Robert Wittenstein grew up at The Temple in Atlanta and is a fourth generation native. He and his wife, Susan, joined Temple Emanu-El in 1989. Robert has served as co-chair of the Adult Education committee, taught Religious School for four years when his children were growing up, helped establish Temple Emanu-El’s Chevra Kaddisha (Jewish burial society), and has co-chaired Garden Isaiah for the last several years. Robert previously served a term on the Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees in the mid-1990’s. Robert currently serves on the Temple Emanu-El Executive Committee as Assistant Treasurer.
In addition to his volunteer work at Temple Emanu-El, Robert has served on the executive boards of the Anti-Defamation League (Southeast Region), Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the Dunwoody Homeowner’s Association and the Dunwoody Nature Center. Robert was a key member of Citizens for Dunwoody, the group that worked to establish the City of Dunwoody, and served on the inaugural Dunwoody City Council. Before retiring in 2018, Robert was an IT executive who has devoted his career to working to improve healthcare through the application of technology.
Lori and her husband Scott have been members of Temple Emanu-El for over thirteen years. They have four children - Jason - 20, Jami - 18, Mitchell - 15 and Brandon - 11. Their children attended Schiff Preschool and three had their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs at the temple. Lori was an active member of the preschool parents’ group and served as Treasurer for three years. Currently, she sings with Cantor Adesnik in the choir, chairs the membership committee, serves on the board of trustees and recently enjoyed serving on the Rabbinic Search Committee. Outside of temple life, Lori has been an active volunteer at the Davis Academy serving in many roles including PTO Vice President and grade chair for the Davis Annual Fund. She also volunteers at North Springs High School, where she initiated a program to bring over one hundred college representatives to the school each year. Lori and Scott are strong supporters of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and attend many AIPAC events each year. Lori earned a degree in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis and currently works for a local accounting firm and also counsels students during their college search process. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks, exercising and reading. Lori looks forward to serving on the executive board!
Don and his wife Dianne have been members of Temple Emanu-El since it's inception. They have two daughters, Leslie, an assistant principal, and Laurie, a speech therapist who had their bat mitzvahs and were confirmed at Temple Emanu-El. Both daughters and their families are members and participate in Chavurah groups. Don and Dianne enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren, Hailey, Joshua, and Hannah. Don spent many years volunteering at the Marcus Jewish Community Center (MJCCA) in coaching of all types of youth sports. He is still known as "Coach Don" today to many of his former players. A sports fanatic Don participated in many adult sports programs. Additionally, Don was involved in every aspect of the MJCCA from programming to finance operations and chaired many committees. During 2003-2004 he served as President. Because of his community involvement Don had the honor of carrying the 1996 Olympic torch and participating in the Olympics. Don retired in September of 2010 from General Electric after spending 42 years in financial management. Dianne taught school for 35 years and she finished her career at the Temple Schiff Pre-school. Since retirement Don's community involvement at the Georgia Aquarium, tutoring 3rd grade math at an elementary school, and participating in activities with the North Atlanta Men's Club. Don served on the recent Rabbi Search Committee. For the past year Don has been on the Temple Board and is presently co-chairing The Year of the Torah Project. He graduated from the University of Alabama and is an avid Alabama fan. His hobbies include golf, exercise, hiking, and volunteering. He looks forward to serving on the Board as a Vice President and contributing to the growth and success of the Temple.
Ben is an employment lawyer, practicing at Munger & Stone in Midtown Atlanta. Along with his wife Peggi and his three teenage daughters, Ben has been a member at Temple Emanu-El since 2006 and has served in various positions on the Board and the Executive Committee. In addition to working with the Board, Ben loves travel, cooking, and anything having to do with the water. Temple Emanu-El is home for Ben and his family. He's had children at Schiff, in the Diamond Family Religious School, and all three of his daughters became Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El.
