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 as a Retail Executive for over 25 years was recently 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.
Beth 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, and the Senior Rabbi Search Committee. Her most recent involvements include Co-Chairing the Sales Community Center refurbishment and Co-President of Isaiah Women.
My wife Joanne and I have been members of Temple Isaiah for over 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 served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees, for a year as Executive Vice President and as co-chair of the Annual Giving Campaign for several years. In addition, I have served on several ad hoc committees this past year. I have also been a member of the Leadership Circle at the Temple for many years.
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 Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
Kristen is a member of Temple Isaiah and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014. She currently serves as the Vice President of Development. She and her husband and two sons are active in many aspects of temple life and have enjoyed the amazing community they have found here through the preschool, K-12 education, and so many other educational and social opportunities.
When not spending her time at temple, Kristen is an experienced political and community outreach strategist who founded her own company, Neighborhood Forward, Inc. Her advice and 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 Chair of the Friends of Overland Elementary School and can be found delivering challah to many temple families on her bike on Friday afternoons.
Harris and his wife, Jill, have been members of Temple Isaiah for 16 years. Harris currently serves on the Temple Board and Budget Committee.
Harris is a retired Partner with Grant Thornton (an International Accounting Firm) where he spent his entire 40 year career, the last 30 years as a Partner. He started his career with Grant Thornton in the Baltimore office in 1976 then transferred to the Los Angeles office in 1989 and in 1998 transferred to San Francisco as the Office Managing Partner for the Bay Area offices. In 2002 Harris became the West Region Managing Partner and relocated back to Los Angeles in 2005 and in 2009 transitioned back into a client service role.
In retirement, Harris joined the faculty of University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting, in the Spring of 2016 as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting. Harris is also the immediate Past Chairman of the Board of JVS SoCal and still serves on the Board of Directors. Harris is also on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society. Previously he served as Chairman and Director of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Global, President of the San Francisco Chapter of ACG, Director of Meals and Wheels, Santa Monica and Director and Treasurer of Boys and Girls Club of Pacoima
Brittany Finney-Conlon joined Temple Isaiah’s Board of Trustees in 2020. Britt and her husband, James Conlon, joined the temple in 2019, shortly after settling back in Los Angeles.
Britt graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University in 2017 with a dual B.A. in Global Studies and Anthropology, and then in 2018 with her M.A. in Global Studies, concentrating in refugee integration. While in Boston, Britt spent much of her time working with the International Institution of New England, counseling refugee and migrant clients from around the world about their integration into the US. Currently, Britt works at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger as a Development Associate, helping run fundraising campaigns and engaging in donor stewardship. At Temple Isaiah, Britt is heavily involved in Am Tzedek as a community organizing leader with OneLA. Britt also enjoys attending Torah Study classes and weekly Shabbat services.
On her maternal grandfather’s side, Britt is a 5th generation Californian, and 3rd generation Angeleno. Britt grew up in Palos Verdes, and still enjoys visiting there with James to hike and spend time with her family.
Sharon has been the Executive Vice President of Education since 2017 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014. She has previously served as the president of the Preschool Parent Association, and chair of the K-12 Parent Association. Sharon has also served a number of years in the Preschool Advisory Committee, as well as the Religious Education Committee.
Sharon and her husband Luca joined Isaiah in 2009, and they have two sons, Leo and Gabriele.
Sharon attended the Università La Sapienza in Italy (Law School) and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon (BA).
Since joining Isaiah, Sharon has participated consistently to the Temple life serving in various capacities in a variety of different committees. She has co-chaired the Purim Carnival for 3 years and has led the K-
12 Senior Director search committee in 2019. She is honored to be nominated again as Executive Vice President of Education and to be given the opportunity to continue serving the community.
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 chaired/co-chaired the Roots and Wings: A Mentoring Program at Santee and University High Schools for eleven years, 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 actively participates in Isaiah Women, serving on its board as 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 with one on the way.
David has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Isaiah since 2015 and a member of Temple Isaiah since 2008. He has served on the Budget Committee and Co-Chaired the Sales Community Center Development Committee. 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.
Mike Diamond is our Immediate Past President of Temple Isaiah. 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.
