Clergy and Staff 2017-03-13T10:00:27+00:00

Our Clergy

Congregation Neveh Shalom is blessed with an experienced and exuberant clergy. Religious services are led by Rabbi David Kosak, Cantor Deborah Bletstein and Rabbi Eve Posen.
Rabbi Emeritus Daniel Isaak and Rabbi Emeritus, Joshua Stampfer, also actively participate in the ritual observance of our congregation.

Rabbi David Kosak
Rabbi David KosakSenior Rabbi
Rabbi Kosak has become known for his innovative educational programming, meaningful spiritual guidance and warm community outreach. He brings to Neveh Shalom a love of Torah as text, as experiential guide, as a source of wisdom and as map for building community. His answer when asked about his wife Laura and children Shayah and Amitai is simple: “My family rocks”.
Read Rabbi Kosak’s bio
Rabbi Eve Posen
Rabbi Eve PosenAssistant Rabbi
Rabbi Eve Posen brings warmth, approachability and energy to all she does, from working with our youth groups to teaching adults in coffee shops and pubs around the city.
Read Rabbi Posen’s bio
Cantor Deborah Bletstein
Cantor Deborah BletsteinCantor
Cantor Deborah Bletstein’s strong and clear vocals elevate teffilah/prayer services at Neveh Shalom. When she is not singing, you might find her with her darling pup Bella.
Read Cantor Bletstein’s bio
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer
Rabbi Joshua StampferRabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Stampfer has been Neveh Shalom’s rabbi from 1953 to 1993; At present he serves as Rabbi Emeritus and after 60 years at CNS still teaches his Talmud class every Tuesday.
Read Rabbi Stampfer’s bio
Rabbi Daniel Isaak
Rabbi Daniel IsaakRabbi Emeritus
Rabbi Isaak has led our congregation for 22 years. His dedication to our community has shaped our congregation, making it a warm, “haimish” place to be. Rabbi Isaak brings a love of study and a steady distribution of Dum-dums to his rabbinate.
Read Rabbi Isaak’s bio

Our Valuable Team Members

Fred Rothstein
Fred RothsteinExecutive Director
Fred Rothstein came to Neveh Shalom in 2001 after a stint living in Israel with his wife Nora and three children. Fred brings leadership know-how from a rich career serving the Jewish community. Ask him about the L.A. Dodgers.
Debbi Villani Allen
Debbi Villani AllenAdministrative Director
Debbi Villani Allen has been with Neveh Shalom for more than 28 years. We have Debbi to thank for keeping our operation running smooth and budgets on track.
Mel Berwin
Mel BerwinDirector of Congregational Learning
Mel Berwin believes in a innovative, hands-on approach to Jewish learning, and brings this passion to her role directing the ALIYAH youth education program and adult education at Neveh Shalom. Mel has forged the way in the area of inclusion, bringing Neveh Shalom to the forefront as a congregation that welcomes every student and serves all needs.
Leah Conley
Leah ConleyDirector of Early Childhood Education
Leah Conley’s boundless energy and love for learning echo through the halls of our Foundation School. Under Leah’s vision, our preschoolers ask questions and think about the world around them in new ways. Learning runs deep and is tons of fun in Foundation School.
Daniela Meltzer
Daniela MeltzerMembership & Engagement Director
Daniela Meltzer supports members and welcomes new members as well as runs programs and events, working with Neveh Shalom’s groups to create strong connections.
JoAnn Bezodis
JoAnn Bezodis Education Adiministrator
JoAnn Bezodis is a caring and highly organized professional. The friendly face in our ALIYAH program, she keeps all aspects of youth education running. JoAnn is working toward a degree in Chaplaincy.
Karen Wilkins
Karen WilkinsClergy Assistant and Event Coordinator
Karen Wilkins wears many hats as our Clergy Assistant, Event Coordinator, and Facility Manager. Karen will answer questions and assist in planning all Jewish Life Cycle events from Brit Milah and baby namings, to B’nai Mitzvah, weddings and the scheduling of unveilings. If you have questions about the use of our building for your simcha contact Karen.
Brian Rohr
Brian RohrCommunications Coordinator
Brian Rohr helps with the development of materials, flyers, The Chronicle and emails to bring information to the community.
Marg Everett
Marg EverettAdministrative Assistant and Cemetery Administrator
Contact Marg regarding billing, cemetery/plot information and IJS inquiries.
Darlene Arntson
Darlene ArntsonAdministrative Assistant
Contact Darlene regarding payments.
Kaiya Goldhammer
Kaiya GoldhammerLibrarian
Contact Kaiya regarding Feldstein Library and library related events.
Lila Woloshin
Lila WoloshinAdministrative Assistant
Lila is the friendly person who answers the phone or greets you at the front desk when you enter the office. Say hello and let her know how she can best help you.