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Board Members

Barry Deutsch


Barry became President in June 2015. Prior to being elected President, Barry had held roles at Temple Menorah as VP - Ways and Means, VP - Membership, and Treasurer. Barry also ran the only major capital campaign beyond the work our founding families did 70 years ago. Approximately, 15 years ago Barry and Rabbi Silver raised almost $1,000,000 to refurbish, upgrade, and enhance our facility, including the plaza and elevator. In the last two years, Barry has raised almost $1,000,000 to support our operating budget, special programming like our Senior Center, and our Burn the Mortgage Campaign.

Prior to joining Temple Menorah almost 25 years ago, Barry was a member of the National UJA Young Men's Leadership Cabinet, and chaired the Leadership Development Program for the LA Jewish Federation.

Barry co-founded a well-known executive search firm 20 years ago, and has been involved in executive recruiting for over 30 years. He has co-authored a best-selling book on hiring, titled "You're NOT the Person I Hired, and is a nationally-recognized and award-winning speaker on hiring, retention, and performance management for CEO and Senior Executive Forums such as Vistage, YPO, and EO.

Barry is a former Nation Chief for the Torrance YMCA Indian Guides Program, a YMCA basketball commissioner, and for the last 10 years has coached high school girls basketball at South Torrance High School.

His wife Martha is currently a Torrance School Board Member, and former President of the School Board. She is also the in-coming PTA President for the 33rd District, covering almost all the schools in Southern California. Martha held leadership roles in our Tuvia Pre-school and Day School.

Barry and Martha have two children, Marissa and Ben, both of whom started as 2 year-olds in Tuvia. Marissa is just finishing her graduate degree in journalism at USC, and teaches in our Religious School. Ben is currently a sophomore at CSUF.

Les Latner

1st Vice President

Former president of the Board of trustees.

Jonathan E. Johnson

2nd Vice President

Jonathan has been a member of Temple Menorah since 2001, and joined the Board in 2015. He serves on the Religious Practices Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Finance Committee. He has also served as a Gabbai since February 2015, taking over for long-time Gabbai Allen Shall (of blessed memory). His children attended Tuvia and are now in Religious School -- two in sixth grade and one in tenth grade. His wife Marisol is a member of Temple Menorah Sisterhood.

Philip Harding


I joined Temple Menorah in 2013, shortly after retiring from the business world, and almost immediately became a member of the Board of Trustees. To help manage the finances I volunteered to become the Treasurer, a position I have held since that time. During my tenure I helped refinance our mortgage, became the chairman of the Finance Committee, and made extensive improvements in our reporting structure.

Marcia Spanier

Corresponding Secretary

Marcia has been with the temple since the beginning.

Gary Flam


My family has been members of Temple Menorah for 4 years now and I am going on my 3rd year as a Trustee. I am also a member of the Finance Committee. My wife, Nadine, has chaired many events over the past few years and my 3 daughters, Emma, Zoe, and Daphne, all attend the religious school. For all of us, the Temple Menorah community is an integral part of our lives.

Dennis Forel


I am serving in my third year as Parliamentarian for the Temple Menorah Board of Trustees. I and my family have been members of Temple Menorah for close to 25 years. My sons Samuel and Jonathan went through Religious School celebrating both their B'nai Mitzvahs and Confirmation. They remain active as members of our Temple Band Za'atar.

Just as we have I hope that you find Temple Menorah to be a sharing and caring community for all your religious needs.

Ronnie Glassman


Ronnie Glassman has been a member of Temple Menorah since she converted to Judaism in 2009. She is currently continuing her studies in the adult b'nai mitzvah class at Temple Menorah. She joined the board of trustees in 2017 with a professional background in Human Resources. Her kids, Madeleine and Mia attended Tuvia (as did her husband). Madeleine will be starting Religious School this year.

Faith Goldman


I have been a member of Temple Menorah since we moved here in 1980. I consider this religious institution as my home away from home especially since I retired from a long career as a Physical Therapist.

My love of baking, singing, writing non-fiction stories, speaking on the Jews of Shanghai, working with seniors, and serving on both Sisterhood and Temple Boards has become who I am like a beautiful braid.

There is a place for everyone here.

Joe Porzucki


Joe and Elaine Porzucki are long time members of Temple Menorah. Their children Nina, Michael, and Jill have all gone through B'nai Mitzvah and confirmation at the Temple. Joe has served at various positions on the Temple Board of Trustees and Elaine has served as Sisterhood co-president. Joe is an electrical engineer who retired from Boeing and does part time consulting on Satellites and Avionics. Looking forward to many more years with our wonderful community.

Cliff Numark


Cliff has been a congregant of Temple Menorah since he was 7. At the synagogue, he had his Bar Mitzvah, confirmation, met his wife Diane, married and where his two children Peal and Lincoln were named. Cliff previously served twice on the temple’s board of trustees, once as treasurer. He was elected Governing Board Member of El Camino College in 2013, after being elected twice to the Torrance City Council. Professionally, Cliff is a national vice president of the American Red Cross.