Temple Ner Tamid
10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA 90241

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The Board

Our Board of Directors

Temple President


President David Saltzman and his wife, Cheryl, remember being impressed by the warm reception they received more than 20 years ago when they first visited Temple Ner Tamid.  “We came around Passover to the temple and found connections right away. And it was conservative enough for me and reform enough for Cheryl,” Mr. Saltzman recalls. “The people were warm and friendly.” A New Yorker who graduated from Penn State with an engineering degree in Solar Heating and Cooling Technology, Mr. Saltzman worked briefly designing solar systems for a Manhattan firm before operating his own contracting business, MVP Construction, from 1990 to 2006 in California. He is now the Operations Manager of Ameco Solar Inc., in Paramount. He loves to go sailing, although he doesn’t get to do it very often. His and Cheryl’s son, Michael, was bar mitzvahed at this temple. David Saltzman still enjoys the welcoming atmosphere that comes with the Temple Ner Tamid experience: “We’re very warm, dedicated Jewish people.”

1st Vice President :

Marc Mandel 

2nd Vice President:
Miriam Brookfield is a World War II-era German refugee and retired corporate traffic manager also leads the Ezra Senior Center at Temple Ner Tamid. She organizes the monthly lectures that are followed by catered lunches and are open to all seniors. After leaving Germany with her parents, Miriam lived in a refugee camp in China for eight years before the family moved to San Francisco, where she later met her husband, Howard. She worked for 21 years for a Michigan-based office furniture manufacturer and eventually was in charge of the movement of its goods in 11 western states. Ms. Brookfield was the first female President of the Traffic Managers Conference of California and is a past President of Delta Nu Alpha transportation fraternity and the Citrus Belt Traffic Club, both in Orange County. She and Howard have two grown daughters and a son.

3rd Vice Presidents: 
Lynette Austin 
Hannah Campos

4th Vice President:
Michael Barsky 

Financial Secretary and Treasurer:
Mildred Mandel has been very active in Temple Ner Tamid and its Sisterhood since she moved to Downey in 1962. All four of her children attended the temple’s Sunday school and Hebrew school and were bar or bat mitzvahed here. In addition to having served on the Board of Directors, Ms. Mandel is a former Sisterhood President. She is now retired from her career as an Accountant and a Loan Servicer, although she remains a licensed real estate broker. She was also active for 30 years in Tax Computing Associates, the Downey tax preparation business operated by her husband, Marc Mandel.

Board Secretary:
Alita Sevin

3 Year Trustees:
Selma Gaines
Jim Pinsky is a founding member and past President of Temple Ner Tamid and its Brotherhood, as well as a longtime Downey businessman. Pinsky and Myrtle, his wife of more than 65 years, moved to Downey from their native Hartford, Conn., in the 1950s. He bought a two-employee glass company and expanded it into the 400-employee Downey Glass Co., from which he retired in 1986.  He was President from 1977 to 2008 of Marsuda Rodgers International, an importer of ball and roller bearings. Mr. Pinsky is also a partner in Pentagon Investment Co., a real estate investment firm. He served for 33 years on the Southern California Bank Board of Directors, prior to its merger with US Bank, and was long a board member of the Memorial Trust Foundation of the Downey Hospital. The Pinskys have two grown children.

2 Year Trustees:
Roberto Garcia
Len Goldsmith

1 Year Trustees:
Fred Dickinson 
Has been a temple member since the 1970's. His daughter, Pamela was Bat Mitzvah at Temple Ner Tamid in 1985.  He has been on the board as a Trustee since 2013. As a former magazine editor, he enjoys writing and submitting press releases for the temple. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962, the last year North of the Arctic Circle. He attended a one room country school in Illinois from 4th through 8th grades, and graduated from Cal State Fullerton University in 1976. He owned and operated  a big rig truck, now operates a wide load escort service, has exhibited and sold photographs at art show venues in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Cheryl Saltzman 

Sisterhood President:
Cheryl Saltzman Has been a Temple member since 1989 and has also been an active volunteer at Temple Ner Tamid for over 25 years.  She has served on and chaired its Religious School Board. She has also developed and ran a youth group and coordinated many events and fundraisers. The Legacy Tile Quilt that adorns the exterior walls is one of her proudest accomplishments. Cheryl is married to David Saltzman and they have a son, David. Temple Ner Tamid and its' members have been there to share her simchas and support her in her sorrows.

Immediate Past President:

Howard Brookfield
 is a former President of both Temple Ner Tamid and of Temple Beth Shalom of Whittier. He and his wife came to Temple Ner Tamid through friends they met in forming the Eastern Community Jewish Cemetery Assn. of eight synagogues. A licensed pilot since high school, Mr. Brookfield became the National Commander of the Air Force Auxiliary and reached Brigadier General before he retired. As a Commercial Banker, he started Union Bank’s Credit Card Department. He was Coordinating Supervisor for an L.A. Junior Achievement Program and also serves as a volunteer instructor and coach at SeniorNet, a nonprofit program that teaches computer skills to seniors. The Whittier resident was born in Germany and arrived with his parents and two brothers in 1938 at San Francisco, where he met Miriam, a fellow refugee who became his wife. They have two grown daughters and a son.

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