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Meet Our Board of Trustees

Nancy Spivack – President

Nancy Spivack has been a member of CSK since 2011 when she and her husband Alan made south Florida their permanent home. During her many years living in the Maryland suburbs of the DC metro area, Nancy led a successful career in Human Resource management and organizational development, including work in hospitality, telecommunications, technology start-ups, biotechnology and nonprofit sectors. A healthcare opportunity brought her to south Florida in 2010; she retired in 2019. Coming from a family that actively embraced conservative synagogue life, Nancy continued that tradition, both as a member and in board leadership. She has also participated on human resource association boards throughout her career. Nancy has served as a trustee on the CSK board and currently, as Executive Vice President.

Nancy and Alan have two children; their daughter, Elana, and her family live in State College, Pa where she is a clinical psychologist working with students at Penn State University. Their son, Brian, and his family reside in Maryland; Brian is the Sr. Director of Operations for Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in DC. They have three beautiful grandchildren.

 

Ariella Reback – Executive Vice President

Ariella moved with her family to Boynton Beach in 2011 and have been members at CSK since 2017.  Ariella is married to Rabbi Eddie Bernstein, who is a chaplain with Boca Regional Hospital and VITAS.  She and Eddie have three wonderful children – Sam, who is a student at University of Central Florida, Noam, who is a senior in high school and Esther, who celebrated her bat mitzvah at CSK in January of 2021.  Ariella is an attorney and serves as Florida Legal Counsel for The Northern Trust Company.  She has never shied away from any home project and enjoys renovations, woodworking and gardening.  Ariella and her family have found their religious home at CSK.

 

Sharon Lubin, Membership Vice President

Sharon, Eric and her 3 children have been members of CSK since 2008.  Sharon and her husband were eager to join CSK after exploring shuls in the area due to the warm welcome her family received from day one. They are still grateful for the sense of caring and community that still thrives at CSK today! Sharon has formerly served on the Board as a trustee and as secretary and enjoys participating in adult education and community outreach.  She has also helped schlep high holiday materials back and forth to our "off site" high holiday location for many years. 

Sharon and Eric have been married for over 26 years and they both moved to Florida in 1992. After being a stay-at-home mom and a full time volunteer for over 15 years, Sharon went back to work and is currently a Data Analyst for Zelis, a healthcare data analytics company.  Eric has been a software engineer for almost 30 years working for IBM, Constant Contact and now PWC. Emily, their daughter, is 22 and a recent graduate of UF.  She is pursuing a career in agriculture/horticulture and was one of Rabbi Baum's first Bnai Mitzvahs.  Alec, their eldest son, is 20 and is a junior at IU studying Audio Engineering & Sound Design.  Ethan, their youngest, is 17 and a senior at Boca Raton Community High School who is planning on going to a Florida college.  Penny, their fur baby, is a 13 year old Wheaten Terrier who might be their favorite child!  Sharon mostly enjoys time spent outdoors - whether yardwork, running or hiking. She also likes sending random mail to people she knows just for fun!

 

Eve Nasetti, Fundraising Vice President

Eve has been an integral part of CSK for the past twelve years and has served in various capacities including Trustee, Programming Vice President and Fundraising Vice President.  Professionally, Eve works in medical coding.  She is married to John and has two children, Daniella, age 10 and Frankie, age 9, both of whom are enrolled in the CSK religious school.  Eve grew up in an observant household and seeks to imbue her children with a love of Judaism.  In her free time, Eve enjoys cooking, scrapbooking and dancing.  She is a consummate juggler of everything and fits more into one day than seems possible.  Eve has made many lifelong friends through CSK and dedicates herself to her chosen family.

 

Melissa Rayman, Programming Vice President

Melissa and her family have been proud members of CSK since 2015. She is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami, FL. Melissa and her husband Jason have 2 daughters, Becca who is in 9th grade and Emmie who is in 6th grade. CSK has made a huge positive impact on the lives of her entire family.  Both of her daughters attend Camp Ramah Darom and have a deep-rooted love for Judaism and Israel.  Melissa has also spent 3 summers working at Camp Ramah Darom! At Ramah Darom, Melissa works as a Vocational Evaluator- helping people with disabilities make a career path with appropriate support and accommodations to be successful. Melissa has devoted her career to helping persons with various abilities achieve vocational success.  Melissa is a regional board member of the ADL Florida Region and considers herself to be a strong advocate in the fight against hate. She loves her family, cat, dog, making people laugh, karaoke, and Broadway musicals.

