Honey Kessler Amado is the current President of Temple Isaiah. She and her late husband, Ralph A. Amado (z"l), joined the Temple in 1990. Honey served on the Board of Temple Isaiah for eight years. She has also served as Secretary and VP of Social Action in the early 2000’s and returned to the Board in 2014 to serve as Executive VP. She has been a member of the Shabbat morning Torah Study Minyan since 2000.
Honey is an appellate attorney. In addition to her practice, she has long been active in the Jewish community. She sat on multiple boards and committees including the founding board of Jewish World Watch. She sat on the regional board of American Jewish Committee and is a past chair of its International Relations Committee. Also sitting on the regional and national boards of Jewish National Fund and is a past national vice president of JNF and its current National Chair of Wadi Attir (a Bedouin project in the Negev).
Honey is also a member of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, where Ralph’s family were founding members in the 1930’s and where Ralph served as President. Honey has four adult children: Jessica, Micah, Gabrielle, and daughter-in-law, Amy. Jessica, Micah, and Gabrielle were all educated at Temple Isaiah’s Religious School.
David is the current Executive Vice 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.
Steve is the Vice President of Administration and Chair of the Personnel Committee at Temple Isaiah. Steve has been a member and then subsequently chair of the Religious Education and Safety & Security Committees.
He and his wife, Oreet, have been Temple members for 20 years. Their daughters, Talia and Brooke started in Mommy and Me classes, progressed to Pre-School, Religious School and became Bat Mitzvah at the Temple. His family have been active members of their Chavurah for 19 years.
Debra Silverman is VP of Community Affairs at Temple Isaiah and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2013. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees and of Isaiah’s broad-based organizing group, Am Tzedek, since 2010. Am Tzedek’s work is dedicated to addressing the root causes of societal inequities in Los Angeles, and has been a powerful lens through which Debra has focused Isaiah’s social justice work.
Debra is a business affairs executive at Open Road Films, prior to which she worked for MGM Pictures and as a free-lance researcher for films and television. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in English Literature and her B.Phil. from Miami University, Ohio.
Debra is from Cincinnati, OH. She lives in Rancho Park with her husband Chris and their sons Isaac & Jude.
I am proud to serve as the Vice President of Development of Temple Isaiah and oversee our ongoing development efforts to ensure that Isaiah grows and thrives. My wife Diane and I have been members since 1998. Both of our sons attended Isaiah’s preschool and religious school and we celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs with our tremendous Clergy. For my day job, I am a partner of Irell & Manella LLP, practicing intellectual property litigation.
Allie Samek is VP of Education at Temple Isaiah and is in her second year on the executive committee. She has been a board member of Temple Isaiah since 2013.
Allie and her husband Eric have two sons, Gabe and Isaac. She and her family have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2006 when her first son was born; both her children went through the preschool and are currently in the religious school at Temple Isaiah.
Originally from Mesa, AZ but has lived in St. Louis, Chicago, and Northern California before moving to LA 10 years ago. She has a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Stanford University. Allie works at a local fashion retailer where she oversees HR, finance, marketing and operations.
Ellen is VP of Membership and has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 1990. She has been a member of the Board for five years, the first three as President of Isaiah Women and now in her second year as an Executive Board member as VP of Membership.
Ellen is currently Social Action Chair of Isaiah Women. She has been running the Temple Isaiah Gift Shop for eighteen years with her friend Rochelle Neuburger. She is a member of the Food Fair Committee, formally known as Dietary Taskforce. Ellen is also part of the Roots and Wings Mentoring Program. She currently mentors at Santee Education Complex and University High School.
Originally from New York, she has an undergrad degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education. She taught third grade for sixteen years. Ellen and her husband Ron, a Workers Compensation Attorney, have three adult children, Preston who is married to Dahlia, Brent, and Danielle who all had their B'nai Mitzvahs at Temple Isaiah with Rabbi Gan.
As a Temple Isaiah member for over 12 years, I have served on multiple committees, the board, and am currently the 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.
Mike Diamond currently serves as the Temple Isaiah Treasurer. He has been a member of the Board and Executive Committee since July 2015. 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.
Stephen was Temple Isaiah's President from July 2013 thru July 2015, and currently he holds the of position of Immediate Past President. He and his family have been long time members of Temple Isaiah.
