Final approval of this Board listing on June 17, 2021

Diane Zipperstein


As I begin my third year as President of CBB, I’d like to thank you for giving me this opportunity.  I have loved every minute of my time as President.  The experience has been one of the highlights of my life. I am so grateful for the support I have received from so many of you.  Working with such dedicated lay leaders, talented staff and gifted clergy, has made my job so fulfilling.

I joined the CBB Board in 2014 as an at-large Trustee, later becoming Program Vice President, then Development Vice President.  I have served on the Executive Committee since 2016.

I was born in New Jersey, raised in Granada Hills and Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. I attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a BA and MS in Psychology. I went to UC Davis Law School where I met my husband, Steve. We’ve lived in Los Angeles, Bethesda, Woodland Hills and Princeton before happily landing in Santa Barbara. During that time I worked as a lawyer for First Interstate Bancorp, Standard Chartered Bank and Homes Savings of America in securities, mergers and acquisitions.

I have been involved with many Santa Barbara non-profits since moving here in 2011. Some of the local non-profits include  ADL, Girls Inc, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, FoodBank  of Santa Barbara Countyand Women’s Fund.

Steve and I have been married for over 35 years. We are so lucky to have three daughters, Emily, Margot and Hilary, two sons-in-law, Eric and Rob, and four grandchildren, Lyla, Henry, Celeste, and Olivia. We are also fortunate to have Steve’s mother, Bobbie, living in Santa Barbara at Valle Verde. CBB has become a vital part of our family.  We are so grateful for the community we have found here!

Rachel Wilson

Executive VP

I have been a member of CBB for more than 38 years. My husband Walt and I were married by Rabbi Kendall in 1980, our children attended Beit Ha Yeladim and Religious School, had their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and attended Confirmation all at CBB. I have been on the Board for nine years serving as Social Action Trustee for three years, Membership VP for five years, and this is my second year as Program Trustee.

I am an attorney practicing with my own law firm, Wilson & Pettine, LLP, in downtown Santa Barbara. I have spent my entire 36 year career in Santa Barbara focusing on family law (dissolutions of marriage, pre- and post-marital agreements, mediation and custody, and support matters), guardianships/conservatorships, and estate plan matters.

I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to California when I was 9 years old. My parents and entire extended family were holocaust survivors and my first language was Yiddish. I grew up as an orthodox “valley girl” and was very active in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. I attended UCSB and Southwestern University Law School. Walt and I met while we were both attending UCSB and we married after I attended law school and Walt started a local business in Santa Barbara, The Alternative Copy Shop. We have two wonderful children, Sophie and Henry, along with a very funny and lovable chocolate Labrador Retriever named Leo (and often referred to as a “chocolate babka”).

Dan Cerf

Administrative VP

Robin and I have been married for over 35 years, we moved to Santa Barbara from San Francisco in 2012.  Happily we joined CBB that same year. Born and raised in San Francisco, I attended public school and graduated from SF State College with a BA degree in Economics and Business. Robin and I married in 1983. We are parents of three sons Jordan, Brad, and Josh.

Professionally I am a businessman, I am the President and CEO of “SF Party”, a retail and wholesale party supply and concessions company that I started in San Francisco over 35 years ago.  I recently finished my four-year term as a Board Trustee with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. My goal has been and continues to be giving back to the community and trying to make a difference. Robin and I are passionate about modern contemporary art, which we have been collecting for over 35 years.

The reason I serve on the CBB Board is the tremendous sense of welcome, acceptance, and community that I feel every time I walk through the synagogue doors. I hope to be of value and to make a difference.

Jonathan Gartner

Financial VP

Jonathan Gartner, and his wife, Patricia Marks Gartner (“Pam”) joined CBB in 2017.  After attending Torah study for a number of months, Elizabeth approached us and said, “has anyone asked you to join the synagogue?”  Truth to be told, we were already sold on CBB when, after moving to Santa Barbara following a fairly peripatetic life, we first went to Shabbat services at the outdoor sanctuary.  Suddenly, all of the evening prayers seemed to make sense, the connection to nature made sense, CBB made sense.

