Board

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

I have been a proud member at Temple Israel since 2005 and have been on the Temple’s Board of Directors since 2016. I am married to Patricia and our son, Jayme, is a 10th 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, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University. I've worked as a TRUST Counselor, as an Emotional Behavioral Counselor, and as a School Social Worker with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for over twenty-five 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 at 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.

Jacqueline Greenberg. C.P.A., Treasurer

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.

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.

Trustees

    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)

Diane King   NOTE: The President of Sisterhood and the President of Brotherhood serve as voting members of the Board of Trustees.

Past Presidents

    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.

Advisory Council

    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
*Past President **In Memoriam #Past President who serves as voting member of the Board of Trustees