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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Temple Beth Am's governing body, the Board of Directors, meets monthly and (unless the Board is holding an Executive Session) the meetings are open to Temple Beth Am members to observe. Meetings are usually on the third Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. If you are interested in attending a meeting, check the calendar to verify the date of the meeting. As a courtesy, contact the Temple Beth Am President if you wish to attend.

Agendas for Board meetings are generally set within the Executive Committee and are based on committee or task force activities. When a policy issue or committee proposal is up for consideration, the Board will sometimes discuss it at one meeting and hold a vote the following month. If you have a concern or an issue that you wish the Board to consider, contact the Temple Beth Am President.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact the Temple Beth Am President for more information. Per our bylaws, new directors are elected at the annual meeting in May of each calendar year.

Additional related policies can be found in these Temple Beth Am Board resources:

Contact the Board with questions or comments about Temple Beth Am.

President

Benjamin Glatstein
Pronouns: he, him

Ben and his wife, Theresa, have been Temple Beth Am members since moving to Seattle in 2009. They now have three human children, two of whom are in the Religious School; they are very involved in Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA) activities. Ben has served on various committees, including the Nominating Committee (chair), Rabbi Search Committee, Executive Director Search Committee, and the Board Governance Committee. Ben works in Microsoft’s legal department.

Vice President

Greg Berkman
Pronouns: he, him

Greg joined Temple Beth Am in the late '90s. He was born and raised in Seattle’s north end. Over the years, he and his family have been involved in virtually all aspects of temple life. He has served on a wide range of committees - including the Finance and Strategic Planning committees - usually with his wife Ruth Berkman. They consider a temple meeting “date night.”  Most recently, Greg has been active on the Development Committee. He has been involved with a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations in Seattle and finds satisfaction elevating operational standards by applying industry best practices. He brings his skills and experience in management, operations, accounting, and finance to his service on the Board of Directors. Greg and Ruth have four children and an aging sailboat that keep them busy!

Secretary

Heather Camp
Pronouns: she, her

Heather joined the Temple Beth Am community almost 10 years ago after moving to Seattle from Baltimore. She has appreciated the temple’s diversity and warmth through several groups, including the Sisters of Beth Am, ever since. Heather is a registered nurse and has worked most recently for the University of Washington Medical Center. She is married with two kiddos and two mischievous cats.

Treasurer

T.J. Stutman
Pronouns: he, him

T.J. and his wife, Nora, have been proud members of the Temple Beth Am community since 2013 and are devoted parents to Guri and Myer. T.J. works in the King County Executive Office developing budgets and business plans for agencies serving the county’s two million-plus residents. He is delighted to have the opportunity to learn from and serve the community through the Beth Am Board.

Directors

Carole Aaron
Pronouns: she, her

Carole is a 25-year member of Temple Beth Am, a long-time member of the Finance and Investment Committees, and is now a past board Treasurer after many years of service in that capacity. She and her husband, Bruce Peterson, are a bi-coastal family with a daughter in New York City and two adult children and three grandchildren in Seattle. While Carole deals with finance, Bruce takes charge of their travel plans. Carole is trying to be a retired financial planner, but some clients think otherwise. Her favorite hobby is gardening, roses being her big passion.

Galen Basse

I am a Seattle native! I was born on Capitol Hill and raised about an hour south of the city. I moved to UW in 1998 for college, met my wife in graduate school there, and all three of my children call Seattle their hometown. I obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Spanish and Linguistics from UW, and I started working for UW administration about 9 years ago. I work in the Office of Research, ensuring regulatory compliance for studies that involves humans as experimental subjects. I joined Beth Am in 2014 with my wife Sarah. I have served on the Young Families committee, the Audacious Hospitality working group, and I even got to lift the Torah at High Holidays! I am passionate about Judaism, particularly when it comes to integrating Jewish practice into everyday life, and building bridges across different Jewish communities. I enjoy reading, taking walks, and a good game of frisbee in the backyard. Lastly, I would say that I have one hidden talent: I’m able to eat super-hot foods right out of the oven without blowing on them. My wife says it’s crazy.

