Meet the Board of Directors
President: José Daniel Torres López
Vice President: Elliot Fine
Secretary: Carole Stone
Treasurer: Luis Leopoldo Ayón
José Daniel Torres López
Luis Leopoldo Ayón
Fundraising (Interim): José Daniel Torres López
Programming: Elliot Fine
Membership (Interim): Kayla Fine
Education: Kayla Fine
Communications: Marvin Berk
Building & Ritual: Carole 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.