A member of Temple Judea since 1991, Gail has served on the Board of Trustees in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President, Secretary, VP/Education, Communications Chair, Havurah Chair and is currently editor of the Judean. She has also served on numerous committees including Personnel Practices, Finance, Nominating, Education, Cantorial Search, and Communications. In her professional life, Gail is a public relations/marketing writer for law firms and real estate companies. She resides in Calabasas with her daughter, Jennifer, and son, Michael, and enjoys music, travel and volunteering at Our House Grief Foundation, UCLA, and of course, Temple Judea. The synagogue has been a vital part of her family's life and she is forever grateful for the wonderful friends and community she has found here.
Judy Rutt- Executive Vice President
Judy and her husband David have a long time attachment with Temple Judea, having been married there in 1983. Judy is very active in the temple. She has served as chair or co-chair of the music committee for the past 4 years. Judy has also been very active in membership this year, as she has been the trustee for membership. She was co- chairman of the installation ceremony and reception for our new rabbi and the board. Judy has also been active in ONE Generation (local non profit organization serving the elderly) as chairman of one of the major fund raising events for 8 years. She has 2 grown children, Teddy and Tracy and 2 grandchildren, Jonah and Asher. Professionally, she was a sales account representative for a major jean company and buyer for many years at Macys and other major department stores.
Janet Bornstein- Vice President, Education
Greg Cohen- Vice President, Finance & Development
Glenn Summer- Vice President, Membership Engagement
Glenn joined Temple Judea with his wife, Bonnie, in 2006. Their daughters, Jenna and Rebecca, attend the religious school. He was slow to become a more active member, but has loved the TJ community from day one and is honored to do his small part to help TJ thrive. He has been on the Purim Committee and the Board Nominating Committee, and turned his attention to focus on Membership last year. The Summer family lives in Calabasas. Glenn is an Assistant General Manager with Lieberman Research Worldwide (a consumer market research firm), and his wife Bonnie is a senior living advisor for A Place For Mom.
Ron Milman - Vice President, Membership Outreach
Ron is thrilled to be serving as Vice President, Membership Outreach. As an Executive Recruiter, he is able to do what he loves every day, which is interacting with people and helping to change lives for the better. Doing the same type of work for the temple not only helps to strengthen our community, but helps to enrich the lives of Jewish families. He feels that being a part of the leadership of this great community of Temple Judea allows him to help make a positive contribution and to assist others as well. This will be his fifth term on the board, and he plans to continue to serve the temple for many years to come. Ron is the father of two amazing daughters who drive him to always be the best he can be. Hailey is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), and Cami is at Chaminade High School (Go Eagles). His other interests include practicing martial arts and a lifetime passion and love for Dodger baseball (Go Blue!).
Karen Twersky - Vice President, Personnel
Karen is enthusiastic about her new position as VP of Personnel, in addition to her previous positions as VP of membership for 8 years, as well as Executive VP of the congregation. Her involvement at Temple Judea began in the ECC, she chaired women’s retreats, was a mentor for new families, chaired the “Celebrate our Legacy” event closing Tarzana sanctuary and the Launch Committee for reopening week. She is currently a member of Caring Community, finance committee and governance committee. Professionally, she is a CPA, previously worked for an international accounting firm, then moved into private industry for several years prior to starting her own practice. She is blessed with a loving, supportive and growing family, her husband Steve and three children, and the newest addition to the family, a beautiful grandson.
Dani Rogers - Secretary
Todd Cobin- Treasurer
Todd has been involved at Temple Judea for over 35 years, and he has served on the Board of Trustees for over 10 years. In addition to having his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Judea and being Temple Judea’s Director of Administration for 3 years, Todd served as Temple Judea’s Vice President of Finance and Development, Temple Treasurer, Temple Secretary, and as a member of the Legacy Cabinet. “Temple Judea has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I plan to stay involved for the rest of my life.” Todd lives in Woodland Hills with his wife Barbara, his son Drew, and his daughter Shayna.
Ellen Israel- Immediate Past President
Ellen is honored and proud to have served as Temple Board President and is now humbled to be the Immediate Past President. Ellen is passionate about social justice and is involved with Judeans for Justice, including community organizing. Her husband, Stuart, 27year old daughter Brooke, and 23 year old son Holden have been temple members for 18 years and look forward to sharing many more memorable and rewarding experiences with their Temple Judea community #jewishmoments.
