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Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees

CRIS BORDEN
President

Cris Borden is the Chief Investment Officer of Shuster Advisory Group, LLC (“SAG”) and founder and director of Kobo Wealth Conservancy, LLC (“Kobo”), which he started in May 2007.  Kobo is a Registered Investment Advisory firm with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to starting Kobo, Cris was the lead tax-exempt bond portfolio manager at Bishop Street Capital Management, a subsidiary of First Hawaiian Bank (“Bishop Street”), from November 2000 to May 2007.  At Bishop Street, Cris was responsible for portfolio management and trading of tax-exempt bond assets.  Under Cris’s management, the Bishop Street Hawaii Municipal Bond Fund received the Lipper award for highest total return in its class for 2001, 2002, and 2004 and maintained a four- and five-star Morningstar rating during his tenure. Cris spent much of his time advising private banking clientele on cash management, constructing bond portfolios to minimize tax liabilities, and other investment matters. He previously worked as an analyst with The Rendon Group in Washington D.C. from 1997 to 2000 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1995 to 1996.  He is on the Board of Directors’ Investment Subcommittee for the Kāhala Nui Senior Living Community, and Treasurer and board member for Temple Emanu-El.

Cris holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from American University in Washington, D.C. which he received in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which he received in 1995.

 

DEBORAH ZYSMAN
1st Vice President

Deborah Zysman is Executive Director of Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN), the state’s only non-profit committed solely to advocating for children. HCAN leads movements through analysis, education, advocacy and coalition building so all children in Hawaii are safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Deborah has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her work has spanned chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, women’s and community health.

She is a Weinberg Fellow,  winner of the 2019 Ho'okle Non-profit Leadership Award, 2017 AIM for Excellence in Nonprofit Management award, and one of Hawai‘i’s “Forty Under 40” by Pacific Business News.  Deborah serves on the board of AlohaCare, and is an active volunteer with Scout Troop 33 (Manoa), and the Citizen Forester program.  She is the past board President of both Hawaii Public Health Association and Junior League of Honolulu.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and going to the beach with her husband, and their two children. Deborah's children both went to the Gan for preschool and are currently enrolled in the School of Jewish Studies.

 

JOSH WISCH
2nd Vice President

Josh Wisch is President and Executive Director of Holomua Collective, a local nonprofit whose mission is to make Hawai'i more affordable for all working families. Josh has two decades of cross-sector professional experience in Hawai‘i. This includes serving as: Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i; Special Assistant to the Attorney General; Deputy Director for the Department of Taxation; Advocacy Director of AARP Hawai‘i; District Director for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; litigator at the Cades Schutte and Chun Kerr law firms; and as the manager of multiple Hawai‘i political campaigns. Josh is on the board of directors for the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival and Temple Emanu-El, and is a former member of the Sex Abuse Treatment Center Advisory Board and the Kailua Neighborhood Board.

Josh is a member of the Omidyar Fellows Program and is a frequent public speaker. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, his master’s degrees with honors from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, during which time he had the privilege of working for Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink. 

Josh is married to Malia Wisch, an award-winning graphic designer and partner at Wall-to-Wall studios. Josh and Malia live on O‘ahu with their four cats: Sherbert, Wind, Norris, and Palmer. When he’s not working, you may often find Josh bicycling, corresponding with friends and colleagues from one of his manual typewriters, or watching movies, reading, or writing.

 

STEVEN CARACO
Treasurer

As a finance executive and consultant with over thirty years of experience Steven Caraco helps businesses grow and prosper by providing accounting, fractional CFO, corporate mediation, QuickBooks training, tax planning & returns and human resource services to privately held businesses. This allows Steven's clients to retain company expertise and knowledge capital in-house, without the fully loaded cost of a full-time executive. Working together with the client, Steven helps increase profitability, control costs, and remove barriers to success.

Steven is also a license Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice for the last 25 years specializing in the treatment of couples. His hobbies include motorcycle riding, weightlifting, yoga and he hopes to get back into scuba diving, surfing and hang gliding now that tax season is over. Steven is dedicated to continuous improvement and growth and the lucky husband to Jill, and father of two wonderful boys who are 13 and 24. 

