21 Jan Board of Directors Elections – February 7
Cast your ballot for the Board of Directors for 2016.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Elections for the Board of Directors will be held at the Synagogue.
- Each SOJC family is entitled to one ballot and must be done in person.
- You must be a member in good standing. If you are unsure of your financial standing, check your ChaverWeb account or call or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very pleased to announce this year’s Slate of Nominees.
Slate of Nominees
My wife Marian and I joined SOJC when I relocated to Orlando from Peabody, MA, for a new job in November 2004. While living in Peabody among the different Jewish Organizations I was affiliated with were: ritual chair of Temple Ner Tamid; president of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore (northern suburbs of Boston); vice president and school committee chairperson of Cohen Hillel Academy, the community day school; president of the Hillel Council of New England, and board member of Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (International Hillel). Here in Orlando in addition to being active at SOJC where I am a past president and currently chairperson of the Ritual Committee, I am a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and a vice president of Central Florida Hillel. I received my undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Physics from Brooklyn College and my Doctorate in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago and did post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, arriving just before the Yom Kippur War. Most of my professional life has been spent developing trace detection equipment used in security screening at airports. In my current position I am working on the development of innovative medical instrumentation.
My family and I have been members of SOJC for four years. We have celebrated many simchas and life events with you during this time, and have come to feel that SOJC and our second family here are an extension of our home. During my two years on the board I have served as Education chair during a time of positive transition, and have served as a helping hand to Jeff Sikora on the Tech committee, making sure you get your weekly SOJC Happenings emails and Rabbi Skolnik’s Torah Sparks. I attend the monthly board meetings and look forward to two more years of helping my Jewish community to succeed.
Joe’s family has been a member of SOJC since 2005. Joe has served on the Board multiple terms. Joe and his wife, Pam, have three children with two of them post Bar Mitzvah. In addition to his day job as a Financial Advisor, he is a Cruise Specialist and a Sports Official.
I have been an active member of SOJC since 2000. During this time, I have served as a Parent Teacher Association member, volunteered as a room mother, and regularly attended services. I have served on the SOJC Board of Directors for the past four years and have also been on the membership committee. My daughter has grown up at SOJC and now teaches third grade religious school here. I am looking forward to another year as a board member and seeing our SOJC family grow.
I went to Hillel Torah-North Suburban Day School while I lived in Skokie, IL and my family
belonged to a traditional/conservative synagogue. When we moved to Los Angeles, CA we once again joined a traditional/conservative synagogue where I became involved with BBG. I have a deep love for my faith which began early with guidance from my grandparents and my parents. I attend Saturday morning Shabbat services on a fairly regular basis.
My family and I joined SOJC when we relocated to Orlando from Seattle, WA, in July 2004. My son Jacob became a Bar Mitzvah at SOJC November 2005 and I became an adult Bat Mitzvah in April 2013. I originally joined the SOJC Board of Directors February of 2006 where I was a director on the Board for one year. I joined again in February 2009 and was elected treasurer for four years, president for one year and co-president for one year.
Retired Senior Executive for a Fortune 500 Financial Company, American Express Co. – Regional Head Asia Pacific & West Asia Area for Regulatory Compliance and Business Ethics. 27 Years Experience In Banking Regulatory Profession.
MBA -Long Island University (Finance & Economics graduated Magma Cum Laud, Entered into “Who’s Who” in America – Economics), BS – University of Buffalo (Finance and Business Administration – graduated Summa Cum Laud). Certified Bank Examiner Conference of State Bank Supervisors, various FDIC Seminars, AXP Corporate Leadership Programs.
Present and Past Volunteer Work:
Treasury Officer -Lakeside condos (present) Achievements – Identified circa $74,000 street light over-billings to Association by Progress Energy and oversaw process for refund which is presently held as credit balance in accounts. Worked with LPI Mgmt Company on preparation of Budget and monitored monthly activities to ensure accounts held within budget. Presented Financial Condition at Monthly Board Meetings, Monitored and approved all expenses incurred by Association, Oversaw Boards fiduciary responsibility in engaging Auditors and monitoring process. Spearheaded project with LPI Mgmt to re-evaluate the annual budget and reduce HOA fees at mid year with savings passed on to owners.
