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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.

Questions can be directed to Co-Presidents Steve Cohen and Mitch Singer, or to Pia Sieroty Spector, Executive Director, or by calling 530-758-0842.

Officers

Steve Cohen
Co-President

Steve moved to Davis in 2013, and joined CBH shortly thereafter, when he co-led a class with Rabbi Greg entitled “Wrestling with Tough Jewish Questions.” Born and raised in Philly, school in Boston and upstate New York, and since then a resident of many different cities in northern California. Steve’s an attorney, for many years a trial and appellate lawyer, beginning as a prosecutor in Sacramento and then for many years representing injured civil plaintiffs and the occasional innocent criminal defendant. He now works for a state agency charged by the California Legislature with proposing revision of many different areas of existing California law. He has a daughter Kira (coincidentally, also an attorney), and a dog named Raleigh, who’s still in law school, but we have high hopes. Steve sits on two other nonprofit Boards, and his interests include tennis, politics, pretty much any other sport, game, or puzzle, and at least trying to help make this world, including CBH, just a little bit of a better place for all of us.

Mitch Singer
Co-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.

Janet Saunders
Secretary

Janet has lived in Davis for more than 30 years and has been recently joined in Davis by her relatively new husband, Roy Kaplan. They are both retired; Janet was an administrative law judge, and Roy a physician. They are actively living a Jewish-centered life, through their participation in Roy’s former synagogue Temple Isaiah, Bet Haverim and Hillel, where Roy is on the Board. Janet was the CBH Board secretary for two years and is now on the CBH Partnership Committee and the Adult Education Committee. Her Jewish learning interests are in philosophical and text study, along with contemporary spirituality. On the Partnership Committee, she is involved in a new Shalom Y’all subcommittee, emphasizing a one-to-one approach to welcome and involve CBH partners. This formerly shy person is becoming a telephone maven.

Amy Abramson
Treasurer

For 40 years, Amy and her husband, Dan, have made Davis their home.  In 1989, when their son was in 1st grade, they joined Congregation Bet Haverim.  Their three now-adult children, Nathan, David and Maya attended religious school, became B’Nai Mitzvah, and were involved in various CBH activities including youth group and serving as madrichim.  In the early years, Amy served on the Religious School Committee.  She has been a long-time member of the Finance Committee and has volunteered with CBH personnel recruitment and hiring.  For the last 7 years, Amy has also been a member of the Biberstein Social Action Fund. Amy received her master’s degree from the UCD Graduate School of Management and has worked as the Financial Manager of Transcend Translations for over 25 years. A native of New Jersey, she is a big Bruce Springsteen fan.

Barry Klein
Immediate Past President

Barry and Gail Klein have been long-time supporters of CBH since moving to Davis over 25 years ago.  Gail is a former CBH Board member.  Their Davis family has grown to include the families of two of their children (two other children live in the DC area), including 4 grandchildren who are active participants in CBH activities.  Moving to Davis in 1992 after a research career at a Naval Research Laboratory in the Washington, DC, area, Barry joined the UC Davis faculty.  He recently retired from UC Davis where he is now an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Physics having served as department chair, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, and Vice Chancellor for Research at UCD.  Barry is active in CBH, Hillel, and the Davis Faculty for Israel.  He is an officer in the Emeriti Association and serves on the Library Board at UC Davis.  Barry is a Trustee of Sierra Nevada College and also serves on the Board of the American Friends of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation as well as being a past officer of the American Physical Society.  Barry looks forward to serving on the CBH Board and contributing to enhancing the contribution that CBH makes to the Davis-region Jewish community and community life in general.

Other Board Members

Bonnie Berman

Bonnie and husband Ken Eckey moved to Davis in 2002 with their daughter Emi. They discovered CBH through a pre-school class offered on Oak Ave. Her daughter and son Aaron attended religious school through confirmation and developed a good cohort of friends. Bonnie started her greater involvement in CBH on the Education and Youth Committee, then the Building and Grounds Committee, and moved on to the Board where she served as Secretary, VP, and President. She enjoyed it so much she took a second term. Bonnie works full-time for Yolo County CASA in Woodland, a non-profit that works with court-appointed volunteers who advocate for at-risk youth. She is a gardener and has volunteered as a Yolo County Master Gardener since 2013. Ask her about fruit trees! She is also a regular walker on the north Davis greenbelt with her border collie Bridgett.

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.

Carmia Feldman

Carmia and her husband, Jaime Ordonez, moved to Davis and joined CBH in 1996. They now have two daughters, Talia (17 in summer 2020) and Leila (15). Carmia helped found Gan Haverim Preschool, where both her children attended. Her daughters are active in DRTY and NFTY, and both girls have gone to Camp Newman for years. Carmia is excited to serve on the board and give back to the community that has nurtured her family all these years. She works as an assistant director at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Aron Katz

Aron joined CBH in 2013 when he and his wife Kristin moved to Davis.  In the years since, he has become more involved in Temple activities, Gan Haverim where he has shot portraits and made the yearbook the past several years, and is looking forward to starting his third child there in 5782. In between preschool drop off and pickup, Aron works as a psychologist.

Carla Pion photoCarla Pion

Carla moved to Davis in 1993 and joined CBH a few years later. Carla and her husband have three kids, two have attended CBH Sunday school since kindergarten and both have become B’nai Mitzvot with Rabbi Greg. Carla hopes to help connect the CBH community. She works as a veterinarian in the Davis and Sacramento region.

Eileen Spoth

Eileen moved back to Davis in 1995 after graduating from UC Davis in 1983. She joined CBH in 2004, converted to Judaism in 2006, and became a Bat Mitzvah in 2008.  Her son attended religious school and youth groups, and completed his Eagle Scout project on the CBH campus – the gaga pit. Eileen has coordinated Project Linus for Mitzvah Day, Mishloach Manot for Purim, and the High Holy Days, in past years.  Eileen has spent much of her career in social work, and currently works at a residential care facility.

Scott Weintraub

Scott began his Jewish education while growing up in the East Bay. The desire to better understand his identity lead him to spend his junior year of college studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which was a life altering experience. He returned to Israel with his wife Caren to work at moshav Amirim for several months before they settled down in Davis to raise a family. His son recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, and his daughter looks forward to her ceremony next year. Scott has worked at his alma mater, UC Davis for more than a decade, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and has been an active part of the youth sports community. He also served on the Hillel Board of Directors. Scott is excited to be a part of CBH as it transitions into the next phase of its growth, and looks forward to collaborating with staff members and the board to develop a strategic vision for the future of our congregation.

Shoshana Zatz

Shoshana Zatz came to Davis in 1986 to study Community Nutrition at UC Davis. She and her husband, Luke Watkins, have been members of CBH since 1998. Their two children, Juliana and Sammy, completed Religious School and Hebrew School at CBH and celebrated their respective Bar/Bat Mitzvot there. Along with Hannah and Ernie Biberstein, Shoshana is one of the founding members of Davis Community Meals, which has provided hot meals to low income and homeless individuals and families in Davis since 1991. She is also a member of the Biberstein Social Action Fund. She has coordinated several “Mitzvah Days” at CBH and has also organized volunteers and logistics for our hosting week of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter. Shoshana has worked for the California Coalition for Rural Housing; Rural Community Assistance Corporation; and the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. She is currently a housing consultant with Sage Housing Group, as well as working with her husband’s affordable housing development company, Neighborhood Partners.

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