Leadership

“The Shofar, or ram’s horn,

calls people to the service of God”.

Executive Committee

Karen Lowenstein

President

Keith Paulus

Vice President / Treasurer

Marge Lesser Wallen

Secretary

Jason Haselkorn

Vice President

Carolyn Yasuna

Vice President

Matthew Kutner

Immediate Past President

Board of Trustees

Louise Casper

Louise Casper grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland where she graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, spending her final semester in Israel with her high school graduating class.  After graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Masters of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University, Louise worked for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC for 14 years as the Director of Administrative Operations overseeing 28 outpatient physical rehabilitation centers.    In 2003, Louise and her husband, Dennis, relocated to Wellington, Florida and in 2008 became the owner of Elements Therapeutic Massage & The Salt Room in Coral Springs. In 2015, Louise, Dennis, their one daughter Emily (13) along with her parents, Elinor and Barry Schimel, joined Temple Judea.

Brynne Ellis

Brynne Ellis grew up in Scarsdale, New York where she sat on the board of the youth group of Westchester Reform Temple throughout high school. During her college years at Tulane University she continued her involvement in Jewish philanthropies by serving on the Board of Tulane's Hillel as the Student Liaison. After moving to Palm Beach Gardens in 2009 with her husband, Elliot, Brynne participated in the inaugural class of the Emerging Leadership Program of the Jewish Federation of the Palm Beaches. Through ELP, Brynne learned about and came to love the local Jewish community. She enjoys serving on Temple Judea's board and continuing the incredible work that the founders of the temple started so many years ago - an open and loving Jewish community. In addition to her Jewish community involvement, Brynne is the Director of Merchandising at Boston Proper, LLC, a woman's clothing catalog headquartered in Boca Raton. Brynne manages the buying strategy of Shoes, Accessories, Swim, Athleisure as well as the Bottoms categories. Brynne lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, Elliot, and their two young children, Hudson (7) and Sienna (4).

Sheree Friedlander

Sheree Friedlander moved here from Beachwood, Ohio by way of Andover, Mass. and has  been a member of Temple Judea almost from the day she arrived here 35 years ago with her husband Cary and children Adam and Elyce. Sheree has been a professional educator both in Ohio and Palm Beach County throughout her entire life - having worked in every aspect of both Jewish and Secular education. Sheree earned her RJE, International Reform Jewish Educator Certification, while working as an AP to a Community Hebrew High School and then became the Upper School Principal of a large Sunday School having earned a variety of prestigious educational awards. Upon moving to PBG, Rabbi Levine promptly recruited her to become Temple Judea’s Director of Education which she did for almost 20 wonderful years until her youngest went off to college and Sheree needed more time to be available to her family. Sheree went on to work in a variety of

educational programs utilizing her Math and Science degrees, but her personal highlights include teaching at the Judaica High School Institute & Kesher programs, serving on The Superintendent’s Committee for the Gifted, working as an Adjunct at Palm Beach State College & just recently retiring from The Benjamin School for which she represented them as the Winner of the 2014 Northern Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year. Sheree is still tutoring for The Benjamin School’s Learning Lab and is volunteering at PBG Medical Center. She is a member of TJ’s Caring Committee, enjoys volunteering with our religious school students’ Caring Heart Mitzvah program and is studying with Cantor Alicia’s Adult Bat Mitzvah class. Some of her favorite pastimes include the beach, long walks, book clubs, the gym, mindful meditation, and mahj. Sheree’s children, Adam and Elyce, grew up in Temple Judea and Rabbi Joel Levine not only presided at their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, but married them both as well! L’Dor V’Dor - from one generation to the loving next - now Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik named her granddaughter; and they look forward to their four grandchildren participating in Temple Judea’s future. Sheree is both humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to serve on TJ’s Board and be

included in such a vibrant community, for “together we can all choose to make a real difference!”

Alan Goldberg

Alan Goldberg was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943 to Russian immigrant parents.  He has a degree in Finance from Northwestern University and was married to Trena (Berman) Goldberg for almost 54 years.   They always belonged to a synagogue and helped found a conservative temple in Long Grove, Illinois. Alan’s business career included being an officer of a national brokerage firm, the owner of a seat and a floor trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chairman of a hedge fund from 1987 to 2000. He served on the board of their temple in Illinois and is currently on the board of Alpert Jewish Residential and Family Services. “I am honored to do anything I can for Temple Judea”.