Katie is a Los Angeles native and the mom of two boys, Jonah (8) and Levi (6), with her husband Brian, a Detroit native. Levi is a graduate of the Temple Isaiah preschool and both boys attend religious school at Isaiah. While she was a parent in the preschool, Katie volunteered in the classroom, served on the Friday Challah and Caring Community committees, and helped out with the Family Shabbat evenings. Being a part of and involved in the Jewish community has always been important to their family.
Katie was an elementary school teacher for 12 years. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of WISE, the parent booster organization for Westwood Charter Elementary School, where her boys attend. She loves to volunteer in the boys’ classrooms and chair various committees at the school. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling and going on adventures with her family, reading, and trying new restaurants.
Richard has served as a Board Member and on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Development. In that capacity, he oversaw Temple Isaiah's ongoing development efforts to ensure that Isaiah grew and thrived.
Richard has been a Temple member since 1998. His two sons attended Isaiah’s preschool and religious school and had Bar Mitzvahs with our tremendous Clergy.
Richard is a partner of Irell & Manella LLP, where he practices intellectual property litigation.
David Chiu has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2014 and a Board member since 2019. He is also a member of the Green Team, Torah Study, the Adult Education Caucus, and was one of the creators of Civics in the Synagogue. David’s other social justice work includes activism with Am Tzedek, HIAS, the Religious Action Center, and Reclaim Our Vote on issues of refugees, housing affordability, and voting rights. In addition, David started a now-thriving group for fellow millennial/Gen Z Isaians. In pre-COVID times, he served as a Shabbat greeter and coordinated the Torah Study bagel pickup. In 2019, David was awarded Temple Isaiah’s Emerging Leaders Award.
Proud of his Chinese and Litvak ancestry, David has created educational programming for Isaians on both aspects of his heritage. He has, as a member of a SoCal Jews of Color group, advised the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on issues of diversity. Professionally, David and his screenwriting partner have created content for companies such as Amazon Prime. He has also individually written, directed, and curated for The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre, including writing 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.
David was born and raised in Los Angeles (not far from Temple Isaiah), where he lives with his wife Erin and two children, Benjamin and Brianna. Benjamin is a proud graduate of Isaiah Preschool, and Brianna looks forward to her enrollment soon. David has participated on various Isaiah Board committees, and Erin has served in leadership roles on the Preschool Parent Association and Preschool Advisory Committee.
David has over 20 years of financial operations, transactions, and investments experience, as a board member, chief financial officer, investment banker, and institutional investor. He is Chief Financial Officer of College Health Enterprises, a private healthcare services company, and oversees the founding family’s investment and philanthropy office. David has extensive experience advising management teams and Board directors on critical strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings representing over $100 billion of announced transactions.
David served as Chief Financial Officer of Jewish Family Service LA, the oldest charitable organization in Southern California, after serving as a Board member and Finance Committee Chair. For his work, David was recognized as CFO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal for nonprofits. Previously, David was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Moelis & Co., and Greif & Co., and served on the investment staff at Stanford Management Company, which manages Stanford University’s endowment.
David serves on the Board of the Friars Charitable Foundation, which supports social services and the arts in Los Angeles. David was previously recognized on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “LA 500” list of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles. David holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science with Distinction and Honors from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he graduated as a Carter Fellow.
Ken and his wife, Caryn, joined Temple Isaiah in 2008, shortly before their son Brayden was born. Brayden and his sister Ella each graduated from Temple Isaiah Preschool and continued to the Religious School. Brayden became a bar mitzvah at Isaiah in 2021.
Ken has served on multiple temple committees, including the committee considering acquisition of the Jonas Property, now the Sales Community Center, the Futures Planning Team during the early months of the pandemic, a Board Nominating Committee, and the High Holy Days Task Force. He is an attorney by training, having worked at a large, international law firm prior to shifting to working with entrepreneurial technology companies.
Steve Fox joined the Temple in 1968 with his first wife, Ginnie Z''L. By then he had a BA in Political Science, 3 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.
Nicolas joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 and has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2013. He has served on the Preschool Advisory Committee (PAC) and is a member of the Isaiah East Planning Committee which is developing plans for the future of the Isaiah Campus .Nicolas holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He grew up in New York and lives in Westwood with his wife Olivia and their three children. His twin daughters and son all attended the Preschool and are in the Religious School. Nicolas is an executive at First Republic Bank.
