David M. Lamden, FTA  Executive Director    david@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 231

DavidLamdenProfessionalDavid Lamden, a Cleveland, OH native, was raised in Tucson, AZ where he received his Reform Jewish education and spent many years attending Reform Jewish camps. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Judaic Studies, he served as a camp counselor and song leader at URJ Swig (now URJ Camp Newman) in Santa Rosa, CA.

Upon graduation, he relocated to Columbus OH, where he served for six years as Education Director/Family Jewish Educator at Congregation Beth Tikvah. David then became Religious School Director/Program Director and Technology Coordinator at Temple Israel, a position he held for eight years.

Recruited to Phoenix to become Executive Director of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley AZ, in 2007, David served in that capacity until assuming the position of Executive Director at Temple Beth Sholom on July 1, 2013.

David was advanced to senior membership in the National Association for Temple Administrators (NATA) in 2011 and in November 2014 received his Fellow in Temple Administration (FTA) designation. He serves on its Board as well as its Web Site Committee Chair, in 2013 served as Co-Chair of the Association's National Conference, and is Co-Chairing the 2016 National Conference.

David is happily married to Jennifer, the father of two children and the proud owner of two standard poodles.

Mark Baranek, Director of Congregational Engagement     mark@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 230

Baranek3Mark Baranek was born in Toronto, Canada. He went to school at the Associated Hebrew Day School of Toronto followed by the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. Mark did his undergraduate work in International Relations at York University in Toronto. Later, he finished his Master's Degree in the Horenstein Program from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In 1983, Mark got his first position as Assistant Director of Education at Temple Emanu-El. He then spent eight years as Director of Education at Temple Samu-El or Olom in Kendall. Finally in 1997, Mark came to Temple Beth Sholom and holds the title of Director of Education and Youth. He is responsible for all education programs from "birth to college".

Mark has been active in the community for many years. He has been a member of the Coalition on Advancement of Jewish Education since 1988 and was on the National Board for two years as the Southern Regional Representative. He is a member of the NATE (National Association of Temple Educators), ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), CED (Council of Education Directors), H.E.A.(Hebrew Educators Alliance). Mark holds a Permanent Principal's License from JESNA and a continuing Hebrew Teacher's License from the Miami Board of License. He continues to grow professionally by attending conferences both locally and nationally.

Mark has visited Israel 26 times and has chaperoned numerous teen and adult groups. He lived in Israel in Jerusalem and on Kibbutz Tel-Yitzchak. Mark has also been a Bus Captain on the March of the Living, a two-week journey to Poland and Israel, 7 times. Mark has been a volunteer Basketball Coach at Miami Senior High School since 1988. His teams have won 7 State Championships during that time.

Numerous players have gone on to play at the College level and even the NBA. Three of his players are active in the National Football League. Mark loves his work and gets the most satisfaction of seeing the smiling, nurtured, and positively impacted children of Temple Beth Sholom.

Margie Zeskind, Director of Early Childhood Education      margie@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 223


Margie Zeskind holds a Master of Science Degree in Pre-K/Primary Education. She started her tenure as the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Foundation School in July 2007. Prior to this position, Margie was the director of the Helene and A.B. Wiener Early Childhood Department for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) in Miami, a Reform Jewish Early Childhood Educator for nine years and a Religious School Educator for seven years.

Margie authored two simultaneously awarded National Covenant Foundation Grants for the Jewish South Florida Early Childhood Community. Additionally, she is a co-author of the, “I Went To My Cousin’s Crispening,” a resource guide for Jewish Early Childhood Educators dealing with issues surrounding religious diversity. She is one of the co-developers of the Kesher L’ Yisrael Initiative that was designed for early childhood educators to partner with children and families to build connections to Israel, the Land, the People, and the State.  

Margie was a validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a trainer for the state of Florida certificates awarded by the department of “Children and Family Services,” and an Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood Education at Miami-Dade College. Additionally, she served on the Miller Early Childhood Initiative Advisory Board for the National Anti-Defamation League, as well as the Early Childhood Education Academic Advisory Board for Miami-Dade College. She co-authored the curriculum guide for the ADL publication, All Kinds Of… a Multicultural Early Childhood Work. She served on the State of Florida task force that developed Learning and Developmental Standards for Florida’s Youngest Children, Birth through Three Year Olds, sat on the Early Learning Coalition as the legislative-appointed “Faith-based” provider representative and served for three years as co-president of the National Jewish Early Childhood Network. 