Stephen has served on the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee as Vice President in charge of personnel matters, and has regularly been involved in various Temple committees including By-Laws, Endowment, Personnel, Governmental Relations, and several others.
Stephen and his family have been active participants in the Year of the Torah campaign, Capital Campaign, Tot Shabbat, Annual Giving Campaign, Purim festivals, High Holy Days, and many other activities. His children, Nathan and Haley, have enjoyed Temple preschool and religious schools. Both have become Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Stephen's wife Erica became a B'nai Mitzvah at Temple Isaiah.
Stephen and his family have loved their many years of Chavurah Mazel activities, Sukkah building. They have built a life at Temple Isaiah and the community, clergy, faculty, and staff have become part of their family.
Steven is a current member of the Board of Turstees at Temple Isaiah. He was past Treasurer on the Executive Board from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. He has been a temple member since January of 2009.
Steven has two sons in religious school and a daughter looking forward to starting religious school in 2016. While his children were in preschool, Steven was the PPA treasurer.
Steven is a CPA who specializes in intellectual property royalties and currently heads the Royalty department of GSO Business Management. He is from Los Angeles and lives in Beverlywood with his wife Cindy, his children, Jonah, Nolan and Lindsay, their dogs Lollipop, Misty and Mininus, their cats Mousie and Ironfist and their African Grey, Pepper.
Jon Cohen is a member of the B'yachad program at Temple Isaiah, and proud husband of Rachelle Cohen and father of Simon and Saul.
Professionally, Jon is a strategy consultant for large companies, leading their rebranding efforts. As part of the B'yachad advisory board, Jon volunteered to set the name, vision, and communications strategy for the B'yachad program.
As a Temple Isaiah board member, Jon wants to help the temple make clear, data-driven decisions regarding the future of the synagogue and how it can best serve its members and the community.
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.
Jessica 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.
Sharon was born and raised in Rome, Italy. Sharon moved to Los Angeles and in 2009 became a member of Temple Isaiah.
Since joining the Temple, Sharon has not only volunteered but chaired a variety of TI Preschool committees, served as vice president and president of the Preschool Parent Association (2011-2015). She has been a member of the Preschool Advisory Council (2012-1015), has been a Member of the Board of Trustees since 2014 and is currently chairing the Religious School Parent Association.
Sharon has a BA in Rhetoric and Media Studies from Lewis and Clark College, loves animals and enjoys cooking.
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 six 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 with Rabbi Nickerson. 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.
Laurie Gantz has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 1993, and is currently the Membership Chair of Isaiah Women. She also Co-chairs the Roots and Wings Mentoring program at Santee High and University High, and is a member of Temple Isaiah's membership committee.
From 2013 - 2015, Laurie was President of Isaiah Women (the Temple's Sisterhood). Laurie has also participated as an adult B'nai Mitzvah, and in Adult Confirmation. She is also a longtime member of Daughters of Torah, and was a member of the Synagogue 2000 Committee.
Laurie lives in Beverlywood with her husband, David. They have two grown children, Kenneth and Deborah who attended Temple Isaiah's religious school.
Diane Gross joined Temple Isaiah in 1996 upon marrying her husband Mitchell, who grew up at Temple Isaiah and was formerly on the Board. Diane and Mitchell have two daughters, Emily and Madeline, in the Religious School, who are proud graduates of Temple Isaiah Preschool. When Emily and Madeline attended the preschool, Diane was Vice - President of the Preschool Parent Association, Chair of the Tot Shabbat Committee, and a member of the Preschool Advisory Committee. In addition to the Temple Boa rd, Diane currently serves on the Religious Education Committee and the Dietary Taskforce. Diane is a Supervisory Administrative Judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission .
Debbie and her husband Josh have two children who attend the Preschool. She is serving on the Preschool Advisory Committee (PAC) and on the Board of Trustees.
Debbie works as a civil litigation attorney in the Santa Monica office of a global law firm and devotes part of her practice to pro bono matters. A volunteer for the Alliance for Children’s Rights, she assists 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 Hedges joined the Temple Isaiah Board of Trustees in 2015.
