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Board of Directors

The Bet Haverim Board of Directors conducts congregational business with oversight of all synagogue finances, facilities and human resources.

The Board of Directors also ensures that the by-laws of the congregation are upheld. Each member of the Board is elected by the membership to a three year term. Elections for new directors are a part of our Annual Partner Meeting.

The Board of Directors additionally issues an Annual Summary each year at the congregation’s Annual Meeting. The report details the activities of the committees, groups, staff and others working to execute programs, services and special events at Bet Haverim.

Agendas for upcoming Board of Directors meetings can be viewed by clicking here.

If you are interested in exploring service as a Director, please fill out this statement of interest.

Questions can be directed to Co-Presidents Elisabeth Dubin and Robin Kulakow, through the form below, or to Pia Sieroty Spector, Executive Director, or by calling 530-758-0842.

Send a message to the Co-Presidents, to share with Directors (or staff, as appropriate)

Officers

Elisabeth Dubin
Co-President

Elisabeth Dubin came to Davis from Philadelphia in 2009 with her husband Todd “T.J.” Green and son Sammy, who was then a toddler.  The family first became involved with CBH through Gan Haverim Preschool, where all three of her children attended (Lyle, Daniela and Sam are now 9, 12 and 15).  Although raised in a Jewish family in Los Angeles, she wasn’t a Bat Mitzvah until 2014 when she participated in the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class with Rabbi Greg Wolfe.  She then joined the Building and Grounds Committee in 2014 and became a Board member in 2015. Apart from her involvement in CBH, Elisabeth is a CA Licensed Architect with a local residential practice and serves on the Yolo County Planning Commission.  She enjoys singing, building things and coaxing plants to grow.  She comes to synagogue leadership with a strong interest in improving and adapting our unique campus to serve our evolving needs.  Elisabeth looks forward to working with our new Rabbis and welcomes partner communication; give her a call or an email about your own big ideas for our shared community.

Robin Kulakow
Co-President

Robin Kulakow joined CBH as a UCD graduate student in 1984. Robin and her husband, Bill Julian, married at CBH and their three children attended religious & Hebrew school, had their B’nai Mitzvahs and confirmations, and participated in the synagogue youth group, DRTY. Robin has served on the CBH Board of Directors and on the Tree of Life Committee. Most recently, Robin served on the hiring committee to select our new Executive Director and as co-chair for the Rabbi Search Committee. Robins professional background includes Co-Founder of Putah Creek Council, serving on their Board for 15 years and Founder of Yolo Basin Foundation and leading the effort to create the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, serving as their Executive Director for 25 years.

Mitch SingerMitch Singer
Immediate Past President

Mitch comes to Davis via Wisconsin and Illinois where he grew up.  He and his wife Jennie, have been a part of the CBH community since 2000.  Their family now includes three children, their eldest Nicole, in Los Angeles with her husband Josh and their son Zeke; Brianna and Leo, both at home.  In 2015, Mitch’s mother Anita joined them in Davis after many years of retirement in Florida.  Mitch is currently a Professor and Vice-Chair of Instruction for the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and primarily teaches intro biology and microbiology at UC Davis.  He also organizes a study abroad program to Cork, Ireland and Brussels, Belgium.   Both Brianna and Leo attended Gan Haverim preschool, where Brianna was one of the founding children, as well as religious school at CBH.  Brianna is currently the DRTY Co-president and a Madricha for our religious school.  Mitch has a strong commitment to education and working with young people and looks forward to contributing to CBH.

Harriet Gadisman
co-secretary

Harriet moved to Davis with her husband Meir in 1984. Both Ma’ayan and Jordan (their kids) were raised and went to Sunday School and Hebrew School at Bet Haverim and had B’nei Mitzvot here. Harriet has a rich cultural and religious background in Judaism. She served at CBH as the first Teen Group Director. She was on both the Ritual Committee and School Committee and served on the Rabbi Search committee that chose Rabbi Greg Wolfe. She is a retired Davis elementary school teacher with a Master’s in Educational Administration and National Board Certification. Harriet is currently chair of the Countering Antisemitism Committee. She loves forests and oceans, doing yoga, swimming, music, literature, and art. She attends Shabbat morning services and Torah Study at Congregation Bet Haverim regularly.

