TBS Board of Directors

Temple Beth Sholom encourages your volunteer participation in our numerous committees. Leadership opportunities in our Board of Directors, Temple Sisterhood and Brotherhood follow committee involvement. Get involved today and lead our congregants into the future, call Ruth Irving at the TBS Office to explore all the possibilities!

To contact the TBS Board, you may email our president, Mitchell Cohen at board@tbsoc.com

President: Mitchell Cohen
Executive VP: Mike Winston
VP of Membership: Mary Gonzalez
VP of Worship: Vacant
VP of Education: Matthew Griffin
Treasurer: Harvey Grossberg
Secretary: Bonnie Wenneberg
Past President: Jack Holmes

Director for Social Justice: Paula Pitluk
Director for Fundraising: Melanie Pollak
Director for Communications: Ruth Aptaker
Director for Membership: David Feldberg
Director for Financial Development: John Bornstein

Brotherhood President: Arnold Shugaman
Sisterhood President: Brenda Beck

Mitch Cohen, President

Mitch has been part of TBS since he and his wife Kathy joined us in 2007 with their two children, Jonah and Claire. Mitch grew up at Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton. He and his twin brother Noah were B’Nei Mitzvah students of Rabbi Haim Asa, of blessed memory.

Mitch and Kathy were married in 1994 by Rabbi Asa and welcomed Jonah in 1997 and Claire in 1998. They’ve lived in Placentia, Hickory NC, and now North Tustin.
As a teenager, Mitch was highly involved in scouting and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, doing his Eagle project at Temple Beth Tikvah. Jonah also earned the rank of Eagle, doing his project for the ECC playground at TBS, sanding and painting equipment and installing a sun shelter that continues to provide shade for current ECC students.

In High School, Mitch was an active member of FATY (Fullerton Area Temple Youth) SCFTY (Southern California Federation of Temple Youth), and went to Israel when he was 16 years-old on a 6-week Mitzvah Corps trip with NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth). Since then, he returned to Israel in 1991 for 8 months as an Ulpan student on Kibbutz Hatzor for 5 months and completed Marvah, 3 months of basic training in the Israel Defense Forces. In 2010, Mitch and his extended family went to Israel in honor of his late Grandmother, Rose Orlikoff. He recently went to Israel in February of 2020 with his Dad, Henry Cohen and a group from Temple Beth Tikvah.

Mitch has a BA in History from UCSB and an MBA from CSUF.

Professionally, Mitch has worked for manufacturers (Corning and Chatsworth Products) and distributors (Fibertron and Graybar) in the cabling industry. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer. He just celebrated his second year as a Regional Sales Manager for Southern California at Chatsworth Products, Inc.

Mike Winston, EVP

Mike has been a part of TBS since the age of two. In his youth, he attended Temple Beth Sholom for preschool, day camp, religious and Hebrew school, bar mitzvah, and confirmation classes. Later in life, Mike and his wife, Mimi, were married at TBS in 2005 by Rabbi Stephen Einstein and Rabbi Shelton Donnell.

As a teen, Mike served on our OCTY (Orange County Temple Youth) board of directors. He was also a CIT (Counselor-In-Training) at Camp Swig and has served as guitar-playing song leader for many of the above-mentioned organizations. In addition, Mike attended TALIT—Teacher Aide and Leader in Training—where he and Mimi met. Together they keep up with their kids Izzy, 6 years-old and Ethan, 8. Mike serves as soccer coach for both his children’s teams.

Mike comes from an active TBS family. His mom, Caron, has served in many Board capacities and was also our summer day camp director. Mike’s dad, Jeff, has also served in many Board positions including President. Their commitment to TBS was instrumental in our Living Legacy Campaign. The entire Winston family helped with fundraising and worked with Berliner Architects, Del Amo Construction, and subcontractors for years before and after our 2015 kitchen fire.

During the day, Mike leads a global technical sales force for Safran Passenger Innovations.