Aaron, along with his wife, Laurie, have been members of Tempe Emanu-el for 20 years. They have four children ranging in age from 18 to 29. All attended religious school and had their B'nai Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El. Aaron grew up in Raleigh, NC in a very stable, conservative Jewish family with two brothers, and a sister. As a teenager, Aaron helped found the first BBYO chapter in Raleigh and has never lost the interest to be involved in the organizations he has been a part of. He is a CPA turned entrepreneur, and currently owns businesses in both the equipment rental and credit reporting industries. Aaron has been on the Board of Trustees at Temple Emanu-el for the last three years and has served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board for the last two. He is committed to another two-year term in hopes of helping the Temple move onto a solid financial footing for many years to come.
Tracey joined the Temple Emanu-El family in 2012 and is actively involved as Co-Chair for our Membership Committee and as a Sisterhood member. Tracey’s professional background includes positions in accounting and finance with Ernst and Young LLP, Physicians Planning Group/HealthCare Automation, and MedStar Health. Since moving to Atlanta in 2011, Tracey has served in a variety of volunteer roles within the community including Co-President, Treasurer and Communications Chair for The Davis Academy PTO, Co-President and Vice President of Hospitality for Spartan Nation (Foundation and PTO) at North Springs Charter High School and as Treasurer for the Misty Creek Farm HOA.
Board of Trustees
Edye Disner is originally from Memphis and has lived in Atlanta for almost 30 years. She is a Florence Melton Mini School graduate and has participated in leadership programs with both Hadassah and The American Jewish Committee. She has served as a board member for the Georgia Association on Young Children, chair of the Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta, and board member of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. She has volunteered with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for over 10 years including many years on the Film Selection/Evaluation Committee. Edye is a life-long early childhood educator and is the Director at Dunwoody Prep. Here at Temple Emanu-El, Edye sounds the shofar at High Holidays for our children’s programs and services, serves on the Membership Committee and the Ritual Committee, and is enjoying her newly expanded Chavurah. Edye and her husband, Rob, were married by Rabbi Spike in November of 2016. She enjoys playing mah jongg, reading, cheering on the Vols during football season, and spending lots of time with her niece and nephew (Diamond Family Religious School Students).
Hal has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 1979 when his family joined. He has been married to Paula Fine for over 31 years. Paula is the Sisterhood President and has served in many positions at the temple. They have a daughter Marissa (26), who is engaged to Oliver Marcus and their wedding is this October 7th. Their son Ari is 20 and a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Music Business. His mother Ann Fine, has been an active member and is the temple co-chair for the Caring Committee.
Hal has had many duties and chairs for the temple. He has been co-chair for the FREC committee and co-chair for the membership committee. He has also been president of the Brotherhood from 2010-2017. He loves Temple Emanu-El and it will always be a part of his spiritual home. He looks forward to helping the board to continue to make Temple Emanu-El a welcoming home for individuals and families for their Jewish experience.
Wendy is a clinical social worker and has had a psychotherapy practice for 20 years in Sandy Springs. She and her husband, Nick, have been married 17 years and have 3 sons who have all gone to Schiff preschool at Temple Emanu-El. They have been active members at Temple Emanu-El for over 15 years.
Ellen grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Mathematics. Ellen moved to Atlanta in 1984 where she met her husband, Jimmy. They have 3 adult sons and 3 grandsons. Jimmy and Ellen have been members of Temple Emanu-El for 20 years. In 2017, Ellen retired from a 40-year career in Commercial Banking having worked for Bank of America and BB&T. She has experience in sales as an account officer and in credit administration as a loan approval officer. Since retirement, Ellen has gotten involved in various Temple activities including the choir, CAC food pantry, financial project planning and tutoring elementary school students. Participation in these programs has given her opportunities to help others and has been rewarding to her personally. Ellen would like to expand her volunteer efforts by serving on the Board and contributing further to the continued success of Temple Emanu-El.
