Our Leadership

 Board of Trustees.

Rita Becker                       Co- President  

​Rita Becker, originally from South Africa, moved to Irvine, Orange County in 1997, with her husband Jerome and her three children       Daniel, Lance and Monique. After their children had graduated from college, Rita and Jerome looked for a town to move to so that the pace of life would not be as hectic. Rita loves the coast line and Jerome loves the forests, so they found a match in Cambria, where the pines meet the sea. When looking for a congregation, they felt that COT welcomed them with open arms and caring hearts. This felt like home. 


 Jerome Becker                 Co-President    

Originally from South Africa, Jerome and his wife Rita lived in Southern California since 1997 with their three children Daniel, Lance and Monique.AFter many visits to the Central Coast, they finally moved to Cambria in 2013.  They found the wonderful warm congregation of COT and said, "We are home!" Jerome is an entrepreneur who has owned a general dealer store in S. Africa, an auto parts wholesaler in Riverside and now is currently helping daughter Monique with their coffee shop MOJO's Village Bean in Cambria.  He enjoys his family and RV'ing across the USA. 



Steve Salzman                    First Vice President,  Administration                   




Nachshon Margalit              Second Vice President,  Ritual and Welfare      




Jessica Hamilton                    Third Vice President, Education        





Leslie Moss               Fourth Vice President, Social Events and Welfare

Leslie is enthusiastic about being a member of the board, again, after a 5 year hiatus. She and her husband, Rick, moved to Paso Robles in 1978 and taught in the public school district for over 30 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. In retirement, Leslie is involved in several community and philanthropic endeavors. She treasures time with her family; especially assisting her parents in their golden years. She and Rick have been members of COT for 20 years and value being part of the North County Jewish community. A significant highlight of Leslie’s life was studying with Rabbi Janice and becoming a Bat Mitzvah, with six other special women, in 2012.


 Larry Spielman          Treasurer





Naomi Blakely                   Secretary        

Naomi  Blakely is the Board Secretary,  having served as 3rd Vice President (Education) for 3 years.  She and her husband, David, are long time county residents who now live in San Luis Obispo.  Both of their sons became B'nei Mitzvah when the family was affiliated with Temple Ner Shalom, but they have been delighted to call COT their spiritual home for quite a number of years now.  In her spare time, her favorite thing to do is spend time (too brief!) with her grandchildren, but she also enjoys walking, cooking, baking, and volunteering here and there.  She continues to bask in the warmth of our temple community and our incredible Rabbi Janice.


      Robin Cohen           Membership

I grew up in Boston on Revere Beach, the first public beach in the U.S.A.  I am a graduate of University of Florida, with a bachelors of science    degree. Go gators!  In 1975, I followed Mark, my long time friend from Revere,  to Southern CA where we  married. We Moved to Santa Clarita Valley where we raised our two children Jeremy and Ashley. Jeremy is a graduate of Cal Poly and Ashley a graduate of MUDD. Any time we wanted to get away,  we always would vacation on the Central Coast knowing some day we would settle here. Mark retired from 41 years at CBS in June 2014 and three months later we moved to Atascadero. We were looking for family and friends and we have gained so much at COT.



Phil Cohl                 Ways and Means 





Cricket  Handler        Social Action

Cricket grew up in Rhode Island, and has been a Californian since age 16. She moved to SLO in 1980, has served as cantor for 3 synagogues, and is a founding member of Temple Ner Shalom. Cricket was ED of the SLO Symphony for 10 years, worked at SLO High in the choir program for 17 years and is proud to be the co-artistic director of Canzona Women’s Ensemble, now entering its 9th season. Cricket is delighted to be joining the board of the temple she now calls home, and looks forward to engaging the membership in new social action activities. Cricket and her husband Jerry have 5 children and 6 grandchildren between them!


Nancy Osran            Representative, Member at Large





Chip Kurtzman         Representative, Member at Large




Samantha Mogull       Communications




Joan Bloomfield           Adult Education



Frieda Russell          Immediate Past Co-President 

Frieda, and her husband Fred, have lived and raised their family in San Luis Obispo County since arriving from Chicago in 1977. They have been active in the Jewish community and moved to North County in 2011.  Frieda feels happy to have found this new Jewish community. This is exactly how she feels about COT.  "It is our pleasure to be part of this small but mighty group and its amazing religious leader, Rabbi Janice Mehring." 


Fred Russell               Immediate Past Co-President    

Fred is a retired CPA and an active director of Founder's Community Bank.  He and Frieda moved to North County in 2011 to be close to their children       and grandchildren who are also a part of the COT family.  Fred and Frieda have been in involved in temple and other charitable organizations for 50 years.  "The hardworking spirit of all our member and the leadership provided by Rabbi Janice make it fun to be a part of COT."  


Fri, October 20 2017 30 Tishrei 5778