Joel Berger has been named executive director, Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Before, he was executive director of Beth David Congregation in Miami. At Beth David Congregation, he led the synagogue’s successful 2012 centennial campaign. Previously, he was executive director of University of Miami Hillel in Coral Gables, and earlier served as youth, camp and executive director at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in Aventura. He also has been a marketing strategist at Kettler Financial in Coral Gables. He has a bachelor’s degree in management/management information decision systems, and an MBA in marketing and finance, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Howard Goldman has been named executive director of Temple Judea, one of Miami’s largest Reform congregations. He retired in 2003 after being chairman and president of Cedar Fresh Home Products. He has served on the board of directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and has been involved with Hillel, including stints on its international board of directors and as co-chair of the Hillel International Lay Leaders Conference. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s in social psychology, from the University of Florida.
Ira Leesfield, founder and managing partner of the Florida trial law firm Leesfield & Partners, has been selected as a board member of The Greater Miami and Broward Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Leesfield will support the organization's financial goals and provide direction and guidance on policy issues and identify and recruit future leaders and supporters.
Isabelle Benditte has joined South Florida Urban Ministries as director of development. She will be responsible for overall fundraising efforts. Prior to joining SFLUM, Isabelle was manager of special events for Royal Caribbean Cruises.
B'nai B'rith elected Zvi Krugliak president of its Miami-Aventura unit. Krugliak is a member of the advisory council of B'nai B'rith International, an international Jewish service organization. Krugliak is the president and CEO of Brit Olom Tours.
Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews named Roberta J. Shevin executive director. She was previously the director of development and administration for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education.
Temple Bat Yam, a reform synagogue in East Fort Lauderdale, has named Bonnie Pearl director of programming and membership. She was the director of marketing and communications for the Jewish Federation of Broward County for the past six years.
Stuart N. Ratzan, founding shareholder for Ratzan & Rubio, was named to the board of directors at Temple Beth Am. His family has held membership at Temple Beth Am for more than 35 years. With two children attending Beth Am Day School, he and his wife, Mycki Ratzan, have taken an active role in the Temple's activities. He is also a basketball coach in the Beth Am Basketball Girls' Rookie League.