Board of Directors Position Descriptions

PRESIDENT

Shall preside at the annual Meeting of the Members and all meetings of the Board of Directors. Shall supervise the operations of the Board of Directors.

May create or eliminate committees necessary for the operation of the Temple and shall approve all committee chairs as recommended by the appropriate Vice Presidents, except as otherwise provided by the By-Laws.

Shall be an ex-officio member of the committees but may not be an ex-officio or voting member of the Nominating Committee.

May call a special meeting of the Temple Members or Board of Directors.
Shall serve as, and perform, all duties as the Chief Executive Officer of the Temple.

May authorize a non-budgeted emergency expenditure of ten-thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or less with the written consent of the Treasurer prior to ratification by the Board of Directors.

EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT

Shall be President Elect.
Shall, in the absence of, or during the disability of, the President, perform all duties of that office.

Shall exercise general oversight and supervision over operating the business, human resources, and security functions of the Temple.

Shall exercise general oversight and supervision over, and be an ex-officio member of, all committees except the Nominating Committee.

SECRETARY

The Secretary shall post the agendas of the Board of Directors meetings and record and issue minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and Temple Membership meetings. The Secretary shall also maintain all official records of the Temple.

TREASURER

The Treasurer shall:

(a) Supervise all Directors and committees concerned with the financial operations of the Temple, and shall be a member of all such committees.

(b) Supervise the receipt and deposit of all money in the name of the Temple, the payment of all bills preliminarily approved by the Executive Director, or the Executive Director designee, for payment and shall

ensure that all checks are signed by an authorized signatory; signatures of two (2) authorized signatories shall be required for all checks in the amount of five-thousand dollars ($5,000.00) and above.

(c) Review and report on all Endowments and Grant funds.

The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer of the Temple and shall supervise maintaining the books and records of the Temple relating to all of its financial transactions and affairs, including accounting for its assets and liabilities and its receipts and expenditures. When requested by the President or the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall furnish a written account of all transactions by the Treasurer, such accounting to be provided no less frequently than once per calendar quarter.

The Treasurer shall also oversee the At-Large Director of Financial Development and the At-Large Director of Fundraising in the following ways:

  • Provide assistance with budget and other issues as needed
  • Maintain ongoing and regular communications
  • Ensure that proper records of committee meetings are compiled

The Treasurer will report to the Board as appropriate about the activities of the Finance Committee and the other committees focused on fundraising, business development, grants, and endowments.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The At-Large Director of Financial Development shall work in collaboration with the At-Large Director of Fundraising, the Treasurer, and the Executive Director to:

  • Establish for Board approval policies relating to endowments, grants and planned giving.
  • Analyze current business practices, specifically relating to room usage and rentals, and help developplans for the creation of new income streams.
  • Identify stakeholders and experts within the membership to implement new policies and visualizesuccess.
  • Present status reports to the Treasurer and the Board of Directors as requested.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING

The At-Large Director of Fundraising shall work in collaboration with the At-Large Director of Financial Development, the Treasurer, and the Executive Director to:

  • Plan and implement fundraising strategies from synagogue members and other supporters.
  • Analyze current fundraising efforts and help develop new approaches that both bring in needed incomeover and above membership dues and fees and that provide community-building and strengtheningopportunities for the varying cohorts of the congregation.
  • Identify stakeholders and experts within the membership to become part of an ongoing fundraisinggroup or committee and oversee their work.
  • Work closely with the Volunteer Coordination Committee (under the At-Large Director of Membership)to identify volunteers to work on events and activities.
  • Ensure that effective record keeping is undertaken so that fundraising activities are well-planned andduplicable as appropriate in future years.
  • Present status reports to the Treasurer and the Board of Directors as requested.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR WORSHIP

The VP for Worship will oversee the At-Large Director for Social Justice

The VP shall work collaboratively with the Clergy to oversee various task committees that will follow the Jewish calendar and annual cycle. The VP will assign chairs to each committee and work with each committee to create a timeline and task list. The committees shall be:

  • High Holy Days – this includes Facility/Ushers, Selichot, and YK Break-outs
  • Sukkot and Simchat Torah
  • Al HaNisim – this includes Chanukah and Purim
  • Passover
  • Shabbat – including speakers and themed ShabbatotThe VP shall provide assistance to the committees and to the At-Large Director for Social Justice with budget development and with other issues as needed, shall maintain ongoing and regular communications, and shall ensure that proper records of committee meetings are compiled.The VP shall report to the Board of Directors regarding Worship experiences, strategies, and planning.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

The At-Large Director for Social Justice works with the Clergy and the VP for Worship to oversee various task committees that address Social Justice and Social Action in the congregation. This includes working closely with the Community of Practice (CoP) program “Moving Justice to the Center of Your Congregation.”

The At-Large Director for Social Justice shall ensure that work continues on the following projects:

  • Social Action Projects
  • Mitzvah Meals
  • Mitzvah of the Month
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Mitzvah Day
  • CoP Moving Justice to the Center of Your Congregation

The At-Large Director shall ensure that effective record keeping is undertaken so that social action activities arewell-planned and duplicable as appropriate in future years.
The At-Large Director shall present status reports to the Board of Directors as requested.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR EDUCATION

The VP shall work in collaboration with and support of the TBS Director of Congregational Learning and Director of Early Childhood Education. The VP shall maintain ongoing and regular communications, and shall ensure that proper records of committee meetings are compiled.

The VP shall report to the Board of Directors regarding Congregational Learning experiences, strategies, and planning.

The VP shall oversee several committees or task forces including: Adult Learning, Early Childhood Education, Youth, Camp Sholom, Religious School and shall ensure that each of these committees schedule regular meetings which professional staff (Director of Congregational Learning, Director of Early Childhood Education) attend.

Upon request and/or as appropriate, the VP may provide information to the Clergy and Executive Director regarding the educational programs, strategies, and staffing needs of the Temple.

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MEMBERSHIP

The VP for Membership will oversee two At-Large Directors: The Director for Membership and the Director for Communications.

The VP shall work collaboratively with both At-Large Directors and the Executive Director to:

  • Plan and implement comprehensive strategies for new member recruitment, current member integration, effective membership dues systems, and improved communications between the Temple and congregants.
  • Provide assistance with budget development for the Membership Committees or Subcommittees and with other issues as needed
  • Maintain ongoing and regular communications
  • Ensure that proper records of committee meetings are compiled
  • Report to the Board of Directors regarding strategies and progress in meeting Membership goals eachyear.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR FOR MEMBERSHIP

The At-Large Director for Membership shall work collaboratively and under the guidance of the VP for Membership and the Executive Director. The Director for Membership shall oversee the following membership-related Committees:

  • New Members
  • Member Retention
  • Volunteer Coordination
    • The At-Large Director shall:
    • Provide assistance to each of these committees as needed.
    • Review reports and request clarification when needed.
    • Present a summary of the committee activities to the VP for Membership.
    • Report to the Board of Directors when requested.
    • Ensure that each committee maintains effective records of meetings, plans, and decisions.

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS

The At-Large Director for Communications shall work under the guidance of the VP for Membership, and collaboratively with the Executive Director, the Clergy and other Senior Staff. The At-Large Director for Communications shall oversee the following membership-related Committees:

Communications Committee The At-Large Director shall:

  • Provide assistance to each of these committees as needed.
  • Reach out to all other committees regarding calendaring and communications needs
  • Review reports and request clarification when needed.
  • Present a summary of the committee activities to the VP of Membership.
  • Report to the Board of Directors when requested.
  • Ensure that each committee maintains effective records of meetings, plans, and decisions.

 

2019/20 Board Meeting Minutes

July 15, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
March 18, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
January 23, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2019 Board Minutes and budget
November 20, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes
October 16, 2019 Board Minutes
September 18, 2019 Board Minutes
August 21, 2019 Board Minutes
2019 Annual Congregational Meeting

 

Board Meeting Minutes Archive