Rabbi Goldstein


Rabbi David Goldstein was born and raised in South Florida. He attended yeshiva and university in Israel and New York, receiving his ordination in 1978. At that time he became a chaplain for the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami and then accepted the interim pulpit at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs. He has served as rabbi at several congregations including Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, Mass., Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center in Staten Island, Temple Beth David and Congregation Shir Hadash in Palm Beach Gardens, and most recently Gomley Chesed Congregation in Portsmouth, Va..

During his time in Massachusetts and Florida, he also served as a volunteer chaplain for several police agencies and hospitals. Throughout his career he has been devoted to advancing Jewish education, serving on the board of the International Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, as well as helping to plan and coordinate several of its annual conferences. He has chaired and co-chaired the educational program committees of three conferences, Shabbat programs, and served as registration chair for several years.

Rabbi Goldstein has been married twice and is currently a widower. He is the middle of three children with two sisters residing in Portland, Ore., and North Palm Beach. Rabbi Goldstein has led numerous tours to Israel, where his niece Naomi resides. He is a member of the Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis and has served several years on its executive committee, as well as teaching and organizing its Introduction to Judaism courses in the past. Rabbi Goldstein is happy to now be residing in Lakeland with his rescue dog Nico!

Temple Emanuel Officers for 2017-2018

Allen Shane


Member since: 1965

Grew up: Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and lived there about six years until my family moved to Florida.  Then I grew up in Lakeland. 

Occupation: Registered nurse – medical auditor and legal nurse consultant.  Majority of work centers around performing revenue integrity audits for health care institutions.

Children/grandchildren: Two fur children, Sadie and Shirley, age 12

Interests/hobbies: Theater, Temple Emanuel

Gary Schwartz

First Vice-President

Member for: 10 years

Grew up: Upstate New York

Occupation: I was in the consumer electronics industry, former division vice president of Sharp Electronics

Children/grandchildren: Children, 44 and 41; grandchildren 8, 6, 3.

Interests/hobbies: Golf and my wife Arlene

Tammy Serebrin

Second Vice-President

Member since: 1973

Grew up: in Northern Minnesota

Occupation: Former Executive Director of the Lakeland Community Theater

Children/grandchildren: 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren.

Mark Scolnick

Third Vice-President

Member for: 6 years

Grew up: Lowell, Mass.

Occupation: Owned an insurance agency in Westford, Mass. Now working part time at Heath Funeral Home. Active in Rotary, SCORE, and Temple Emanuel

Children/grandchildren: Sons Jeffrey, 48, and Aaron 45; 8 grands and 6 ‘bonus’ grands, ranging in age from 7 to 20

Interests/hobbies: Reading, movies, working out, Rotary, and travel

Gary Rabin


Member since: 1980

Grew up: in Lakeland, about 3 blocks from the Temple

Occupation: Attorney specializing in insurance subrogation

Children/grandchildren: none that he knows of!

Hobbies/interests: racquetball, ice hockey, college football, and playing poker

Jane Renz

Recording Secretary

Member since: 1980

Grew up:Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y.

Occupation: Retired; previously a commercial banking loan officer in Chicago and a financial consultant for a phosphate company in Bartow

Children/grandchildren: Jessica, 35, and Jeffrey, 32. Both live and work in New York City.

Interests/hobbies: Travel, reading, baking, volunteer work, theatre/arts/architecture, time spent with friends and family

Other: Married to husband, Brian, for 44 years

Board of Trustees

Amy Blocher

Board of Trustees

Member since: 1972

Grew up: Miami

Occupation: Retired educator. I taught a total of 37 years (Chorus 9 years, English / Reading 28 years).

