NJC BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- Jeremy Shalet
It is an honor to be elected President of the Board of NJC. Growing up, and to this day, my family has always been very active in the Jewish Community. My Dad served as president for our congregation in California as well as various roles with Temple Brotherhood and National Brotherhood. My Mom has been a temple administrator for over twenty years as well. This is the first opportunity to be as active in the community as I would like due to my career in the Restaurant business. With a recent career change to Director of Operations for the Northshore Food Bank, I can pursue greater involvement.
Growing up, I was very active in the Jewish Community. I was a member of BBYO and served as the Southwestern Region President for a year. I attended and was a counselor at Camp Swig for a few years. My parents instilled in my brother and me a deep sense of pride in our Jewish Faith and I wish to carry it forward with my kids today. My family and I appreciate this opportunity to be actively involved in the Jewish Community.
- Thomas Zimney
My wife Jackie and I have been part of Northshore Jewish Congregation since early 2016. We recently had our baby daughter, Natalia. It was important for Jackie and me to find Northshore Jewish Congregation to really begin our study of Judaism. I appreciate how this congregation has helped me achieve that. I look forward to working with the Board and continuing my study.
- Lena Liller
My family and I joined NJC in 2013. Having two sons in Religious School, I have taught either the 4th/5th or 6th/7th grade class for the past four years and will continue to teach Religious School for the 2018/2019 school year. I am currently serving on the search committee to find a new Rabbinic leader for NJC. I will soon begin planning for our oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah. My parents, Daniel and Deborah Moos, are also members of NJC.
The congregation and its future are very important to me and my family and I feel it is time to bring the leadership skills I have cultivated through my professional life as COO of People Who Think and previously residing as Secretary on the board of Mary Payton's Miracle Foundation to NJC. I gladly accept election to the Board of Trustees of NJC feeling that participation on the Search Committee and teaching the next generation of NJC members has given me the awareness and understanding needed to properly represent the desires of the congregation during this period of transition.
- Mike Fawer
Founding member of NJC - 1966
President NJC - 2000 - 2002
Treasurer NJC - 2015 - 2019
Criminal Defense Attorney since 1974
Now residing on the Southshore
- Craig Bialy
I am a native of Alexandria, Louisiana where my family was active in both the conservative and reform congregations. I graduated from LSU and have lived most of my adult life in New Orleans, where I was affiliated with Congregation Gates of Prayer. I served on the board and executive boards at Gates of Prayer during and after Hurricane Katrina. Four years ago, I moved to Covington from the Marigny and have been affiliated with Northshore Jewish Congregation since this time. I am enjoying life on the Northshore and am happy that I made the move. I work in IT services, operations, and education and look forward to serving on the NJC board to bring innovative ideas with the new board.
- Carol Hernandez
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have lived in the Slidell area for 28 years. I am widowed, and I have one son, who is currently obtaining his master’s degree from LSU. I am a nurse providing In-Home Health Care for several years. I look forward to getting more involved with Northshore Jewish Congregation and to serving on the board.
- Stephen Rose
I am originally from Houston, Texas and have lived in New Orleans/Mandeville since 1978. My wife, Diane, is a native New Orleanian and we have two twenty-something children. I was raised attending a Conservative synagogue in Houston. I practiced labor law in New Orleans for 38 years before recently retiring (yea!). Diane has a dermatology practice in Metairie.
We joined NJC in the early 2000’s several years after we moved to the Northshore. The first service we ever attended was in a former retail space in a strip mall. My daughter (who was around 9 years old and is not Jewish) opened her prayer book, looked at the Hebrew and “backward” pages, and said “I’m not smart enough to read this.”
I admittedly have not been a regular participant over the years in congregation activities. However, now that I have retired (yea!) and have more time to devote to personal activities, I have decided I would like to volunteer time to NJC. The vitality and success of any organization depends upon new people stepping up to help share the work, and what better way to contribute than to support my synagogue. I expect that my work with the synagogue will help me to become a better Jew and closer to G_d.