Member Spotlight

A unique focus on our very special members.

The Semmelman Family

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Member Spotlight

Elliot and Keri Gee Semmelman live a life of love and love the life they live.  If you have attended any Temple Beth David events in the last seven years since they joined, you have probably been greeted very warmly by them and their precious daughter Aubree as they are very active in our synagogue. Their love for each other overflows into their love for our synagogue.  Elliot has been on the Religious Practices Committee, written for the Megillah, and led several Friday night services when asked by the Rabbi. Keri Gee has actively served on several committees, enjoys Sisterhood, and is...

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Yehuda & Mary Treiger

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Member Spotlight

It takes one to know one. They both are kind. They both have a deep love for Israel. And, they both know what it is like to find love again…with the second time around finding their beshert. So is the beautiful lives of Yehuda and Mary Treiger, members of our temple since 2012. Mary was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Much of her childhood, alongside her sister, was spent living by and enjoying the ocean. However, after her parents divorced when she was six, she and her sister did live for three years in a boarding school (solely for economic reasons) which was an hour’s bus ride...

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Marlene Wedner

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 in Member Spotlight

Marlene Wedner, an only child, was also the only Jewish kid growing up in the small Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania town of Bridgeville.  When a classmate made a negative comment about her being Jewish, her reply was, “I don’t think you understand what being Jewish is” – and she’d go on to explain it.  Her parents owned the only butcher and grocery store in town, and sent their daughter to a religious school on Sundays at a synagogue in the city – yet Marlene doesn’t recall either parent being especially observant.  By the time she was 14 her family sold their businesses and moved...

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The Schiffer Family

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Member Spotlight

It says something when you grow up going to a temple and then as an adult you decide to come back to raise your own family. Eric Schiffer went to religious school, was Bar Mitzvahed by beloved Rabbi Henry Front, and was confirmed at Temple Beth David. Experiencing Judaism – especially the big holiday observances – alongside his mom Jane (a longtime Temple Beth David member) was a special part of his childhood. Though raised reform, both sides of Eric’s family were orthodox and his great grandfather was a Rabbi. Fast forward, one day Eric and Peggy met. Though they both graduated from...

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Jack & Gina Rosenthal

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Member Spotlight

Amid our special congregation at Temple Beth David are members Jack and Gina Rosenthal who joined back in 1987. They both grew up in Chicago with a memorable Jewish upbringing that included going to religious school. Jack was Bar Mitzvahed.  (In those days, even the Reform movement didn’t include girls going through the ritual, Gina explained.) Among her favorite Jewish memories, Gina fondly recalls her aunt’s hospitality and really good cooking of many Jewish delicacies.  Also, growing up in a Jewish neighborhood meant school was closed on many of the Jewish holidays. Getting a good...

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The Roth Family

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 in Member Spotlight

This month we introduce you to Jeff and Teri Roth whose lives began on opposite ends of the United States.  Jeff was born and raised in southern California and Teri was from New York yet by kindergarten her family moved to Los Angeles. Judaism was a vibrant part of Jeff’s childhood. He attended Temple Beth El where his parents were married and later Jeff and Teri would marry there too.  Teri’s Jewish upbringing was less formal which led to her finding Judaism on her own. Ironically, there was one aspect of Judaism Teri wasn’t too thrilled about while going through college at...

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Scott Telford & Thea Weintraub

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 in Member Spotlight

Scott Telford and Thea Weintraub share the same caring career as Registered Nurses (RNs).  Scott works for the Department of Mental Health in an outpatient clinic and also part time at a county jail.  Thea works in the psychiatric ER at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  While they have very common backgrounds as adults, their childhoods were quite different. Scott’s father was devoted to community theatre – mostly directing and managing yet also acting in small TV roles (some reoccurring like on The Judge in the early 80’s). As such, the family moved around a lot. Scott’s childhood...

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Members Love Temple Beth David!

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Member Spotlight

As we continue our membership recruitment/retention campaign through the summer, we decided that instead of spotlighting a member this month — as we have done monthly for more than 3 years now, that we’d share some of the wonderful things our members say about their beloved Temple Beth David. Click for larger image

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Max & Florence Sudakow

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Member Spotlight

Even before they met, Max and Florence had a lot of things in common.  Both were born in New York.  Florence grew up in Long Island.  Max was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Miami, Florida and went to college at the University of Miami.  Florence also attended college in Florida, although wound up at the University of Florida. While at their respective institutions of higher learning, both were active members in sororities and fraternities.  Their social responsibilities in no way impeded their academic ambitions.  Florence had aspired to become an attorney.  Discouraged by the high...

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Lois Gold

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Member Spotlight

Lois Ellen Gold is no stranger to diversity. Whether it pertains to her heritage, residence, or career, she has an entire spectrum worth of experience. Despite all the changes she faced, there has always been a constant that has tied the various threads of her together – education. From both sides, Lois Ellen comes from a Jewish family.  Her father’s family originated from Russia – near Finland.  They emigrated from Russia to Boston.  Her mother’s family came from Poland.  They wanted to immigrate to the United States, but did not have enough funds to cover the journey.  Instead,...

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