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Boards of Directors

Board members of Sinai Memorial Chapel are nominated based on demonstrated leadership in temples, synagogues, and community organizations. They are recognized as exemplifying the values of the chevra kadisha: modesty, respect, dignity, empathy, and community. Sinai board members serve without compensation. In fact, board members pay dues to defray the costs of board and committee meetings, the Annual Meeting, and the annual Tsayin Adar event. This derives from the sentiment that no one in the leadership of a chevra kadisha should ever be even perceived as being materially enriched by participation in the holy society.


Michael Rubenstein, Esq.

Susan Morris
First Vice President

John Verber, Esq.
Second Vice President

Harmon Shragge, Jr.

David Nissim

Samuel J. Salkin
Executive Director


David Abecassis
Stephen C. Becker, Esq.
Gary Freeman
Bonnie Guttman
Fred L. Karren
Lisa Katz Esq.
Emil Knopf
Mark Pomotov

Grace A. Rosenberg
Joyce Share
Jacqueline Shelton-Miller
Steven Sloan, M.D.
Paul Steiner, Esq.
Wayne Sosnick
Manny Goldman
Alan P. Zimmerman, Esq.

Past Presidents

Norman Plotkin, D.D.S.
Sander Stadtler
William S. Breal, M.D.
Roberta Cohn
Milton Jacobs, Esq.

Steven R. Lowenthal, Esq.
Peter A. Samuels
Stuart Seiler

Honorary Directors

Frances Green
Burton J. Greenburg, D.D.S.
Matook R. Nissim


Executive Director Emeritus

Gene B. Kaufman

Gan Shalom Cemetery Board of Directors

Gan Shalom Cemetery—Beit Olam of Contra Costa, Inc., is the owner of the cemetery and is incorporated as a religious, non-profit organization. It has its own board of directors, separate from Sinai Memorial Chapel’s, to oversee governance and policy. The members of the board of directors are volunteers who serve without compensation.

David N. Nissim, President
Gary Freeman, Vice President and Treasurer
Steven Weinzimmer, Secretary
Shalom Eliahu         
Steven R. Lowenthal, Esq.
Efi Lubliner
Frank Winer

Past Presidents
Roberta Cohn
Stuart Seiler