Julia Zaias, President
I joined the temple with my daughter Stella in 2009 after enrolling her in the Early Child Care center. Since then, I have been active in the school and temple and have served on the board (VP Education, Fund-raising) of Temple Israel for the past four years. In 2016, I married Agnes Winokur (and son Isidore) whom I met at religious school. Agnes and I have served on various committees and both Stella and Isidore have attended TI Religious School for the past several years. I work at the University of Miami as Director of the Division of Veterinary Resources (the division that cares for the animals used in research). Additionally, I am an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the university. I am active in the community and am on the boards of two local wildlife non-profit groups (Pelican Harbor Seabird Station and Marine Animal Rescue Society). This year I am looking forward to serving as Temple President.
Mark Teitelbaum, Vice President, Administration
A native Floridian, as a child I lived and studied in Europe, and I graduated from Palmer Trinity College Preparatory School located in Palmetto Bay (South Dade). My family was always active in synagogue life, and I have been a member of Temple Israel for the past fourteen years.
I have a degree in Economics and Accounting, as well as a Master’s degree in Accounting with various certifications in the fields of Accounting and Auditing. Throughout my career, I have audited many construction projects including the Arsht Performing Arts Center and various projects at Jackson Hospital. For the past seventeen years, I have been the Audit Supervisor at the Office of the Inspector General. Prior to my current position, I was a criminal investigator for the Comptroller’s Office where I conducted money-laundering investigations.
I enjoy working out, baseball, fishing and jet skiing. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the VP of Administration for Temple Israel.
Javier Berezdivin, Ph.D., LCSW, Vice President, Education
My family and I have been proud members of Temple Israel since 2005; and, I have served on the Temple’s Board of Trustees since 2016. I am married to Patricia and our son, Jayme, is a soon-to-be 11th grader at Scheck Hillel Community School. I am a Clinical Social Worker, educator, and social activist. I gained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from The Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, OH & Hollywood, FL., and a master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University. I've worked as a TRUST Counselor, Emotional Behavioral Counselor, and as a school-based Social Worker with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for over 25 years, helping youth deal with self-defeating behaviors, teaching conflict-resolution skills, training peer mediators, and helping parents address their children’s concerns. I'm a former adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, Nova Southeastern University, and Florida International University. As a volunteer, I served on Florida’s Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Advisory Council in Tallahassee for three years, and chaired Miami-Dade’s Tobacco-Free Workgroup, within Florida’s Department of Health.
Bob Waxman, Vice President, Fundraising
I am Chicago-born and Miami Beach raised, a product of Beach High and Penn. When Lisa and I married, we were unaffiliated and accepted an invitation to attend services at Temple Israel. When we entered our magnificent sanctuary, we saw old friends and people we held in high esteem, and we knew TI would become our spiritual home. Our daughters, Bonnie and Jamie, both had their bat mitzvah at Temple Israel and consider it a second home. I have served previously as an officer and board member, and I look forward to working with everyone as fundraising vice president. I believe our Temple Israel is a very special place. I am active with numerous organizations, both Jewish and secular. I love taking advantage of the many outdoor and cultural opportunities we have in our community, and I have worked as a financial advisor for thirty seven years.
Roberta Mandel, Vice President, Programming
I have been a practicing attorney in Miami for over 34 years. I'm President and Managing Partner of the Mandel Law Group, P.A. and have handled over 1500 appeals during her career in every Florida appellate court, including the Florida and United States Supreme Courts. I have been involved in high profile cases such as the one involving Anna Nicole Smith's death in Florida and appeared as a legal commentator on both the Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren cable news shows and is consistently named a Florida Super Lawyer with an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbel–the highest rating possible. Most recently, I have been involved in the trial court arena handling high-profile divorce cases involving complicated child custody and child support issues. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife, Joan Schaeffer, and our dogs Sabine and Ruby. I have two adult daughters, both of whom are lawyers living in New York City.
