Boards & Committees

Temple Bat Yam is governed by the congregation’s Constitution and By-Laws ratified by the membership in May 1997. Congregational leadership is exercised by a board of directors comprised of six elected officers, seven elected trustees, the previous president of the congregation, our Rabbi, Religious School Director and the president of the sisterhood. Several appointed constitutionally-mandated committee chairpersons also serve on the board which meets monthly. Our Constitution and By-Laws provide for broad participation by the membership through a variety of standing committees: Arts and Furnishings, House, Jewish Education, Ritual, Membership, Nominating and Election Supervision, Public Affairs, Publications, Social Justice and Outreach, Ways and Means, and Youth Activities.

CLICK HERE for the complete TBY calendar that includes the dates and times of board meetings.

Rabbi Estelle Mills

Executive Board

President, Karen Abrams

Executive Vice President, Rachel White

Congregational Vice President, Stu Smolins

Treasurer, Lew Bush

Executive Secretary, Joan Kessler

Congregational Secretary, Jeff Thaler

Past President, Paul Schwab


Rolfe Gudelsky

Michael Gershenfeld

Cole Taustin

Christine Glick

Steve Winkler

Bette Bohlmann

Board Members

Religious School Committee Chair, Rabbi Estelle Mills

Sisterhood President, Anita Winkler

Rabbi, Rabbi Estelle Mills

Men’s Club, Steve Winkler & Steve Cohen


Membership, Paul Schwab

Arts & Furnishings, Bonnie Kaplan

Adult Jewish Growth, Rabbi Estelle Mills

Library, Grayce Cohen

Ritual, Steve Winkler

Finance, Jay Taustin


Development, Sandy Abrams

Publicity, Vacant

Caring, Bette Bohlmann

Community Outreach, Rina Thaler

Religious School, Rabbi Estelle Mills

House, Candy Gusst