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 

Michael Bauer,
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.

 

Carol Diamond,
Vice President Religious Practices

 

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Cathy Penso,
Vice President Ways & Means

Cathy has been a member of Temple Akiba since 1982. By serving on the Board as VP Ways & Means, 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."

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Jeff Reynolds,
Vice President Education

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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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." 

 

Karin Herman,
Vice President Youth

 

Scott Markowitz,
Vice President Extensions

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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 Extensions 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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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."

 

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Craig Abrams,
Financial Secretary

Craig and his family joined Temple Akiba shortly after moving to LA. Their introduction to this wonderful community started by sending their youngest child to the ECC in 2013. Craig sees the future as very bright for Temple Akiba. "Our strength is in our passion and Jewish view of the world. We are a beacon of light, love, and inclusion for all who feel lost and confused in our complicated world."

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Dr. Robert G. Knopf
Immediate Past President

Bob joined Temple Akiba in 1979 and was recruited to join the Board in July of 1982. He has served as a Trustee or Officer since then, except for one year in early 1990’s. Some trustee positions that Bob has held were General Trustee, Gift and Memorial, Publicity, Financial Secretary and House. Bob’s Officer positions were VP Administration for 4.5 years and President for 4 years. “I feel that Temple’s future centers around the success of our youth through our ECC, Religious School, Youth Groups and Camps.”