Jonathan’s business career was primarily in finance.  He worked in politics (Congressman AF Hawkins), banking (JP Morgan, Drexel Burnham, ABN Amro), private equity (Navis Capital), Energy (Ping), and Ed Tech (LEAP).  He is currently the CEO of Sustainable Change Alliance, a Santa Barbara-based impact-oriented education and investment group focused on fostering businesses and entrepreneurs who are seeking to build profitable firms which are also trying to create positive social and environmental outcomes.

Jonathan and Pam have raised two children, Eleanor and Simon, in three continents.  We lived in the US, Europe, and Asia over the past two decades before returning to the US and stumbled upon Santa Barbara.  We are very happy we did.

Laura Habecker

Membership VP

I came to UCSB from the San Fernando Valley and fell in love with Santa Barbara. I was fortunate enough to meet my awesome husband Dan here and raise our two children in Santa Barbara.

I have been in Medical Sales for over 20 years. I’ve worked for Abbott and more recently entered into the space of genetic testing. I was previously working in prenatal testing and now work for a start-up company selling pediatric genetic testing.

Before my husband Dan and I were married we attended a “Basic Judaism” class. Now over 25 years later my children have graduated through all stages of CBB life from early beginnings at BHY, Religious School, Confirmation and as Madricha. I love anything community! I enjoyed being involved and feel very grateful to all that CBB has given to me and my family. I look forward to another term in my board position and contributing in a meaningful way.

Ann Pieramici

Program VP

Our connection to CBB began with our children who attended Beit HaYeladim preschool soon after our family relocated to Santa Barbara from the East Coast in 2001. I immediately got involved with the preschool, co-chairing the auction and serving on the Board as preschool trustee.  My involvement grew to leading interfaith outreach and serving on the nominating and gala committees.  CBB provided our family with a wonderful community and dear friends.

I’ve worked over the past two decades as a public relations consultant and freelance writer in both the private and non-profit sectors.  I honed these skills while working for the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC and the Hearst Corporation, Forbes, Inc. and Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York City.  I serve on the Boards of MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School.  I am a past Board trustee of Crane Country Day School and the San Marcos AAPLE Academy. I’m also active with the National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization.

Born and raised in Baltimore, I graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and completed post-graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins University. I love living in Santa Barbara with my husband, Dante, our daughters Arin and Lily and our golden retriever, Cesare.

Summer Foster

Education VP

I first became acquainted with CBB when my husband James and I were married by Cantor Mark Childs in 2013. From there we were welcomed with open arms to the CBB community and then by the BHY community. I am very fond of BHY and everything the school has to offer. I spent two years as the Parent Association Chair so I know firsthand that BHY is a very special place.

I am the lucky mother of three boys: Crosby, Rockwell, and Bixby. I am currently a stay at home mother and I love being home with my boys. I feel so fortunate to be able to stay at home with my boys and experience the daily adventures in their young lives.

Prior to being home with my children, I was and still am an educator. I have taught at a number of elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, in grades 2nd through 6th. I earned my BA in Psychology from UCSB in 2003. I have my Masters in Education and an elementary teaching credential from UCSB’s Teacher Education Program. I also earned my administrative teaching credential through Santa Barbara County Education Office’s PASC Program. I have always loved working in education and couldn’t think of a more rewarding career.

I grew up in Santa Monica and came to sunny Santa Barbara in 1999 to attend UCSB. I love everything about Santa Barbara and couldn’t imagine a more wonderful place to raise my family. I enjoy walking along our beautiful beaches, reading, working out, and spending quality time with my family.

Marcy Wimbish

Development VP

Our family was considering a move to Santa Barbara from the New York City area in 2007. After attending services in the outdoor chapel and meeting Rabbi Steve and Cantor Mark, we were hooked and moved out west two months later.