Louis is Executive Director of Customer Analytics at Cox Communications, responsible for leading consumer data analysis, predictive modeling, and advanced statistical analytics to inform and optimize marketing and customer profitability decisions. Before joining Cox, Louis worked in the Atlanta office of the Boston Consulting Group in the marketing and sales practice. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Louis grew up in Georgia and has lived in Atlanta with his wife (Angela) and three kids (Ethan, Mason, and Emerson) since 2003. In his spare time, Louis enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and basketball, and cooking.
Marvin S. Goldstein
Marvin S. Goldstein graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BS in Physical Science. Marvin Goldstein obtained both his MS and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. As a licensed psychologist for 45 years, Marvin S. Goldstein, Ph.D. has provided evaluation, forensic, and therapeutic services. Using hypnosis, behavior modification, RET, and traditional psychotherapy, he helps individuals, couples, relationships, families, and groups with psychosomatic disorders, anxieties, stresses, and life crises. Marvin teaches self-hypnosis, relaxation, coping skills, and pain management.
As an expert witness, he has participated in divorce, custody, personal injury, criminal, and workers compensation cases.
Presently, Marvin is on the Medical staff at Northside Hospital, The Hospital Ethics Committee, and the National Behavioral Health Committee for Antham. He had been on Medical Staffs at Parkwood Hospital, Peachford Hospital, Ridgeview Institute, and Psychiatric Institute of Atlanta.
He is a three-term former president, three-term former secretary, and 15 term treasurer of the Georgia Hypnosis Society. He has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1972 and presently is a Life Member.
Marvin is a charter member of Temple Emanu-El. He has been an active member without interruption for 40 years. As a major donor, he has established the Goldstein Learning Center and yearly sponsors the Atlanta Community Symphony concert.
Andrea Levy has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 1999. Originally from Virginia Beach, she and her family were active members of Ohef Sholom Temple. She attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk and graduated in 1995. She moved to Dunwoody in 1995 and married, former Board member, Sam Levy in 1999. After working as a sales representative for seven years, she became a full-time mom and volunteer. She has volunteered in many roles including many which involve Temple Emanu-El. These roles have included being a room mom at Schiff Preschool, founding a 13 year-old Chavurah, being a member of the music committee and being an active member of the membership committee. Most recently, she is chairing the 40th celebration family event. Andrea and Sam have three children; Sydney (16), Jordy (14) and Molly (9).
Mickey has been a member of Temple Emanu-el for the past 20 years. She is married to Noah Rosner who was at one time on the executive board of TE as well as past president. They have four children, all who have been bar and bat mitzvahed and subsequently confirmed at TE. Two of their children, Casey and Allie, were madrichem in our religious school.
In the past, she has served on different committees and recently helped to chair our 40th anniversary celebration. To commemorate our anniversary, she built and created our Tova and the Traveling Ark program and helped to create a coloring book for our kids in religious school retelling the story of our beginnings.
She has volunteered in our gift shop every Friday, for the past five years. On any given Friday you will see her there. She also served as co-chair of our Koleinu committee which strives to ensure that all members with disabilities feel included. To that end, she has adapted a prayed book so that everyone might feel included in our services.
Professionally, Mickey is a speech therapist who works solely with nonverbal and low verbal children to help them acquire and learn to use electronic communication devices. She has worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the past 32 years. She also works part-time at the Center for Rare Neurological Disorders where she evaluates and treats all types of children from all over the world for the purposes of communicating using communication devices. She used to teach the graduate class in alternative and augmentative communication at UGA.
Her roots run deep at TE. Her brother, Aaron Silverman and his family as well as her father, Bernie Silverman, and cousins, Nathan and Laurie Slaff are all members.
