Mike Diamond currently serves as the Temple Isaiah President. He has been a member of the Board and Executive Committee since July 2015, serving as past Treasurer. Mike and his wife, Elaine have been members of Temple Isaiah since 1984.
Mike has a Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley and a Masters and Ph.D. from UCLA. He is the founding partner of Academic Leadership Associates, LLC, an educational consulting firm. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern California. He served in various leadership capacities including the Dean of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting and as a USC Vice President and Executive Vice President.
Mike is a second generation Californian and has lived in Los Angeles most of his life. Mike and Elaine have one son, Jacob, who currently resides in Washington, DC.
Jessica is the current Vice President and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013. She and her husband, James, have two children, Julia and Josh. They have been members at Temple Isaiah since 2004 and are active members of our TSBY program and The Green Team.
Jessica was born in New York but has lived in Los Angeles for most of her life. She is an attorney and principal at North American Realty, a property management, consulting and acquisition firm.
My wife Joanne and I have been members of Temple Isaiah for almost 20 years dating back to when our daughter Emily started preschool at the Temple.
I am honored and privileged to serve as the current Vice President of Administration, and to have previously served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors, for a year as Executive Vice President and as co-chair of the Annual Giving Campaign for several years. I currently serve on the Finance Committee and am excited that I was invited to rejoin the Board. I am a member of the Leadership Circle at the Temple.
I serve as President and General Counsel of Alagem Capital Group which, among other things, is the principal owner of the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the soon to open Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
Janet is the current Vice President of Social Justice and the Chair of Am Tzedek: Isaians Pursuing Justice. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015. She and her husband, Farrell, have two children, Rebecca and David. They have been members of Temple Isaiah since 1996.
Janet was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She has lived in Cape Town, London, Washington DC, before moving to Los Angeles in 1987.
Kristen is a member of Temple Isaiah and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014. She currently chairs the Parent Advisory Committee for the Preschool which she has served on since 2013. Kristen is very active in many aspects of temple life including her own journey toward becoming a Bat Mitzvah to be completed in June of next year.
Kristen is an experienced political strategist and planner with an extensive career in the public and private sector. Prior to the creation of her own company, Kristen was an owner of Cerrell Associates, Inc. heading up the land use division. Her advice and strategic counsel are much sought after on issues including entitlement approvals, community relations, grassroots and decision-maker coalition building, and the development of hearing strategies, among others.
A UCLA graduate, Kristen is a past Director of the Alumni Association and previous Chair of the Ralph Bunche Scholarship. She currently serves as the President of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. She is a past President of the Westside Urban Forum and the Los Angeles County Young Democrats as well as a graduate of the L.A. Chamber’s Leadership L.A. program.
Sharon is a native of Los Angeles and a mom of three boys: Oliver, Jack, and Aaron. She and her husband, Chad have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2010.
In the past years, Sharon has been very active in the preschool and temple. She created and currently holds The Circle, a gratitude and prayer opportunity which meets weekly on Fridays. She also holds a seat on PAC (Preschool Advisory Committee) and is the president of the PPA (Preschool Parent Association).
The Eshaghoff family feels that Temple Isaiah is a second home for them. When not at Isaiah, Sharon enjoys cooking, playing sports with her kids, and working in her private practice as a marriage and family therapist.
Suzanne is the current Secretary and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2010. She and her husband Marty have been active members of Temple Isaiah since January 1983, fully participating in all aspects of temple life, including two B'nai Mitzvah trips to Israel with the clergy and an adult trip. She has chaired/co-chaired the Roots and Wings: A Mentoring Program at Santee and University High Schools since its inception in 2008, a program which won a URJ Irving Fain Social Action award in 2015. She has served on many committees, including the Fair Food Commission, the Membership Sustainability Committee, Justice Leaders, and the Board of Trustees nominating committee. She has actively participated in Isaiah Women and is a past president.
Born and raised in Southern California, Suzanne is a retired educator from Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA School of Education. Suzanne and Marty have two adult daughters, Nicole and Erica, who grew up at Temple Isaiah, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Allie is the current Treasurer and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013. She has previously served as the head of the Preschool Advisory Committee and the Executive Vice President of Education. Allie has served on the budget committee of the temple since 2015. Allie joined the temple in 2008 and is also a member of Isaiah Women.
Allie is married to her husband Eric, and they have two sons, Gabe and Isaac. Allie has worked in Retail Management for over 20 years and is currently the CEO of Fred Segal. She grew up in Phoenix, AZ and attended Washington University in St Louis (BA) and Stanford University (MBA). In her free time, she loves to play Mah Jong and relax at the beach.
