I was elected to the CBJ Board of Directors in 2010 and became President in January 2017. My wife Tara and I joined CBJ in 2006 as our eldest daughter, Phoebe, began kindergarten religious school classes at CBJ. She had her Bat Mitzvah in 2014 and I proudly put my Hebrew teachings from Ruth Shapiro and adult B’nai Mitzvah teachings from Rabbi, Bill, and Cantor Barbara to use. Our middle child, Nathan, had his Bar Mitzvah in 2016, and our youngest Daphne, is scheduled for her Bat Mitzvah in May 2019. We have found CBJ to not only be a wonderful place for our children to learn Jewish religion, tradition and values, but also a welcoming place for Tara and I to develop and deepen our own connections within Judaism and the CBJ community. For example, having been raised on Maui in the 70s, where there were no synagogues, I missed out on the religious education that my children take for granted.
I received my undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley (’87) and my JD from the University of Chicago (’91). I am a corporate lawyer, specializing in the representation of emerging growth companies. My interests include, most importantly, spending time with family, and secondarily triathalons and spending time on the Russian River.
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I joined the CBJ board in 2014. I (and my wife Jackie) have lived in the bay area for close to 40 years, having come to California from the UK. We are semi-retired “empty nesters” with three grown up kids, Adam, Elissa and Ben, and one grandchild Léo.
I spent most of my career in the electronics industry, first as an engineer, then a marketer and then a Chief Executive. We moved to Menlo Park from the South Bay in 2009, and starting looking for a shul. The amazing sense of community at CBJ, together with the warm welcome we received made the decision very easy. I feel honored to be of service to the Shul, and hope that my contribution helps CBJ become even more of a welcoming presence for Jewish people of all ages in the bay area.
As serial entrepreneur, I’ve been CEO of six venture-backed companies during my 30-year Silicon Valley career. In addition to my work as Treasurer at CBJ, I was Board President and Treasurer at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. My wife Ann Marie and I live in Los Altos. Our two college-aged sons became b’nai mitzvah at CBJ.
My family and I have been members of CBJ since 2014 but have been part of the CBJ community much longer. I am glad to be serving on CBJ’s Board and look forward to helping steward the synagogue during my term. I am a past Board member at the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, where I served on the Board for 8 years and on the Executive Committee of the Board for 4 years. While on Hausner’s Board, I chaired the Investment Policy Task Force and the Campus Completion Committee, served on both the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee, and Co-Chaired the successful L’Dor V’Dor Capital Campaign that facilitated the build-out of the campus and the construction of Hausner’s new Troper Center for Arts and Athletics. I currently serve on the National Advisory Board for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. Professionally, I am an attorney, a former partner at WSGR, and the founding partner of Edgewood Law Partners, specializing in the representation of privately held and publicly-traded growth companies and the executives, investors and advisors affiliated with those companies. I attended the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business (BA 1990) and Harvard Law School (JD 1993).
My husband Amir and I have been members of CBJ for more than a decade. Both of our kids (Aaron 16 and Sara 13) have attended the CBJ Religious School since Kindergarten. In fact, Sara even attended the CBJ preschool. They both had their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CBJ and we remain active members.
I have worked to support the Religious School is a variety of ways. Some of which include serving as curriculum chair and directly supporting the last three Religious School directors.
I am a school administrator in Menlo Park where I coordinate a Spanish Immersion program. I am also a children’s book author. My book, I Keep Kosher, has been translated into three languages.
I am honored to serve on the CBJ Board of Directors. I hope I can contribute by helping CBJ become an even more vibrant and welcoming place to grow and learn as a Jewish community.
A decade ago I moved from NYC and found CBJ as my Jewish home. Saturday mornings start with a Cafe Borrone breakfast, then Torah Study, Shabbat Services and Kiddish Lunch. At Stanford University, I am a lecturer in Management Science and Engineering, where I teach courses in ethical finance. My research includes building a periodic table of quality of life elements and more. Throughout, I find my Torah Study reading skills sharpen how to make banking, finance and insurance impacts-aware so as to achieve tikkun olam, repairing the Earth. And just in case, as Plan B, I am researching how we will need to bank in outer space, transact commodities there and collaborate for mutual benefit.
Our family joined CBJ in 2016 after being so impressed by the community’s warmth and welcoming spirit. Along with my wife, Jen Clayman, I enjoy attending the Power Hour regularly on Shabbat mornings, and occasionally trying the Neshama offerings, especially whenever Jen leads Hebrew chanting. Usually, on Shabbat mornings, our sons, Noah and Isaac, can be found on the playground. This is my first time serving on a board of any kind, and I couldn’t be prouder to support the mission of any organization.
I was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 2002, and since 2012 I have worked as a chaplain at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Outside of work and synagogue, I enjoy art and photography, fountain pens, cooking and American whiskey, not necessarily in that order.
My wife Susan and I joined CBJ in 2015. The CBJ community constantly surprises us – positively. I am amazed at the number of initiatives that sprout – like the You Are Not Alone speaker series, and L’Dor V’Dor Elder Connections.
I have served on the Menlo Park Planning Commission, the MP Finance and Audit Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of the Museum of American Heritage (Technology and Industry) in Palo Alto. I collect vintage technology and fly helicopters.
As a Computer Scientist I bridge technology, law and public policy to resolve legal and acquisition issues. I conduct technical due diligence for venture investors as a prelude to funding or acquisition. I educate startups regarding why and how to incorporate an IP perspective into their products. I testify as an expert witness in litigation of Intellectual Property disputes. I cultivate innovation networks in Europe and Israel.
My Interfaith family joined CBJ in 1993 when our children were adults and we were primarily High Holiday attendees. My husband Hurst, of blessed memory, was a refugee in Shanghai with Cantor Cohn and was drawn to CBJ partially because of that connection. I always enjoyed attending services with Hurst and enjoyed the opportunities for learning from sermons and readings. Following Hurst’s death in 2012, I was impressed and grateful for Rabbi Ezray’s kindness, caring and knowledge as he guided my family through Hurst’s funeral, burial and period of mourning. I realized I did not want the connection to CBJ and Judaism to end. I began attending Shabbat services frequently and began studying with Rabbi Ezray. At CBJ I found a loving community of friends and a new home for my soul.
I joined the board in 2016 and it is my hope to be able to serve and contribute. I presently coordinate the committee that sets up for the First Friday Rockin Shabbat dinners and look forward to meeting and welcoming members, potential members and their families and friends at these dinners.
I am a graduate of Georgetown University (BS) 1964 and UCSF 1969(MS) and had a long, varied and fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse retiring in 2007 from the VA in Palo Alto. My son and his family live in Alameda and we enjoy Giants games, symphony, theater and cheering for my granddaughter’s volleyball team.
My wife, Aimee, and I each came to the Bay Area in the mid-1990’s. In 2012 we moved to San Carlos and joined Congregation Beth Jacob. What drew us most to CBJ was it’s warm and inclusive atmosphere that really made us feel welcome. Our daughter, Hope, also loves CBJ – including making close friendships with other children, starting in CBJ’s preschool. I joined the CBJ Board in 2017, and previously have been involved on Stanford Hillel’s Board, the Young Adult Division of the Federation’s Executive Committee, and leading AIPAC’s San Francisco Leadership Development Program. Professionally, I received my Ph.D. from Stanford in Applied Physics, and subsequently founded and am currently the CTO of Tactus Technology, a company that develops new user interfaces and materials for mobile devices and display systems. I hope that our efforts at CBJ make it an even more inviting and dynamic community.