Treasury Officer- Parkway Condominiums (2004-2010) circa 170 residential and commercial units, Niagara Falls, NY (Past). Elected to position with mandate to turn around Association which was previously miss-managed and in financial ruin…about 1 Million dollars in debt , no reserves , and deep into litigation with former Manager and Accounting Firm. Achievements over 6 years included paying off about $930K of past debt, paying for several major Capital Improvement Projects, installation of Service Elevator ($185K) , replacement of Fire Alarm System (circa $200K ) New Furnace, Re-pointing 13 Story Brick Building ($175K), significant internal plumbing issues including Commercial Grade Hot water tanks ($60K). When I left the Parkway Board in the fall of 2010 the building had about $400K in reserves. I also prepared a proforma 10 year plan to include restoration of common lobby and hallways, replacement of parking lot ( these two projects are estimated to cost circa $500K ) and leave the property 10 years forward with about $800K in reserves and a commitment over the period not to raise HOA fees beyond inflationary impact. In other words no special assessment to achieve 10 year plan.
Treasury Officer- JWB Welfare Board Singapore (Past) Prepared Budgets, Financial Reports, Worked with Auditors, and Approved Vouchers. Also attended IRC meeting organized by Singapore Government.
Jay was born to Nathan & Elaine Saltzman in New Rochelle New York in 1955. The family relocated to historic Dartmouth Massachusetts in 1968. The family became members of the local synagogue. Growing up in a conservative Jewish family, Jay learned that being active and involved was essential to his faith.
Jay attended the prestigious University of Massachusetts following his high school graduation from Dartmouth High School. During this time, he developed an interest in blowing the shofar. After receiving his degree in wild life biology, Jay entered into the United States Air Force. While serving our country, Jay was stationed in Alaska and Virginia. He worked as an electronic technician on F 15 avionics. Leaving the Air Force in 1989 and settling in Virginia, he joined the local temple and became an active member. Becoming increasingly more proficient in his shofar skills, he began to blow the shofar for the High Holy days. Jay has been a member in synagogues in Massachusetts, Alaska, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, and Colorado.
Always wanting to learn new things, Jay moved to Florida in 2000 and pursued his dream of becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant. Relocating to Lakeland Florida in 2005, Jay has been an active member of Temple Emmanuel in Lakeland, teaching the younger generation the fine art of shofar blowing and blowing his shofar during the High Holy Days. Joining the Southwest Jewish Congregation in 2011.
My family joined SOJC in 2013. I was very fortunate in being able to attend Rabbi Skolnik’s first conversion class. During that time, I felt so at home and part of a great new family. During both the class and while attending Services with my loved ones, we felt so comfortable and accepted. I knew then that I had to give back to the SOJC community by helping in any way I could.
I have served on the Board as the Treasurer for the last two years. I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve our community so that I can use my knowledge and resources to benefit SOJC.
Jeff and his family have been active members of SOJC since 2004 and regularly attend Services. He served on the Board in 2006-2007 and again 2012-present. Currently, he is the 1st Vice President and Chairs the Technology Committee, manages the weekly email blasts, www.sojc.org, and all other technical needs of SOJC. Jeff is in his 6th year of teaching the 2nd Grade Religious School Class where he uses iPods and computer games to engage his students to get them excited about learning to read Hebrew. Jeff’s wife, Risa, is the 1st Grade Religious School Teacher and the SOJUSY Youth Group Director. Both of their boys are post Bar Mitzvah and volunteer in the Religious School every Sunday. Jeff is looking forward to continue to serve the SOJC family.
I am originally from Philadelphia, where my wife, Wendy and I raised 3 children and were continuously involved with our synagogue. After moving to Florida in 2004, we chose SOJC as the synagogue we wanted to become affiliated with. We have not been very active members to this point, but as I am reaching my retirement age I feel that the SOJC would be a good place to offer my time and experience.
I have owned several businesses since I graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences in 1969. I grew my family apparel business from 80 employees to over 400 employees with a management staff of 10 people. With that business as a base, I started a uniform manufacturing company and built a network of over 2500 distributors selling our garments in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. After selling this company, I started a uniform distribution company, which is currently headquartered in Kissimmee. My experience has been with managing people, production, marketing, sales and all the other skills needed to manage and grow a business. If I had to pick one strength it would be my ability to think outside the box and find solutions to issues.
Throughout my career I have been active in local and national organizations, often holding positions on committees and giving support in various ways.
If these are attributes that could help SOJC, I would like to offer myself to become a member of the board.