 

CHERYL EDELSON
Secretary

Cheryl Edelson is Professor of English and Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Design, at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Cheryl and her husband moved to O’ahu in 2004. Since 2020, Cheryl and her family have been members of Temple-Emanu-El. Her daughter is a student in the School of Jewish Studies and Kadima and their family has been very impressed with the excellent educational programming. Recently, Cheryl has served on Temple Emanu-El’s Interim Rabbi and Settled Rabbi Search committees. She very much enjoyed the opportunity to play a role in the future of Temple Emanu-El and to get to know more members of the temple community and the larger Jewish community in Hawai’i. Cheryl is looking forward to learning more about Temple Emanu-el and helping to increase membership and outreach to the community. When she’s not working, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, watching films, and horseback riding.

 

ELYCIA FINE
Member-at-Large

Elycia currently teaches the School of Jewish Stidies K/1 class, helping to foster Jewish identity in the diaspora through story, art, and fun.

Originally from Miami, FL, she’s a communications professional in media tech. She was previously enlisted in the Army as a military intelligence analyst and cryptologist and is a dual wartime campaign veteran.

She’s earned an AA in Arabic language and culture from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida (USF), and an MA in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU).

Elycia’s child, A.l is a funny, cool, and thoughtful student at SJS in Morah Jan’s class, and she loves participating in temple events. She also loves karate and school and boba drinks, and is a proud vegetarian by choice. Elycia and A.l enjoy spending time with their 2 senior dogs, Murray and Charleston, who love going to the park, and their senior cat, Mister Kitty, who loves ear scratches.

In her free time, Elycia enjoys being with her family, trying new vegan recipes, visiting the museum, and watching reality TV. She hopes to be able to share more of her skills and interests with the temple community as we work to continue traditions and build for the future.

 

JOSH LEVINSON
Member-at-Large

Josh Levinson first joined the Temple Emanu-El board in 2019 and served as President from July 2021 to June 2023. Josh grew up in Kaneohe and Manoa and spent a significant portion of his childhood at Temple Emanu-El where he became a bar mitzvah and was confirmed. Josh's two kids are 4th generation members of Temple Emanu-El, following in the footsteps of their parents (Josh's wife, Elila, also grew up at Temple Emanu-El), grandparents, and Great-Great Aunt and Uncle, Carlyn and Bernard Levinson. Josh has extensive professional experience working with boards as part of his consulting practice, providing partnership and support for communities, organizations and institutions addressing the collective health and wellbeing of the people and islands of Hawaii. Josh is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He lives in Kailua with his wife, son, and daughter.

 

DAN TABORI
Member-at-Large

Dan Tabori is the President and Managing Partner of Tabori Gilbert, LLC, a boutique Business Brokerage and Mergers & Acquisitions advisory firm focused on working with Hawaii and mainland businesses to achieve their succession goals. Dan represents owners and businesses looking to achieve their goals through the sale of their business, as well as advise buyers looking to enter the market or grow through strategic acquisitions.  In addition, Dan is also the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kairos Biomedical, an evidence-based startup founded in 2017, currently focused on developing and introducing novel immune health supplements to the global market.  In late 2020, Dan also stepped in as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Locations, a leading residential real estate company in Hawaii.

Previously, Dan was the Executive Vice President of Locations between 2004-2017. In that role he was responsible for the firm’s day-to-day business operations, as well as overseeing innovation and growth in the company’s Technology, Research, Marketing, Business Operations and Property Management departments. Dan was also responsible and oversaw the companies Affiliated Business family of companies including founding new companies in Mortgage, Title & Escrow, and Property Management.  Dan served for 13 years as an Executive Board Member of the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm supported by Locations’ agents and employees.

With a wealth of experience and understanding of business strategy, management, and mergers and acquisitions, Dan has held various executive and Board of Director roles in both Hawaii and California. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Common Ground Kauai whose mission is to build the farm of the future, where people come together to create, share, nourish and connect. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors of several companies, including Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Compass Home Loans, Premier Title & Escrow and Real Estate Title Solutions.

