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Leadership

Get to know our 2018 Board Members! 
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The CBH Board of Directors is an engaged group of dedicated members. Our interest is to help guide and support our congregation. If you would like to know more about the CBH Board, please contact our president, McKenzie Wren. 

McKenzie Wren - President: I have been involved with CBH for awhile - somewhere between 8 and 10 years! I attended services when my children were very young but joined when my oldest son, Elijah was about 8. He is now a senior in high school  and his brother Devon is a freshman. They were both bar mitzvahed with CBH. I have been active in the chorus for about 8 years and I have helped with ritual leadership through leading chant services, planning Shavuot, leading minyan service at the community school and many other activities. I’ve been part of the Wednesday chant community for maybe 3 years. Sometime through the years, I realized that CBH had become the center of my universe and is where my friendships, social justice actions, artistic endeavors and much more are held. CBH is my spiritual home.I  joined the board three years ago and became first VP two years because I felt like my skills and what CBH needed were in alignment. Over the last two years, I completed the Jacob Leadership Institute through the Federation and am an active participant in the Front Porch process. Through my presidency, I hope to deepen connections between CBH and the greater Jewish communities, support CBH through its change to “Danland” and help anchor CBH as the social justice rock star in Atlanta - a place where people know they can get their spiritual, social and social justice needs met! And have fun and build relationships doing it! In my work in the world I am a facilitator focusing on equity and inclusion and I help people have the hard conversations they need to have to move forward on whatever it is that’s separating them. And did I mention my awesome husband, Reuben Haller? Y’all know him - I don't need to say anything about him!

 

Theresa Prestwood, 1st VPI am Theresa Prestwood, mother of Zoe Falcon and wife of Gary Falcon. We have attended CBH for five years. We came to CBh at the request of our daughter Zoe who wanted to study Hebrew and go to Hebrew school. When I am not working with CBH, or hanging out with my family, I serve as Executive Director of Kate's Club, a bereavement support organization for children 5-18 who have had a parent or sibling die.

I think I bring to the board an understanding of how to run a non-profit organization, fundraising, a passion for social justice and an understanding that even when we disagree, we all have the best intent for our work at CBH. It is an honor to serve now, particularly as the congregation is growing and evolving. I want to ensure we have the resources to offering a wide range of programs and that we stand as a beacon of hope and light in the world. (I was also asked to step up.)

 

Shoshana Ben Yoar - Past President: I’ve been President for two years now, member of CBH for 11, and engaged in the community for 15. I am the mother of 4 (Kaylah, Kyle, Libi, and Gaia) and I am married to Marko. In my work in the world I am a fundraising consultant, development writing expert, and event strategist. I have enjoyed my tenure as President and I have learned to say "I'm sorry" really well! I hope you remember me whenever you see a ladder and that you should always "Step Up for CBH!"

 

 

 

Jared Feuer, VP CommunicationI have been loosely a part of the CBH community for 15 years now, and formally joined about 5 years ago. I live with my wife Heather, my children Ronan (age 6) and Ilsa (age 10), and Heather's mother Delores, aka Nanna. During the day, I am the Chief Business Officer for Welcoming America, and bring to the table financial and strategic background and the ability to move quickly on important issues. I care deeply about CBH and want to make my contribution -- I am stepping up now because it seems like a time in CBH's history where my skills could be useful.

 

Cindy Smith, Treasurer: My name is Cindy Smith. Lauren Levin is my partner of 17 years. Lauren was a member in the late 80’s, and we joined as a family about 6 years ago. I am very interested in CBH’s financial strength and growth, so I welcomed the opportunity to become CBH’s Treasurer. I have served as Treasurer for other organizations, including the campaign of Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, z”l. I am an attorney and spent most of my career at Kimberly-Clark, where I served as Chief Counsel, Asia Pacific Region, living in Sydney Australia. For the last 8 years I have served on the Emory University Institutional Review Board to protect the rights of subjects in clinical research.

 

 

 

Shana Cohen, Secretary

 As a CBH congregant for about 6 years now, a chorus member, and a volunteer, I am committed to expanding the ways in which I can give back to this wonderful synagogue. I strive to bring to the Board a spirit of curiosity toward differing viewpoints, enthusiasm for our new governance model, and the desire to understand and engage with the core strategic issues affecting our mission now and into the future.

