Bazman, July 2015

Temple Adat Elohim


JULY 2015

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Frankly Speaking

“At the end-point there is nothing but being, no time but the present.” Rabbi Akiva Tatz

Navigating life’s journey is both exciting and mysterious. Look around you - did you think you would be where you are now just a few years ago? I certainly did not.

My own introduction to TAE came at a time of worry and adversity. My daughter Ashley was experiencing a challenging healthcare situation. I called the temple office to ask for a mishebeirach and only moments later, heard from Sisterhood President Rita Steinberg, of blessed memory, with offers of help. If there was a fork in the road of temple engagement for me, Rita was the traffic cop and as they say, the rest is history. I served four years as TAE’s Communications Chair, one year as VP Membership, and nearly two years as Executive VP. And my journey now continues as our TAE’s new president. What do I bring to this role – besides a strong work ethic and an honest desire to add value? A personal history steeped in volunteerism and the non-profit world. I learned early, as I was raised in a family of selfless volunteers. Basically, I grew up sitting quietly in the back of the room, watching and listening to volunteers doing their best to add value to those around them. My late parents were both California State Presidents of the Jewish War Veterans. I proudly achieved two academic distinctions, undergrad in Journalism, and MBA in Health Care Management. My professional background encompasses both the non-profit world, working with hospitals like Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and healthcare foundations, and the business world, including Weight Watchers, Intl., and Prudential HealthCare. I head Frank Public Relations and serve as Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation of So. CA. I also am a part-time professor for an online university, teaching healthcare business and marketing courses. I am Barry Florence’s wife (even if we have different last names), and the very proud mom to four daughters – Rachel, Ashley, Brittany, and Taylor, a Penn State freshman in August. They, along with my twin 3-year-old grandsons, have taught me about patience, about respect, and about the power of each day as a step in the direction of lifelong goals.

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Our Mission: Temple Adat Elohim is a welcoming and fulfilling Jewish community

embracing those who seek spirituality, knowledge, and a desire to heal the world.

So, you may be wondering how I will have time for TAE? My mother oft repeated the adage “If you need something done, give it to a busy person.” And, there is much

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Temple Adat Elohim 2420 East Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 A Reform Jewish synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. It is published monthly.

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