I worked on Wall Street in New York City on a Bond Trading floor, after earning an MBA from the Stern School of Business and an MS from Columbia University School of Engineering.  I attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts for undergraduate studies.

After retiring from the finance industry, I raised two children with my husband Jon.  Our daughter Tally just completed her second year at USC, and our son Jimmy will begin the University of Oregon this fall.  They both attended religious school at CBB and went all the way through until Confirmation.  I enjoy playing tennis, and was very involved in the public schools while my children attended them in Santa Barbara. I look forward to serving on the CBB Board.

Steven Amerikaner

Past President

My wife Phyllis and I have been members of CBB since we moved to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in 1982.  Our son David celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at CBB in 1992; our daughter Kate celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at CBB in 1995.  Kate is a member of the CBB Adult Choir, and for a number of years Phyllis worked with Aaron Ettenberg on the scripts for the annual CBB Purimspiel.

I am a partner at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a national boutique law firm with 240 lawyers that specializes in natural resources, intellectual property, and government relations.  My work concentrates on representing property owners, builders and developers in securing land use approvals from local and state government, including the California Coastal Commission.  My professional career began in 1973, after my admission to the California Bar.  For eight years between 1982 and 1990, I served as Santa Barbara City Attorney.

I was born in New York City (Queens) and grew up on Long Island.  After attending public high school, I graduated from Harvard College in 1969 and Harvard Law School in 1973.  I met my wife in Los Angeles in 1975, we married in 1977 and moved to Santa Barbara with our two young children in 1982.  Phyllis was born in Memphis and grew up in Atlanta.  She attended University of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tarheels!) and has worked for many years as the Librarian at the Goleta Center for Girls Inc.  We have a wonderful daughter-in-law (Kristina) and three grandchildren, Molly (2010), Bennett (2013) and Eli (2021).

Serena Zahler


Serena Zahler is an accomplished marketing manager with a decade of experience at JANUS et Cie, a luxury outdoor furniture brand, part of Haworth. In 2018, Serena was honored with JANUS et Cie’s Legacy Award solidifying her as an invaluable resource to the company. She often collaborates with executive management to undertake new initiatives and is responsible for art directing and styling JANUS et Cie’s iconic image.

Before beginning her career, Serena studied Art Studio and Communication at UCSB, interned at the Modern Art Museum Santa Barbara, was on the sailing team and travelled to Israel on Birthright. Originally from Long Beach, Serena grew up blocks away from Temple Israel walking to Sunday and Wednesday school and Got Shabbat services. Her parents and grandparents were active members of the synagogue and being Jewish was a sweet part of her upbringing. She has fond memories of hanging out with her classmates, travelling to New York on a temple-led trip and celebrating Chanukah, Sukkot, Purim and High Holy Days with family and friends.

In 2017, Serena married her wonderful husband, Bailey Hochhalter, and they set out to put down roots in Santa Barbara. During that exploration she met Rabbi Brenner and began collaborating to energize a community of young Jewish professionals with monthly Shabbat gatherings, now known as CBB’s OpenDor. Serena and Bailey are excited to be members of CBB and grow with the community.

Craig Zimmerman

Building Trustee

I currently serve as Director of Montecito Bank & Trust, where I was elected to the Board in April of 2010 and serve as the Chair of the Governance Committee.  I also consult for real estate companies in Southern California.

I recently retired from The Towbes Group, Inc., where I served for 20 years, most of which as President.  After joining The Towbes Group in January 1999 as Vice President of Commercial Property Management, I was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and then appointed President in June 2001. The Towbes Group is a diversified building and development firm which develops, constructs and manages properties in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.  While at The Towbes Group, I oversaw all of TGI’s operating divisions including development, construction, commercial and residential property management, and maintenance services.  Prior to The Towbes Group I worked for Maguire Partners in Los Angeles.

I also serve on the Boards of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, The Towbes Foundation, Storyteller, and is a Trustee of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.

My wife Amy and I live in Santa Barbara and have two children, Charlie and Maisie.