Shelly F. Cohen
Pronouns: she, her

Shelly has been a member of Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years. She has been involved in a wide range of synagogue activities, including the Religious School Board and Welcoming Synagogues Task Force; she was also on the Rabbinic Search Committee that brought Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick to Temple Beth Am. Shelly is a member of the Commission on Social Action, an advisory body to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She and her wife, Julie Shapiro, have two children.

Barbara Droker
Pronouns: she, her

Barbara and her husband, Howard, joined Temple Beth Am in 1984 when their son, Daniel, was six and daughter, Abby, was two. At this time, she helped found the north-end branch of the Stroum Jewish Community Center and its early childhood education program. She has been a longtime member and former chair of Beth Am’s Religious Practices Committee and served on numerous other committees. Barbara has also served a term on the Board and Executive Committee. She was part of the first Beth Am Adult B’nai Mitzvah class and became one of the volunteer Torah readers/chanters. In her professional life, Barbara provided administrative and executive assistance to research scientists at the University of Washington and Benaroya Research Institute. Now retired, she enjoys taking care of her three grandchildren (Noah, Liam, and Juna) and regularly does yoga, Israeli dancing, mahjong, knitting, Torah and Talmud study, writing, and reading.       

Corinne Fligner

Corinne and her husband, Mark Wener, joined Temple Beth Am in 1995 with their two children, both of whom attended Religious School and celebrated becoming B’Nai Mitzvah at TBA. The whole family has been part of a TBA Chavurah for over 20 years, and has delighted in the evolving relationships between the generations. Corinne is a forensic pathologist who retired from the University of Washington in 2017; continuing medical activities include volunteer committee work with the Washington Department of Health focused on decreasing maternal mortality, and work as an associate editor for a professional journal. Since her retirement, she has become more active at TBA, including the B’Yachad small group program, Prayerbook Hebrew classes with Debbie Massarano, and as a member of the current Adult B’nai Mitzvah cohort. In addition to exploring new opportunities during retirement, she enjoys walking, reading (especially non-fiction and mysteries), biking, theater, and classical music.

Gary Goldbaum
Pronouns: he, him

Gary and his wife, Judy Unger, joined Temple Beth Am in 1990. Both of their children, Caitlin and Shane, attended TBA’s Religious School. With fellow Temple Beth Am member Sandy Melzer, Gary co-taught fourth grade in the Religious School for three years. He and Judy are part of a Temple Beth Am chavurah and game night group, and Gary is an active member of a Temple Beth Am men’s group. Gary is a family physician who practiced in rural Vermont before devoting 33 years to public health, serving in various positions at Public Health-Seattle & King County and the past 10 years as the director and health officer for the Snohomish Health District. He is an avid hiker, skier, biker, and theater-goer. 

Sara Jensen

Sara and her husband Jon Weinstein have been official members of Temple Beth Am since 2016, but have felt connected to the TBA community since their two kids attended preschool at the JCC (now SEED). Nathaniel and Amara attended elementary school at the Seattle Jewish Community School (SJCS) where Sara co-lead the Parent Association and chaired the SJCS auction. The kids are now in 7th and 9th grade and active participants in TBA’s religious school. Sara works as a national environmental policy advisor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She and her family love to travel and are building a prized collection of national park stamps. This February, her family (including her parents) participated in TBA’s trip to Israel where they deepened their understanding of history and Judaism and made friends across generations. Sara looks forward to making new connections while serving on the board.

Laura Karassik

Laura and her husband, Chris, have been members of Temple Beth Am since 2015, when their oldest son started in pre-K at the religious school. Laura and Chris relocated to Seattle from Chicago in 2005. Their family has been actively involved in the Young Families at Beth Am group, and Laura served on the committee. Laura has been a commercial real estate attorney for more than 15 years and is currently the general counsel of a Seattle-based real estate company. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family (including two active boys and a dog), reading, watching movies and running marathons.