Beth and her family live in Sandy Springs and have been members of Temple Emanu-El for more than ten years. Beth is the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta where she is responsible for providing vision and strategic direction for fundraising efforts to broaden Jewish philanthropy and engagement in our community. Beth is an alumna of Federation’s Jacobson Leadership Institute as well as Jewish Federations of North America’s Fundraising University. Prior to joining Federation, she was the Major Gifts Officer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where she managed a portfolio of top-level donors. Beth has worked in the nonprofit sector for much of her professional career.
Beth served two terms on the Board of Trustees at the Davis Academy and was also actively involved with the school’s PTO as a VP and co-chaired multiple committees. Beth helped launch Temple Emanu-El’s Governor’s Mansion project in 2010, co-chairing the initiative for the first few years. She has served as the fundraising co-chair for Atlanta Dance Theatre, a pre-professional ballet company in Johns Creek, for the last five years.
Beth holds a B.A. in Art History and Architectural Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. She is originally from Bangor, Maine and spent her childhood summers at Camp Tevya in Brookline, New Hampshire. Beth and her husband Andrew have two daughters, Sloane and Alexa, who are alumnae of the Davis Academy and currently attend the Weber School.
Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Marlene was active in her reform synagogue. Her family was lifelong members of 60+ years at Temple Israel in St Louis. She married her University of Missouri college sweetheart, Eric. They have two grown daughters who live in the Boston area and two grandchildren, Sylvie and Evan.
Marlene owned a retail store in Washington, DC and worked in retail for many years connecting businesses here in the USA with companies in South America wanting to do business with American companies. She was also independent contractor, working in the field of specialty advertising. After moving to Atlanta for the second time in 1987, they joined the Temple Emanu El. Marlene has served on the board, co-chaired adult education and has dedicated many hours volunteering for such major TE events as the garage Sale, Gift Shop Chanukah sale and membership efforts.
Eric and his family have been members of Temple Emanu-El for 12 years. He and his wife Stephanie have lived in Atlanta since 1995 and in Dunwoody since 2005. They have a daughter at the University of Georgia and two sons at Dunwoody High School, all of whom attended religious school and had their B’nai Mitzvot at Temple Emanu-El. Eric graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Marketing, and earned an MBA from Emory University. He spent 12 years with Cox Enterprises before starting a hedge fund administration services firm, Fund Associate, more than 10 years ago. He also started a second company, Emjan Services, a merchant credit card processing firm, in 2015. Eric grew up in South Florida, where his father was a Rabbi and Jewish Federation Director and instilled in him the importance of involvement in the Jewish community.
Emily and her husband, Jonathan, are new members of Temple Emanu-El, joining in September 2018. Originally from North Carolina, Emily got her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from NYU and her master’s in Management from the University of Sussex in the UK. Emily moved to Atlanta in 2011 where she quickly became involved in the young adult Jewish community. Her connection with Temple Emanu-El began in 2012, when she started attending holiday services with her in-laws, long-time congregants Harvey and Ellen Spiegel. Emily began substitute teaching for the Diamond Family Religious School in 2018. Since joining the synagogue, she has been an active member of NextDor, Emanu-El’s 20’s and 30’s group. She loves hosting Shabbat dinners and recently started a 20’s and 30’s Jewish Women’s book club to help connect young adults with the synagogue and their Jewish identity. She has also become a regular volunteer with Temple Emanu-El at the Community Assistance Center. Outside of temple, Emily is a Senior HR consultant on the workforce analytics team for Allstate Insurance. She loves cooking, hiking and camping with Jonathan and their rescue dog, Josie.
Andy Weiss has been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 1986 when his family joined. He and his wife, Diane, have three children all of which had had their b’nai mitzvah at the Temple and continued on through confirmation. His parents are still active members of the congregation. Andy was a member of the 2015 Senior Rabbi Search Committee. Currently, Andy works for Cox Communications as Executive Director of Enterprise Portfolio Management with responsibility for program and portfolio management of some of Cox’s most complex strategic initiatives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dunwoody Nature Center. Andy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He loves to travel with his family, is an avid cyclist and an Atlanta Braves fan.