Nick Woolf


My wife Sara and I were first introduced to CBB in 2013 when we attended Rabbi Cohen’s Torah study. After the first session we were hooked and never looked back, gradually becoming more and more involved with activities until the synagogue had become a focal point of our lives. As well as a rekindled involvement with Judaism, we have made countless wonderful friends and never forget how lucky we are to be part of the CBB community.

I serve as the Chair of the Caring Community Committee, coordinating volunteers who provide various services to our members, and I was lucky enough to recently participate in CBB’s Leadership Institute.

I worked as a CPA until the early 1990’s, when I got a PhD at the University Iowa and became a qualitative research consultant, teaching workshops and participating in research projects all over North America. I completed this career by writing a Routledge textbook on qualitative research methods. Now mostly retired, I retain one interesting client – writing evaluations of the procedural fairness of all Utah judges for the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

I grew up in North-West London, moving to the U.S. in 1976. Theater and performing are major hobbies, and I teach an improvisational theatre group in town. My son Ben achieved acting fame in three seasons of the TV show American Horror Story, and my daughter Kathryn followed in my footsteps as a CPA and lives in Goleta with husband Brian and our grandsons Sidney and Elijah.

Ari Goldstein

Religious Practices Trustee

Ari Goldstein, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara. He is also a lead facilitator and researcher for the Kind Mind Program – a local non-profit providing mindfulness instruction to elementary school students. Before becoming a psychologist he worked as a high school special education teacher in San Francisco Unified School District, and believes strongly in the power of schools to serve as vehicles of systemic change. He earned his MEd and PhD in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB, where he delivered mental health services in schools for students with behavioral and emotional challenges. For his dissertation, he created and ran a school-based mindfulness program. Ari completed his doctoral internship at The Help Group in Los Angeles and subsequently trained with Dr. Radhule Weininger in Santa Barbara. He also holds a license as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. He is originally from the Chicago area, an avid Michigan fan, tremendously enjoys the Californian mountains, and aspires to never have them stop taking his breath away.

Alan Levy


My wife Lisa and I have been members of CBB for over 20 years, but I also grew up in town, became a Bar Mitzvah here, and you can see a picture of me on the wall in a nice sky blue robe with my confirmation class.  I have been Caring Community Committee Chair since 2002 and currently serve on the Board of Trustees as Parliamentarian.  I also serve on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara as Vice President and Chair of the Jewish Family Service Committee.  Since finishing a Ph.D. in Physics at UCSB in early 2006, I have been working as a Systems Engineer at Raytheon Vision Systems in Goleta.

Lisa Raphael

Fundraising Events Trustee

We joined the CBB family in 1994 after we moved to S.B. Our 3 children attended preschool at BHY, attended many years of religious school up to Academy and Confirmation, belonged to a havurah, had 3 b’nai mitzvahs and produced 2 madrahim. We have felt very fortunate to be part of the warm, growing CBB community.

Since recently becoming an empty nester, I’ve been working part-time as a social media consultant and intern wrangler for Peaceworks Travel, which is a local socially-conscious educational travel program for educators and students. Before that I was a trustee of an estate for 14 years and raised my 3 kids and did a lot of volunteer work at BHY and at all the rest of my children’s schools.

I was raised in Encino in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from UCLA as a Linguistics and Italian major and then worked in the music industry for 5 years. I then attended and graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in LA and passed the California bar. My husband (the local mohel and an OB/GYN) and I are the proud parents of Hannah (presently working in the music industry in LA), Mark (graduating next month from U of Chicago, then off to NY to work) and Max (a sophomore at SDSU).

Danielle Drossel

Jewish Learning Programs Trustee

My family joined CBB in 2016, when we returned to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles.  My husband Louie and I are the proud parents of three kids: Henry, Shoshana, and Bo.  Henry and Shoshana are BHY graduates and current Netovit students.

