David is the current 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.
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.
Janet Hirsch currently serves as the Vice President of Community Affairs/Social Justice. She has been a member of the Board since July 2015. Janet and her husband, Farrell, have been members of Temple Isaiah since 1996.
Janet is the Chair of Am Tzedek: Isaians Pursuing Justice. She is drawn to the work done with other member institutions throughout Los Angeles, through our relationship with One LA, and is especially 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. Am Tzedek is currently working on issues involving civic engagement, “know your elected officials,” public education, housing and homelessness, and public safety.
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 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 the current VP of Education. 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.
Matt Hedges joined the Temple Isaiah Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently holds the position on the Executive Board as Secretary.
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.
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.
Honey Kessler Amado is the Immediate Past 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.
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.
Jon has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2014 and a member of the board since 2016. He and his wife, Rachelle, have two boys, Simon and Saul, both in Isaiah religious school. They are those kids who won’t sit still in the sanctuary.
Jon and his family live in Westwood, and their natural habitat is the front yard, where they can regularly be found with lawn chairs and a decent pinot.
Jon has an MBA from UCLA and serves as the general manager of a medium-sized brand strategy consultancy, Innovation Protocol.
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.
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 and her husband Josh have two children who attend the Preschool. She is serving on the Preschool Advisory Committee (PAC) and 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.
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.
Suzanne and her husband Marty have been active members of Temple Isaiah since 1982, fully participating in all aspects of temple life, including two B'nai mitzvah trips to Israel with the clergy and recently an adult trip.
She has 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 Fair Food Commission, the Membership Sustainability Committee, and the Board of Trustees nominating committee. She has actively participated in Isaiah Women and currently is the Immediate 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 (where Nicole first met her future husband 23 years ago in RS), two sons-in-law, one grandson and two grandchildren on the way.
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 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.
Navid is married to Elham Yadegar and has two kids: Brianna and Brayden. Both Brayden and Brianna graduated from Isaiah’s preschool, and Brianna loves coming back to 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. He is part of the Development Committee and looks forward to learning and contributing while serving on the temple’s board.