Meet the Board of Directors


  President: José Daniel Torres López 

  Vice President: Elliot Fine

  Secretary: Carole Stone

  Treasurer: Luis Leopoldo Ayón


Executive Committee

  José Daniel Torres López

  Elliot Fine

  Luis Leopoldo Ayón


Committee Chairs                    

  Fundraising (Interim)José Daniel Torres López   

  Programming: Elliot Fine

  Membership (Interim): Kayla Fine 

  Education: Kayla Fine 

  Communications: Marvin Berk

  Building & RitualCarole Stone


Past presidents:  Larry Stone, 2006-2007

                          Carole Stone, 2008-2009

                          Soli Cohen, 2010

                          Carole Stone/Dan Lessner 2011

                          Carole Stone, 2012-2013

                          Carole Stone/Dan Lessner, 2014

                          Dan Lessner, 2015

                          Carole Stone, 2016

                          George Kalmar, 2017

                          Dan Lessner, 2018                                                                





 José Daniel Torres López, President



Daniel Torres is originally from Moroleón, Guanajuato. He studied Clinical Psychology at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Currently, he is part of the psychology team of the Secretaría de Salud del Estado de Guanajuato, in the municipality of San Miguel de Allende, where he resides and also has private clinical practice. He is teaching at several universities. 


Daniel's interest in community processes. This has led him to collaborate in various civil society organizations in social development interventions with vulnerable groups using transformative education strategies. 


Daniel has been an active JC3/CHESMA member since 2013, when he began to study Torah, Talmud, and Biblical Hebrew, among other subjects, under Dan Lessner.  Hanukkah of 2016 he earned his official conversion after having studied with Rabbi Juan Mejía. He is assistant Ba'al Koreh (reading publicly from the Torah scrolls at services) and helps lead the Shabbat services of KSSMA.



Carole Stone, Secretary, Building Committee


Carole Stone, a long-time resident of San Miguel has been active in the Jewish community here since her arrival. She has been President of this community and has served in many other executive roles. She often serves as Cantorial Soloist, especially during the Holidays, and she loves to co-lead Services. 


Carole has three daughters: Susannah Levy, who lives in Oakland, CA; Rachel Dayton, who lives in Akron, OH; and Robin Levy, who lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She also has six grand-children.


Carole hails from Pittsburgh where she taught first grade and was also a Cantorial Soloist for various Pittsburgh Jewish communities. She has degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University, and an MFA in voice from Carnegie Mellon University.


Marvin Berk, Communications Chair


Marvin Berk, a retired graphic designer, is a working photomontage artist. A lapsed New Yorker, born in The Bronx. He is very happy to be living in San Miguel with his husband Dennis. 


Marvin has earned more than 50 awards for designing communications for both not-for-profits and corporations. He is most proud of many years work for UNICEF and other charitable organizations. 


Dennis and Marvin were members of the Reform synagogue in Sag Harbor, NY for many years. They have been active participants in Jewish education at Temple Emanuel's Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in Manhattan. 


Both treasure being members of this active Jewish community in San Miguel.