MARY JO SMITH, President
Mary Jo is a former paralegal and a current retiree. She is a native of Portland,Oregon, where she routinely braved the (mostly wet and gray) elements in the pursuit of golfing, skiing, hiking and. cycling. She's been a member of Beth Chaim since 2010, after she and her husband, Jeremy, were married by Rabbi Dan. Mary Jo has been been the managing editor of the Beth Chaim Star: once, back in 2013-15 and currently, since May of 2018. She was a committee member of the CCJCC Under-One-Tent Jewish Arts Festival for 2014 and 2015, and past-president of the Beth Chaim Sisterhood. She is currently chair the Hiddur Mitzvah Art Committee. Mary Jo and Jeremy have a blended family of six children, ages 20-34, four grandchildren, and three dogs.
SCOTT EHRLICH, Immediate Past President
Scott and Naomi have been members of Beth Chaim for 17 years. Scott graduated from San Francisco State University. Scott and Naomi have three sons, Jordan (26), Matthew (23), and Jacob (18), all of whom had their Bar Mitzvahs at Beth Chaim.
ROBERTA GABRIEL, Vice President
Roberta and her husband Aaron have been members of Beth Chaim since 2011. Prior to her demanding job as managing director of her family, Roberta was a senior manager at a national banking firm. She has been the Membership Director on the board for the last four years and loves working with new and prospective families. Her two children, Joshua and Jacob, attend our Beit Midrash and also love helping mom as junior membership ambassadors.
MARC MAZER, Vice President/Finance
Marc was raised in a Detroit conservative Jewish community and his family has been members of BCC since 2001 (17 years). Her is one of the principal attorneys at Weill &Mazer, APC, in San Francisco. After serving as a high school math teacher in Detroit, Marc was a Naval Officer, and then attended law school in Michigan. Following a short stint as a criminal legal defense counsel in Detroit, Marc finally moved to San Francisco in 1978. He started his law firm in 1980 focusing on all aspects of commercial property, and other aspects of civil practice. Among many other voluntary positions in the community, Marc has served on the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center board as a member and as Vice President for 10 years, served on various boards with the East Bay Jewish Federation, and previously served on the BCC board as vice president and religious affairs officer, for total of over 5 years. Marc lives with his wife Susan, who is a palliative care nurse.
CARLOS MUNOZ, Vice President/Finance
BARB CARPENTER, Secretary
Barb has been hanging around BCC since 1992 ish. What she knows is that the more she put into something, the more she gets out of it, and she also knows she needs connection, community and balance. Barb has been Sisterhood president twice, taught 6th grade twice and has been Secretary twice and now it is time to be of service to her Jewish community once again. BCC’s inclusiveness is her favorite of its super powers. BCC rocks, but it doesnt rock by osmosis. BCC has always been there for Barb, and she believes its her turn to do her part again. B’shalom.
DEBBIE ROOF, Director, Membership
Debbie & her husband Rich have been members of Beth Chaim since 2015. Debbie received her Master’s Degree in Psychoeducational Studies in 1980 at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she met her husband Rich. She retired in June 2017, after working for 37 years as a school psychologist. Before she retired, Debbie was a grant writer and a project coordinator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for an early intervention program. which helped over 1000 students per year with social skills, self-confidence, and school adjustment issues. Debbie is currently a board member for Time for Kids, Inc. and the Blackhawk Women’s Tennis Association. Debbie and Rich have two adult children, Katie (33) and Alan (31), who are both living in San Francisco. Debbie, Rich, Katie and Alan have all had Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. In addition to participating in our many Sisterhood events, Debbie is an avid tennis player, golfer, skier and gardener.
TANYA JAMES, Director, Administration
Tanya lives in Pleasanton with her husband, Donald James. They became members at BCC over 21 years ago after a wonderful meeting with Rabbi Dan. Tanya has been on the Board of Directors numerous times, in the capacity of Sisterhood Co-President and Education Committee Chair. Both of their children, Brandon and Shawna, attended religious school, had their B’nei Mitzvahs and were Madrichim. Barb loved watching them “grow up” at BCC. For Barb, the gift of this community is all of the connections and friends they’ve made and being supported by Rabbi Dan during many life cycle events. Barb has worked at Fremont Bank for over 17 years and her current position is Vice President of Client Relations.
JENIFER ZETLAN, Director, Interfaith
Jenifer Zetlan is a Beth Chaim member and serves on the Board as Interfaith Director. After 30 years in industry she authored The Incredible Power of Inspiration reflecting on Jewish values as a part of living an inspired life and continues to write for other health and wellness publications. With degrees in psychology and behavioral sciences she has taught in University settings and throughout many Fortune 500 companies. She and her husband Andy have been with Beth Chaim since 2013.
NAOMI EHRLICH, Director, Tikkun Olam
Naomi and Scott have been members of Beth Chaim for 17 years. A native of New Jersey, Naomi grew up in Marin County and graduated from San Francisco State University (where she met Scott). She worked as a social worker for many years, and currently volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She loves her position has Director, Tikkun Olam, and is passionate about helping those less fortunate. She and Scott have three sons, Jordan (26), Matthew (23), and Jacob (18), all of whom had their Bar Mitzvahs at Beth Chaim.