Liz Bader-Natal
Co-Secretary

Liz Bader-Natal and her family moved to Davis in the spring of 2019 after over a decade in the Bay Area. Professionally, she is the Director of Styling at Dia&Co, a subscription and ecommerce business focused on women who wear plus size clothing. Outside of work she’s dedicated to establishing her family’s place in the Davis Jewish community and helping to plan for the future of CBH as Chair of the Strategic Planning Team and a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee. Liz is passionate about Jewish Summer Camp, hosting epic Passover Seders and all the details surrounding her kids’ future bar and mitzvahs (not until 2024 and 2027 respectively).

Steven Fineberg
Treasurer/Executive Commitee

Steve Fineberg and wife Barbara met at CU Boulder, survived his Navy stint, and then eventually arrived Davis in 2006, joining CBH with two young children who attended Gan Haverim preschool and the religious school curriculum though their bat and bar mitzvahs (mitzvot?). Steve has previously served on the Finance committee. To the role of Treasurer, Steve brings 20 years of finance and public accounting experience. Steve enjoys gardening, singing in the shower, walking his 2 adorable pug’s short distances, and watching his wife build out their camper van.

Other Board Members

Eliana Kaimowitz

Eliana has called Davis home since 2009, after living in San Francisco Philadelphia after college, and growing up abroad. She is married to Gabriel Tames and has two children Eva (12) and Emanuel (16) who both are Gan Haverim alum. Her family’s first experience at CBH was enrolling Emanuel’s at Gan Haverim Preschool and attending the community events geared toward families with young children. Soon after, Eliana joined the Rosh Chodesh group which she attended until her daughter Eva was born. Both children have been part of the CBH religious school, and this has been an excellent way to continue meeting other members. Eliana’s paternal family is Jewish American, and her mother is Mexican. While Eliana has always considered herself Jewish, she began exploring this side of her heritage more fully in college.  Eliana and Gabriel were married at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco, where Eliana also attended the conversion course and became an “officially recognized” Jew.  Professionally Eliana has worked as a nonprofit immigration attorney, a human rights researcher and more recently, she serves as the Immigrant Integration Branch Chief at the California Department of Social services. She is looking forward to supporting Board initiatives that ensure our CBH community is welcoming to all and actively supporting interfaith families and community-building initiatives. She believes community-building happens when we are intentional about creating the time and space to talk, eat, celebrate, and act together. She looks forward to serving on the Board and helping our new Rabbis turn their ideas into reality here in Davis.

photo of Carol DarwishCarol Darwish

Carol and her husband, Robi Pochapin, moved to Davis in 2003 and joined CBH soon after. Rabbi Greg performed their wedding ceremony and baby naming. They have a daughter, Miriam, who matriculated through Religious and Hebrew school at CBH. Miriam was part of the Zoom Mitzvah class of 2020. This year Miriam is a madricha for the kindergarten and first grade students. She is active in DRTY, and attended Camp Newman. Carol is excited to serve on the board and give back to CBH which fosters a Jewish community in which to be a part of in Davis. She currently works as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at North Bay Medical Center and Marin Health.

Ken FiresteinKen Firestein

From Metropolitan New York City, Ken arrived in Davis with his wife and daughter Sarah in 1980. In 1981, his daughter Amy was born, and they have all gone through many life-cycle events at CBH. As a retired librarian from UC Davis, the CBH Library has been one of his projects. Ken has served on the Board of Directors, the Ritual Committee, the Adult Ed committee, and the Social Justice Committee. Listening, learning, reading, some writing, attending services, volunteering, working out, singing with choral groups, and travel enrich his life. Ken has served on the Bimah at High Holidays and Shabbat services for over 30 years. Jewish identity, youth, spirituality, and matters concerning Israel are very important to him.

