TEMPLE AKIBA HAS A DEDICATED AND HARD WORKING VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY. WE THANK OUR GENEROUS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND Board OF TRUSTEES, CONGREGATIONAL TRUSTEES, APPOINTED TRUSTEES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP US MAKE TEMPLE AKIBA WHAT IT IS.

Meet the Executive OFFICERS

 

IRA DIAMOND PRESIDENT

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Dr. Diamond is a podiatrist who has been practicing for over 30 years. Part of his patient population has included the homeless and indigent. Dr. Diamond has seen the many types of foot problems that can occur with the homeless and the importance of adequate shoes. He has a deep passion to help the homeless and those in need prevent foot problems with improved comfort by providing a good pair of shoes. He is a past Chairperson for the Committee on Homelessness in Culver City, California. He is also the 2018 recipient of The Annual Local Hero Award from The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles for embodying and promoting the spirit of the Peace Corps in his service to the community of Los Angeles.

Michael Bauer,
Past president

Mike has been an active member of the Temple Akiba congregation since 1982 and has served as an Executive Board member and Campaign Coordinator of the Campaign of Light since 2007. As President, Mike prioritizes communication, decisiveness, progress and togetherness. "My mission is to build on past experiences to see Temple Akiba into the next chapter."

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Morris Zlotowitz, 
Vice President Finance

Morris has been a member of Temple Akiba since 2012 and an active member of the Board of Trustees since 2014. "Temple Akiba has become our community and family." His vision for Temple Akiba is to continue to be a place for Jewish learning and fellowship in the Culver City and West LA community for future generations.

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Carol Diamond,
Vice President Religious Practices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeff reynolds,
vice President administration

Jeff has been a member of Temple Akiba since 2008. Jeff believes that our most important job is to help grow Jewish toddlers into Jewish adults, with an understanding of just how important their faith is to a happy life. "Being on the Board allows me to be part of the 2,000 year effort to keep Judaism alive. Our ancestors did it, and now it is our turn."

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scott markowitz
Vice President Education

"Scott Markowitz and his family joined Temple Akiba in 2014 looking for an ECC for their twins.  From the moment they entered Temple Akiba, they knew it was the right place for their family.  Scott is honored to serve as the Vice President of Education and looks forward to seeing all of you at our various programs.  Scott also runs the Temple Akiba Angels Softball program, which currently has two teams playing in the Synagogue Softball league. "Being a part of a Temple community is something that is very important to me and I want to share my love for our community with the rest of the congregation." 

 

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Elizabeth Zlotowitz,
Vice President Membership

Elizabeth joined Temple Akiba in 2012 and has been inspired by the physical and spiritual growth she’s seen in just a short time. Currently serving as Vice President of Membership, Elizabeth has enjoyed getting to know longtime Temple members and welcoming new ones to the Akiba family as well. "I am thrilled to share with others the benefits of what I have discovered at Temple Akiba: the opportunity to grow Jewishly, develop a relationship with learned clergy, and connect with a diverse and welcoming community." 

Kevin knopf
Vice President Youth

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Kevin has been part of the Temple Akiba family since he started in the Sunday School in 1979. Growing up in our community, Kevin had participated in many of the Temple's youth programs, including as a teacher at the Hebrew and Sunday school programs, and as a counselor and program director for the Resident camp. Kevin and his wife, Cindy, have two children - Jaeden and Ethan -  that now participate in the youth programs. "I am honored that I can help to give back to the community that helped raise me, and to continue the rich traditions of our camp and youth activities that helped form the foundation of my Jewish identity."

 

Cathy penso
Vice President of affiliationS

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Cathy has been a member of Temple Akiba since 1982. By serving on the Board as VP Ways & Means in the past, she is ensuring the future of Temple Akiba through fundraising, as well as promoting and supporting the education, programs and services we offer. "My hope is to engage children and adults in the values of progressive Judaism and nurture them to care deeply about others and to put these values into action every day.

JOHANNA BESTERMAN VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

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Verna Erez
Recording Secretary

Verna is a long time member of Temple Akiba whose three children completed Religious School, were B'nai Mitzvah and Confirmed at the Temple. "I feel that supporting the temple is so important in maintaining a Jewish identity in our community."

 

stella august
Financial Secretary

Stella August grew up here at Temple Akiba.  She is married and has two children.  She is happy to be part of moving into the future with the Temple Akiba Community.