Judy Grossman

Judy Grossman was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  She graduated from N.Y.U. School of Education and taught 1st grade in Charleston, South Carolina where her husband Hal was a JAG at Charleston Air Force Base.  When they returned to New York, raising their family was her priority.  Once her children were in school, she founded and was the director of Temple Beth Sholom Nursery School for 18 years.  In 2000 they bought a harbor home in Admiral's Cove and were snowbirds for many years.  Besides belonging to a temple up north they joined Temple Judea. Time really does fly because they are now members of T.J. for 11 years.  In the summer of 2015 they became full time residents of Jupiter and Judy was privileged to be asked to join the board and is proud to be a member. Judy loves walking, golf, reading and volunteering to help those in need and AIPAC.   Hal and Judy have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Jason Haselkorn

Jason Haselkorn has been a member of Temple Judea since 2005 and a Board of Trustee’s member since 2013.    Jason is a graduate of New York Law School, and he moved to Palm Beach County, Florida after passing the New York and New Jersey bar exams.  He has practiced law since 1995 with the Ciklin Lubitz Law Firm where he was a Senior Partner specializing in securities arbitration and investment fraud recovery matters.  In 2018, he formed Haselkorn & Thibaut, P.A. located in Palm Beach, Florida, d/b/a The Investment Loss Recovery Group.  Jason is very involved in his community.  He was elected to the Juno Beach Town Council in March 2014 and has served as Mayor since March 2016, while also serving as President of the Grand Bay at Oak Harbor HOA since January 2017.  Jason and his wife Catherine are proud residents of Juno Beach for 17 years and they are raising two daughters (Rachel age 18 and Sydney age 15).  

Alesia Hoy

Alesia Hoy is a long-time member of Temple Judea.  She was born in Monticello, New York, and raised in Miami.  After graduating from Smith College, she earned a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Miami. She practiced law at Kimbrell and Hamann in Miami and at Shutts and Bowen in West Palm Beach.  Her husband John is a retired Florida Circuit Judge.  Alesia stepped away from the law for ten years to raise her children, Alex and Logan.  Eventually, she changed careers and taught middle school math at Meyer Academy and later at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, where she ended her career as the head of the middle school.  Alex and Logan attended Temple Judea’s preschool, then Meyer Academy, and became b’nai mitzvah at Temple Judea.  Alesia was a member of either the Board of Trustees or the Executive Board of Temple Judea from 1992 through 1999. She served terms as secretary and treasurer of the temple.  She chaired many Passover Seders, Purim carnivals, and various fundraising activities.  Alesia also served on the Meyer Academy Board of Directors or the Executive Board from 1996 through 2004.  At Meyer, she chaired Hanukkah dinners, Purim carnivals, book fairs, staff appreciation weeks, and co-chaired the 25th anniversary auction honoring Sydelle and Arthur Meyer.  Alesia and John are enjoying their retirement by traveling throughout the United States.

Matthew Kutner

Matthew Kutner served as the President of Temple Judea for the past three years and has been an active member of our temple for over ten years.  He serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee, which manages Temple Judea’s L’Dor VaDor Endowment Fund.  Matthew is also a leading member of the Finance Committee.  Matthew is originally from New Jersey and has been a resident of Florida since 1999.  He joined Merrill Lynch in 2011 with over a decade of financial services experience.  Matthew advises clients on wealth accumulation, preservation and transfer through the creation of individually customized wealth management strategies utilizing a process of portfolio construction, education planning, liability management and asset protection.  He currently works as a Senior Portfolio Advisor for the Glasband Stempel Kutner Group at Merrill Lynch.  His group has over $1 Million of Assets under management. Matt, and his team, were recognized as Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and they were named Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” in 2018. Matthew enjoys working with clients to help manage their financial needs by providing traditional advice and guidance, as well as pursuing their life goals and wealth preservation.  Matt resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his thirteen-year-old son, Jacob.

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