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Candidates 2018-2019

(One-year term)

Carol, a member of Temple Emanu-El for many years, served on the Board most recently as First VP, regularly attends services, understands the many challenges that confront the Temple and often sees the opportunities they present. She gets great pleasure from bringing people together and looks forward to continuing in that vein to make Jews throughout Hawaii, Jewish visitors to Hawaii, as well as the community at large, more cohesive, with interesting activities and events. She produced the musical show “Yiddishkeit!” several years ago which opened the same day the new sound system was installed in the sanctuary; it was a very successful fundraiser and started a new trend.

She loves to greet and meet new people who come to the Temple and gets very excited when, every so often, someone remembers her family from Atlantic City and Miami Beach where she grew up living in her father's hotels, a life which prepared her for different careers. Her experiences led her to see the need for certain services which she created as start-ups and are now part of today's business culture

Experience in event planning includes receptions for royalty and other dignitaries at Georgetown University, a Cinco de Mayo Festival for the City of Tucson, and years later successful events here in Hawaii for the Hawaii Theatre, Diamond Head Theater, The Heart Association, The Cancer Society and others. She organized the new member party for the Temple several years ago at a private facility in Hawaii Kai and led the planning for the Temple Seder in 2015, which has been repeated each year.

When affiliated with other Temples, Carol taught Bar and Bat Mitzvah candidates and also first grade. While teaching Comparative Religion to 9th graders in San Diego, she had the first experience in our country, as far as is known, of bringing a Jewish class to visit a Catholic Church service where the Head of the Diocese asked his parishioners to 'say a Hail Mary for our Jewish visitors'. She continues to support strong Jewish programs for children and teens.

While living in California, Carol created an interior design firm in Beverly Hills that worked on residential and commercial projects. She won a design award for a project at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The LA Times supplement featured her use of live plants en masse in residential interiors which was something new.

In 1990, she moved her interior design company to Hawaii and established an offshoot, a window coverings company, Curtain Call Hawaii. She now practices as Carol Kozlovich Designs and has done several remodeling and updating projects for the Temple.

Carol served as president of both The Rotary Club of Waikiki and of NAMI Hawaii. She has also been trained to act as a facilitator for families/groups where there has been a suicide and has also been trained in how to talk with people ideating about suicide. Whenever possible she works with non-profits to help them achieve certain goals and is currently doing that with Kahi Mohala.

(One-year term)

Scott Paul is the President & CEO of Kleenco Group and its subsidiary companies: Kleenco Corporation, Kleenco Maintenance Company, and Tile & Grout Solutions, LLC.  He joined Kleenco Group in December 2012 after leading the acquisition of the then 42-year-old kama`aina company.  Scott’s goal is to raise the level of professionalism, accountability and service to set a new standard for Hawaii’s building maintenance industry.

Prior to acquiring 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 served as director on the board of the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu for 3 years, and is currently director on the board of the Hawaii Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization.  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 (14) and Mehana (13), attended Gan Yerushalayim and have graduated from SJS as bar and bat mitzvah.

(One-year term)

Dan Tabori was most recently Executive Vice President of Business Operations at Locations LLC, the leading residential real estate company in Hawaii. Dan was responsible for various aspects of running the day-to-day business operations for Locations. He was also responsible for developing and maintaining real estate affiliated business opportunities and ventures including mortgage, title & escrow, property management and insurance. Dan previously held Board of Directors for Compass Home Loans and Premier Title & Escrow. 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 Business Development, Product Management & Product Development. Dan has earned bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. Dan also served for 13 years as an Executive Board Member of the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm supported by Locations’ agents and employees. Dan was born in Israel, and served 3 years in the Israel Defense Force (IDF). 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 (15), Dahlia (12), and Aviv (8). Their children have been enrolled in the School of Jewish Studies for several years. The "baby" of the family is Nalu, a Labrador Retriever.

