Board of Directors2018-11-12T14:32:19+00:00

Board of Directors

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Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg, our current MJCS President, is the managing partner and cofounder of Holmes Weinberg, PC, a leading entertainment, technology, media, intellectual property and branding law firm based in Malibu. Steven also is a business dispute mediator and consistently is acknowledged as a leading lawyer in peer elected publications, including Best Lawyers in America, Southern California Super Lawyers, World Trademark Report’s WTR 1000 (the 1000 leading trademark lawyers in the world) and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Trademark Lawyers. He also is very active in assisting not for profits in Southern California, including being on the Boards of and providing pro bono legal services to MJCS, the Malibu Film Society, the Malibu Dolphin Foundation and the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, and in 2014 was awarded the Malibu Times Business Leader “Dolphin Award” in recognition of his contributions. His life partner Dana (of 35 years) is an active member of the MJCS Sisterhood, and the Weinbergs are regular sponsors of MJCS events, having become MJCS members soon after moving to Malibu in 2004. Their son Rae, who frequently volunteered and celebrated his bar mitzvah at MJCS, is a recent college graduate.

Chris DeMoulin

Chris DeMoulin and his wife Monica moved to Malibu in 2013, immediately fell in love with Shabbat at the Beach, and became members of MJCS.  Over the years the synagogue, cantor, rabbi and community played an increasingly important role in their lives, through Thursday Ethics classes, Saturday morning Torah study, joining the Choir and spending time with good friends, culminating in Chris’s formal conversion to Judaism in June 2016 after 26 years of “practicing.”

Chris has had a varied career, working in advertising in New York, for Disney Licensing which brought them to Los Angeles in 1994, in film production and marketing, and trade show management.  He is currently an entrepreneur, and among other projects is a part-owner and manager of the Los Angeles Comic Con, a footwear trade event in Las Vegas, and a skate sneaker brand.  He and Monica share a dedication to never losing the wonder of watching the sun set in the Pacific from their deck.  Their (mostly) grown children love Malibu and visit often, as they forge their own lives.

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein, a Los Angeles native, is a digital video and television broadcasting executive. Earlier, he was a strategy consultant to media companies at Booz Allen. He began his career at The Walt Disney Company. Jonathan earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees at Wharton. He lives in Calabasas with Albert and their two dogs Dino and Dora, who are studying with the Cantor for their “Bark” Mitzvot.

Lori Gray

Lori Lerner Gray and husband Larry have been MJC&S members for 30 years. Lori, who holds a degree in Communications & Public Policy from UC Berkeley, became the youngest (and only female) News Director in the Bay Area in the early 70’s. She went on to a successful radio career in Los Angeles and was a familiar voice (Lori Lerner) at numerous stations including KIIS FM, KHJ &, KRTH 101 where she also served as News Director. Her scores of regional and national awards include 6 Golden Mikes from the Radio &TV News Directors Association. In the late 80’s Lori founded Radio Links Hollywood, Inc. which became a programming tool in the industry for the next 25 years. Lori produced/voiced ‘behind-the-scene’ featurettes, interviewing Hollywood’s top celebrities for her nationwide show. Lori was also the voice of “Movie News” for The Walt Disney Company for over a decade and an active member of SAG/AFTRA for over 40 years. Lori (who retired 4 years ago) can be heard in the evenings on KBUU/Malibu. She has played a very active role at MJCS and currently heads up Sisterhood.  Her 3 children (Scott Wells, Rachel & Rebecca Gray) were all Bar/Bat Mitzvahed @MJCS. Lori enjoys hiking, yoga, surfing and horseback riding with cowboy Larry.

George Greenberg

George Greenberg co-chairs the MJC&S Building Committee.  He has served on the MJC&S Board for many years including as its President for 15 years.  He and his wife, Victoria Scott Greenberg, have been active members of MJC&S since 1988.  George has been an executive and entrepreneur in the media and television industry for over 30 years.