Ilana has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2014 when her oldest son Jack was in the Teddy Bear program at the preschool. He was later joined by his brother Max and Ilana was actively involved in the school serving on the PPA, as challah lead and room parent. Her kids, now 9 and 7, continue their Jewish education at the temple’s religious school. Ilana also was on the planning committee for Temple Isaiah’s 70th Anniversary Gala.
Jewish values have been an important part of her life since growing up in suburban Chicago and meeting her husband Richard at Hillel services while at MIchigan State University. Ilana has nearly 20 years experience working in the wholesale fashion industry for PVH, Speedo and most recently Levi Strauss. She currently serves as co-president of the PTA at Overland Avenue Elementary School and is an active volunteer.
In her free time, Ilana enjoys celebrating Shabbat with her family, practicing yoga, playing tennis and traveling to the Midwest to see her grandma.
Robert and his wife Celine have been members of Temple Isaiah since their daughter, Lauren, was born 18 years ago. Robert, Celine and Lauren have been very involved with the temple with Lauren matriculating through the Preschool and just recently, religious school and programing for high schoolers. A high point for her and the family was her Bat Mitzvah with Rabbi Frimmer and Cantor Coyot. Celine has been involved with many temple programs pertaining to the many educational and social efforts initiated and pursued by the temple.
Robert has been involved with many committees from preschool activities to most recently, the finance committee, under the leadership of President Diamond to assist with the purchase of the new east campus. Robert, Celine and Lauren were also participants on an “Isaiah” Israel trip – relegated to “family bus.” He was also instrumental at setting up the mayoral debate and proposition “fair”, expertly moderated by Rabbi Klein, and the recent interviews with Secretary Leon Panetta and then
Congressman Panetta, giving our congregation a unique and enlightened perspective on recent national and political events.
Robert is a Managing Director of AlphaNext, a boutique asset manager for high-net worth families.
Robert, Celine and Lauren are very grateful to the Temple and Isaiah community for the wonderful lifelong friends that they have forged.
Marisa Kaplan has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2018. Marisa is deeply committed to raising her two young sons, Max and Noah, with Jewish traditions and Jewish values. Marisa has held various volunteer roles in the preschool, including room parent and PAC member. In her professional career, Marisa is a Senior Vice President at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she oversees Federation’s vision and strategy to create a Jewish social service safety net in Los Angeles. She has nearly 20 years of experience identifying communal needs and trends; managing lay committee processes; gathering and analyzing data; and assessing program impact and financial reporting. Marisa is married to Adam Kaplan, an LA native. In her free time, Marisa enjoys playing outside with her two sons, listing to live music with her husband and sharing a good cup of coffee (or wine!) with friends.
Lilli Lee is beginning her first year as a member of the Board of Trustees. She has been on the Membership Events Team since 2019. Lilli and her husband Ben have three sons: Mason, Spencer and Vincent. The Lees joined the temple in 2013. Lilli is a Los Angeles native and has lived on the Westside all of her life: attending Kenter, Revere, Pali High and UCLA. She currently lives in Cheviot Hills and runs the marketing arm of her husband Ben’s busy real estate business.
Jami and her family have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2011, and she is excited to join the board this year. Jami chairs the Religious Education Committee, is a member of Isaiah Women, and previously served on the nominating committee. Her children, Hallie and Brendan, attended the Religious School and have been active in Camp Isaiah (as campers and counselors), Rishonim, and ITY.
Jami grew up in Long Beach, CA and attended UC Berkeley (BA) and Georgetown University (MA), returning afterward to live in Los Angeles. She has worked in Guest Facing Technology for Hilton Hotels since 1998.
In her free time, Jami is an avid baker. During COVID, she got a kick out of teaching cooking classes to Isaiah Women over Zoom. She also plays mahjong, recently learned to play canasta, loves pickleball and tennis when her knee cooperates, and is excited to begin traveling again.