Louie and I first fell in love with Santa Barbara (and each other, coincidentally) when we moved here in 2000 to attend college at UCSB.  We met during the first week of freshman year and got married 10 years later.  After graduating college, I moved back to the LA area to attend law school at Pepperdine University.  Louie stayed in Santa Barbara for two years, working for a small start-up company.  In 2006 I convinced Louie to join me in LA with the promise that we would return to Santa Barbara one day.  That opportunity came in 2016, when I got offered a job working as an attorney for Santa Barbara County.  Louie owns an office products business and was able to relocate the business to Goleta.

My professional career as an attorney began in 2008, when I was admitted to the California State Bar.  I spent over 10 years representing local government agencies.  I was first employed at a private litigation firm as outside counsel representing the County of Los Angeles, before moving to “in-house” counsel positions at Los Angeles and then Santa Barbara County.  My law practice has focused on litigation, civil rights, employment, and land use law.

Our family is thrilled to be living in Santa Barbara and we are so grateful to be a part of the CBB/BHY/JLP community and for the wonderful friendships we have made as a result.  I am so honored to serve on the CBB board as Jewish Learning Programs Trustee!

Elizabeth Kupperman

Early Childhood Education Trustee

My family joined CBB in 2016 after moving to Santa Barbara. My husband, Asher, grew up at CBB as a native of Santa Barbara, and is a proud BHY alum. We are grateful that our two children, Lev and Sylvie, can both attend BHY and grow up in this wonderfully close-knit Jewish community.

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and of course, I love country music. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I never missed a home game (Go Vols!). I met Asher at the County Music Hall of Fame when he was in Medical School, and we lived in Los Angeles and New York City before settling here.

I am a CPA and currently work as a CFO consultant. I previously worked as a Financial Auditor in public accounting and as the Director of Finance for a television station.

After years of moving around, we are very fortunate to make Santa Barbara and CBB our forever home. I feel privileged to serve as the Preschool Trustee.

Annie Kempe

Social Action Trustee

I am originally from Colorado and moved to Santa Barbara seven years ago to live near my daughter and her family. I am a retired Occupational Therapist, a writer (and author of two books). I have served on several non-profit boards focusing on fund-raising, grant writing, and event planning. My parents helped to establish the Kempe Children’s Center (internationally renowned for research and treatment of child abuse and neglect), and much of my volunteering has revolved around that cause.

I enjoy gardening, walking, swimming, furniture painting and especially activities with my kids and grandkids.

Having joined CBB in 2017, I became active in: the Leadership course, the Café Series (Can We Talk?), soup-making, co-chairing Mitzvah Day, Boomers committee, Torah study and Daf Yomi. Clearly, I thrive when volunteering within such a welcoming, inclusive and friendly congregation.
I am thrilled and honored to serve our beloved CBB community as the Social Action Trustee.

Lynn Altschul

At-Large Trustee

I am from the Chicago area where my husband, Joel and I were married over fifty years ago. Three children and four grandchildren later, we began visiting Santa Barbara upon retirement. After thirteen years of exploring this stunning area and building a community of friends, we have put down roots and feel so fortunate to be able to call Santa Barbara home.

I am relatively new to CBB, having officially joined the congregation three years ago. I have served on the Social Action Committee, Board Governance Task Force and I completed the two year Melton Education program in 2019. In 2018 I traveled to Israel with Rabbi Cohen and other congregants which solidified my commitment to the CBB community.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist by profession, specializing in child development and families with young children. I received my undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois and a post graduate degree in Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. I built a private practice as well as served as a clinician at the Jewish Children and Family Services Agency. In 2002, I started a non-profit called The Family Room which provided education, support and a community to young families in the Chicago area.

I feel fortunate to have been so warmly welcomed by the CBB community.

Merith Cosden

At Large Trustee

My husband Alan Spiker and I moved to Santa Barbara in 1982.  We have been CBB members for over 30 years. Our two sons attended religious school and became Bar Mitzvah here, and Canter Mark later officiated at my younger son’s wedding. I also served briefly on the Board, helping with educational programs.