(One-year term)

Stan Jacobs, the son of two Holocaust survivors, started out as an accountant in the small town of New York City before coming to Hawaii in 1980. He has been a Temple Member ever since. Stan appreciates the importance of being part of a supportive Temple community and wants to make sure that, through thick and thin, the community will be there for others as it has been for him and his family.

His son and grandchildren attended the Gan Yerushalayim Preschool and Stan served on its Board of Directors when it was an independent entity. He is an active volunteer in the broader community; serving on the board of the Hawaii Chapter of AFSP, as the state coordinator for C.U.E, as well as helping with the Family Promise Program at Temple Emanu-El for over ten years.

Most of Stan’s working life has been spent in the field of finance where he loves helping people and businesses find the joy in a secure financial life.

(One-year term)

Kathy Krammer is a retired medical speech-language-swallowing pathologist, registered nurse and college instructor. She was raised in a humanistic movement reform Jewish congregation where families were active in community volunteering.  Her family was involved in literacy tutoring and assisting victims during the explosive civil rights riots.  She has continued to be involved in her community through volunteer training literacy tutors, developing communication programs for Muscular Dystrophy Association, docent education at the Honolulu Zoo, president of townhouse and condominium associations and past president of the Hawaii Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Kathy worked as an intensive care, emergency and neuroscience nurse while attending University of Hawaii for B.S. and M.S degrees in speech pathology and audiology.  She did post graduate study in small business administration, teaching ESL and teaching literacy. She created the first hospital based, home care and outpatient and continuum of care models for speech-language-swallowing pathology in Hawaii at most hospitals on Oahu.   She developed and managed these programs and rehabilitation staffs.  In addition, she created and taught a neuroscience course at the University of Hawaii Communication Disorders Department.   She also oversaw graduate students for clinical practicum experience.  In addition to program and staff development, her clinical expertise is in the areas of swallowing disorders, geriatrics and dementia management, head and neck cancer and progressive neurological diseases.  She has been recognized both locally and through her national association for her work.  She also recently retired from teaching public and interpersonal communication through Honolulu Community College, Hickam campus, where she developed accelerated educational programs for that course.

Kathy is presently Chair of the Jewish Film Festival. As part of the Sisterhood Council, she is responsible for Meal of Consolation, membership and new member mentoring.  She is also assisting members with medical advocacy, advice and support, as part of Zai Gezunt (chair, Sara Izen), an evolving health education and hospital visitation program. She has been working to document the procedures and policies for Meals of Consolation, special event greeters and the film committee and will continue that work for other Sisterhood functions.  Kathy has been active on the temple executive board and board of directors as recording secretary since 2017.

Kathy and her husband, Randy Jensen, a retired U.S. Army colonel and recently retired from Tripler Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, have enjoyed and embraced participating many temple activities as new members.

(Two-year term)

Michael Fischer was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He is a graduate of the City College of New York and Cooper Union Art School. Upon graduation he got a job as a design draftsman/production assistant for an international furniture and interior design company. He worked for this company for 9 years, then spent a year of community service work as a teacher prior to moving to Hawaii in 1971.

In Hawaii, Michael established a woodworking business, making furniture and hand-carved craft items and sculpture. During this time he also taught wood-carving classes at Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaii, in the adult education program. Craft stores and an art gallery sold his work, however after 6 years he closed his business. He worked for Architects Hawaii for a few years and did free-lance drafting in interior design.

Michael always had an interest in the health field and after taking classes and apprenticing he devoted 15 years full-time, and 14 years part-time to health care service providing pain-free, hands-on physical therapy, body balancing, lifestyle and nutritional counseling.

Michael has been doing creative writing and art-inspired color paintings throughout most of his career as a way of balancing and nurturing his inner life.

Michael and wife Deanna live in Honolulu with their dog Maile Grace. Upon retirement, he strives to grow and learn more about living in a kind and humane way. These are the things he endeavors to do on a daily basis:

- Listen to my heart and soul

- Be true to myself

- Say what I mean and mean what I say whenever possible and appropriate

- Enjoy what I can, as much as possible in full recognition that all of it is a miracle.

