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Board Leadership

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Board meetings are always open for members to observe. If you wish to address the board, please contact VP Robin Frielich at least one week prior to the meeting in writing. 


Deborah Plotkin, Preaident

Deborah and her husband, Jeff, relocated to Prescott from Massachusetts in 2018. Deborah retired in 2020 after a long career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Traveling to visit their three children and two granddaughters provide adventures in Hawaii, California, and South Carolina. Deb's goal for TBS is to work with Rabbi Susan Schanerman and congregants to ensure that TBS is a supportive haven for our Jewish members and the community.

Robin Frielich, 1st Vice President

Herb & Robin (and Neil) came to Prescott in 1991 from the heart of Greenwich Village in NYC. It was a bit of an adjustment but they became involved with TBS almost immediately. They were the 50th family unit at TBS and since 1992 Robin has held every office/job here except bookkeeper. They love being a part of TBS and it has become a vital part of their lives here in Prescott. 

Dan Adler, 2nd Vice President

Dan is a leading real estate broker/owner with Diamond Property Group in Prescott. Dan is also a command pilot for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and a Veteran Air Force Officer. Additionally, Dan is a public speaker, trainer and small business consultant. Dan and his wife, Terri are both Arizona natives and they share two beautiful kids, Josh and Rebecca.

Laurie Reiner, Secretary

Laurie grew up in NYC. She met Tom, her husband in San Francisco, CA in the mid-1970s, and got married in 1984. Laurie taught elementary school for over 25 years. She earned her Masters degree in Education while teaching full time. Laurie and Tom moved to Prescott at the end of 2019. She is impressed with the high level of talent and energy in our Temple’s leadership, as well as the variety of programs offered to the Congregation. Laurie has participated in Hebrew classes and Tanach Study with the Lunch Bunch. Laurie is a part time volunteer docent at Sharlot Hall.

Gloria Hershman, Treasurer

After 35 years as a senior executive in health care, Gloria and Bruce retired to Prescott. Since then, Gloria has served on many community boards including as previous treasurer of TBS. She chairs the TBS Financial Committee and is actively involved in TBS fundraisers.

Trudy Steinhauer, Recent Past President

Trudy was born in Pittsburgh, PA, lived in India as a child, and  was a flight attendent/purser for 35 years. She married  Douglas Steinhauer in 1987. After retiring she held numerous volunteer positions before moving to Prescott in 2015. We’re blessed to be part of “A Jewel of a Shul.”

Suzi Abramson-Johnson, Member-at-Large

Suzi and her husband Phil made Prescott their main residence in 2019, keeping a small condo in the valley to return for the winters.  Originally from Wisconsin, where she and a group of friends founded a Reconstructionist Synagogue in 1989, she was one of their Cantorial Soloists.  Suzi retired in 2021 from an over 40 year career as a Project Manager in the Telecommunications Industry. She and Phil are the proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren, 2 girls living in Prescott and 3 boys in Denver.

Richie Ackerman, Member-at-Large

Richard was born in Yonkers, NY, grew up in Levittown, Long Island, and spent 2 years in the Army during the Vietnam war. He’s married to Claudia, and they have one daughter and one grandchild. They moved to Prescott Valley in 2021. Richard spent his 50-year career in the floor Covering Supplies business,  ending as a vice president of the 100-employee company. Richard was very active and on the board in his previous congregations, the Hicksville Jewish Center and Temple Etz Chaim. Richard enjoys playing guitar and pickleball. He and Claudia also enjoy traveling the country by car. 

Esther Littmann, Member-at-Large, Judaica Shop        

Esther serves as docent for Sharlot Hall Museum.Having come to the United States from Germany as a child in 1948, Esther is a naturalized citizen. Happily married 56 years, Esther and David have a daughter, two sons, and 7 grandchildren. Esther appreciates Temple Beth Shalom as a place for Jewish spiritual, educational, and social growth and participation. She is impressed by the friendliness, warmth, and competence of its members! 

Alexandra Paeff, Member-at-Large

Alex moved to Prescott after retiring from the CA Department of Corrections, in 2001.  Prior to retirement, she was in the position of Community Resources Manager & Community Prisoner Mother Program Coordinator, at the CA Institution for Women. Some time after a divorce, and having 2 children to support, Alex returned to school earning a BA in a triple major comprising Sociology, Psychology & Political Science, later several teaching credentials & MPA. Alex joined the temple several years ago.

Al Steinberg, Member-at-Large

Allee and Al moved to the area in 2005. Al is a fire service retiree as well as a public school retiree with several generations of volunteerism thrown in. Allee retired from 40+ years as a dental hygienist. They live in Chino Valley on a piece of property they call AB Normal Acres. They have an adult daughter in Portland; Allee’s father lives with them.




Committees and Chairs

There are many ways to get involved and participate at Temple B'rith Shalom. Some groups include the Men of TBS, The Dayenu Circle, Ritual Practices Committee, Membership Committee, Cemetery Committee, Finance, Building and Grounds, and many more. 

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. If you are interested in participating or becoming the chair of any committee, please email the office. 


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