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Board of Directors

Message from the Temple President, Sam Newman

"I am honored to serve as Temple Shalom's President. My family has been overjoyed to have found and become part of Temple Shalom. This wonderful, inclusive community has been a perfect fit for Katja, Jakob (18), Max (15) and I to explore our faith and to connect with our Jewish heritage. We are excited to continue to support the clergy and temple staff in developing and introducing new programming to bring the TSSB community together, building enduring memories and relationships. Being a part of TSSB is more than attending services or religious school—it’s about making our faith and culture a vital part of our identities and our children’s future."

Sam Newman is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP and a member of the Global Restructuring Group.  Sam is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Sam held political and fundraising positions with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington, DC and served in legislative and policy positions for a variety of members of Congress.  Sam lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Katja, and their children Jakob and Max.

Jessica Hinkle
Jessica grew up in New York City but has called the South Bay home since 2002.  She lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband Paul and their three young daughters. Jessica is a Divisional Vice President in the Online Education division of Laureate Education, Inc.  She began attending TSSB for High Holiday services in 2008 and then brought her family to Tot Shabbat and they were hooked.  All three of her daughters have attended Temple Shalom religious school since Kindergarten, and one is entering her Bat-Mitzvah year. 

Jeff Davis
Jeff was born in Los Angeles and has been a resident of Manhattan Beach since 1988.  He is a founding board member, concerned since its inception primarily with financial aspects of the temple.  Jeff has a vision of TSSB as a vibrant and respected Jewish community, with congregants that share close personal relationships.  Jeff's daughters Megan and Emma, and son Brett celebrated their b'nai mitzvah at TSSB.

Irv Edwards
Irv was born and grew up in Canada.  He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from McGill University and his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He came to Los Angeles to pursue his interest in Emergency Medicine and interned at Los Angeles County Hospital. In 1989, Dr. Edwards founded and remains President of Emergent Medical Associates, a leading provider of emergency care and episodic care management services to patients, communities, physician groups and hospitals throughout California.  Irv has lived in Manhattan Beach for 33 years.  His son Matthew is completing his second year at the University of Denver. Steven has chosen Tulane University and will be a biology and business major this fall. Meghan is attending Rolling Hills Prep and continues her love of Soccer, Skiing and Water sports.

Ron Harrison
Ron is a native of the South Bay and currently resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife Stacy and their two children Samantha and Ethan. Ron is an executive with Anthem in their pharmacy services division. Ron and his family have enjoyed being active members of TSSB for the past 11 years, and is a past President of the Temple.

Mike Kalan
Mike grew up in Pacific Palisades as a member of Kehillat Israel.  After working as a civil defense attorney for seven years, Mike became a math teacher and coach.  He has worked at a private school in Brentwood for thirteen years.  Mike and his wife, Debra, have lived in Manhattan Beach since 1995.  Both their daughter Rachel and their son Ryan have enjoyed TSSB religious school since kindergarten and in 2014 Rachel became a Bat Mitzvah.  Mike has served on the TSSB Education Committee for the past nine years.

Greg Klein
Greg and his family have been residents of Manhattan Beach since 1997. He founded and manages KleinPartners, which grows underperforming companies into successful organizations.  After 20 years of career dedication, he is proud to contribute to building TSSB’s long term success in the community.  Greg and his wife Kristine’s daughters, Carly and Taylor, both celebrated their b'not mitzvah at Temple Shalom.

Carol Risher
Carol moved to California from Washington, D.C., where she served on the boards of both her synagogue and the Jewish Community Center.  Soon after arriving in the L.A. area in 2001, Carol became involved with the South Bay Jewish community, producing the South Bay Jewish Music Festival featuring local cantors.  Carol is striving to create an environment wherein Temple members become friends and family to one another for all life cycle events.  She served as President of TSSB from 2008-2010. Carol also loves racing on a 40' sailboat and attending the theater.

Mike Rosenberg
Mike has lived in Manhattan Beach for 20 years, and has been involved with TSSB since its inception.  He is currently the CEO of Intrepid Investment Bankers, LLC, a merger and acquisition advisory firm.  He has an extensive background in business and finance and has served on the boards and executive committees of several charitable and civic organizations, including the United Jewish Fund, Jewish Vocational Services, and West Coast Sports Associates.  His youngest son, Max, is enrolled in the religious school, while the his older sons both celebrated b'nai mitzvah at Temple Shalom.

Melissa Paulding
Melissa grew up in the California desert and moved to Los Angeles for college. A ride or die UCLA fan, Melissa got a BA, a Masters, a husband and a glimpse into the cosmos from UCLA. In addition to being a mom of two young kids, Melissa manages national security space programs for the U.S. Department of Defense. Melissa's family began attending TSSB's Tot Shabbat services in 2015 and is so grateful to be a part of this community.

Andrew Sloves
Andrew has lived in the South Bay for 20 years.  He and his wife have three children, the oldest of whom celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at TSSB.  Andrew joined the board in 2007, hoping to help TSSB thrive and continue to create a unique Jewish experience in our community.  He has been at JP Morgan for the past 20 years, where he is a Managing Director and heads the L.A. fixed income sales force.

Julie Spangler
Julie, a native New Yorker grew up attending a large Conservative Jewish synagogue.  She moved to LA in 1996 with little intention of making a permanent home here.  She quickly found herself with a great studio job, within a few years met her husband Stu and along with their two beautiful children, now fully embraces the South Bay lifestyle.  Julie has served on the TSSB Education Committee for 4 years and as co-chair for the last two years.  As a member of the Board Julie hopes to bring her experience from a career in brand strategy to help develop a long-term vision for Temple Shalom. Julie is an active member of various organizations related to congenital heart disease and serves as Ambassador for the Adult Congenital Heart Association.

Fri, December 6 2019 8 Kislev 5780