Thank you for the opportunity to share the love of Adonai.

(Two-year term)

Beth-Ann Kozlovich is Sutter Health Kahi Mohala’s senior development officer. She leads fundraising for Hawaii’s only stand-alone, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital.

Kozlovich has been recognized for her commitment to mental health issues. HPR won a 2016 national Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) for the series "Homelessness from the Outside In," produced by The Conversation. In previous years, Kozlovich was recognized by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawai’i and Hawaii Psychological Association for her contributions to mental health education and psychology in Hawaiʻi.

Before joining Kahi Mohala, she served as Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Talk Shows executive producer and oversaw its five locally produced talk programs. She created and co-hosted HPR-2’s weekday morning show, The Conversation, launched in 2011. In 1999, she created and began moderating Town Square, HPR’s long running live, public affairs forum. A woman with lives on radio and in the business of nonprofits, she is a former Hawaiʻi anchor of NPR's Morning Edition. Her attraction to public radio began when it was the only car-accessible, parent-approved station. So all of this really is her mother’s fault. When her three sons begin to support public radio on their own, Beth-Ann will be just as happy to take the blame.


Rocky recently moved back home to Hawaii after 12 years away in Colorado. He grew up going to Temple Emanu-El Sunday School (one of his teachers was Rabbi Ken long before he was a rabbi!), and was Bar Mitvah’d and confirmed at the Temple. Since returning to Hawaii, he is proud to finally count himself as an independent adult member of the Temple.

Rocky has been blessed to have many active Temple members in his family, from his father Ken Marcus serving as a past President of the Temple, to his mother Gail Marcus and grandmother Jackie Foil as active members of the Board, Sisterhood, and other Jewish community groups, and both having been honored as Women of Valor. Rocky himself is happy to volunteer his time alongside Barry Langlieb with setup and takedown for Family Promise.

Rocky is happy to be back enjoying island life, and after earning his master’s degree in Boulder Colorado, is now gainfully employed as an electrical engineer at Ronald Ho and Associates. In his free time he enjoys hiking, dancing, playing guitar and piano, and making tchotchkes with his 3D printer.

(Two-year term)

Evelyn moved to Hawaii 10 years ago from Orlando, Florida in order to be close to her daughter’s family.   She attended night school at Rollins College in Winter Park. Florida, graduating  with a degree in Business Administration.  She worked at various government contractors.  She retired from Lockheed Martin and spent the following years travelling around the mainland United States.  After moving to Hawaii she worked as a substitute teacher in the Windward Public Schools.

She joined Temple Emanu-El shortly after arriving in Hawaii.  During the fall of 2009 Evelyn became the Chair of Hawaii Jewish Seniors and still holds that position.  In that capacity she arranges for speakers, coordinates a Seder Luncheon and Chanukah party .  She is the Recording Secretary for the Sisterhood Council and along with Gail Marcus is the Sisterhood representative to the Temple Board.  Evelyn has recently been selected to the JCS board.

(Two-year term)

Cliff served as President of Temple Emanu-El from 2009-2011 and from 2012-2014.  Cliff grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou in 1974. Cliff is the son of Temple members Lynne and Vic Halevi. In his college years, he lived in Israel for two years attending the Hebrew Immersion School at Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, where he met and married Nancy Ruda over 37 years ago.  Cliff has a Bachelors Degree in Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and has had a 27-year a career in telecommunications engineering.

Cliff and Nancy have two daughters, Rachel (28) and Eliana (25), who both attended SJS as students and then as Madrichot, and who both became Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El. Rachel lived in Israel for almost four years and completed her Master’s Degree at Tel Aviv University, and she now lives in San Francisco where she is a Program Associate at the Jim Joseph Foundation.  Eliana graduated from the U of Arizona last year and now lives in Austin, TX, where she is the Social Media Marketing Specialist for Lexus of Austin.