Judith loves being active in the community life of Temple Judea. While she has only been a temple member for a few years, she has found a place of religious observance, social action, and community involvement. Her activities have included the Caring Community, Temple Greeters, membership, and Leadership Development as well as providing a “willing hand for what needs to be done." She has always loved Jewish life. Raised orthodox (Chasidic), she attended Hebrew day school but always knew there must be another way. She has seen that the joy of the temple flows through the clergy, the administration, as well as the congregants. Her intent on the board is to help grow membership since she sincerely believes every Jew should have a temple affiliation. She hopes to lend her professional expertise as an organizational development consultant to support temple growth and development.
Barri Worth Girvan
Barri Worth Girvan grew up at Temple Judea. She has been a member since she started religious school in 4th grade, and it is where she and her husband, Greg, were married in 2012. Barri is the District Director for California State Senator and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, where she manages the Senator’s Los Angeles office in the San Fernando Valley. She has also served in City government, previously working for former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, both in the Valley and at L.A. City Hall. After she left City Hall she handled government relations for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Barri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Barri and Greg love to travel the world together, but also love the San Fernando Valley community.
Rob is proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the 2018-2019 year. He and his wife Rena have been members of Temple Judea since 2002. After graduating from Wharton in 1987 and a short stint on Wall Street, Rob came to Los Angeles with his entire family, and started a career as a Television Agent. 6 years ago Rob left the Agent world to begin producing. He has been involved in several Israeli television shows adapted for the US market. Rena and Rob have two teenage daughters, Gabrielle (18) and Nicole (16) who both started at the ECC and became a Bat Mitzvah a decade later. Rob is involved in AIPAC with his daughter Gabrielle who is also an advocate for the State of Israel. Rob and his family reside in Encino.
Alan has been a member for three years. He has been active as an Ambassador usher for services and other temple events. He is the Secretary of the Brotherhood, and Chair of the Men's retreat. Alan sits on the nominating and membership committees. He feels that this is a wonderful, warm, inviting environment which he felt the first time he attended services here. He wants to make sure everyone feels welcome here. Alan is married to Beth who is also active with the sisterhood. Together they have three children - Alyssa, Gabi and Joshua. Alan sits on the board of directors of New Horizons center for the developmentally disabled. He is owner of Goodstein Wealth Management, and is a certified financial planner. He hopes he can help everyone love this community like his family does.
Jennifer and her family have been members of Temple Judea for almost two decades. In addition to serving on the Board, she is chair of the Social Action committee, on which she has served for many years. She is also active in fundraising for various Crohn’s & colitis and literacy charities. Jennifer has a master’s degree in Library Science and works as a school librarian at Campbell Hall. She met her husband Jeff, a senior vice president at Fox Networks, at a UCLA basketball game in 1989 and both continue to be die-hard Bruin fans. They have two daughters: Sarah, a dance major at NYU and amateur photographer; and Brenna, an avid gamer and high school theater devotee.
Brad Rosenberg and his wife Morgana have been members of Temple Judea for over five years. Their children Ofilia, age six, and Cora, age five, both started taking classes in the Parenting Center and are now graduates of the ECC, campers at Zehut and are starting the Religious School. Brad
David Terk has been a member of Temple Judea since 2011. As the proud father of 2 daughters Fiona and Isley, David is regularly involved in ECC and Religious School activities. He currently is active on the Membership Committee engaging current and prospective members. Professionally David works in the special needs community as a Special Needs Planner helping families to ensure a smooth legal, financial and emotional transition for their loved ones. When not working David enjoys cooking, gardening, and music. David is honored to serve on the Temple Board and looks forward to maintaining Temple Judea as an ideal community for his family.
Arthur Zitsow has been an active member of Temple Judea since 1999, most recently chairing the Purim Carnival Committee. He and his wife of 19 years have 13 year old boy-girl twins who have attended the ECC/Religious School Program at Temple from Mommy and Me classes to the present and had their B'Nai Mitzvah at Temple Judea this past October. Arthur is an Attorney who defends hospitals, physicians and related healthcare providers in complex medical malpractice litigation