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Our Extraordinary People

Please take a little time to get to know:  Our Clergy  |  Our Staff  |  Our Board of Directors


Our Clergy

Rabbi Ben Goldstein | Interim Rabbi

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett | Click for bio...

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris | Cantor

“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking for higher ground.” - Les Brown (adapted) | Click for bio...

Rabbi Gilbert Kollin | Rabbi Emeritus

שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד הִנֵּה מַה־טּוֹב וּמַה־נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם־יָחַד׃

A song of ascents. Of David. How good and how pleasant it is that brothers dwell together. - Psalms 133:1 | Click for bio...

Our Staff

Melissa Levy | Executive Director

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou | Click for bio...

Debby Singer | Interim Education Director

"What really matters is that we care about the people we seek to engage. When we genuinely care about people, we will not only welcome them; we will listen to their stories, we will share ours and we will join together to build a Jewish community that enriches our lives." - Ron Wolfson | Bio Coming Soon! 

Theresa Brekan | Operations Manager

“The purpose of my life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson | Click for bio...

Lisa Lam | Controller

"Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true". - Ralph Waldo Emerson | Click for bio...

Emily Catalano | Asst. Director, Youth Engagement & Education

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement...get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel | Click for bio...

Daniel Platt | Office Manager, LBSRS

"The laws of morality are also those of art" - Robert Schumann | Click for bio...


Claire Gorfinkel | Chaplain

"May the Source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing." – Mi Shebeirach prayer | Click for bio...


Jessica Donath | Administrative and Program Assistant

"Everything is hard before it is easy." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Click for bio...

Alex Beck | Facility Manager

"Life's like a box of tools. Sometimes you just gotta remember where you put 'em." - Alex Beck, referencing Forrest Gump | Click for bio...

Robert "RJ" Brown III | Facilities

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” - Ursula K. Le Guin | Click for bio...

Our Leadership

Jack Singer | President


Richard Rosenbaum | VP Management

Stephanie Ivler | VP Programs

Clark Linstone  | Treasurer

Phil Callahan  | Secretary


Erich Schlecht  | VP Planning

Stacey Sharp  | Past President

BOARD MEMBERS (continued)

Adriana Quinn  | Member-at-Large

Todd Levine | Member-at-Large

Sara Michelson  | Member-at-Large

Sue Hogan  | Past President

Daphna Enzer | Member-at-Large

Terry Tornek  | Member-at-Large

Aty Rotter | Sisterhood President

Fred Rotenberg  | Men's Club President


To get in contact with the contact for any of the groups or committees listed below, please call (626-798-1161) or email ( the PJTC office.

Adult Education | Judy Callahan

Aesthetics | Nancy Carlton

20s/30s | Emily Catalano

Cemetery | Victor Zlotnicki 

Facilities | Todd Levine 

Fundraising | Richard Rosenbaum

Israel | Jesse Duker

JEDI (Jewish Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) | Diane Burr

Green | Ali Linder

Guardians | Bryan & Marina Jick

Hazak | Carol Sofer

Hiking Group | Phil Callahan

Interfaith Study Group | Carl Selkin

L'Dor V'Dor | Faith Segal

Membership Committee | Jan Pais


Ohr Tamid Society | Jeff Landau

Rabbi Search | Cathy Krasner

Religious Affairs | Peter Mendel

Religious School | Aviva Zierler

Social Justice | Carl Selkin

Special Dues | Cathy Krasner

Youth | Shoshana Rosenbaum 

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