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Board of Trustees

YIsrael Herscovici

Chief Executive Officer of the Congregation and Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Click here to read a letter from our President.

Yonasan Gavant
Vice President

Ex-officio member of all standing committees. Chair of the Personnel Committee. Serves on the Finance Committee. Responsible for the strategic plans of the Congregation.

Ruth Goldstein

Responsible for all financial aspects of Beth Jacob, including formulating policies regarding dues and building fund, supervising collection of all financial obligations owed to the Shul, budgeting and presentation of monthly financial statements.

Yelena Hertzberg
Secretary and Fundraising Trustee


Record all meetings of the membership, the Executive Committee, the Board, and the Congregation. Chair of the By-Laws Committee and Policies Committee.

Fundraising Trustee

Oversees all fundraising activities within the Congregation, including creating and implementing new fundraising events. Provides strategic fundraising oversight for the Congregation.

Josh JOel

Serves as the Board contact with ancillary organizations, such as the Sisterhood, Mikvah Association and Cemetery Guardians. In this role, the At-Large Trustee makes the Board aware of what is occurring with the ancillary organizations, and brings issues concerning them to the Board from Chairs of each group on a monthly basis.

Melanie Frank
Youth Trustee

Responsible for the Congregation’s youth activities. Oversees all youth activities and manages all youth related volunteer led activities.

Matt Lewis

Assists the Shul in planning meetings. Provides proper procedures for the conduct of meetings. Is a resource to the chair, and assists the chair in the conduct of meetings. Reviews the Shul’s governing documents and provides an opinion as to how to proceed within the rules.

Michele Kaplan
Membership & Programming Trustee

Responsible for all matters pertaining to the educational and social activities of the Congregation, the recruitment and retention of members, and the marketing of Beth Jacob Atlanta as a community that connects Jews of all backgrounds.

Matt Needleman
Building Trustee

Responsible for the physical facility of Beth Jacob Atlanta and oversight of the ancillary properties housed on the Beth Jacob Atlanta campus. Responsible for all maintenance and repairs. Responsible for all capital projects.

Tamar Gris
Early Childhood Development

The ECD Trustee represents the interests of the preschool administration and parent body to the Board of Trustees and is the lay leader responsible for all educational, legal, financial, and operational matters pertaining to the preschool.

Gavin Ellman
Security Trustee

Responsible for the development and implementation of all safety policies and procedures of the Congregation.


Sun, April 21 2024 13 Nisan 5784