Board of Trustees
Originally from upstate New York, I began attending Mosaic Law Congregation as a law student. The shul has played an important role in my life as it is where I met my wife Bebe, celebrated my children’s B’nai Mitzvah and met life long friends. I look forward to ensuring that Mosaic Law Congregation remains a place of learning, friendship and Tzedakah for our community.
I grew up in Sacramento and became a Bar Mitzvah at Mosaic Law Congregation. I am a committed member of MLC having been Men's Club President and Board Treasurer. In addition to being the Second VP, I am also the Education Chair. My goals include expanding our education program and greater engagement with young families
As a fourth generation Mosaic Law Congregation member, I am proud to serve on the board. As your Secretary, my role is to record the board meetings and help foster communication between the board to the membership. If you have questions about board actions or a board report, please reach out to me and I'll be happy to help.
Immediate Past President
Originally from Los Angeles, I have been a member of Mosaic Law Congregation for 35 years. My leadership roles at MLC include President, VP, Membership Chair and Gala Co-Chair in 2019. Other areas of interest include programming and event planning, Kiddush lunch prep and working in the Holocaust Memorial Garden located on our campus.
Mehrnaz Halimi Waks
I was born in Tehran and am a product of a Jewish Day School education. I came to the US for an advanced education, but the Islamic Revolution kept me here. I am the director of The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. I have been a member of Mosaic Law Congregation since 1975. I am married and have two adult sons.
I am a multi-generational Mosaic Law Congregation member raised at the shul. I am married with two boys who love to come to MLC. I look forward to helping the synagogue continue to be an important contributor to the Sacramento-area Jewish Community.
Mosaic Law Congregation has been a part of my life since I started in Sunday school, became a Bar Mitzvah and attended Confirmation there. My goal on the Board is to find innovative ways to increase membership among younger families and ensure that Jewish traditions are passed on through the educational programs our synagogue has to offer.
I have been part of the Sacramento Jewish community since 2010 and have served the community in various roles. Prior to joining the MLC Board, I was chair of the Sacramento Jewish Community Relations Council.
Cantor Ilana Wolpert
A native of Toronto, I have been a member of MLC since 2001. This is my third year on the board, and prior to this, I was Sisterhood President. I am still involved in Sisterhood and I enjoy supporting my Mosaic Law Congregation family.
I have been a member of Mosaic Law Congregation for almost 30 years. I am active in Sisterhood and enjoy reading Torah. I am excited to be able to serve on the MLC Board.
I joined MLC upon retiring from
B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD in 2019 and moved to Sacramento and be near my children. I love helping out on Shabbat mornings with tefilot and Torah reading.
MLC 2030 President
Dr. Janis Lightman
Mosaic Law Congregation is the place where I feel at home, sharing the pride and joy of my Jewish life and identity. Our beloved community has nurtured me and my family for 34 years. I am most proud of starting Tot Shabbat and leading children's services for many years. I look forward to representing Sisterhood members through my participation on the board.
Dr. Dwight Freund
You want books? I got books! You want puzzles? I got puzzles!
I have belonged to Mosaic Law Congregation for 30 years. My husband Don and I raised our three children at the synagogue where they were all proud Sacramento USYers during high school. A vibrant Jewish community is extremely important to me. I have served on the Hillel, Shalom School and Hadassah Sacramento boards and I am excited to now be able to serve on the MLC Board.
Men's Club President
Alan Brodovsky Frank Gumpert *Elliot Pearl
*Louis Brodovsky *Judah Jacobson Steven Polansky, MD
*Mark Cohn Marvin Kamras, MD Sid Rosenberg
Alan Edelstein Jonathan Lightman Caren Rubin
*Morton Ehrlich, MD David Long *Lee Shapiro
*Alex Fahn *A.J. Markowitz *Lewis Stein
*Leo Fahn Steven Mopsick Marc Sussman
*Morton Friedman *Charles Nadler Steve Turtletaub
*Sam Finegold Michael Opper *Robert Zeff, MD
*Simon Gartler Mitchell Ostwald
Deborah Gonzalez Dan Ott
Kenneth Goore *Arlene Pearl