David is our Immediate Past President of Temple Isaiah. David and his wife Karen have been members of Temple Isaiah for over 20 years. Their sons Alex and Matt progressed through the Preschool and Religious School and celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs and Confirmations with Temple Isaiah.
The family traveled to Israel with a great group of Temple members and Clergy in June 2006 and has enjoyed being part of a Chavurah spawned from the Temple in 1996. David has served on the Temple's Religious Education, Reimagine and Personnel committees and is presently involved in other committees.
David is a lawyer with a primarily Plaintiff's law firm which was formed over 20 years ago.
Mitch and his family have been members of Temple Isaiah for several years. Despite a long gap, there is a wonderful connection to the Temple as Mitch had his Bar Mitzvah there in 1979.
Mitch has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a law degree from Pepperdine. He is currently the owner of California Closeouts and Liquidations which buys and sells closeout and liquidated merchandise.
Ellen has served on the Board of Trustees first as President of Isaiah Women and then as VP of Membership. She ran the Temple Gift Shop for twenty years and has served on many Temple and Board committees.
She and her husband Ron, raised their three children, Preston, Brent, and Danielle as part of the Temple family in their almost thirty year Temple membership.
Ellen is from New York and was a third-grade teacher for fourteen years.
She has served on the board of Women Of Reform Judaism Pacific District.
Jon has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2014 and a member of the Isaiah board since 2016, serving on various teams and committees. He and his wife, Rachelle, have two boys, Simon and Saul, both in Isaiah religious school.
Jon has an MBA from UCLA and serves as the general manager of a medium-sized brand strategy and design firm, Innovation Protocol. His natural habitat is his front yard, where he regularly sips pinot in a lawn chair and chats up neighborhood passers-by.
Tracy serves on the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah and has been a member since 2011. She is currently a member of the Personnel Committee, and previously served on the Communications Committee and was the Chair of the Preschool Advisory Committee from 2011-2013.
Tracy and her family joined Temple Isaiah in 2007. Her involvement on the Board allows her the opportunity to give back to the vibrant community in which she deeply cares.
She is a native Angeleno, who graduated from American University. Tracy is Vice President of Corporate & External Affairs at NBC Universal. She and her husband enjoy raising their two children in the neighborhood adjacent to Temple Isaiah.
Torah Study minyan - both are things he attends weekly.
As a member of the Green Team, David has assisted in putting on environmental education events for Temple Isaiah, as well as advocate for climate legislation at LA City Hall and our State Capitol in Sacramento. His Sacramento advocacy has expanded to work on behalf of Reform California, and through Temple Isaiah’s partnership with ONE-LA, he has pushed for policy changes in housing and immigration.
Proud of his Chinese and Litvak ancestry, David delivered a Shabbat sermon from Isaiah’s bima on the theology of the medieval Chinese Jews, and also gave a lecture to Isaians on his experiences visiting his ancestral shtetl in Lithuania. In 2019, he was awarded Temple Isaiah’s Emerging Leaders Award.
As a member of the Los Angeles Jews of Color group, he has consulted with the Jewish Federation on how Jewish institutions can better welcome racially diverse Jews.
Writers for film and television, David and his writing partner have created content for companies such as Amazon Prime. He has also individually written for Jewish Women’s Theatre, including a piece that was performed for the Los Angeles City Council.
Idelle Davidson and her husband, Peter, are long-time members of Temple Isaiah. Their sons attended Hebrew school and celebrated their bar mitzvahs at Isaiah. Idelle is active in ChaiVillageLA and serves on its board and communications committee. She is a member of the Temple's caring community.
Idelle is a freelance writer and author. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and several other publications. She is a former director of publications for the American Heart Association and co-author of a New York Times-reviewed book on health.
Steve Fox joined the temple in 1968 with his first wife, Ginnie Z''L. By then he had a BA in Political Science, three weeks in law school, and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. For his entire professional career, 35 years, he worked for the Hughes Aircraft Co. Soon after he joined the temple, he served as head of the Young Marrieds, and that led to a variety of board and executive board positions. A long fast forward: two children-- Lisa and Jude-- and 2 of 3 grandchildren are now TI alumni, one even having taught in the religious school as her grandmother did. (Talk about qvelling!) He is currently married to Tina Fox, hoping someday to see a great-grandchild on the bima. His major temple activities/passions at this time are the Green Team, playing piano at jazz services, Jewish learning, and communal service.