I was a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara during much of this time, retiring in 2015.

Since my retirement from UCSB I have been busy in other ways.  My sons are married and live in Los Angeles, and we go weekly to help with our grandchildren.  I do abstract painting, take adult education classes at City College, and am on the Board of the Goleta Valley Art Association. Finally, I participate in many of the educational opportunities offered at CBB.  I was in the first cohort to graduate from the Melton two-year curriculum, and I attend Torah study and Talmud study weekly.  I also currently serve on two Temple Advisory Committees, one for Melton educational programs and one on mental wellness.

Jill Feldman

At-Large Trustee

My family joined CBB when we moved to Santa Barbara in 2002 from Dallas, Texas.  My husband, Arnie Brier, is from Santa Barbara and celebrated his bar mitzvah and his confirmation at CBB.

We immediately felt at home at CBB and I joined the board in 2005.  I served for 10 years as At-Large Trustee, Religious School Trustee and Education VP.  I am so happy to continue service the board in my third year as an At-Large Trustee.

I am the President of Strategic Development Associates.  Our clients include start-ups, mid-sized companies, and large national companies with a focus on technology, and our areas of specialization include consumer insights, market validation, and industry and competitive analysis.  I founded SDA in 1997, following roles within the wireless telecom industry with AT&T Wireless Service and Verizon Wireless. Prior to that, I was an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Merchant Banking Departments with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company.

Since 2008, I have also served on the faculty of University of California, Santa Barbara teaching courses in the College of Engineering’s Technology Management Program.  I received a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  I’m also currently serving as the Chair of the University of Michigan Industrial and Operations Engineering Advisory Board.

Arnie and I have been married for over 28 years and have two amazing children, Zoe and Ethan.

Nancy Sheldon

At-Large Trustee

Nancy worked in banking for 13 years with UBS in New York before moving to Santa Barbara with her husband, Mike, in 2001.  They have four children, who have grown up in at CBB.

Nancy has spent over 15 years in the non-profit world. She has been on the executive board of MOXI for over 10 years and chaired the capital campaign for the building. She is also on the Board of Crane School and chairs the Development committee.

Nancy has chaired the Foodbank Gala for several years alongside Diane Zipperstein. Nancy comes back into service at CBB after serving as the head of the Beit Ha Yeladim Parent Association and the  Preschool Trustee on the Board of Congregation B’nai B’rith.

Alex Weinstein

At Large Trustee

My wife Betty and I have been members of Congregation B’nai B’rith since moving to Santa Barbara in 1987.  We have been married for 36 years and are the proud parents of Sara and Laura, who attended religious school and had their Bat Mitzvah’s at CBB.

I retired in early 2019 after practicing urology in Santa Barbara for 32 years.  I still see urology patients as a volunteer at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department twice a month.

My undergraduate education was at UC Irvine (BS is Biology) and I attended Medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1982. My residency was completed in 1987 at the Harvard Program in Urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

I am an active board member at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and am on the board at Casa Dorinda (on the Executive Committee, Medical and Marketing Committees and Chair the Operations Committee).  I am on the board of the Montecito Mafia Tennis Group.  I also serve as a medical advisor for the Santa Barbara Jewish Emergency Aid Committee.

I have greatly enjoyed being a physician moderator for medical humanities courses at UCSB.  The courses are focused on history, morality and ethics in medicine.

In my spare time I enjoy tennis, golf, hiking, travel, wine and scuba diving.

Natalie Gaynes

Women of B’nai B’rith (WoBB) Trustee

I have the distinction of probably being the oldest and longest standing CBB member on the WOBB (Sisterhood) Board.  My parents moved to Santa Barbara when I was three years old (that was a lot of years ago) and immediately joined the synagogue. I remember attending Sunday School in the little synagogue on Garden Street as well as being confirmed at the Santa Barbara Street Synagogue.

