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Executive Committee

Effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the administrative and financial functions of the synagogue, subject to the powers of the Board of Directors granted under the Congregation’s By-Laws and under California Law.

PRESIDENT Jeffrey Goss

Jeff and his family have been members of VBS for nearly 25 years. Jeff has served in various capacities on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, most recently as Development Vice President. Jeff is a partner at the accounting firm of Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co., LLP. Jeff’s wife, Karen, is a counselor at the VBS Counseling Center and has been an active volunteer at VBS in many capacities. The Goss’ children, Matthew and Lauren, both graduated from the VBS ECC and are in college working to make the world a better place.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Eric Kingsley

Eric and his wife Thalia have been active in VBS since 2001. Their three children all graduated from the VBS Day School. Eric served on the Day School Board from 2007-2013, acting as its President from 2009-2011. Since that time Eric has served on the synagogue board. In other aspects of Jewish communal service, Eric has been very active with ADL and served as Board Chair of the Pacific Southwest Region from 2014-2016 as well as serving on its National Commission. By day, Eric is an employment lawyer working on behalf of workers who have been mistreated or not paid properly.

PAST PRESIDENT Scott Howard

Scott and his family have been members of VBS since 1972. He and his wife Marcie were married at VBS; their three children, Rachel, Leah and Daniel, all attended the ECC and Day School at VBS. Scott served as an officer on the VBS Day School Board for ten years, followed by his service on the VBS Synagogue Board and Executive Committee. Marcie has been involved as a paraprofessional at the VBS Counseling Center and served as past President of the San Fernando Valley Council of Na’amat. Scott is involved in many non-profit organizations, including the National Council for AIPAC. Professionally, Scott is a CPA and served as a partner in practice with his father Leo for more than 25 years, and now is a partner at SquarMilner.

ADMINISTRATIVE VICE PRESIDENT Gil Borok

Gil and his wife, Aileen, have been active members of Valley Beth Shalom since 2003.  Their children, Jack and Estee, are both graduates of the VBS ECC and VBS Day School and celebrated their B'nai Mitzvah at VBS.  Gil served on the VBS Day School Board of Trustees for 10 years, including seven as Vice President of Finance.  In 2017, he was the recipient of the Rita Reznikoff Leadership Award for his dedication to the Day School.  When his term on the Day School Board of Trustees ended, Gil joined the Synagogue Board.  He has co-chaired the Synagogue Budget Committee for the last two years and serves on the Synagogue / Day School Joint Task Force as well as the VBS Endowment Board.  Professionally, Gil is President & Chief Executive Officer of Colliers | U.S., a commercial real estate services firm.  He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

SECRETARY Moshe Meppen

Moshe has been a VBS member since 2000, and has served on the VBS Board of Directors since 2014. His 3 children graduated from VBS Day School, and together with his wife Debra has been active in the growth of the VBS Day School since 2003, serving on the strategic planning and marketing committees. Moshe serves as the High Holiday Cantor for the VBS Traditional Playground Service and has been the Co-Chair of the VBS Budget Committee for the past 2 years. Professionally, Moshe has been Chief Executive Officer of the biometric technology firm MetaDolce Technologies, Inc. since 2008. He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

ADULT JEWISH LIFE VICE PRESIDENT Hannah Wachs

Hannah has been a congregant at VBS since returning to Los Angeles in 2015, after six years in Irvine, where she was an active member of Congregation B’nai Israel. While in Orange County, Hannah taught TK for two years at the Merage Jewish Community Center. Before turning to teaching she worked in international television sales and marketing and was a member of Beth Meier in Studio City.
With two kids in religious school and one starting in the ECC, Hannah can often be found coming and going from the parking lot at VBS. She, her husband Jeffrey, and their daughters Sylvia, Judith, and Shoshana rarely miss a meeting of the Playground Minyan or Kids’ Minyan. Hannah is an active member of the ECLC Parent Committee and enjoys attending Sisterhood events and educational lectures at VBS whenever she can.

DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT Rich Robin

 

EDUCATION VICE PRESIDENT Roslyn Grinberg

Roslyn Grinberg is a graduate of VBS Day School and has been a member of VBS since childhood. She earned her BA in Political Science at UC San Diego and completed a Master's Degree in Public Policy at USC. Her career focused on the health policy sector with agencies, including Edelman Public Relations and Cohn & Wolfe (in New York City) and Fischer Health and Amgen (in Los Angeles). She also worked for the Georgia State Government, in Atlanta, on the implementation of a statewide bi-partisan health care reform initiative. Roslyn’s leadership on the VBS Day School Board of Trustees includes serving as President, Administrative Vice President and Co-Chair of the Head of School Search Committee. In 2020, Roslyn received the Rita Reznikoff Leadership Award for her dedication to the Day School, which was especially meaningful because she grew up with the Reznikoff family in her VBS Havurah. She and her husband, David, have three children; Ily and Shayna are both graduates of VBS Day School and Maya is currently in 6th grade at the Day School. Roslyn is an avid skier, hiker, biker, and baker of mandelbread.

FINANCE VICE PRESIDENT Saul Gershkowitz

Saul and his wife Robbie have been VBS members since 1990. Their three children, Bryan, Hanah and Micayla, all graduated from the VBS Day School. Saul has served on the VBS Board of Directors for many years and has worked on various committees, including co-chair of the Budget Committee.  His wife served on the Day School board and ran the temple's Feeding the Homeless program. Professionally, Saul is a partner at the accounting firm Brown, Sterman, Reznik & Gershkowitz APC.

MEMBERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT Stephanie Walsh

Stephanie, her husband Allan, and their two children became VBS members in 2004 when their children started attending the ECC. Raised in Minnesota and Montreal, they did not grow up in this community but quickly realized VBS was a welcoming congregation where they wanted their children to grow and embrace the traditions and values of Judaism. Their children graduated from the ECC and Day School, each of them culminating in a 6th grade trip to Israel, experiences that instilled in them an even stronger connection to Israel and to Judaism.  Stephanie was deeply honored to be nominated to the Board of Directors for VBS. In addition to serving as a Trustee on the VBS Day School Board, Stephanie has volunteered for causes close to her family’s heart. She shares her efforts with her kids, including The Annual Walk to End Genocide, Feeding the Homeless and other initiatives tackling Homelessness.

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Stephanie has always held professional positions in public relations or marketing. Stephanie held a Senior Management position in Corporate Communications at Sprint until January 2016 when she decided to leave to spend more time with my family. During her 17-year tenure she held a variety of management roles including PR strategy, national media relations, social media and crisis communications.

RELIGION VICE PRESIDENT Ilene Berman

Ilene is a businesswoman and a professional volunteer who originates from Brooklyn, New York. She is the wife of Dennis, mother of sons, Loren and Micah, and the daughter of Myra z'l and Wally z'l Shapiro. While growing up in the San Fernando Valley, she belonged to Congregation Beth Kodesh (CBK) where she was active in USY, holding positions as both Jr. and Sr. Presidents. She was her senior class and school’s Vice President at Canoga Park High School and is a graduate of Los Angeles Hebrew High School. At UCLA, Ilene graduated in Sociology/Ethnic Studies then worked as USY Director and Camp Counselor for CBK. Her involvement with the VBS Day School includes Chair of the Parent Organization’s annual fund-raiser, Grandparent’s Day and Lag B’Omer family picnics. She organized School Board Retreats, served on the finance and long-range plan committees, has been Recruitment Chair, and was heavily involved in the development and marketing of the school. She served as Parent Organization Co-President and concluded her Day School service as President of the Board Trustees. She has previously sat on the VBS Synagogue Board, as well as the Education, House and Grounds, High Holiday Honors and Madrichim committees. Ilene has been Sisterhood’s Recording Secretary, Membership and Program Vice President and President. She is currently on the Sisterhood Leadership Council, Day School Board of Trustees and VBS Education committee. Ilene has sat on the Solomon Schechter Day School National Board as a Director. She has sat on the Encino Community Council as Educational Representative and has served the Jewish National Fund as Young Families Chair and Community Campaign Chair. Ilene is the recipient of the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance Women’s Leadership Award and currently serves on the Women’s Philanthropy Board. Ilene looks forward to once again serving the VBS community and hopes to help with continued growth and strength for our congregation​.

DAY SCHOOL PRESIDENT Matthew Benbassat

 

 

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782