Children/grandchildren: Dane Scott, 38, Joseph Blocher 35, Charles Blocher, 33, David Blocher, 31, Jyssica Scott Schwartz 31, Grandchildren: Dane’s: Marisol 10, Makai, 7

Interests/hobbies:Reading, cooking, volunteering, editing/proofreading

Jordan Eckert

Board of Trusstees

Member for: 20 years

Grew up: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Physician

Children/grandchildren: Melody, 18, and Alex, 16

Interests/hobbies: Music

Harris Estroff

Board of Trustees

Member since: 1975

Grew up: Lakeland

Occupation: Owner of Nathan’s Men’s Store

Children/grandchildren: Kevin Estroff, Greg Estroff and Erica Woodruff. Grandchildren:  Jake Estroff, 11, Max Estroff, 8, Lyla Woodruff, 6, Kyle Woodruff, 5, and Bradley Woodruff, 2.

Barry Friedman

Board of Trustees

Member for: About 18 years. We joined after Temple Emanuel became egalitarian.

Grew up: Atlanta, where my mom is still an active member of Ahavath Achim, a large Conservative congregation 

Occupation: Editor and publisher of LkldNow.com. Before that, I was a newspaper editor in Tampa and Lakeland for 37 years. 

Children/grandchildren: Daughters are Laurel and Amelia. Granddaughters are Adira of blessed memory and Ela.

Interests/hobbies: Hiking, biking, reading, convertible driving, music, reading, yoga

Stephanie Kimbrough

Board of Trustees

Member for: 38 Years I Was raised in the Temple

Grew up: Lakeland, born and raised.

Occupation:Administrative assistant for Baylis & Company PA 

Children/grandchildren: I have a 17-year-old stepdaughter, Lydia, and two boxer fur children, Brisket, 6, and Whiskey, 2.

Interests/hobbies: Traveling with my husband, sports, playing softball, my dogs, being outdoors and spending time with my family

Marc Rapke

Board of Trustees

Member for: 6 years

Grew up: Long Beach, Long Island, N.Y.

Occupation: Senior financial analyst in New York and tax and securities attorney in Florida, Maryland and Washington state

Children/grandchildren: Children Gregory, Alex and Aimee; granddaughter Annabel; great nephew Cobalt

Interests/hobbies: History of art and being a modern artist. I’m intrigued by archaeology, physics, and cosmology.

Jodie Snyder

Board of Trustees

Member for: 10 (ish) years

Grew up: Berkeley Heights, NJ

Occupation: Marriage and family therapist

Children/grandchildren: Ben, 8, and Kassie, 5

Interests/hobbies: I like traveling, going to the movies, being outdoors, exercising, horseback riding, being with friends, health/nutrition, chocolate and coffee. I’m interested in development, relationships, improvement, behavior, helping.

Richard Weiss

Board of Trustees

Member for: 42 years

Occupation: Before retirement, I was the elected Clerk of Courts and County Comptroller

Children/grandchildren: Son, Stephen Weiss, 43; daughter, Alisha Stephens, 39; grandchildren, Kaylee Weiss, 11; Ellery Weiss, 8; Paige Stephens, 6; Savannah Stephens, 6

Interests/hobbies: Saltwater aquariums, fishing, travel, boating, time with family

Marvin Wyman

Board of Trustees

Member since: about 1987

Grew up: Ohio

Occupation: Construction engineer, supervisor of maintenance for a school district.

Children/grandchildren: Daughter Beth and her children, Brian and Emily; deceased son Marc and his children Tracy, Sam and Judy; Scott and his children, Nathan and Rachel

Interests/hobbies: Temple Emanuel, Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, music

Lori Dougherty

Religious School Administrator

Member since: 2015

Grew up: on Long Island NY

Occupation: Worked for a local newspaper before moving to Florida to raise her family

Children: Kayla 18 and Kyle 15

Michael Riskin

Immediate Past President

Member for: Around eight years

Grew up: Hollywood, Fla.

Occupation:I’m a personal financial specialist helping families and businesses achieve and maintain financial independence.

Children/grandchildren: Daughter Anya Riskin, 8

Interests/hobbies: Travel, being outdoors, golf, playing sports

Honorary Trustees

  • Marvin Wyman
  • Marvin Odro
  • Gerald Rabin
  • Jack Pines*
  • Harry Moskowitz*
  • Philip Berkovitz*

Honorary Presidents

  • Nat Wolf*
  • Harvey Greenspan *
  • Harry Slakman*

* = Deceased

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