 

Janice Wertheim – Recording Secretary

Janice and her husband Craig and son Eric relocated to Boca from Rockland County, NY in 2019 and are thrilled to have made CSK their spiritual home.  Janice has worked in the Judaic world for much of her career and is currently working for the Jewish National Fund for the Southeast Region.  She has served on the boards of a variety of Jewish organizations including youth commissions, Sisterhood, Hebrew Day School, PTA and Hadassah.  Janice and her family have made Judaism an integral part of their lives and she continues to share her extensive experience with the CSK Board.

 

Ralph Foreman, Treasurer

Ralph Foreman has been a member of CSK since 2014. Ralph's wife Michelle is a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at West Boca Medical Center and in private practice. Michelle and Ralph live in Boca Raton, and have one son Jacob, who is 11 and attends CSK's Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School. Ralph is the Administrative Branch Manager for the Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller and has more than 25 years experience in government budgeting and finance operations. Ralph has been an active member of CSK's investment committee.

 

Nan Berkowitz, Board of Trustees


Nan Bernkowitz moved to Boca Raton in 1992.  She was a founding member of Beth Tivah and served as membership VP for 4 years and then became President.  She has continued her service with CSK on the Board of Trustees and was the Treasurer for 2020-2022.  Nan is a former special education teacher and pre-school teacher.  She currently owns First Impressions Realty as its broker.

Nan grew up in Philadelphia.  She has two children – Ilene and Steven and a step-daughter, Miriam, who lives in Massachusetts.  Nan has 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.  Miriam’s daughter, Talia, recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with our CSK family.

Dawn Fele, Board of Trustees 

During the first service Dawn attended in 2013, she noticed that CSK was different than the other synagogues.  She loved the haimish feeling and warm welcome.  Shortly after, Dawn and her family joined our congregation.  Jess began studying in the religious school and became a Bat Mitzvah during Hanukkah 2019.

Dawn is originally from New Jersey and moved to South Florida when she was still young.  Dawn graduated from the University of Florida and then received her graduate degree from Florida State University to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Some of Dawn’s favorite memories involve family trips to Disney World, pulling off various surprises and anything that brings lots of laughter.

 

Ann Fils, Board of Trustees

Ann and her family have been members of CSK for many, many years.  Originally from Long Island, New York, Ann has been in South Florida for many years.  She is married to Albert and they have three wonderful children, Deena, Aaron, and Naomi.  All three were lifers at Donna Klein Jewish Academy. Deena recently married and lives in Roswell, Georgia.  Aaron is in his first year of medical school in Miami and Naomi is a junior at University of Florida studying biomedical engineering. Aaron and Naomi celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at CSK. Ann is an architect and works for PGAL in the Boca Raton office.  She recently worked on the CSK renovation. Ann loves to cook and recently took up Challah baking.

 

Michelle Foreman, Board of Trustees

Michelle Foreman has been a member of CSK since 2014. Michelle's husband is Ralph Foreman. Michelle and Ralph live in Boca Raton, and have one son Jacob, who is 11 and attends CSK's Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School. Michelle is a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at West Boca Medical Center and in private practice. Michelle has served on CSK's Board of Trustees for the past 2 years, Co-chair for Youth programming, as well as on various committees. Michelle previously served as a youth group advisor for the Boca Chapter of Young Judaea for over 10 years. Her son Jacob attends Camp Judaea in the summer and is a member of CSK's Chalutzim.

 

David Gollins, Board of Trustees

David and his wife, Carol Cohen, moved from Tampa to Delray Beach in May 2021. David spent the majority of his professional career as a technology Director for JPMorgan Chase in New York and Tampa. Carol is in Health Care Administration having worked at USF Health prior to their move to Delray. Carol and David have four children who live in Houston, Boston, NYC and Germany; and are blessed with two adorable grandchildren. 

