“The Shofar, or ram’s horn,
calls people to the service of God”.
Vice President / Treasurer
Marge Lesser Wallen
APPROVED SLATE OF THE
Board of Trustees
Cindy moved to Wellington, Florida from Rockville, MD in 2003. After moving to Wellington, she continued her connection with the Reform Judaism community and joined a local temple where she served a term on the Board, a term on the Executive Board and chaired and participated in several committees. When her husband Mark and her became empty nesters in 2019, they moved to Palm Beach Gardens to be closer to the beach. They joined Temple Judea shortly after. Cindy has two grown sons, Aaron and Matt and a golden doodle. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Business School. After a full-time career in recruiting, Cindy is now self employed as a Talent Acquisition Consultant for small professional services firms in the Washington, DC area. She enjoys travelling, biking, yoga, beach time, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Julie Buckner is a Dayton, OH native (Temple Israel) who settled in West Bloomfield, MI (another Temple Israel) after her graduation from the University of Michigan where she raised her children and worked as a motivational speaker for Weight Watchers. In 2010, she and her husband, Dave, moved to Cincinnati, OH (Isaac M. Wise Temple) where she spent time being a docent for the Center for Holocaust and Humanities Education, as well as sitting on the boards of the American Jewish Committee and Wise Temple, along with being the director of the Josh E. Levine Foundation. After moving full time to West Palm Beach in 2017, Julie and Dave immediately joined Temple Judea. Since then, she became a Bat Mitzvah for the second time and renewed her wedding vows in a Jewish ceremony. Julie is involved with Insight through Education and sits on the JFS Addiction Program Task Force. Additionally, she sits on Temple Judea’s Sisterhood board and is honored to be one of the newest members of this board.
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 (16) along with her parents, Elinor and Barry Schimel, joined Temple Judea.
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 also involved at The Benjamin School, currently serving as the Treasurer of the Benjamin Parent's Association. In 2021, Brynne founded To the Moon and Back Gifts - a personalized gifting business. Brynne lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, Elliot, and their two young children, Hudson (10) and Sienna (7).
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 38 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. She earned her RJE, an 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 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 she 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 & recently retiring from The Benjamin School for which she represented them as a Northern Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year. Sheree is still tutoring for The Benjamin School’s Learning Lab as well as volunteering at TBS and for the PBG Medical Center Auxiliary. She is a member of TJ’s Caring Committee and became an Adult Bat Mitzvah last year with a wonderful class! Some of her favorite pastimes include the beach, long walks, book clubs, mindful meditation, mahj and TJ’s outdoor Shabbat Services. Her 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 - Rabbi Yaron named her grandchildren; and we are hopeful that they will participate 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!”
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 in West Palm Beach, Florida since 1995, and he is a Senior Partner with the Ciklin Lubitz Law Firm specializing in handling investment loss recovery matters. Jason was elected to the Juno Beach Town Council in March 2014 and re-elected in March 2017 for a three-year term. He was appointed Mayor of Juno Beach in March 2016 and he continues to serve as Mayor of Juno Beach. Jason and his wife Catherine are proud residents of Juno Beach for 16 years and they are raising two daughters (Rachel age 21 and Sydney age 18).
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.
Ben Levine and his wife Susan live in Juno Beach and have been members of Temple Judea since 2015. Ben received his undergraduate degree in business administration and economics from Syracuse University and his law degree from Georgetown University. He served as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State before entering private practice in Syracuse, where he concentrated his practice in trusts, estates, elder law and associated tax and litigation matters. Susan was an elementary school remedial reading specialist where she taught hundreds of children the skills needed to be passionate readers. Ben is no stranger to serving the community. He served for 23 years on the Board of Education of his local school district, where he served two-terms as president, and as a member of his town’s planning and zoning board. Ben served the Syracuse Jewish community with multiple terms on the Boards of Trustees of Temple Society of Concord, the Jewish Home of Central New York, the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York, and the Central New York Jewish Cemetery Association. Before retiring full-time to Florida, Ben enjoyed winter skiing, boating and golf. He continues to relax on the beach and on the golf course. Ben and Susan have two children and four grandchildren. He is honored to have been asked to serve on the Board of Temple Judea and looks forward to contributing his collaborative style to further the important missions of the temple.
Jody Levy was born and raised in Miami and currently lives in Jupiter. She has been married to Andrew for 42 years and they have 3 incredible daughters, Jennifer, Jillian and Julia – and 6 amazing grandchildren. Jody has managed Andrew’s podiatry practice, Abacoa Podiatry, since its inception in 1989. Jody has been a volunteer at Palm Beach County Hospice and is currently a member of Temple Judea’s Caring Committee. In Jody’s free time she travels, exercises, plays mahjong and visits with her grandchildren in Tampa. Jody and Andy have been active members of Temple Judea since 1995. They have been fortunate enough to have had Rabbi Levine and Rabbi Kapitulnik participate in bat mitzvahs, confirmations, marriage vow renewals, weddings and baby namings. Temple Judea is a very important part of their lives and Jody is honored for the opportunity to serve on the Board.
