Who is on the Board of Directors?
President: José Daniel Torres López
Vice President: Carole Stone/Raúl Eitan Martínez Aguilera Secretary: Raúl Eitan Martínez Aguilera
Treasurer: Eric Kaplan
José Daniel Torres López, Raúl Eitan Martínez Aguilera, Carole Stone
Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs Fundraising: Raúl Eitan Martínez Aguilera
Programming: Zajar Campos Torres, Elliot
Ritual: Dan Lessner
Bikkur Cholim & Tzedakah: Kayla Fine
Membership: José Daniel Torres López
Communications: Carole Stone
Building Committee: Zajar Campos Torres
Member-at-large: Carlos Soberman
José Daniel Torres López: President
Daniel Torres (born 1985) is originally from Moroleón, in the state of 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, working in the municipality of San Miguel de Allende, where he resides and also has private clinical practice. Due to his academic interest, he has also dedicated himself to teaching at several universities. His interest in community processes 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 member of the JC3 since 2013, when he began to study Torah, Talmud, and Biblical Hebrew, among other subjects, under the tutelage and accompaniment of Dan Lessner. In Hanukkah of 2016 he obtained 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.
Eric Kaplan: Treasurer
Eric Kaplan was born in Brooklyn in 1947. He grew up there and then in South Florida. He graduated with Honors from the University of Florida law School in E1971, where he was the most distinguished member of his graduating class, having been an Executive Editor of the Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Team. After law school he was recruited to join the US Department of Justice Honor’s Program in Washington DC. He ultimately became a Senior Trial Attorney in the Special Trial Section and eventually was the first recipient of the Department’s highest honor, the Award of Merit. Eric concluded his legal career in Montana, where he was the senior partner of a small law firm he began. He has achieved the highest ethical and ability rating a lawyer in the U.S. can have, which establishes him as “preeminent” amongst his peers. Eric’s activities have not been limited to the law. He has had numerous photography showings, has produced an award-winning motion picture, has been an officer of many non-profit organizations, is an avid and accomplished tennis player, and has traveled extensively. He has been a full time resident of San Miguel for more than eight years but first visited here more than 40 years ago. He has one son who lives in Portland, OR.
Carole Stone, Co-Vice President and chair of Communications
Carole Stone is a long-time resident of San Miguel and 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, such as Secretary and Vice President. She often serves as our 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.
Charles (Carlos) Soberman, member-at-large
Born in Detroit in 1948, Carlos Soberman attended Cass Technical High School, the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School, and earned an MBA from Michigan State University.
From 1977 to 1996, he was President of Mercury Paint Company, a manufacturer and retailer of paint founded by his grandfather in 1919.
From 1996-1999, he taught entrepreneurship at Wayne State University. From 1999 to 2005, he was President of Uniprop, Inc., a national real estate company.
In 2001, he first came to San Miguel. Soon after arriving, Carlos began attending services at "Shalom San Miguel," then located in the reading room of the Hotel Quinta Loreto. With Dr. Dan Lessner, Carole and Larry Stone, among others, Carlos negotiated the purchase and helped raise money for the JC3 building on las Moras.
Carlos resides in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, Linda (Lovinger) Soberman, a well known artist. They have four children, Lisa Glazer, Tracey Jackier and David (Jennifer) Soberman and six grandchildren.
He has served on the Board of CHESMA, A.C. in various capacities since its founding.