How can a synagogue be made safe yet welcoming? How could we ensure synagogue members remain healthy and connected through the covid pandemic? When Tustin’s Congregation B’nai Israel leadership asked these questions during the past few years, they found three members to come to the rescue! Beth Adler, Craig Frankel and Ed Heyman are long-time CBI members with impressive career accomplishments who applied their work experiences to help the congregation navigate safe yet caring responses through these challenges. The three ‘Haimish Heroes’ will be honored on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at CBI’s Annual Gala.
Beth and her husband Michael joined CBI shortly after getting married. Having grown up in Livingston, a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Beth was not immersed in a Jewish environment, but her parents instilled a sense of tzedakah as they were involved in their community at large. After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering at UCLA, Beth ventured on a quest to discover her Jewish roots by participating in a B’nai Mitzvah class and a Jewish holiday workshop. She worked for Northrop Grumman for over 30 years primarily in program management, proposals and new business development in the aircraft sector including working on the Peacekeeper missile, the Global Hawk and other unmanned aircraft systems. Throughout her career and since retiring, Beth constantly volunteered at her sons’ schools, served in numerous roles on the CBI Board of Directors and has served on the boards of the Orange County chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Women’s Philanthropy Council of the Jewish Federation. She is currently involved with the Executive Parents Ambassador Council at Chapman University, where her twin sons are enrolled, and is a founding board member of the non-profit Stacks4Students, which provides supplies for homeless and foster children. Most recently, Beth accepted the role of serving as the synagogue’s interim Executive Director.
Ed Heyman grew up in North Virginia but moved frequently as his father, a decorated World War II veteran, worked for the CIA and traveled extensively. His parents weren’t observant of the Jewish faith and Ed was not drawn to the religion until a high school teacher recommended that he look into his Judaic roots. Ed embraced Judaism when his first child was born as he felt that Judaism would provide ethical and moral grounding for his family. The Heyman’s joined CBI after his daughter’s baby naming was held at the synagogue. Ed became more involved including participation in the synagogue’s first adult Bar Mitzvah class and both his late wife and Ed served on the CBI board. He later became involved at Tarbut v’Torah Day School serving on the board for eighteen years including five as president. Career-wise, he was a government contractor for 35 years during which two colleagues and he started a company that grew to over 200 employees by the time he retired. His company specialized in developing automated information processing tools for intelligence organizations.
Both of Craig Frankel’s parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland who met after immigrating to the United States. Craig grew up in a Los Angeles neighborhood with a large Jewish population. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at California State University of Long Beach, Craig worked for over 30 years for McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing. He was primarily involved in product design for the aerospace divisions including serving as a lead designer for the space station and developed a reputation as a creative problem solver. After getting married, Brigitte and Craig moved to Orange County in 1998 and joined CBI where their son and daughter attended CBI’s daycare program and religious school. Both Craig and Brigitte have worked in leadership roles on the CBI board where Craig continues to serve. In addition, having been impacted by his parent’s experience in the Holocaust, the Frankel’s have been dedicated to supporting the Anti-Defamation League. Craig also participates in the Discovery Science Center’s Innovator Leadership Council.
Between the three of them, they created and implemented a security plan for the synagogue and guided the congregation through the pandemic. The CBI congregation will thank them for their leadership and contributions at the Annual Gala to be held Sunday, May 22, 2022. Reservations are required to attend. For more information, please visit cbi18.org.