- Our Synagogue
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and administration of the affairs of the congregation. The Board is comprised of volunteer members of the congregation who are willing to give their time in order to assure that the temple fulfills its mission of providing its congregants with a superior religious, educational, and cultural experience in a warm & welcoming environment. The Board of Directors is elected by the congregation at its annual congregational meeting. Working through a variety of committees, the Board plans and organizes various programs and manages the assets and property of the temple. We're fortunate to have superb lay leadership who are committed to the temple.
Eric Faerber is the current President of Temple Beth Sholom. Originally from South Africa, he and his wife lived in Boston and Philadelphia for over 40 years during their professional careers. Since joining the congregation three years ago, he has served on the Board of Directors for the past two years. He is the chair of the Programming and Education Committee and the TBS historian. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Temple Beth Sholom Men's Club.
Jerry and his wife Judy are originally from Chicago and became full time Florida residents in 2013. They joined TBS in September 2018. Jerry joined the TBS finance committee in September 2019. Jerry has previously served on synagogue boards, national disability boards, and has supported various Jewish causes. Jerry has authored books and articles and you can regularly find him on TV. He also has 3 children and 5 grandkids (and counting).
Originally from New Jersey, Felicia and Joel Servetz have been members of TBS since 2007. Joel has served on the TBS BoD for several years as both a regular member and as VP of social & community affairs. He is a past president of the TBS Men's Club and is currently VP of membership for the Men's Club. Joel has also served on the TBS Social Action Committee, the Israel Support Committee, Membership Committee, and Adult Continuing Education Committee. Joel is currently chairman of the TBS Security Committee.
Sheldon Goldklang and his wife Shelley moved from Westchester County, New York to Lakewood Ranch in 2009. He became a founding member of the Jewish Club at LWR. He served on the Board of Directors, Legal Committee, and was Treasurer during his tenure with the club. He and Shelley joined Temple Beth Sholom in 2014 and he became a member of the Governance committee. In 2017 he was elected to the Board of Directors and in 2018 he was elected Treasurer. He continues to serve in all three capacities as well as chair the Finance committee. Sheldon and Shelley are now full-time residents of Lakewood Ranch. They have three sons and two grandchildren.
Jeff is originally from Baltimore Maryland. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in Memphis, Tennessee where he met his wife, Fran. He formed group practice in Northeastern Maryland and practiced for 42 years. Jeff & Fran raised two sons and are blessed with three beautiful grandchildren. He is a past president of Harford Jewish Center in Maryland. They have been members of TBS since 2016. Jeff also serves on the cemetery grounds committee.
After suffering through 39 years of miserable winters in central Massachusetts, Marshall and Susan Horwitz retired to the sunny paradise of Sarasota in 2017. During his career as a dentist, Marshall traveled extensively in third world countries, primarily in Asia, volunteering his skills to impoverished people. Marshall and Susan have two children, and one absolutely adorable, handsome, and brilliant new grandson. Marshall is involved with the security committee and continuing education committee at the synagogue. He looks forward to an exciting year here at TBS.
Valda was born and raised in South Africa. Valda, her late husband, Keith, and daughter, Jessica, moved to Minneapolis in 1979 where she trained in Dermatology. I completed several board exams and directed a diagnostic laboratory, which grew over 25 years to serve a large part of the Minneapolis/St Paul area. They raised three wonderful daughters and have four grandchildren. We had a lot of fun building a home on Siesta Key and became residents of Florida four years ago. Keith passed away in 2018 and although he is sorely missed, Valda continues to enjoy being in Sarasota. She is delighted to be on the TBS board.
Saranee was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri and of the University of Minnesota. She worked as an administrator of the Torah Academy Day school in Minneapolis, Regional Executive Director of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the Director of Community Outreach for the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota during his 30+ year career. Saranee and her husband, Cantor Neil newman, moved to Sarasota 12 years ago and immediately became members of TBS. TBS is their home away from home where Saranee has served as membership chair and has co-chaired three fundraisers for the synagogue. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren, ranging from age 12 to 21.
Jeff was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Throughout his accounting career, he managed accounting departments for a number of Fortune 500 companies while traveling the world and publishing and presenting at national conferences. Jeff and his wife, Becky, have been coming to Sarasota for 14 years. They moved here full time two years ago. They have three married children and two amazing grandchildren.
After serving as a Religious School Director for 30 years (10 in Salem, MA and 20 in Omaha, NE) and retiring to Sarasota, it did not take long for Stan to become active in TBS. He has been a Ritual Committee member for several years, on the Board of Directors for 5 ½ years (the last 2 as Board Secretary), and has led various Shabbat and holiday services and reading Torah. The synagogue was his life pre-retirement and continues to be post-retirement.
Iris Nahemow, a former Pittsburgh resident, moved to downtown Sarasota full time in 2013 with her late husband, Marty. Her four terrific daughters and five wonderful grandchildren (ages 16 to late 20's) mostly still live in Pittsburgh. Professionally, she served as a non-profit executive and then as the owner of Nahemow Associates, a non-profit consulting firm. She is a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.
A life long Philadelphian, Frank received his MBA from Temple University. He served as an officer in the US Army and was president and CEO of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. He and his wife, Joyce, have two married children and four wonderful grandchildren. They have wintered in Sarasota since 2013.
In Sarasota, the Jewish community has been her focus for volunteerism and leadership positions. She has been an active volunteer, supportive of many Jewish and Israel focused organizations in Sarasota including Women's Giving Circle and The Jewish Federation. Adrea and her husband, Jack, are committed members and volunteers of Temple Beth Sholom Their daughter, Michelle Colburn, is a past TBS board member. Their Sarasota-based granddaughters, Caroline and Chloe, were Bat Mitzvah’d at TBS.
Elliott was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Dupont for thirty years. He retired in 2009 and, with Dana, moved full time to Venice in 2010, joining TBS in 2011. To his surprise, he found he has two cousins here at TBS: Wendy Katz and Jack Corn. He's served on several boards through the years, including The Venice Symphony, and is now chair of the TBS House & Grounds committee. In his spare time, he enjoys photography