Lou Kotler
Pronouns: he, him

Lou and Phyllis Levy have been members of Temple Beth Am since circa 1995. All three of their children attended the Religious School with Joel and Claire celebrating their B'nai Mitzvah in the Beth Am Sanctuary. Lou has served on the Beth Am finance committee since October 2016. Many years ago, he also served on the Board nominating committee. For several years, he played and coached the now defunct Beth Am softball team. Lou is retired but worked for over 30 years in finance and has broad-based experience, including budgeting and planning, strategic planning, insurance, banking, cash management, SEC reporting, bankruptcy, and acquisitions & mergers. He also serves as the treasurer for the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State. Lou is looking forward to helping the Board understand the financial implications and risks of their decisions, as well as adding clarity to recommendations made by the finance committee.

Betsy K. Maurer
Pronouns: she, her

Betsy and her husband, Andrew Schulman, joined Temple Beth Am in 1995. They have celebrated the birth, Bat Mitzvah, and Covenant Renewal of their daughter at Temple Beth Am as well as Andrew’s adult Bar Mitzvah. Betsy has served on a variety of temple committees as a member, co-chair, or chair, and is a past Board President. When she’s not volunteering for TBA, Betsy enjoys practicing employment law, singing with the Seattle Jewish Chorale, and hanging out with her dog.

Josh Samson
Pronouns: he, him

Josh and his wife, Katherine, joined Temple Beth Am in 2012 after attending several warm and welcoming Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA) events with their oldest daughter. Two more have come along, and they all agree – Purim is rad. Josh became an active member right away, first serving on the YFBA Committee. Then, he served multiple times on the Board Nominating Committee and completed two consecutive terms on the Religious School Committee. Josh is a professional photographer and avid endurance athlete. 

Ronnie Shure
Pronouns: he, him

Ronnie and his wife, Toby Harris, joined Temple Beth Am in 1986. They have three daughters who have experienced Bat Mitzvah and Covenant Renewal here, and they are very involved in the lives of their two grandchildren. Ronnie is the Chair of the Religious Practices Committee, a committed member of the team of Shamushim that volunteer to support Shabbat services, and an advocate for tikkun olam activities. Ronnie is a pharmacist who provided health care to underserved populations in the areas of substance abuse treatment, mental health, and public health. Although he tried to retire in 2012, he was drawn into pharmacogenomics where he works with ActX, a commercial venture that provides support systems to provide personalized health care.

Steven Snyder

Steven and his wife Helen Spencer-Snyder, and their children Hannah (25), Lev (22) and Ari (16), joined Temple Beth Am when they moved to Seattle in 2016. By day, he's a lawyer for a family office who loves working with innovators and philanthropists. At home, it's all about family, great books (especially history), singing and guitar, long Shabbat dinner conversations over good food and good wine, bike rides, hikes and kayaking. Before moving to Seattle, he served for many years on the Board and the Quality Improvement Committee of Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston, and more recently on the Board and the Development Committee of Temple Ner Tamid in Blomfield, New Jersey. At TBA, he's served on the Development Committee.

Rachel Zerrell
Pronouns: they, them or she, her

Rachel, who was known as Rachel Zeno until she married her partner Tim one-and-a-half years ago, has been a Temple Beth Am member for 32 years. Since moving back to Seattle in 2008, Rachel has been involved in the Welcoming Synagogue Taskforce, H2R, the Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative, as a delegate to the RAC's Consultation on Conscience, as a Torah reader, and by teaching Religious School, as well as being a part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Advanced Leadership Development program. As a Senior Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion Strategy at Amazon, Rachel works on finding innovative ways to disrupt unconscious bias, effectively develop and retain people from underrepresented backgrounds, and build organizational capability to collaborate across many kinds of differences; you might also run into her doing anti-racist organizing in Seattle with CARW and JUIR. She's thrilled to roll up her sleeves and help Temple Beth Am actualize the Strategic Plan and move into the future in a way that lives our values.

Resolutions and Policies

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781