Jewish Journal


September 4, 2003

The Circuit


Patent Appointee

Howard J. Klein, an Irvine patent attorney and Jewish Republican activist, was appointed to an advisory panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July.

Klein, 53, will serve a three-year term on the panel, created by Congress in 1999. Its function is to report to Congress on the patent system's responsiveness to innovators' needs.

"There's increasing scrutiny because of the importance of intellectual property to our economic well being," said Klein, who will be paid for committee work and reimbursed for travel expenses. He is member of Chabad of Irvine.

Marketing Morasha

Morasha Jewish Day School in Rancho Santa Margarita hired Jodi Wertheimer as its marketing and admissions director.

Wertheimer, who lives in Coto de Caza with her husband and two daughters, formerly worked for Marriott International in personnel management and communications.

The private 100-student campus, which reopens Sept. 3, has previously relied on parent volunteers that donated marketing services. Wertheimer will be responsible for overseeing admissions and boosting community awareness of Morasha.

New Rabbis

Four new rabbis took Orange County posts prior to the New Year, even as one leader announced his pending retirement.

Shelton Donnell, 52, senior rabbi of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom for 12 years, intends to retire in July 2005 and immigrate to Israel.

"It's been a dream of ours for a long time," said Donnell, referring to his wife, Wendy Bocarsky. Also a catalyst in the decision was his wife's illness, a rare lung disease under study by the National Institutes of Health. "Jerusalem is the center of my universe," said Donnell, who habitually rents an apartment in Israel's capital for a month of rejuvenating scholarship.

He predicted the synagogue will receive a slew of candidates. Beth Sholom's junior rabbi, Heidi Cohn, intends to stay in her present position leading the youth programs and camp. Cohn signed a five-year contract in July and first child is due in December.

"I'm leaving it very strong with visionary lay leadership and committed staff," Donnell said. "That's why I can do this with confidence."

Levi Blessofski is new at Yorba Linda's North County Chabad Center, where he will assist his father-in-law, Rabbi David Eliezrie.

Eliezrie's son, Yeshua, will use a rented hall to conduct his first High Holiday service as spiritual leader of Chabad of the Foothills. The newly established Chabad outpost eventually is to be based in Santa Ana, said Rabbi David Eliezrie.

Nevo Zuckerman, 25, joined Irvine's Beth Jacob Congregation as youth director with the added responsibility of Shabbat programming. He relocated from Pittsburgh with his wife, Tamara, and three young children.

Avrahm Popack was hired as assistant principal of Judaic studies for Huntington Beach's Hebrew Academy.

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