Prior to moving to Hawaii with his family, Dan spent 12 years in San Francisco and Silicon Valley with Vestek Systems, Net-it Software and finally Allegis Corporation, later acquired by Click Commerce, Inc. Dan helped build and grow organizations that developed and marketed enterprise software targeted at Global 2000 customers in hi-tech, financial, manufacturing, and various other industries. During his tenure, he held senior management and executive level roles and has extensive experience in Executive Management, Business Development, Professional Services, Product Management & Product Development. Dan has bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dan was born in Israel, and served 3 years in the Israel Defense Forces. He is married to Jerusha Tabori, a local girl born and raised on Oahu, and an elementary teacher at Punahou School. Dan & Jerusha have three children, Noah (20), Dahlia (17), and Aviv (13). Their children have been enrolled in the School of Jewish Studies throughout their childhood and both Noah and Dahlia are Madrichim and B'nei Mitzvahs of the Temple.  Aviv’s Bar Mitzvah is scheduled for May 27, 2023. Dan has spent the past 6 years as a Temple Emanu-El Board Member including Treasurer and 1st Vice President.

 

LARRY STEINBERG
Member-at-Large 

Larry Seth Steinberg and his wife, Diane Farkas, both spent their childhoods in Bloomfield, Connecticut, a suburb of Hartford.

Larry was in both the first B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation classes of the newly formed Congregation Beth Hillel. He served as President of the Junior and Senior United Synagogue Youth chapters of Beth Hillel and was a Board officer of the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts/Rhode Island USY region. Post high school, under Rabbi Herbert Feder, Larry was Assistant to the Director of Youth Activities for the tri-state region. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Cultural-Historical Geography & resided in Nevada and the Great Basin for almost forty years. As a Historical Archaeologist he worked for the Nevada State Museum and  Nevada DOT & taught in the University of Nevada system. He was affiliated with Temple Sinai in Reno, directing its religious school. A Nevada state scholarship allowed  Larry the opportunity to earn Shoah teaching certification at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.  Larry was a Firefighter-EMT in the Central Lyon Fire District, Ambulance Chief of Dayton, Nevada and Fire Chief of the Silver City VFD.

Larry’s interests include photography, genealogy, NY Yankee baseball, UConn Women’s (11-time National Champion) basketball team, motorcycles, and historical research. Larry serves as Archivist for Temple Emanu-El’s Levinson Hawaii-Jewish Archives and is a past TE-E Board Member. His sense of humor, while obscure, is ever-present.

 

JACKIE MILD LAU
Member-at-Large

After first being elected in 2014 and serving three consecutive years in office, Jackie returned after a break and continued for two additional years of service as Temple President.  She is a familiar face at Temple Emanu-El's School of Jewish Studies, where she has taught art enrichment and "visual culture" to students since her own children, Alena and Leah, were in attendance. Jackie is a practicing artist, specializing in sculpture. She is an active member and past president of Hawaii Craftsmen, helped found the new Glass Fusion Collective and continues to teach bronze casting and sculpture at her small foundry and workshop in Kaneohe. Examples of her collaborations with students can be seen on the walls of the Weinberg Learning Center, Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School Cafeteria and Roosevelt High School. Samples of her sculptures can be seen at www.sculptureoutofhand.com  and on her instagram account: Sculpture out of Hand.

 

SCOTT PAUL 
Member-at-Large

Scott Paul is president of The Facilities Group Hawaii, LLC, which was formed in 2022 by the merger of Kleenco Group, Inc. and Armstrong Building Maintenance, two locally-owned building maintenance and janitorial companies each with more than 50 years of continuous operations. Prior to the merger, Scott had been the owner, president and CEO of Kleenco Group since December 2012.  

Prior to Kleenco, Scott was President & CEO of Hoku Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed solar company based in Hawaii and majority-owned by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.  Scott first joined Hoku in 2003 as its VP Business Development & General Counsel.  In 2008, Scott was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and in April 2010 became Chief Executive Officer and joined Hoku’s Board of Directors.  Scott resigned as Hoku’s CEO in June 2012, but continued to serve on its board of directors as Chairman of the restructuring committee until Hoku filed for bankruptcy in July 2013.