My husband, Boris, and I have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2010. We have two children, Nikkita and Viktor, that have been in and graduated from the Preschool and are currently in the Religious School. I have co-chaired the Tot Shabbat committee for three years and have co-chaired Social Events for Religious School. Next year I am looking forward to chairing the Religious School Parents Association. I am one of the founding members of IMA. In my time away from Temple Isaiah, I have applied to the Jewish Federation Leadership Institute for the Russian-Jewish Tract.
Debbie has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016. She and her husband Josh have three children — one attends the Preschool two attend the Religious School. She previously served on the Preschool Advisory Committee (PAC).
Debbie works as a civil litigation attorney at a global law firm and devotes part of her practice to pro bono matters. A volunteer for the Alliance for Children’s Rights, she has assisted students in obtaining special education services from their schools. She has also represented Holocaust survivors in obtaining lifelong pensions from Germany as a volunteer with Bet Tzedek.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Debbie graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English and a Specialization in Business Administration and earned her law degree from USC.
Matt has been involved with Temple Isaiah governance since 2015. He has most recently served as Secretary on the Executive Committee. Matt is currently the co-chair for the nominating committee and involved with the Budget Committee. Previously Matt served on the Religious Education Committee as well as many other committees.
Matt and his wife, Karen, have two children, Jacob and Daniel. They have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2011.
As a Temple Isaiah member for over 12 years, I have served on multiple committees, the board, and am the past Temple Board Secretary. My two children have attended the schools since they were toddlers, with the second to become Bar Mitzvah in 2014. We are enriched from Shabbat and other services, from participating in TSBY for the past six years, and from relationships with clergy, staff, and community members.
Andy and his wife Tina joined Temple Isaiah in 1991, and each year their experience at Isaiah continues to grow richer and more gratifying. Their daughter and son both had their B'nai Mitzvah at Isaiah.
Tina and Andy have benefitted immeasurably from their participation in their chavurah, in religious services, in adult education programs, and in the LifeQuest program. Also, Andy is grateful to be a member of Temple Isaiah Green Team, sharing a commitment to sustainability and environmental justice.
Finally, having taught English, including world literature, at Cal Poly Pomona from 1980 to 2014, Andy appreciates the extraordinary textual traditions – spiritual, literary, historical, and philosophical – of Judaism, and the opportunity to explore them in both the Torah study group led by Rabbi Zoë Klein and also in the Hearts and Minds Torah Study group.
As a member of the Board, Andy hopes to contribute whatever he can to this remarkable community at Temple Isaiah.
Pej Sabet joined the Temple Isaiah community when his oldest son started “Parents & Me” in 2009, and all three of his children have graduated from Isaiah’s preschool program.
Since joining the temple Pej has been an active member of the community through volunteering, attending religious services, and acting as Chair of Isaiah Men’s Group. Pej has an MBA from USC and is a finance and operations executive with experience in the fields of investment banking, marketing and advertising, retail, and real estate.
As a member of the Isaiah Board Pej looks forward to helping drive membership and retention and to position the temple for continued success in the future.
Ephraim is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah. He and his wife Joan have been members of Temple Isaiah since 1973. Ephraim has sat on the Board of Temple Isaiah multiple times, serving as Treasurer in 1984.
Ephraim was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929 and was lucky to leave in the fall of 1938 when he was nine years old. He is most grateful for being able to come to America with his parents and sisters. Ephraim has been an ardent Zionist and worked as a CPA most of his life. He and his wife Joan have four children and three wonderful grandchildren.
David has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah since 2015 and a member of Temple Isaiah since 2008. He is a native of Connecticut and currently lives in Cheviot Hills with his wife Cheryl, and his two children - both of whom attended Temple Isaiah pre-school.
David is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and UCLA (MBA). He is a Director and Founder of KidUnity, a non-profit organization that provides service learning and civic leadership programs. Before that, he served as Executive Director of Upward Bound House, a homeless shelter for families with children where he involved the Temple in many ways, from arranging pre-school tours at the shelter to participating in the 9th grade Isaiah Teen Philanthropy Fund.
Beth Raanan is a third generation Angelino on her mother’s side. She and her husband, Uzzi, joined Temple Isaiah almost 20 years ago. Their children, Ben and Emma, attended the preschool, Religious School and participated on the ITY Board. Beth’s first volunteer role at Isaiah was with Tot Shabbat, first as a committee member and then as the Chair with Cantor Kent. She has since been a member of the Preschool Cabinet, Preschool Parent Association, the Senior Rabbi Search Committee, and the Temple Board (as the Chair of the Preschool Cabinet). She is humbled and honored to serve as President of Isaiah Women.