More than ever, I appreciate the importance of CBH as a welcoming place for all Jews and their loved ones to connect, grow, and mobilize for progressive change. There are so many ways to get involved; for me, serving on the Board feels like one of the most empowering and effective things I can do to help safeguard CBH's vital vision, which in turn allows our congregation to keep doing what we do best--foster deep spiritual connectedness and advance the cause of social justice.

I make a home with my husband David and daughter Talia (age 9), and work as a copyeditor.

Shelley Rose, Member at Large 

I live with my two new kitty cats, Max and Essie,in Decatur. My mother and father live in Atlanta and my sister and her family live in Pasadena. I have been a member of CBH since 2006 but was coming to services and programs off and on for several years before that. I think I was first introduced to CBH when it met at The Friends House on DeKalb Avenue. I am a regular at CBH chant. In my day job I serve as senior associate regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, southeast region, where I have been for 20 years. I have the privilege of doing social justice work for them every day. In serving on the board, I bring years of experience working with and on nonprofit boards and a love and commitment to CBH. I'm excited about our future at CBH and continuing the work on transforming our governance structure and bringing in more members to be involved in the everyday life and work of CBH. Also, I love to travel!

Kai Ruiz, Member at Large

Kai Ruiz has been a member of CBH since moving to Atlanta in 2015. Since joining Bet Haverim, he has participated in the Step-Up for CBH Leadership program, taught 6th grade Judaics for CBHCS, and worked closely with Rabbi Josh to develop a meaningful Jewish practice. He is currently Special Projects Manager for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and is participating in Federation's The Front Porch initiative, a process involving over 100 community members to unlock the incredible potential of Jewish Atlanta. Kai is also participating in the Jacobson Leadership Institute as a CBH nominee, a seven-month educational program which aims to build a network of community leaders that strengthen their own organizations and the broader Atlanta Jewish community. As a CBH board member, Kai hopes to serve our diverse and growing community and explore ways in which we can continue to be an open tent for our community and a leader in social justice. Outside of these pursuits, Kai spends his time reading science fiction, getting outdoors, and going on adventures with his wife, Rebecca, and dog, Gizmo.

Patric Good, Member at Large

I live with my husband Darin (a.k.a. “Derwood”) and our two dogs in Brookhaven in a house that we will never stop renovating or redecorating, apparently. I’ve been a member of CBH for about two years, but I stalked Rabbi Josh on Facebook for about two years prior to that, so it feels significantly longer. By day, I am a chef in Dunwoody, and by night I write and I just published my first work of fiction, a book of short stories.

I am honored to be on the board, and I believe I am at a good point in my life and my association with CBH to bring fresh perspectives, creative problem solving, a willingness to challenge the status quo, and a lively wit and effervescent personality. I believe I have a lot to offer CBH and am excited to see the new directions we can all take CBH in the future.
 

Team Chairs      
Care (Hesed) Team Coordinators:   Beth-Ann Butikant and Gary Falcon
Parent Engagement at  Michele Walsh 
Membership - acting chair: Kim Goldsmith
Tikkun Olam:   Avrum Weiss

If you are interested in leading a team, please contact the CBH office.

 


 

2016-17 Board Members  (Start January 2017)

President:  Shoshana Ben-Yoar
Vice President: McKenzie Wren
Vice President of Administration:  Shelley Rose
Vice President of Finance: Theresa Prestwood
Treasurer: Cindy Smith
President Emeritus:  Charlie Chasen 
Secretary: Shana Cohen

Representatives-at-Large:

Committee/Team Chairs      
Building    
Care (Hesed) Team Coordinators:   Beth-Ann Butikant and Gary Falcon
Education:   Rachel Wallack
Facilities    
Fundraising    
Membership - acting chair:   Abbie Fuksman
Music    
Planning    
Programming    
Ritual Chair    
Ritual Policy    
Tikkun Olam:   Avrum Weiss

If you are interested in leading a committee, please contact the CBH office.

 

 

 

Mon, April 23 2018 8 Iyyar 5778