Member Spotlight

The Cohen Family

In 2008, Andrew and Diana were looking to join a temple that offered an excellent day care program for their son Sasha when temple member Adina Metz, a co-worker of Andrew’s, suggested they attend a service at TBD. They loved the service, were very impressed with the ECLC program, and since then have enjoyed their relationship Continue Reading »

The Cantus Family

Sable and Laurie Cantus met when they were enlisted in the army and stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.   It was during a Rosh Hashanah service held in a trailer off base when Laurie first saw Sable playing, you guessed it, his guitar at the service.  After several years of being just good friends, they Continue Reading »

Sue Wolff

Susanne “Sue” Wolff, a temple member since 1982, had quite a unique childhood.  At 10 months old,right after Kristallnacht in 1938, her family fled from Berlin, Germany to Shanghai, China where they lived for nearly a decade.  Her dad worked for a Portuguese import/export firm and her mother for a clothing manufacturer. After Pearl Harbor, Continue Reading »

Ed & Anne Farber

It’s a joy to spotlight longtime temple members, Ed and Anne Farber.  Ed was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, where a large Jewish community filled three temples. His parents, of Polish descent, gave him and his three brothers  a conservative Jewish upbringing. They all were Bar Mitzvahed.  His dad served in the Army Continue Reading »

The Ruby Family

The year was 1990 and Richard and Deanne Ruby were looking for a temple to join as their oldest child was now ready for kindergarten.  Some time before that, the couple had attended a program led by Rabbi Michael Mayersohn, then of Temple Ner Tamid in Downey, called “Creating Jewish Memories” which they enjoyed very Continue Reading »

Howard & Diane Spielman

In honor of our temple’s 50th year, we continue to feature some of TBD’s first presidents. Howard Spielman was a Temple President and Diane was a Sisterhood President. Howard was born in the Bronx, New York, yet by age four moved with his family to southern California to give relief to his dad who suffered from bad Continue Reading »

Jackie Hewitt

As we continue to celebrate Temple Beth David’s 50th year anniversary, we now spotlight some of the people who have given their time and talents to serve as presidents of the temple. This month’s feature spotlight is Jackie Hewitt, who served as president between the years 1987 and 1988. Jackie was the first female president Continue Reading »

Renée Dorfman

Renée Dorfman was born in Chicago as the youngest of five children. Her Hungarian father worked as a cabinet maker, while her mother, of Russian ancestry, devoted herself to raising the family. The family was poor, yet Renée’s mom did all she could to make the most of their fixed budget like having a set Continue Reading »

Charlie & Cathy Niederman

Known for their abundant energy and passion for volunteerism and activism for Jewish and interfaith causes, Charlie and Cathy Niederman began their association with Temple Beth David in 1967 well before the temple was built when services were held in a church in Los Alamitos.  Ironically, this couple who has gone on to create such Continue Reading »

Frieda Caplan

This year, Frieda Caplan will be celebrating 50 years as a member of Temple Beth David.  It was in 1962 when her husband Al (Founding President of Temple Beth David), along with friend Jack Broscow,  met in their home to discuss plans of building a temple in the area.  In those early days, people would also Continue Reading »