Debra and her husband Chris have been active members of Temple Isaiah for 13+ years. Their boys both celebrated their bar mitzvah at Isaiah – Isaac in the sanctuary and Jude in Jerusalem on an Isaiah family trip to Israel. It’s a community that the Silverman-Hebert family holds close in their hearts.
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Debra holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Southern California. She’s worked in the film & TV industry for many years, beginning as a researcher for the visual effect division of Sony Pictures, followed by a stint as a freelance researcher on a variety of WWII-era movies, then as the head of the rights & clearance department of MGM, and most recently as the head of legal delivery at Apple Original Content.
Debra previously served as a Temple Isaiah board member and for many years as Isaiah’s VP of Social Justice. She was the recipient of Isaiah’s’ inaugural Tzedek Award. She’s been a member of the League of Women Voters’ Homelessness & Housing Committee, is a member of the RAC-CA Leadership team, a leader with One LA-IAF and an active member of Am Tzedek. On the weekends you’ll find Debra riding her Peloton, biking or hiking outdoors, paying guitar, knitting, baking, cooking, reading, hanging with family & friends or binge watching her favorite shows.
Tracy has been a member of Temple Isaiah since 2007. Like many Isaians, her family’s entry point to the temple community was through the preschool. Watching her children thrive under the loving and nurturing care of the preschool teachers and staff inspired Tracy to serve on the Preschool Advisory Committee. She later became chair, which led to over a decade of service on the Board of Trustees.
Professionally, Tracy is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at NBCUniversal. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s west coast corporate affairs strategies including, managing public affairs, external and internal communications, and corporate responsibility programs. Her previous roles at the company included Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs, where Cohen successfully guided key strategic initiatives for NBCUniversal’s west coast headquarters.
Before joining the NBCUniversal team in 2010, Tracy led the First 5 California public education initiative as Vice President of The Rogers Group. She began her career in government, including working for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and advising U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Tracy also served as an Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, managing citywide special projects and serving as the Mayor’s Council liaison.
A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Law, Economics and Government, Tracy is a native Angeleno and lives with her husband, Eric, and their two children-Jonah and Samantha.
Orly Partiyeli Tabibi and her husband Carlo have been members of Temple Isaiah for several years. Both of their daughters, Georgina and Isabella, graduated from the preschool and their experience was magical. The family looks forward to starting preschool again with their son Phoenix while continuing the K-12 program with their girls. A Los Angeles native, Orly attended a Jewish day school. Being part of a Jewish community is a value that both she and Carlo highly regard and consider the Isaiah community part of their family. During the past five years at Isaiah, Orly has been very active in the Preschool’s parent association while also being a member of PAC, Isaiah Mothers’ Alliance, and the Board of Trustees. During her free time, Orly likes to spend quality time with her family, enjoying life experiences, traveling, and trying new foods. She loves to work-out and her new obsession is breathwork – she is all about Mind, Body and Soul.
Jerry and his wife, Sue Shachar, joined Temple Isaiah in 2016 when they returned to their Westside roots after living in the valley for many years. Since joining the Temple, Jerry has become involved with the Green Team and participated in the interview process of candidates for the CFO position. Jerry and Sue’s 2020 trip to Israel with Rabbi Dara, Mike Diamond and an incredible group of Isaians triggered Jerry’s decision to become more actively involved with the Temple’s lay leadership team. Jerry is a native Angeleno with a BA in Political Science from Cal State Northridge and a JD from Loyola Law School. He is currently President and General Counsel of Shapco Inc., a privately- owned company involved in manufacturing, fabrication and distribution of steel pipe products together with the ownership and management of a nationwide industrial real estate portfolio.
As a child, Madeline began her Jewish education at Temple Isaiah. She, and her husband of 51 years, Ken Wolf, returned
to Temple Isaiah as “empty nesters”about 15 years ago. They have two children and four granddaughters that range in age from 9 to 22.
Madeline has been a practicing psychologist for over 30 years.
Madeline has enjoyed participating in Chai Village, Shabbat Torah study, the memoir writing group, LifeQuesters, Am Tzedek, and a leader in One LA. She also was part of a Temple trip to Israel. She and Ken are frequents members of Friday night services, both live and on line. Madeline was also a member of the recent cantorial search committee.
Madeline sees Temple Isaiah as a supportive and enriching environment that has become an integral part of her life.