- 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.
Lauren was the past president of the Service Guild of Washington, DC. She also served as PTA President for Matsunaga Elementary School and Kingsview Middle School and was a County Cluster Representative for the Montgomery County School Board for 5 years. Lauren was very active at her synagogue in Potomac, MD, Har Shalom, leading many fundraising events for the nursery and Hebrew school. She is currently a member of their Sisterhood and TBS’ Sisterhood.
Al has served as an educator and educational leader for over 50 years. He holds degrees from the University of Hartford and Columbia University. He has spent 20 years of his life serving in roles of school principal and Director of Elementary Education in the Connecticut Public Schools and an additional 20 years as director of education in various Conservative Congregations. Al has served as Chairman of the Easton Board of Education and as President of Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, CT. Treidel taught in the undergraduate program at the University of Hartford and on the graduate level at Sacred Heart University. He has been published in educational journals and was a recipient of the Solomon Schechter Award in 2017. Here at Temple Beth Sholom, Al spent a lot of his time as Chairman of the Program and Education Committee and as Men’s Club President.
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.
Valda was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States of America in 1979. She was a clinical professor of dermatology, pathology, and director of Dermatopathology at the University of Minnesota. She took part in the training of many dermatologists and pathologists. She started my own company, and this grew over 25 years to be a nationally recognized laboratory. They received specimens from around the country. She has three lovely daughters and is blessed with four delightful grandchildren. Valda was married to Keith Kaye for 44 wonderful years. He was a Urologist and loving father. They became residents of Florida in 2015. Keith passed away three years ago. Although he is sorely missed, she feels at home in Sarasota and is very honored to serve on the Board of TBS.
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 her 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 five children and eight grandchildren, ranging from age 12 to 21.
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.