Cliff and his family moved back to Hawaii in 1997 (to Kailua) and have been active in the Temple ever since in various Committee and Board roles. Cliff’s wife Nancy is a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Kailua and Nancy has been active for many years in the Temple’s Education Committee and in hosting Temple events. Cliff is a key member of the committee that puts on the annual Honolulu Jewish Film Festival, and is passionate about increasing our community’s knowledge of, and support for, Israel; and ensuring that Temple Emanu-El remains a vibrant center of Jewish life here in Hawaii.


(One year remaining on current term)

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.

(One year remaining on current term)

Justin D. Levinson, who has served on the board for the last three 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 Universit.

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, was Bar Mitzvah’d 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.

(One year remaining on current term)

Todd has lived in East Oahu with his wife Theresa and children Chloe, Jaden, and Tyler since they moved to Honolulu from Portland, Oregon in 2010.

The Deveres have been members of Temple Emanu-El since they moved to Honolulu.  Todd is a current chair of the SJS Education Committee.  He has enjoyed participating in the synagogue and becoming a member of the community as his and Theresa’s three children have learned about their Jewish identity over the past several years through SJS and Kadima.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Todd attended Duke University then Baylor College of Medicine, where he met and married his wife, Theresa. Todd completed neurology training at Washington University in St. Louis, and then moved to Portland, OR for nine years where he worked as a neurologist in a private practice.  Since moving to Honolulu, Todd has been working as a neurologist at Kaiser Permanente, and is the current chief of the neurology department with both clinical and administrative responsibilities.  Todd enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors on this beautiful island with its year-round warm weather. Todd also takes an annual ski trip to get his cold fix.

“Temple Emanu-El has made great strides over the past few years, and it would be an honor to serve on the Temple Board and contribute to our congregation."

(One-year term)

Jackie is returning to service  as a  member of Temple Emanu-El's nominating committee after serving 3 years as Board of Trustees President and one as an ex-oficio member. 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 and continues to teach bronze casting, animal and figure sculpture at a shared 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

(One year remaining on current term)

Jackie Foil came to Hawaii 24 years ago to be the Director of the Temple Preschool, Gan Yerushalayim. She was an educator in New York City for over thirty years, teaching public elementary school children and teachers in graduate programs at City University of New York. After leaving the Gan she taught several classes at the University of Hawaii for students who wanted to become Pre School Teachers.

Jackie has served our Temple community over the years, by being President of the Sisterhood, Secretary of Jewish Community Services, founding member of the Jewish Film Festival, and has been elected to the Temple Board, serving with several former presidents. Jackie has most recently served as Secretary of the Board. She was elected to the Nominating Committee several times over the years.   In April, 2011, Jackie Foil received one of the highest honors Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El bestows, the Woman of Valor Award, to celebrate her contributions to our Temple community and her many personal and professional accomplishments.


Marcia has resided in Hawaii for over 30 years with her husband Lenny. They lived in the D.C. area for the first half of their lives, creating the largest independent radio and television sports syndication company in the country. In the 1980’s they owned and produced the Aloha Bowl, Hula Bowl, Aloha State games and many other sporting events in Hawaii. Before selling these games in the late 90’s, she became the first woman executive director of a NCAA bowl game. In 2002, she became involved in state government at the executive level. After eight years of service in government she retired that job, however, her retirement was short lived. With time now her own, she became increasingly involved with Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. Sisterhood has been a commitment she has immersed herself in for the last eight years. Marcia considers this special group of women and Chaver (male members) unique in our state as they have contributed so much to the Temple and Jewish community. She is very proud that Sisterhood continues to be a large monetary contributor to the Jewish School of Education and the Temple. While assisted her husband Lenny, who is President and CEO of Friends of Hawaii Robotics, a Hawaii, nonpartisan, 501C (3), he founded twelve years ago. The organization supports nine STEM (robotics) programs in K-12 schools across the state.  She is completing her term as President and is proud of what this past board has accomplished.  Marcia looks forward to continuing to be involved with Temple and to serving the Temple members and the many upcoming projects.

Note: All biographies written and submitted by candidates/incumbents.

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