Who is on the Board of Directors?
President: George Kalmar*
Vice President: Dan Lessner*
Secretary: Jessica Moyal
Treasurer: Eric Kaplan*
Fundraising: Gerardo Schwarz
Programming: Judith Cohen & Dan
Ritual: Carole Stone & Dan Lessner
Tzedakah: Soli Cohen
Membership: Malena Reich, Norman Feldstein, Jessica Moyal
Communications: Carole Stone
Building Committee: George Kalmar
* = Executive Committee
Board Members Emeritus: Bebe Kramer Joanne Yakerson
George Kalmar: President
Dan Lessner: VP
A retired Family Practice physician from Long Island, NY, Dan moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2005 and began a Saturday morning minyan group. A founding member of Shalom SMA, he has served on every Board since its inception, as well as leading weekly Shabbat and holiday services as de facto Baal Tefilah/Shaliach Tzibbur of the minyan group and "spiritual leader" of CHESMA, AC in representing the community at interfaith meetings.
In addition to running the weekly Film Series and preparing the few Jewish children who live in town for their B'nei Mitzvah, his relative fluency in Spanish has allowed him to begin classes in Judaism, Torah and basic Hebrew to help guide an increasing number of Mexican nationals who began to attend SSMA religious services and functions. This has led to the eventual conversion/return --some claim Sephardic Jewish ancestry-- of 44 individuals over the past 4 years. He continues to lead a Spanish-language Torah discussion group after Saturday morning services, as well as teach beginners' Hebrew and other classes.
You may contact Dan at: email@example.com
Carlos Soberman: Member-at-large
Charles “Carlos” Soberman was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received degrees from the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School, and Michigan State University School of Business Administration. Carlos practiced law in New York City, was owner and President of Mercury Paint Company in Detroit, was an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wayne State University School of Business Administration in Detroit, and was President of Uniprop, Inc. in Birmingham, Michigan.
He is married to Linda Soberman, an artist and art educator. They have four children, Lisa Glazer, Tracey Jackier and David and Jennifer Soberman. They have three grandchildren, Lilah and Hannah Glazer, and Kaiya Jackier. And a terrific dog, Bella! Carlos and Linda fell in love with San Miguel about eleven years ago, and purchased a home in Colonia San Antonio six years ago. In addition to his participation on the Shalom San Miguel Board, Carlos does volunteer work for Computadoras Pro Jovenes, the San Miguel Literary Sala and Feed the Hungry while in San Miguel. In Detroit, he is Chairman of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies and teaches English to Hispanic immigrants at the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, Michigan.
Carlos maintains a blog about his life in San Miguel, including occasional entries about Jewish life in San Miguel at: www.thesanmiguelnews.com.