Jim, Matthew and Julie, and Nicole. She is also a Safta to the light of her life, granddaughter, Kaya.

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Director of Education

“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.

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Early Childhood Center Director

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.

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Rabbi Lotker is a passionate and gifted teacher and serves as Temple Adat Elohim’s Scholar-in-Residence.  Keep an eye out for the many opportunities to learn from and with Rabbi Lotker.

The rabbinate is his second career having been ordained at age 55 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2003.  He is originally a physicist who spent his first career in Alternative Energy focusing on wind, solar and geothermal energy.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics from Queens College in New York City and from the University of Illinois.  Prior to his ordination from HUC-JIR (the Reform movement’s rabbinic seminary) in 2003, he received his Master of Hebrew Letters degree from this same institution.  As an entrepreneur, he started a number of alternative energy firms including a wind power development company that installed and operated wind farms in Hawaii and California.  He is widely published in the alternative energy field.

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