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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


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 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 Social Action

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 where they 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 to become a Bat Mitzvah with six other special women, in 2012. 

Larry Spielman


Naomi Blakely


Robin Cohen


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 10th 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



Joan Bloomfield

Adult Education

Frieda Russell

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

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, May 25 2018 11 Sivan 5778