|Board of Trustees|
Mitchell Freedman - President
Marty Leblang - Vice President of Religious Affairs
Debra Abel, Au.D. - Vice President, Membership
Irving Newman - Director of House & Grounds
Ron Marcus - Vice President, Education & Youth Affairs
Christine Epstein - Executive Vice President
Chris is now a retired federal law enforcement officer and has been active at Ner Tamid for many years, as well as other non-profit organizations.
Corey Eagle - Treasurer & Vice President, Fiscal Affairs
Corey and his family moved to the San Diego area in 2001 and joined Ner Tamid in 2007. He was born and raised on the East Coast and went to school in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Professionally, Corey has worked as an auditor at a Big 4 Accounting firm, and then as an accounting, financial and litigation consultant.
Myla Stokes-Kelly - Recording Secretary
Myla Stoke Kelly is currently serving the Ner Tamid community as the Recording Secretary of the Board. Myla joined Ner Tamid Synagogue in 2004. Myla was born in San Bernardino California, and she is a third generation native Californian. She married Kenneth Wayne Kelly, thirty years ago in San Diego, and they have a son Kendrick (35) and two grandchildren, Cyrus (9) and Temple (7).
Todah rabbah to our recent past presidents for their service to the Ner Tamid community. We appreciate your continued involvement!
Marlene moved to Poway ten years ago with her husband, Jerry, so that they could be close to their five children and grandchildren. Since joining Ner Tamid in 1997, Marlene was on the membership committee of the synagogue, served as Program Co-Vice President of Sisterhood, and Co-President of Sisterhood before becoming President of the Synagogue in 2004-2006. Prior to moving to Poway, they lived in San Jose, California, where she was very active in their traditional synagogue, serving 25 consecutive years on the Board of Directors and held every position on the executive board, culminating as the first female president of the shul.
During the time when Jerry was completing his undergraduate degree in Boulder Colorado, Marlene was on the steering committee which formed the Boulder Colorado Jewish Community. Marlene was born and raised in Pasadena, California, where her grandparents were founding members of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (known then as B'nai Israel). Her grandparents and parents were very active and involved in that synagogue, and other Jewish organizations, and Marlene followed by being active in the youth organizations and in the choir. She also taught religious school and she and her twin sister were the first girls to become B'nai Mitzvot in Pasadena. Marlene also held the office of President of B'nai Brith Girls and the Youth Group. Professionally, Marlene has worked for many years as a certified paralegal, specializing in personal injury and civil litigation. She is among a small, select group who has been nationally certified.
Gerry Burstain - Past President & Immediate Past Vice President of Religious Affairs
Gerry Burstain was born in Israel (actually in Palestine) under the British Mandate. He served 5 years in the Israeli Air Force as a fighter pilot and a pilot instructor. After his military duty, he studied Chemistry in the Technion in Israel and worked as a crop-duster pilot. In 1961, he came to the US, as a foreign student, to complete his education and received a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from UCLA in 1967. While a student at UCLA, he married Judy Lieb, a native of LA in October 1961. After graduating from UCLA, Gerry joined Shell Oil USA and worked for over 26 years as a research Chemist, senior chemist and in R&D management in San Francisco, Detroit and Houston. In Houston, Gerry served for several years on the Board of Congregation Brith Shalom and as the President of the Club Men's in 1982-84. While residing in Houston, he also served as President of the Houston's Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineering during 1991-93. In 1993 Gerry retired and moved with Judy from Houston to San Diego. After retiring, Gerry continued his professional activity as a consultant to the chemical industry and served as the President of the San Diego chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineering 1996-97 and the President of the North County World Affair Council during 2000-02. In the past few years, Gerry and Judy have been also very involved in the Jewish community in San Diego and in Ner Tamid synagogue. At Ner Tamid he served as the President of the Men's Club in 1997-99, and as the President of the congregation during 2002-04. Judy & Gerry love to travel visiting their four grandchildren in Iowa and twice a year travel to Israel to visit Gerry's large family. Judy & Gerry have another son who lives in Long Beach.