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Temple Bat Yahm honored three women of the year on May 24.  They are Adrienne Cohen, Barbara Pisetsky and Naomi Glass.

Cohen, who has volunteered at TBY since her family joined in 1993, has served on the rabbinic search committee, the religious school director search committee and the board of trustees search committee.  Currently the membership committee chair, she has also volunteered as the guest speaker at the religious school, served as guest “judge” for the 7th grade mock trial class, organized the inaugural Biblical Bowling event and volunteered at the Purim Carnival.

Pisetsky is starting her third term as president of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and a presenter on its speaker’s bureau.  She participated in the OCAIDS walk, and her latest project is the creation of a PFLAG teen program.  Pisetsky, who collected and filled boxes of shoes and sent them to Haitian victims of disaster, is an adult literacy tutor and helps new immigrants learn English.

Glass, who has served as the WTBY financial secretary for 6 years, has been the co-vice president of membership as well.  She worked on the Jewish Holiday Home Tour committee, has helped in the gift shop on a regular basis.  She has served as the PTO president of TBY Pre-School and served on the TBY membership committee for 3 years and on the TBY Religious School Education Committee.


Ecological advocate Joe Hess and his wife, Marge, were honored during the “Make It Happen” Celebration 2011 on Sunday, May 22, at Temple Beth Shalom in Long Beach.

Professionally, Joe was a meteorologist and in his aerospace career, also involved in the international aerospace program.  He was instrumental in the 20-year development of the cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli Forest Services.

Both Joe and Marge have been active in the Jewish National Fund, a global environmental leader, planting 250 million trees, building hundreds of reservoirs and dams, creating more than 1,000 parks and educating students around the world about Israel and the environment.  Marge Hess is one of the founders of the Jewish National Fund’s Sapphire Society, the women’s major gift division, which has raised more than $20 million in ten years.

Joe and Marge participate in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and have been active members of Temple Beth Shalom for 44 years.  Joe’s past leadership positions at TBS include president, vice-president/education and vice president/religious practices.  He is past-president of the United Synagogue Southwest Region and of the Orange County Jewish National Fund.


Long Beach native Dana Schneider Penn graduated from American Jewish University (AJU) in Bel Air on May 15 with a Masters in Education.  Schneider Penn, the daughter of Nancy and Mark Schneider and wife of Michael Penn, concentrated her academic emphasis on experiential education.  Jonathan Archer Brown DPA, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, delivered the commencement address.  Honorary degrees were conferred upon Dr. Brown and AJU’s Rector, Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., and Annette Shapiro, founding member and current Board Chair of Beit T’Shuva.


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