Please welcome our three newest Board Trustees:

Allyson Cole Strauss, Danielle Flaumenhaft and Dr. Marc Silverstein

Allyson Cole-Strauss has been a member of Ahavas Israel since 2010. This is her first term on our Board of Trustees after serving on the UJS board for nine years. Her committee assignment is Social Action Chair. In this role, Allyson will be working to create joint programs with several different non-profits including the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation She is also chair of the Corners of the Field Garden, and serves on the Religious Life Committee. Allyson works as a molecular biologist for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and is the mother of Rachel (19) and Ben (23).
Danielle Flaumenhaft is starting her first term as a Board member. She grew up at Ahavas Israel and is the daughter of Ed and Paula Miller. Danielle and her husband Dan are the parents of Sydney and Joey.  She will be serving as the Board liaison for the Cemetery Committee. Danielle works in Human Resources at Grand Rapids Community College. 
Dr. Marc Silverstein is serving in his first term as Trustee.  Marc’s committee assignment is the co-chair of the Religious Life Committee with Elisabeth Rosewall. He is a consistent member of our Shabbat minyan. Marc lives in Holland with his wife Tonya, and they recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary.  They have been members at Ahavas Israel since 2013, and have been members of synagogues in Chicago, Miami (FL), and Lansing (MI) over their many years together.  They have three daughters now living in Lansing (MI), Durham (NC), and Orlando (FL), so they will probably be traveling regularly to other cities and congregations for a while longer.