Michael Hakim

Michael Hakim and his wife Sophiah have been embraced by the Malibu Jewish center & synagogue. Raising two beautiful daughters, Skyler and Lexington, within this unique community has offered so much that one could not find elsewhere. The energy, strength, leadership and close-knit community open to all is beyond expectations. Michael is a real estate investor and developer who is committed to enjoying life to the fullest through active sports, travel documentaries or participating in Saturday Torah study. Who ever said life in Malibu was easy? It takes hard work and dedication to enjoy the splendors of life.

Susan Kushner

Susan Kushner owns and operates Custom Tours, Inc., DBA Kushner & Associates.  Kushner & Associates specializes in providing shuttle systems for city-wide conventions in the US and Canada.   Susan has a knack for logistics and is known for her efficiency and customer service philosophy.  She has been recognized within the hospitality industry as a leader in the design and execution of large-scale, temporary transportation systems.

Susan has been a member at MJCS member for more than 15 years and has been blessed to celebrate many life cycle events at MJCS including her wedding with Ian Cohen and a baby naming ceremony for twins; Ilana and Elizabeth. The family most recently celebrated a  Spring 2016 B’nai Mitzvah.  The entire family is thankful for the love and the support of our local Jewish community and clergy.   Outside of her professional life, Susan enjoys an active, outdoor life style and traveling.

Don Rosen

Don Rosen and his wife Betsy moved to Malibu in 2010 from New Jersey. They joined the MJSC soon after. That have owned a home here in Malibu for 14 years. They have three children Dustin, Greg and Tracy. Their expanding family lives in the West LA area and includes their daughter-in-law Emily and soon to be son-in-law, AJ.

Don is a Radiologist who trained here in southern California and practiced for a short time in Orange County. He worked as a Radiologist in Princeton, New Jersey for over 20 years. He also founded a Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Company, RadPharm, in 1998 that kept him busy through 2008. After moving to Malibu, he became the Chief Research Officer and EVP of the American College of Radiology, a 37,000 member non-profit Medical Society, with his offices in Philadelphia. Don recently retired and is looking forward to being home, playing golf and spending time with his family. Don has served on

many corporate and nonprofit boards including The Jewish Center in Princeton and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Paula Mae Schwartz

A Boston University graduate, Paula Mae started in journalism at Newsweek, then moved into marketing. She founded Schwartz Communications with her husband, Steve, in 1990. The firm made the Inc 500 List of the fastest-growing private companies, with more than 250 employees worldwide. Chockstone Pictures, a film company, is the second major venture for the Schwartzes. Among their accomplishments: Co-executive producers of “The Tree of Life” (Palm D’Or winner at Cannes & Academy Award Nominee); “The Counselor” with an all-star cast including Brad Pitt; and “The Road” with Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

Paula Mae’s “hobby” is theatre. She has been President/Board Chair of the Gloucester Stage Company, produced shows at the Malibu Playhouse, and helped bring the musical “Spring Awakening” back to Broadway. Recently, Paula Mae and Steve produced “Homeless: The Sound Track,” a documentary that received Special Jury Mention at Tribeca, and placed first in its category at the Nantucket Film Festival. On the MJCS board, Paula Mae will be focused on membership.

Adam Stern

Adam Stern has been working in investment finance for 25 years.  He also invests, produces and manages various entertainment businesses and manages a large library of films.  Adam lives with his wife Erika, four children, and two dogs in Malibu.

Karen Portugal York

Karen York has developed, administered and managed several successful business operations in the fields of health care services, marketing, advertising, executive recruitment, public relations and publishing.

Karen also consults with advertising and public relations agencies on operations, business development, and on new business presentations to health care organizations. As an author, and recognized expert in health care marketing and communications, she also serves as a consultant, lecturer, seminar leader, and facilitator.

Born in Minneapolis and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her Master’s at SC. She currently focuses her energies on her family’s publishing enterprise, The Malibu Times where she functions as co-publisher and Chief Marketing Officer. She is married to Arnold York and has three beautiful and intelligent grandchildren!