Before joining Hoku, Scott was a corporate attorney and business development professional in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 until July 2003.  Immediately prior to joining Hoku, Scott worked as Director of Business Development and Associate General Counsel at Read-Rite Corporation, a publicly-traded multi-national company that was acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2003. Previously, Scott worked as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith), law firms, where he represented high tech emerging growth and large-cap public companies, and their investors and underwriters, on financing and acquisition transactions.Scott earned his JD cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1998 and his BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.  He has served in varying capacities on the Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees since 2016.  Scott is married to Malia Oshima Paul, who is deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.  Scott & Malia’s two children, Kainoa and Mehana, attended Gan Yerushalayim and have graduated from SJS as b'nai mitzvah.

 

RACHEL COEL
Member-at-Large

Dr. Rachel Coel works at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children as a double board-certified pediatric and adolescent sports medicine physician.  She specializes in concussion, fracture care, and the prevention and treatment of all sports injuries.  Dr. Coel serves as a volunteer team physician for University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Chaminade University, and Hawaii’s high schools, including Roosevelt High School and Hawaii Baptist Academy. Dr. Coel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine. She serves as a volunteer medical consultant and public speaker for the Hawai’i Concussion Awareness Management Program. Dr. Coel has multiple medical publications and book chapters and has presented numerous times at national and regional sports medicine conferences.

Rachel grew up in Kailua and graduated from Punahou School. She earned her undergraduate degree with High Honors at the University of California at Berkeley and her M.D./Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D. in Social Work). Dr. Coel completed her general pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and her sports medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado. Prior to moving home to Hawaii in 2013 to serve as the Medical Director of the Queen’s Center for Sports Medicine, Dr. Coel was the Co-Medical Director of the sports medicine program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys surfing, running (2 marathons!), hiking, biking, outdoor sports, doing jigsaw puzzles, eating dessert, and spending time with her parents, her husband, daughter and son, and goldendoodle Pili Aloha.

Rachel first became a member of the Temple Emanu-El community at age 7, and her parents have been members for over 40 years. Rachel attended Hebrew school and had her Bat Mitzvah at the temple, thereafter serving as a madricha. Her two children attend SJS and Kadima, and her eldest is preparing for her Bat Mitzvah in June 2023.

 

JUSTIN LEVINSON 
Member-at-Large

Justin D. Levinson, who has served on the board for the last four years, is a Professor of Law and Director of the Culture and Jury Project at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.  His primary areas of expertise are legal decision-making, juries, and corporate law.  His most recent work has focused on the role of automatic (unconscious) biases in law and society.  He is lead editor of Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, and has authored or co-authored over a dozen law review articles.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, UCLA, and Harvard University. 

Justin’s family has always been active in the Temple Emanu-El community.  His grandfather, Bernard Levinson, was President of the Temple throughout the 1950’s, and his grandmother, Carlyn Levinson, served as President and was active in the Temple Sisterhood. 

His father, Peter Levinson, became a Bar Mitzvah at the Temple, later served as a member of the Board, and has been a continuous member of the Temple since the day in which he was first eligible to join as an adult (over 50 years ago!).  Justin’s wife, Galit, has been a teacher in the School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Justin and Galit have two daughters.  Justin is serving on the Board because he believes that the Temple serves as a pillar of Hawaii’s Jewish Community, and he is committed to expanding Temple membership through new programs and outreach. 

 

Jess GlasserImage
Sisterhood Representative 
Jess Glasser feels honored to represent Sisterhood on Temple Emanu-El's Board of Trustees. Jess was initially drawn to joining Sisterhood out of her firm belief in the power and magic of Jewish (and Judaism-adjacent!) women partnering across generations to create a more just world. Jess grew up in Brooklyn, NY and this is her second time living on O'ahu. The first time she lived here, she was an MSW student at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and involved with Hawai'i Hillel. This time, Jess is living here with young children and is excited to be a part of the Temple's vibrant, family-friendly community. Jess loves laughing, singing (yes, she's in the Temple's choir!), tzedek, and creating community. She is also a proud Navy spouse (hooyah submarines!). If you haven't met her yet, please come say, "Hi," at Tot Shabbat, choir practice, or after SJS drop-off.

Note: All biographies written and submitted by BOT members.

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