Yael Dadoun, Principal/Educator     yael@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 277


Yael Dadoun has had a strong connection to Jewish education since she began teaching at her local synagogue right after her Bat Mizvah. She has always made time to stay closely connected to the Jewish world while getting her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Theatre from Hunter College in New York City.

Having graduated with a Masters in Religious Education from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, she continues to invite people of all ages to explore their Jewish journeys with her. Yael has worked in the Jewish world for over ten years as a teacher, youth director and program developer. She has taught at Congregation Kol Ami in New York for the past eight years and served as cantorial soloist at Congregation Ohev Sholom in Harrisburg, PA for the past two years.

Having been born into a Moroccan-Tunisian- Israeli family she is passionate about integrating Israel meaningfully into the lives of her learners in order to create a well-rounded Jewish experience.

Ilana Saposnik Gilat, Director of Advancement     ilana@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 134

IlanaheadshotIlana Saposnik Gilat was born in Manhasset, New York. Four generations of her family moved to Delray Beach FL when she was just 3 months old. Growing up in Delray Beach, Ilana attended Jewish day school at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton and was very involved in her reform congregation, Temple Sinai, in Delray Beach.

Ilana graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in Painting and minors in both Business Administration and Art History. During college Ilana worked at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Florida and participated in one of the first Birthright Israel trips in 1998. After graduation Ilana was a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Texas, Austin.

Before moving to Miami two years ago, Ilana was the Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) Program Director at the Jewish Community Foundation in Jacksonville, FL. Most recently she worked at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and successfully launched and ran the Miami community CJL program.

Ilana joined Temple Beth Sholom in June 2014 as the Director of Advancement. She will help grow and sustain Temple Beth Sholom's Legacy Campaign and Create a Jewish Legacy program.

In December 2013, Ilana married her husband Yariv, a native of Tel Aviv .


Nerissa Balland, Director of Communications   nerissa@tbsmb.org   305-538-7231 ext 375

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Over the past fifteen years, Nerissa has immersed herself within communications, marketing and events.  While the majority of her career was spent working in the for-profit sector in Manhattan for large clients like American Express, Pepsi and AOL Nerissa began transitioning into the non-profit sector in 2008. Recruited to join the Board of Directors as the VP of Communications for the International Special Events Society she spent three years developing their volunteer based Communications department and oversaw all communication outlets.

In 2012, Nerissa moved to Miami Beach to continue her focus in non-profit communications and joined the National Parkinson Foundation as the Director of Marketing & Communications. There she was tasked to oversee all marketing and communications for national programs. Nerissa, joined the TBSMB team as the first temple Director of Communications in July of 2015. 



Lois Kotzen, Office Administrator     lois@tbsmb.org   305-538-7231 ext 253


Lois Kotzen has been working at Temple Beth Sholom since 1990. She is a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, attended University of Florida and George Washington University. She is also a graduate of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and had her Adult Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom.

Lois' children are Rabbi Andrew and Michal Koren, Stacy and Robert Budowsky and Dean and Dr. Rosa Kotzen. She also has six grandchildren. Max, Avishai, Shiri, Ethan, Mia and Rex.





Lorna Rodriguez, Director of Finance      lorna@tbsmb.org   305-538-7231 ext 237

lornaLorna has been leading the Finance Department since 2001, working closely with the Budget and Finance Committee and professional staff on all budgetary and financial matters of the temple. Prior to joining Temple Beth Sholom, she worked at Congregation Bet Breira for fifteen years with Executive Director, Emerita Alice Miller and decided to make the commute from Kendall to Miami Beach to be part of the TBS team. 

She was born in Cuba, the daughter of an overseas engineer and educator, and lived in several countries before making Miami her final destination. She attended Southwest Senior High and later Florida International University where she majored in Business Administration. Lorna and her husband, Luis, have raised two amazing children, Melissa and Daniel, and are now the proud grandparents of Brianna.

Sharon Hoffman, Director of Member Services     sharon@tbsmb.org  305-538-7231 ext 245


Sharon Hoffman has been working at Temple Beth Sholom since 2006 and has been the Director of Membership since May 2008. In January 2011 Sharon assumed additional accounting responsibilities for Billing and Receivables. Sharon previously worked in accounting for a Miami apparel company.

A graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, Sharon attended Miami-Dade College.

Sharon has one daughter, Jamie, who was a Bat Mitzvah and Confirmand here at Temple Beth Sholom. Jamie is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.



Michael Svayg, Director of Building and Facilities      michael@tbsmb.org   305-538-7231 ext 276

MichaelMichael Svayg is the Director of Building and Facilities. He came to Temple Beth Sholom in 1997 from Cleveland, Ohio, where he managed the building operations of Suburban Temple for over 17 years.

Michael was born in Chernovitzi, Ukraine and emigrated to the United States in 1980. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Chernovitzi State College and a Masters Degree from the University of Kiev in Plant Operations of Military and Civil Buildings. While in the Ukraine, Michael was a head manager of plant operations and an Assistant General Director of The Republic Gas Company.

Michael is married to Michelle, has a son Alexander, and two grandsons.


Alice Miller, FTA, Executive Director, Emerita

aliceAlice Miller came to Temple Beth Sholom as the Executive Director on October 15, 1999, the day that Hurricane Irene surprised Miami, and coincidentally, Corey Reiter’s Torah portion that weekend was Noah. After losing power at 1:30 in the afternoon, Alice learned that “the show must go on at TBS.” While we closed the office, the Shabbat dinner and service went on as planned, very romantically, by candlelight.

Alice was raised in New York and attended Temple Israel in New Rochelle from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. Reform Judaism was always an important part of her upbringing.

A graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Alice worked for JCPenney in the corporate office in Manhattan. In 1972, she moved to Florida and worked for Jordan Marsh Department Store for 15 years as an Assistant Controller. She became the Executive Director of Bet Breira Congregation in Kendall in 1987-1998, and spent almost a year at Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs prior to coming to Temple Beth Sholom.

Alice earned her Fellow in Temple Administration (FTA) in 1992, after completing a series of tests and writing a thesis entitled “The Pre-school as a Synagogue Marketing Tool".

Alice has served on the national board of NATA and has been the President of the local chapter of FASTA (Florida Association of Synagogue and Temple Administrators) since 1998. She is one of the founders of Mothers' Voices of Florida, an educational AIDS organization, where she was the treasurer for three years.

Alice feels blessed to have worked at Temple Beth Sholom with its dynamic staff and lay leadership for fourteen years, before retiring In May, 2013. In 2006, Fran and Alice had the first commitment ceremony ever held at Temple Beth Sholom, conducted by Rabbis Glickstein, Davis, Pomerantz, Cantor Haas and special guest soloist, Debbie Friedman (זצ"ל) In 2011, Fran and Alice legally wedded in Connecticut in a private ceremony.

 Shula Ben-David, Director of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Emerita


We wonder if Rabbi Leon Kronish knew the treasure he brought to Temple Beth Sholom when he added a young Israeli to our teaching staff in 1964. Since then, Shula Ben-David has introduced our children to the Hebrew language, to the culture and history of Israel and, most important, to a love of our religion.

Shula's own love of tradition is a result of the loving and religious home from which she came. Her father was a scholar of Talmud, Zohar and Kaballah and his wonderful and enlightened teaching nourished her love of tradition. In turn Shula was able to pass this beauty of Judaism to our children. Once in Miami, she continued her learning with three great men who were her teachers, her mentors, and her spiritual advisors: Ruchama Marshak Redberg, Dr. Shlomo Kodesh and Rabbi Leon Kronish. It is important to acknowledge their presence in her life because of the influence they exerted upon her.

Shula has been involved with every level of Jewish education, from early childhood through adulthood: she has been Principal of the Hebrew School of Beth Sholom, has taught Ulpan to the adults, and has guided future Hebrew teachers. Today, we recognize her as the Director of Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation at Temple Beth Sholom. Teaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah has very special meaning to Shula. It gives her great joy to be the key in a student's feeling of accomplishment. She is the key to her students understanding of Torah and pride in their heritage and tradition. Shula loves to teach. It is her life. Every student is a new challenge because every Jew is different. This is what makes her task intriguing. She loves the sound of the Hebrew language.

In her words, "A Jew without Hebrew is like a body without a soul."