Our family became a part of Temple Israel when my husband Keith McAdams and I were searching for a religious school for our son, Aidan. As parents, we are our children’s first educators; they look to us to teach them and we lead by our example. Our experience of Temple Israel has been so warm and welcoming; and, it was important to me for my son to love learning about the Jewish faith and to see how very rewarding it is to give back by volunteering time and effort. Therefore, I try to set an example by volunteering at the Temple with the Colman A. Zwitman Religious School, as well as serving on the By-Laws Committee. My professional experiences include advertising, sales and marketing, sports & event management and real estate. For the last 15 years, I have been providing litigation support services and firm management for my family’s accounting practice. My strengths are planning, organization, operations, project/event management and communication. I believe in using technology to make it easier for us to work together and communicate. I know that with collaboration, we can accomplish great things for our Temple, our children and our community.
Jacqueline Greenberg. C.P.A., Treasurer
My grandparents set the tradition for our family when they became members of Temple Israel in 1948. Proudly born into Temple, I currently serve as the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees, having previously served as co-president of the Temple’s Sisterhood. I was confirmed at Temple Israel and my husband Richard French and I have become b’nei mitzvah. Our grown children Lily and Benjamin have been confirmed and travelled to Israel as part of NIFTY and Birthright. I received my science degree at Goucher College, and ultimately pursued an accounting education at Florida Atlantic University. I’ve been a CPA in Florida since 1976; my audit and tax experience has encompassed publicly traded companies and real estate developers, among others. My non-profit organization interests include educational and arts organizations, professional societies and religious entities: American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants; Temple Beth Sholom; Talleyrand Bicycle Club of Wellman, Iowa; and, the Shark Valley (Everglades National Park) Mobile Volunteer Patrol, where we monitor the 15 mile loop in multiple capacities…as docents, lay-first responders, trash collectors, and as liaison with park police to enforce the national park laws.
Douglas Jacobs-Voting Past-President
Along with my wife Jane, I am a lifetime member of Temple Israel, having served twice as congregational president as well as filled a 10-year stint as president of the former TI Brotherhood. Born in New York, I came to South Florida as an infant and spent my first 18 years in the Mid-Miami Beach area where I got my start in civic affairs. In addition to football and track, I was involved in student government and won an honorable mention in the Silver Knight Award program and a national award for Miami Beach Senior High from the EPA for implementing the city’s first newspaper recycling program. Educated at Tulane University, I pursued multiple sales-career paths: food brokerage; luggage and leather goods; and, for the last quarter-century, the insurance business specializing in health, life and longterm care. I have volunteered my time to the Miami Beach High Alumni Association and Miami-Dade Association of Health Underwriters, both as president. Jane and I have a combined family of five grown children, two daughters-in-law and a growing number of grandchildren. In addition to sharing the joint title of TI confirmands and longtime activists, we are proud that our parents have been stewards and elder statesmen of the synagogue we love.
Jane Kahn Jacobs, Vice President, Membership
As a lifelong member of Temple Israel, I am proud of my family’s and my involvements. My grandson represents the fifth generation of my family as members of Temple Israel. Both my father, Burton Kahn, as well as my husband, Doug Jacobs, have served as presidents. I have served Temple Israel as a board member for numerous terms, a vice president in every vice presidential position and as president. I am on the board of the Joseph R. Narot Foundation. I serve on the Executive Board of Miami Jewish Health where I am also the vice chair of the Foundation. I have been active and served in many capacities on numerous agencies and philanthropies including the Diabetes Research Institute, JAFCO and Miami Jewish Federation.
I am honored and excited at this opportunity to continue to serve Temple Israel.