David served on the board of his synagogue in Bellmore Long Island and the board of the Alzheimer’s Association in Tampa. He is currently working remotely for MUFG bank and attempting to whittle down his golf handicap. Becoming a member of CSK has filled his spiritual soul and is thoroughly enjoying meeting his new “congregational family”.  Carol and David enjoy playing golf and enjoying all that Delray has to offer!

 

Jeff Gordon, Board of Trustees

Jeff Gordon and his wife Sheryl became members of Shaarei Kodesh over 12 years ago after being members of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton from 1989 until around 2008.  The Gordons are originally from Minnesota, where Jeff earned a degree in Hebrew Education at the University of Minnesota in the late 1970’s and then taught at the Minneapolis Talmud Torah for three years before entering the field of Group Insurance in Minneapolis.  After several job transfers, Jeff wound up in South Florida with Sheryl and their two children, Daniel and Julia, who are now in their 30’s living in L.A. and Boynton Beach respectively.  Jeff worked for 20 years in the Prudential Group Department before starting his own agency.  In 2002, Jeff became the President and Executive Director of West Boca Basketball, a recreational basketball league for children ages 5-18, and he served in that capacity for 16 years.  He is now involved in the gaming industry on a part-time basis.  Jeff and Sheryl led an Israel tour group of high school children in the summer of 1979 but have not been back to Israel since then and have dreams of returning soon.

 

Karen Zampa Katz, Board of Trustees

Karen, along with her husband Robert, moved to Florida from Long Island, New York to be near their first granddaughter in 2019. Karen and Robert, after moving, sought out to find a place of worship and Joined CSK in the same year.

Karen is a licensed clinical social worker who has had a varied and extensive career in both medical and mental health settings. She also had been intricately involved in her previous synagogue both as a both board member and in social action and community care committees. Robert, a retired psychiatrist, and Karen enjoy gardening and are in the process of setting up a suburban food forest at their home. Karen has one daughter who lives in Brooklyn NY and Robert has two daughters one of which lives in Parkland with her family and another daughter who lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Byrna Klur, Board of Trustees

Byrna became a member of CSK in 2015, when her synagogue in Cooper City experienced a merger, necessitating joining another synagogue where she and Larry would feel welcome and comfortable, enjoy praying, as well as creating the opportunity to make new friendships.  They moved to Boynton Beach in 2021, making their religious home much closer.  Byrna had been an active member of her prior synagogue, becoming Sisterhood President, Executive Vice President and the only female President.

Byrna and Larry share four children and five grandchildren, all of whom reside outside of Florida, in four different states.  It is their greatest pleasure to visit with their family as often as possible, as well as to create family vacations twice a year. Byrna looks forward to becoming a CSK board member, continuing to donate her time and energies to our CSK family.

 

Arlene Lurie, Board of Trustees

Arlene Lurie has been a member of CSK since the end of 2020 when she and her husband, David, decided to change their synagogue affiliation from Temple Anshei Shalom {TAS}, where they had been members for 8 years, during which time, Arlene served as their Vice President of Finance.   Arlene is a CPA and, in that professional capacity, had worked for 20 years in both public and private accounting.  She started in public accounting as a junior at one of the big 8 firms, Ernst and Ernst {now Ernst and Young) and, before retiring and moving permanently to Florida from Great Neck, New York, served as the Chief Financial Officer at 2 Non for Profit organizations for the rest of her career, her last the Development Corporation for Israel {AKA Israel Bonds} where she served as CFO for the United States operation.

While in Great Neck, David and Arlene were members of Temple Israel of GN and, where for several years, Arlene served on the Board and as their Vice President of Finance. Throughout their lives both Arlene and David and their two children have been actively involved with Conservative Synagogue life.  The Lurie’s now have 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 

Betsy Uliss, Board of Trustees

Betsy has lived in South Florida for the past 21 years and has been involved with several synagogues here in Florida, as well as in the New York area and in Brookline, MA, where she grew up.  Betsy is an independent human resources professional and gives much of her time to board and leadership responsibilities in the community.  Betsy has been a member of CSK for the past 8 years and participates in the programming committee, the Vegan Challenge and Mitnadev.  She is excited to continue her involvement with our CSK family.

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