Rabbi Goldstein

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 2018-2019

Allen Shane

President
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.

Children/grandchildren: Two fur children, Sadie and Shirley, age 13

Interests/hobbies: Theater, Temple Emanuel

Gary Schwartz

First Vice-President
Gary Schwartz

Member for: 10 years

Grew up: Upstate New York

Occupation: I was in the consumer electronics industry for over 40 years, including the division vice president of Sharp Electronics USA, vice president and general manager for JVC magnetic tape products.

Children/grandchildren: Children, 45 and 42; grandchildren 9, 7, 4.

Interests/hobbies: Golf and my wife Arlene

Tammy Serebrin

Second Vice-President
Tammy Serebrin

Member since: 1973

Grew up: in Northern Minnesota

Occupation: Former Executive Director of the Lakeland Community Theater. Presently works in husband Ira’s law office.

Family: Married to husband Ira for 47 years. Two sons: Ben 40 & Jon 35, four grandchildren: Miriam 6, Zachary 3, Ellie 3, and Hannah 1-1/2.

Interests: theatre, volunteering and travel

Floyd Stern

Third Vice-President
Floyd Stern

Member for: 8 years since returning from Orange County, CA, but probably 15 years total

Grew up: Born in Chicago, but grew up in Miami Beach

Occupation: Retired. Previously, Physician (Otolaryngologist/ Head & Neck Surgeon); later, Medical Business Consulting

Children/grandchildren: 3 daughters: Deborah Lynne age 54, Lauren Andrea 47, Julie Nicole age 39. 4 grandchildren: Miranda Kate, age 11 and Elliott Rhys age 6 Richmond, VA; Daniel Allen  4 1/12, and Mila Adriana age 4 1/2 Lakeland, FL

Interests/hobbies: Stock market and investing; exercise, travel, reading, my children and grandchildren, keeping our country free.

Organizational activities: (1) Communications director Miami Beach High Class of 1958, (2) Board Member Winter Haven 9-12 Project, (3) Board Member B’nai B’rith Lodger 1515

Gary Rabin

Treasurer
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
Jane Renz

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, 36, and Jeffrey, 33. 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 45 years

Board of Trustees

Amy Blocher

Board of Trustees
Amy Blocher

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 39, Joseph Blocher 37, Charles Blocher 34, David Blocher 32, Jyssica Scott Schwartz 32. Grandchildren: Dane’s: Marisol 11, Makai, 8.

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

Jordan Eckert

Board of Trustees
Jordan Eckert

Member for: 20 years

Grew up: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Occupation: Physician

Children/grandchildren: Melody19, and Alex 17

Interests/hobbies: Music

Harris Estroff

Board of Trustees
Harris Estroff

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 12, Max Estroff 9, Lyla Woodruff 7, Kyle Woodruff 6, Bradley Woodruff 3, and Hallie Woodruff 1.

Barry Friedman

Board of Trustees
Barry Friedman

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

Joan Greenbaum

Board of Trustees
Joan Greenbaum

Member for: 38 Years I Was raised in the Temple

Grew up: My family moved to Lakeland when I was two.  They were members of Temple Emanuel.  I frequently attended services and went to Sunday and Hebrew Schools at Temple Emanuel.  I left Lakeland to attend college.  I returned to Lakeland in 1972 and became a member with my ex-husband.

Occupation: I retired twice from the Clerk of Court, my last time being in 2015.  My last job title was Victim Assistant in the Domestic Violence Department.  During my working years I was a Support Enforcement Counselor, Social Worker, and Family Law Mediator.

Children/Grandchildren: I have two married children Michelle Oliver 47, and Jason Dougherty 42.  I have 4 grandchildren  ages 21,17,15,11 and one step-grandson age 15.  I have a fur baby Zippy 13.

Interests: travel, local politics, health and family issues

Marc Rapke

Board of Trustees
Marc Rapke

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.

Shelley Robinson

Board of Trustees
Shelley Robinson

Member for: 18 years

Grew up: Atlanta, Georgia

Occupation: HR Manager

Children/grandchildren: 2 two-legged children (1 daughter, 1 son) and 2 four-legged children (labradoodles)

Hobbies/interests: Reading, playing tennis, traveling and watching my children’s sporting events

Jodie Snyder

Board of Trustees
Jodie Snyder

Member for: 10 (ish) years

Grew up: Berkeley Heights, NJ

Occupation: Marriage and family therapist

Children/grandchildren: Ben 9, and Kassie 6

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
Richard Weiss

Member for: 42 years

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

Children/grandchildren: Son, Stephen Weiss 44 and daughter, Alisha Stephens 40. Grandchildren: Kaylee Weiss 12; Ellery Weiss 9; and twins Paige and Savannah Stephens 7

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

Lori Dougherty

Religious School Administrator
Lori Dougherty

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 19 and Kyle 16

Michael Riskin

Immediate Past President
Michael Riskin

Member for: Around eight years

Grew up: Hollywood, Fla.

Occupation: Shareholder of CPS Investment Advisors, Lakeland FL.

Family: Married 15 years to Nyrka and we have a daughter Anya 9.

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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