Steve FolbSteven Folb

Steven and his wife, Deborah, moved to Davis in 2007 with their two children Brandon and Alexa. After joining CBH, both children attended religious and Hebrew school through their Confirmations. Steven and Deborah have been involved with various committees over the years, with Deborah focusing on EYC while Steven has previously led the Partnership Committee, was a member of the Executive Director Search Committee, and the Rabbinic Process Team. Both of their children have been involved in leadership with DRTY and NFTY as Past Presidents and Regional Board Members. Professionally, Steven has had a long career in the wine industry with several executive positions managing sales and operations. He currently the SVP of Sales & Production for the Avaline Brand. 

Rob Egel

Rob Egel and his wife, Dotti, have been members of CBH for 25 years. Their children attended CBH religious & Hebrew school, had their B’nai Mitzvahs, confirmations, and participated in the synagogue youth group, DRTY. Rob recently served as the co-chair of the Rabbi Search Committee.  Rob also previously served on the CBH Board of Directors for 5 years (2009-2014) where he served as Vice President, co-chaired the Distinguished Volunteer Committee for several years, and helped to establish and manage the CBH Men’s Club.  Rob and Dotti also managed the CBH Progressive Dinners for 4 years and Friday night Onegs for 2 years (prior to the pandemic). Rob recently retired after 36 years working for the State of California, including having served for the Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for the State Water Resources Control Board for the last 16 years of his career.

Laurie Stillman

Laurie Stillman first attended CBH in 2003 and officially joined Bet Haverim several years later, when Laurie and her partner Catrina Wagner began bringing their son Jordan to programs and services for young families. Jordan became a Bar Mitzvah with the Zoom Mitzvah Class of 2020 after going through Religious and Hebrew School at CBH, and he is now a rising 10th grader involved in our Teen Programs. Whether helping her grandma set up the cookies with the temple Sisterhood for Shabbat Onegs, leading her BBYO chapter in high school, or celebrating holidays and festivals with Hillel in college, Judaism and involvement in Jewish organizations have always been an important part of Laurie’s identity and experience. It followed then that Laurie would engage in the CBH community as well. She has served for seven years on the Education & Youth Committee, with three years as Chair. During that time Laurie supported the transition of staff leadership, helped to create new programs and initiatives, and developed relationships that have enriched her life. Laurie was also involved in the work of the Hate Incident Task Force and, most recently, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Laurie’s personal interests include food, politics, and podcasts. She is happy to chat about any of these with you. In the professional sphere, Laurie is a Student Development Consultant and Diversity & Inclusion Educator. Laurie is skilled in advising, training, and facilitation, with a background in social justice and deep engagement in higher education communities. Laurie seeks to help individuals and groups reach their full potential to make a positive impact in the world. She is excited about what the future holds for CBH and looks forward to bringing her skills to the CBH Board in the coming years. Laurie’s ultimate goal is to extend the sense of belonging so many people feel at CBH to everyone who wants to be a part of our community.

Dr. Jaime OrdonezJaime Ordonez

Jaime and his wife, Carmia, moved to Davis in 1996 and have been long-time members of CBH. Their daughters, Talia and Leila, have grown up in the CBH community, from attending Gan Haverim through Confirmation to being active in DRTY and NFTY, being madrichot for Sunday School, and spending most of their summers at Camp Newman. Jaime graduated from medical school in his home country of Ecuador and now works as the Program Director for Children’s Medical Services at the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency. Jaime was honored to become a Bar Mitzvah in 2020 with Rabbi Greg’s Adult B’nai Mitzvah class (virtually!). Jaime is currently serving on the CBH COVID-19 Taskforce and looks forward to expanding his service to CBH on the Board.

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