JEFF REITZES, Director-at-Large, Chesed
Jeff has been a member of Beth Chaim for 18 years. He has two kids, Jordan and Samantha, who have grown up at Beth Chaim. Jeff was a member of the first Beth Chaim adult B'nei Mitzvah class at age 42, has been a Chesed coordinator for years, and sings with the Beth Chaim Chazzanut Group. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jeff moved to the Bay Area in 1992 and got a job in the Telecom industry, successfully avoiding a career that had anything to do with what he studied in school.
AERICA OSTROV, Director-at-Large, Marketing/Communications
Aerica Ostrov has been a member of the Beth Chaim Family for two years, and has lived in the East Bay for four years. In searching for a Temple, Aerica was looking for a community of great people, who make everyone feel welcome, and a high school friend invited her to High Holidays Services. Beth Chaim felt like family right from the start. When she first joined, she frequently checked the Temple's weekly email and The Beth Chaim Star, to make sure she would not miss anything. There was always so much fun participating in different events through the Sisterhood, the Brotherhood, and the different committees. Aerica believes our Temple is not only a wonderful place for celebrating the High Holidays and Festivals throughout the year, but it is also a place that fosters Jewish Life with Childhood Education, doing Tzedakah for others, and providing a meeting place to make lifelong friends.
DEBORAH WECHSLER, Officer, Religious Affairs
Deborah is originally from New Mexico. After receiving her MS in geophysics she worked for Los Alamos National Lab and then Chevron for 26 years in a variety of scientific and managerial positions. Members of Beth Chaim since 2001, she and her husband Bruce Bilodeau and their two daughters lived and worked in Indonesia from 2003-2007, returning to Danville and Beth Chaim two months after our new building was opened. Deborah has held various board and volunteer positions for Beth Chaim, including President, Treasurer, editor of The Star Newsletter, and buildings, fundraiser and recognition committees. Outside of Beth Chaim she currently devotes time to coaching for the SRV high school mountain bike team, property steward and art auction coordinator for Save Mount Diablo, and as president of the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch of the AAUW.
PAM MESSING, Sisterhood President
Pam Messing and her husband Dave have been members of Beth Chaim since 2004. She grew up in Connecticut, and is a graduate of both Duke University and UConn School of Law. For the past 9 years, Pam has worked as both a volunteer and private tutor for children with dyslexia. Prior to serving as Sisterhood President, she served as Tikkun Olam Director for 3 years. Pam and Dave have two sons, Jack (20) and Josh (15), both still active in the Beit Midrash, as well as an adorable Labradoodle.
JEREMY SMITH, Brotherhood President
Jeremy, and his wife Mary Jo, have been members of Beth Chaim since 2010. Jeremy was born in New York City and raised in Southern California. Jeremy is an award winning copywriter and was recently named to Forbes and Circle Up’s Top Catalysts Dealmakers and Influencers in the Consumer Industry. Jeremy is principal at his firm, Launchpad, specializing in food industry business strategy and CEO services, branding design, strategy & implementation. When not pouring his energies in business, Jeremy enjoys writing, photography, and listening to his favorite music. Jeremy and Mary Jo make their home in San Ramon, and have a blended family of six kids, four grandchildren, and three dogs.
PAUL HED, Trustee
Paul has been a member of Beth Chaim since 1988, and currently represents the synagogue as an officer of Gan Shalom cemetery. He was born and brought up in Israel, where he was a member of the Underground and later served in the army during the war for independence. He and his wife Ora came to the United States in 1968, after which Paul worked as an optical manufacturing engineer for Lawrence Livermore Lab.
MARTIN FISHMAN, Trustee
Martin and his family have been members of Beth Chaim since 1997, after Martin returned from an overseas business assignment in Switzerland. He has served on the Beth Chaim Board since 2003, beginning as a co-leader on the building's second Capital Campaign. After this successful campaign, Martin became President in 2006-2008, Past President from 2008-2010, and a Trustee from 2010 until the present. He has been in the computer hardware and software business for almost 30 years, serving in many general management leadership positions. Martin has devoted his energy to Beth Chaim because he believes that Judaism represented in the Tri Valley area is hugely important for our community and our children, allowing our Jewish identity to be preserved forever.
JUDITH MARKOWITZ, Trustee
Judith and her family have been members of Beth Chaim for 23 years. A native of East Hampton, NY, where her parents were founders of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, Judith began her life-long journey to create a meaningful Jewish life. A graduate of Ithaca College, with a dual concentration in business and music, she launched her extensive career in Human Resources holding senior positions at American Express, Lockheed, Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. Judith has held director positions at the Reutlinger Community, Contra Costa JCC and currently at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Judith previously served on the board for five years, seven years as high holy days chairperson, and on many committees. She was also the Director of our Beth Chaim Beit Midrash.