When it was time for me to find a Jewish husband I took myself to Los Angeles where I met a wonderful man, Ken Gaynes, and we were married in six months. We lived in Marina Del Rey for six years where our children were born. At that point we decided that we had enough of the traffic and congestion and it was time to pick up roots and get out of there.

Santa Barbara was the perfect place to settle down for life.  Since my son David was just five years old when we arrived, joining the synagogue was one of the first things we did so he could attend religious school.  When my daughter Melanie was of age, she also attended religious school, and both children continued their education through Bar and Bat Mitzvah and on through Confirmation.  My husband and I have both been very active in this congregation for all of our years here as the success of the congregation was very important to us. My husband was on the temple board serving for several years in different capacities as well as being in a group which spearheaded our Sunday Morning Live and Best Darn Breakfast program which is still going strong.

I’ve been a very active member of WOBB and worked in the gift shop as long as I can remember.  Unfortunately, my husband passed away eight years ago, but I carry on the tradition of helping wherever I can be of service.

Fortunately, both of my children settled in Santa Barbara where they are raising my four grandchildren.  I enjoy the hands-on experience of being in my grandchildren’s lives as they are being raised.  So far, my two oldest grandchildren have taken an active role in the synagogue life here in Santa Barbara which gives me great pleasure and satisfaction.

Daniel Hochman

Shomrei HaBrit (Guardian of the Covenant)

I am connected to CBB by music, prayer, friends, community, and volunteering. I also have a multi-generational family history with the Synagogue.

I call myself a professional volunteer, having spent more than two decades in service to the community in which I live. Educated in Economics, Business, Math, and Music, I have been fortunate to manage a hotel, design and install hardware dependent telephone systems, manage real estate investments, and teach college prep AP, while also being a professional musician, actor/singer, and energy worker. I have been blessed to lead congregations, trade organizations, parks, Y’s, and to serve the city of Santa Barbara as a charter member of the Creeks Advisory Committee and as a Park and Recreation Commissioner.

I am a 2nd generation Santa Barbarian, born as one of the last baby boomers. I played soccer and rode horses when I was younger, and went to college to get my Master’s. I am ecstatically married to Mandy, who loves me more than perhaps I deserve. We look forward to maybe getting another dog someday.

Liat Wasserman

Communication Trustee

I have spent the better part of the past 10 years applying my creative and pragmatic points of view to my work for others in Santa Barbara. I joined GrantSage over a year ago and have been grant writing on behalf of local nonprofits providing support services to the area’s most under-served. Previously, I sang with and wrote original music for the Jewish soul gospel group, SoulAviv. Before moving to Santa Barbara, I worked in international public relations both in Washington, DC and New York City, where I also met my husband Michael. Members since 2002, we have raised our two daughters, from BHY preschool through their teen years, with the help of this synagogue.

Aaron Ettenberg

Honorary Board Member

My wife, Ina, and I have been members of CBB since our move to Santa Barbara in the summer of 1982. Both our children, Michael and Sharna, received their Hebrew names in our sanctuary, made life-long friends at Beit HaYeldim, had their Bar and Bat Mitzah at CBB, completed our religious and Hebrew school programs and were married by our clergy! So, we’ve had a long and close connection with this fabulous congregation. Ina has served, and continues to serve, as a mentor and educational advisor for teachers in our religious school, and I finally left the board a few years ago after having completed 26 years (yikes!) as a member of our Board of Trustees. During those two-plus decades of Board service I held almost every position including a rewarding two-year stint as President. I was sincerely humbled to have been recognized with the Viola Girsh Award for commitment and service to the congregation and for having been named a life-time “honorary” member of the Board.

I continue to remain involved in leadership through membership on a variety of ad hoc committees although my time is somewhat limited by my current responsibilities as President of the Santa Barbara Hillel community board of trustees.

In my spare time I serve as Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB where I conduct research and teaching in the exciting field of neuroscience.

Honorary Board Members z”l

Marlyn Bernard Bernstein z”l
Ruelene Hochman z”l