Vivian Lieberman was raised in Detroit and has always been a member of a reform temple. Her professional life included teaching first grade, and when her children were young, she went back to school graduating with an MBA, later becoming a CPA working in the tax department of Deloitte Touche. After retiring from her accounting career, she began spending winters in Florida. Since becoming involved in the Jewish community she has served as a chair of Women’s Philanthropy, member of the Federation Board, Finance Committee of the Federation, Executive Board of Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation and is serving on the JCC Board. She was married to Itzy for the 55 years and has a daughter who lives in California. She is very excited to remain on the board of Temple Judea.
Keith Paulus along with his wife Melanie and daughters Cassie and Jordan have been long-time members of Temple Judea. In 2007, Keith became an adult Bar Mitzvah. Keith has served as a Board member, Vice President, Religious School liaison as well as his current position as Treasurer. Keith is the Chair of Temple Judea’s Finance Committee.
Rosalee and her husband Bob have been married since 1959. The two grew up as neighbors in Winthrop Massachusetts. After serving in the US Public Health Service on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Arizona for two exciting years they made the big move to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1962. They owned and operated Tequesta Pharmacy in Tequesta, Florida for over twenty years before retiring. Rosalee and Bob have been blessed with amazing children, grandchildren, and a great grandchild. The Savel’s are founding members of Temple Judea. Rosalee has served many positions on the board and as well as two terms as president. Rosalee’s hobbies include needlepoint, traveling, exercising and various other crafts. Rosalee is honored to be serving on the Temple Judea Board for another term.
Dr. Edward Slotnick was raised in Ventnor, N.J. He attended Rutgers University and met his wife Vicki there. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and then completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Thomas Jefferson University. During Ed’s practice years, Ed was on the board of Main Line Reform Temple and was chairman of the education committee. He became very active in the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, subsequently becoming president. He was appointed to the certifying board of ACOOG. Ed and Vicki raised their three children in Merion, PA and now have four awesome grandchildren. They retired in 1999 and now live full time in BallenIsles. Ed was elected to the first BallenIsles’ member board and was very involved with planning the new Sports Center, as well as having served on the house committee. Highlights of Eddy’s involvement at Temple Judea include the renewal of his marriage vows to Vicki in honor of their 50th anniversary in 2013, with Rabbi Kapitulnik and Cantor Stillman officiating; and in 2015, Vicki at 73 years of age, and her Parisian granddaughter, Lea, became B’not Mitzvah at Temple Judea. Eddy is now on the Quality Committee of Jupiter Hospital, and a director of The First Tee of the Palm Beaches.
Marjorie Lesser Wallen
Marjorie Lesser Wallen has been a member of Temple Judea since the Lesser family joined in 1983. Over the past 35 years, her commitment to strengthening Temple Judea’s place in the community has been steadfast. Serving on the temple Board in its early days, she steered the fundraising team in building its first permanent home on Chillingworth Drive and has remained supportive in all ways possible as she embarked upon her personal career in school administration for the Palm Beach County School District. In addition to her membership in Sisterhood, she has also served on the National Board of Women’s American ORT and is a lifetime member of Hadassah. Our Temple Judea family has shared in the lifecycle events of the Lesser family with the bar mitzvahs of sons Craig and Jason, the marriage of Craig to Renee, the naming of granddaughter Ava and the loss of her beloved husband Daniel. Rabbi Yaron, Rabbi Joel and Cantor Alicia all participated in her 2014 marriage to fellow congregant, Howard Wallen. Marjorie is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as the Recording Secretary, was the recipient of the 2021 Shofar Award, has been the High Holy Day Coordinator for the past four years and is Temple Judea's Sisterhood President.
Donald Wolk was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Donald served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserves and as the President and CEO of Good Group of Companies – a national company specializing in digital marketing, lithography, digital printing, fulfillment, and distribution. Donald is a founder of Temple Beth Tikvah in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania. He has also served as Board Member and Trustee of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA. Donald and his wife, Susan, moved to Florida as full-time residents of Jupiter in 2012. Together they have three children, six grandchildren, and three great – grandchildren.
Carolyn Yasuna has proudly served the Palm Beach County Jewish community professionally since moving to Florida in 1997. She is currently the Founding Director of the Addiction Outreach & Support Program of the Alpert Jewish Family Service. Prior to this recent initiative, Carolyn served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at Alpert JFS for eight years. Additionally, as a certified Mental Health First Aid Program trainer, Carolyn offers the course specifically to the Jewish community. She has held a variety of senior leadership positions including: Director of Women’s Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Campaign Director at Morselife Foundation, Associate Regional Director at the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University, and Mishpacha Family Center Director at the Commission for Jewish Education. Carolyn attended the cooperative education program at Northeastern University in Boston and graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts. She is deeply involved in synagogue life and holds fond memories of teaching in several religious schools and privately tutoring B’nai Mitzvah students. Co-chair of Temple Judea’s Membership Committee, Carolyn is passionate about engaging friends and neighbors in the wonderful world of TJ. A member of the TJ Adult Choir, she served as co-chair of the TJ inaugural World of Peace Cantorial Concert. Carolyn is married to the love of her life Michael Yasuna, and together they have raised Max, 33, and Sam, 29. Her hobbies include pickleball, walking, yoga, theater, and travel.