He and his family are active members of the Isaiah community. As a family, they are involved with the TSBY program with their two boys, Jacob, and Daniel. Matt is also part of the web committee that was created to restructure and rebrand the Temple Isaiah website.
He currently works at UCLA with technology and streaming media for undergraduate course education.
Janet and her husband Farrell joined Temple Isaiah in 1996 so that their two children, Rebecca, and David, could attend the preschool. David became a bar mitzvah at Temple Isaiah, and it was around that time that Janet deeply connected to Isaiah through her involvement with Am Tzedek: Isaians pursuing justice.
Janet was particularly drawn to the work done with other member institutions throughout Los Angeles, through the relationship with One LA. She is deeply committed to the process of transforming Isaiah into a more relational community through intentional conversations and shared desire to make our city a more just and equitable place to live. Am Tzedek is currently working on issues involving public education, health care for all, affordable housing, transportation, increasing the minimum wage, restorative justice, and job creation.
Janet and her husband are both immigrants. Farrell is originally from South Africa and Janet from Zimbabwe. For many years, she worked as a paralegal in a large immigration law firm. Janet is particularly proud of the work Am Tzedek did to ensure that Los Angeles County provides health care to all its residents, no matter their legal status, through their My Health LA Program.
Janet is an active member of Life Quest and is excited to be part of the Village Program that Isaiah is developing in conjunction with Temple Emanual and Kol Ami. She and her husband I will soon be "empty-nesters" so she is thrilled to be able to devote more of her energy to Temple Isaiah. Janet is honored to be serving on the Board of Trustees.
Allison has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah since 2015. She and her husband Josh have two children and have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2008.
In addition to being a member of the Board, Allison has also been actively involved in the Preschool as a member of the Preschool Parent Association (PPA), Co-Chair of the Temple Isaiah Holiday Boutique, and a member of the Preschool Advisory Committee (PAC).
Allison is a native of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her law degree from the University of Southern California. Allison is an attorney and practices in the area of labor and employment law.
My wife Renee and I joined Temple Isaiah in 1969. Our three children, Deb, Matt and Daniel all attended the Religious School at Temple Isaiah, were B’nai Mitzvot and were confirmed at Temple Isaiah. Our daughter, Deb Pitt, now oversees the Art Program at the Religious School. Renee was the Librarian at the Temple for about 10 years. I served as President of the Temple in 1975 and 1976. Prior to that, I served in various positions at the Temple. I currently Chair the Finance Committee. Over the years, the Temple has played a very important role in our lives. I’m very grateful for the many opportunities and friendships that Temple Isaiah has brought my family and me.
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 as an owner of Cerrell Associates, Inc. heading up the land use division. Her advice and strategic counsel is 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.
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. In addition, 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.
Michelle Richman is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah and has been a member of the board since 2013. Michelle has worked on various committees for the Preschool, served two years on the PAC, and co-chaired the High Holy Day Campaign.
Michelle is from Marin County and is an educational consultant. She graduated from UCLA and has a MS in Education from Dominican University. She is married to Keith Richman and they have three children.
Pej Sabet is a native Angelino who joined the Temple Isaiah community when his oldest son started “Parents & Me” 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; volunteering, attending religious services, and acting as Chair of Isaiah Men’s Group. Pej has an MBA from USC and his career started in investment banking, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He is currently the CFO / COO of Pitch, Inc., a fully integrated advertising agency based in Culver City.
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.
Suzanne is President of Isaiah Women for 2015-2016 and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2010. Suzanne and her husband Marty have been active members since 1982, fullly participating in all aspects of temple life. She has co-chaired Roots and WIngs, a mentoring program at Santee and University High Schools since its inception in 2009, a program which won an Irving Fain Social Action award this past spring.
Born and raised in Southern California, Suzanne is a retired educator from Los Angeles Unified School District and UCLA.
Navid is married to Elham Yadegar, and has two kids: Brianna and Brayden. Both Brayden and Brianna graduated from Isaiah’s preschool, and Brianna love coming back for Religious School.
Their family roots in the Isaiah community run deep and have compelled Navid to contribute any way he can. Navid has had the pleasure of being active with the Isaiah Men’s Group, serving for two years on the Religious Education Committee and one year on the Nominating Committee. I will also serve on the Development Committee and look forward to learning and contributing as he serves on the temple’s board.