As a native New Yorker, I have lived in Aventura for more than 30 years and have been a member of Temple Israel since 2011. I was elected to the Board of Trustees two years later and, subsequently, served two terms as Vice President of Religious Affairs. As an active participant in and lay leader of Shabbat services and Joseph’s Table, I’ve also been singing with the TI Singers since the choral group’s inception. Upon first joining Temple, I served on the Programming Committee and as an adviser to Next at 19th. Proudly, I organized and facilitated the JSBoomers, attracting over 250 Jewish single Baby Boomers to the Temple-sponsored meet-up group and organized monthly programs for the popular Sunday Shmear and Schmooze events. Within the greater community, I serve on the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Agency Support Committee and chair the CAJE sub-committee. I’ve been retired from Miami-Dade College, where I served as director of Curriculum Development for the Engineering and Computer Technology programs. In addition to singing, my other passions include my son, Nathaniel, who lives in Chicago, and…travel. My most memorable recent trips have been to India, China, Tibet, Cambodia, Greece and Antarctica.
Marc Lamb, Vice President, Religious Affairs
I am a former New Yorker, living in Miami for the last 6 years. My husband is Mark Nedlin. My background is quite diverse. I was raised Orthodox and attended Jewish day schools/Yeshivas through High School. I attended Yeshiva University for college and spent a year at Bar Ilan University in Israel in the Kibbutz college program (which means I lived on an agricultural Kibbutz for a great deal of my stay). My final academic experience was gaining an MBA from Fordham University.
As far as my occupation–I am an account manager at Commercial Printers in Ft.Lauderdale. It is a national company and my clients are all over the United States. In my spare time, I taught religious school for 10 years at Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn, one of New York’s oldest and most prestigious Reform temples. I am fluent in Hebrew and teach an adult Hebrew class at Temple Israel. I have given workshops on various Jewish topics at the Temple.
For more information about me, you can find me on social media at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. In addition, I was proud to be selected for the Miami Federation Leadership Program-Olam and successfully completed the year's course.
Wendy Saltzburg, Secretary
My name is Wendy Fleming Saltzburg. My family, Donald, Spencer, and Benjamin have all been part of this Temple for twenty years. I have been honored to know, and become friends with, many wonderful and learned people at this Temple. These relationships have enabled me to “give back" to our Temple in the form of volunteering.
Sisterhood President and Co-President have been some of the positions I have held in Sisterhood. I have held almost all positions in Sisterhood, including WRJ Southeast District State representative. Our Religious School has given me the opportunity to teach many of our young people, when they were in 2nd – 5th grade. Some of whom are now young adults, volunteering at Temple Israel Religious School.
Our sons celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs here, as well as their confirmations. All three of the men in our family have volunteered at the Temple for many years. My business has supplied every herb, tree or seed for Tu B’ Shevat for many years. All of this comes from a respect I have for the people who make up this Temple. I am honored to “give back” when I can.
- JULIA ZAIAS, D.V.M., Ph.D.
- MARK TEITELBAUM
- JAVIER BEREZDIVIN
- ROBERT WAXMAN
- JANE KAHN JACOBS*
- ROBERTA MANDEL
- MARC LAMB
- JACQUELINE GREENBERG, C.P.A.
- WENDY SALTZBURG
NOMINATIONS FOR TWO-YEAR TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2020
- Barbara Kamp
- Leigh Rothschild
- Mark Nedlin
- Jonathan Neuman
- Nora Weinreich
- Mark Walker
CONTINUING MEMBERS (TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2019)
- Peter Bermont
- Dr. Joan Bornstein
- Marsha B. Elser
- Douglas M. Jacobs
- Ben Kuehne
- Michael D. Orovitz#
- Norma Orovitz
- Candace Ruskin
- Joan L. Schaeffer
- Gerald K. Schwartz
- Michael A. Silver
- Stanley G. Tate
- Henry E. Wolff, Jr.
- Leonard L. Abess
- Jerry Engel
- Joe Farcus
- Mark Fried
- Michael Graubert, M.D.
- Shelly Niceley Groff
- Doug Heller
- Brian Hirsch
- John Kanter
- Sid Lambersky
- Lawrence Leitner
- Gail Lewis
- Judy Loft
- Merri Mann
- Ron Newman
- S. Ronald Pallot
- Joe Reid
- Neil Rollnick
- Neil Schaffel
- Lisa Waxman
- Ted Weinrich