Rick and his family have been members of Temple Emanu-El since 1983. Rick is a native of Phoenix, AZ, and his wife, Nancy, grew up in the Los Angeles area. They have raised two children, Lori, who is a researcher in the Boston area, and Jeff, who is working for a multinational engineering company in San Francisco. Both of their children celebrated their Bat/Bar Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El.
Rick was Brotherhood President and has served on both the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees. He also served as the head usher for the High Holidays for 14 years, and led the Temple Emanu-El softball team as team captain. Rick is passionate about Temple Emanu-El, serving the community, seeing the world with Nancy, craft beer, the Rolling Stones and the San Francisco Giants. He is the owner of Benchmark Audit Services, an energy consulting firm.
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.
Michael Lipton is a Principal at Colliers International, where he represents companies in locating and negotiating office real estate transactions which support their operational, financial and cultural needs. He is passionate about tennis, soccer, music, and supporting Jewish, educational and children’s causes. Temple Emanu-El means a great deal to Michael, as it is "a wonderful community where he can celebrate Judaism, develop lifelong relationships, and support fellow congregants and the greater community in many ways."
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!
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 mahjongg, reading, cheering on the Vols during football season, and spending lots of time with her niece and nephew (Diamond Family Religious School Students).
Lee Edelman has been a member of Temple Emanu-El for 9 years. She and her husband Jeff live in Sandy Springs with their three children, Josh who is a junior at North Springs High School, Justin who is a sophomore at North Springs High School, and Shayna who is in the 6th Grade at the Davis Academy. Both boys had their Bar Mitzvahs at Temple Emanu-El, and the family is looking forward to celebrating Shayna’s Bat Mitzvah in 2019. Lee served on the Search Committee for our wonderful Cantor Adesnik, and she also co-chaired the Search Committee for our beloved Rabbi, Spike Anderson. Lee feels very passionately that instilling a Jewish Identity in our children is of utmost importance, and she had the pleasure of teaching at the Schiff Preschool for one year and then at the Davis Academy for five years. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from The University of Florida. Growing up, Lee’s mother was always active in her synagogue, and Lee loved walking through the temple doors to be greeted by so many people who knew and loved her mother. It was a wonderful feeling to be part of such a special community, and she hopes that by being a part of the Board of Trustees, she can help create that same feeling of community for her fellow congregants at Temple Emanu-El. Lee has really enjoyed serving on the Board this past year and looks forward to serving a second term.
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.
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. In addition to his volunteer work at Temple Emanu-El, Robert serves 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. In his professional life, Robert is an IT executive who has devoted his career to working to improve healthcare through the application of technology and is currently working with the CDC to implement a new health reporting system. Robert and Susan have two boys, Eric and Adam, who grew up at Temple Emanu-El and are now in their 20s.
Mitch is the CEO for a building products distribution company headquartered in Atlanta with approximately 1,700 associates located in 40 facilities across the United States. In his CEO role, he loves the strategy associated with business and the reward achieved by watching his teammates develop and succeed. He is passionate about his family, and acting as a good role model for his children, nieces and nephew. He also loves to exercise! Temple Emanu-El has been his spiritual home while providing Mitch and family an environment where they have been able to develop deep friendships and relationships through the years. Mitch is looking forward to helping repay some of the wonderful benefits he has received from the Temple Emanu-El organization.
Denise Spiegel and her family (husband Steve, and daughters Emma & Sarah) have been a members of Temple Emanu-El for 20 years. Denise has a fundraising background, but is taking a break from raising money to work for the Fulton County School System starting in August 2017. At Temple Emanu-El, Denise spends a lot of time working on Garden Isaiah and occasionally singing in the choir. She completed an adult Bat Mitzvah a decade ago. In her spare time, Denise enjoys hiking, biking and yoga.
Reba is an Assistant to the Funeral Director/Death Certificate Clerk for Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care. She was instrumental in founding Temple Emanu-El's Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society). She believes that being one of the last people to do something nice for the deceased gives her "soul satisfaction." She describes Temple Emanu-El as a family, a community, and a place of belonging.
Elliot is a Managing Member of Vision Metals LLC. His company buys various types of flatroll steel coils from steel mills and other sources and sells a customized product to manufacturers who produce a finished product.
Elliot's work passion for the past 15 years has been designing processes and systems that optimize efficiency while minimizing overhead costs. Outside of work, he enjoys his daily exercise routine and coaching/watching his kids play basketball and learning from experiences gained from their other activities.
Elliot and his wife, Randi, have been part of the Temple Emanu-El family since 2003. Both of their children attended Schiff preschool, where Randi has also taught the 2 and 3 year olds for 10 years. Various aspects of Temple Emanu-El life, including Schiff Preschool and participation on the Board of Trustees, has been paramount to making the introductions to many of their closest friends.
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.
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.
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).
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.