Bonni Pomush, Executive Director
In January of 2010, Bonni began working at Temple Beth El after moving to the area from Chandler, Arizona. Her resume includes a masters degree in family studies and over 15 years leadership experience. Before finding the joys of working for “her people”, she enjoyed program administration in government agencies (the Kyrene School District, Arizona State University, and the City of Chandler.) Some of the successes of her leadership in large departments with hundreds of employees and multi-million dollar budgets included national accreditation of childcare centers, turning around budgets with deficits into revenue generators, and creating performance based pay systems with multi-class employees. At Temple Beth El, Bonni has held many positions to support our marketing and communications, b’nai mitzvah program, teen leadership, and religious school. She is delighted to continue to serve the congregation she proudly calls her spiritual home. Bonni and her wife, Patti, celebrated their 10th year together with a Jewish wedding at Temple Beth El in 2015. They adore children, but do not plan to have any of their own. Each has committed their career to being of service to the community…with much joy!
Carolyn Kappes, Director, Early Childhood Center
Carolyn’s 20+ years experience in education began as an elementary school teacher in Anaheim City School District, teaching 2nd to 4th grades. In 2002, she joined the Temple Beth El team, and since then has taught religious school grades PreK to Madrichim. Carolyn is also the accounting/payroll supervisor at her and her husband’s, technical staffing company,. Carolyn began her work with the ECC in 2013 as a preschool teacher and simultaneously returned to school to pursue a degree in early childhood administration. She now holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Arizona State University, CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University Graduate School of Education, and an Early Childhood Education Administration certification from Saddleback College. Carolyn and her husband, Chris, and their three children, Elizabeth, Charlie and Ben have been members of Temple Beth El for over 15 years, and she is incredibly happy to be working with the ECC students and families in this capacity.
Myka Thompson, Assistant Director
Myka is a Southern California native and the proud mother of two sons, Bryson and Preston. In 2011, she found Temple Beth El as a parent looking for an exceptional preschool to place her youngest son. Both the Judaic curriculum and full inclusion program were big draws for Myka. In 2013, an opportunity to join the Early Childhood Center staff arose, and Myka became the face of the temple’s preschool, greeting families, helping teachers, and working closely with the director to support the needs of the ECC program in its entirety. Starting in 2015, Myka moved into a full-time position with the temple and now supports our wide variety of programs, services and members. She is the go-to person at the temple for everything, and meets every challenge with a bright smile and can-do attitude. When Myka isn’t at the temple, she is enjoying her boys’ many baseball practices and games, or spending quality time with friends and family at the beach.
Wendy Yesharim, Program Director/B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator
Wendy Yesharim wears many hats at Temple Beth El. She is an ECC teacher, the Program Director and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Beth El. She has been dedicated to the field of Jewish education for more than 20 years. Starting out as an assistant pre-school teacher on the east coast, she quickly learned that she has a love for supporting children and families. She also takes great pride in creating and developing, an educational consulting business focusing on the emotional and physical developmental needs of adolescents. Wendy earned an Early Childhood teaching and administrative certification from Saddleback College. She is passionate about insuring that children have a positive and loving school experience. Wendy cherishes her time in and outside of the classroom. Temple Beth El has been her home since the opening of the ECC in 2001. Playing an active role in the Orange County Jewish community has allowed her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of countless families. Fostering strong connections between parents, children and communities is her greatest passion.
Pam Uber, Accounting Manager
Originally from the Cleveland area, Pam moved to California in 1986, and currently resides in Anaheim Hills. She has a BA in Finance with a focus in accounting, and several years of experience working in the field. Pam began her career at Temple Beth El in February of 2006 and is excited about her future within the community here. Outside of work Pam enjoys spending time with her son and daughter, who are both married
Juan Rodriguez, Maintenance Lieutenant
In 2003,Temple Beth El hired Facility Services Partners Inc.to provide the custodial support for our facility. At that time, Juan was working at SOKA University as Facility Services’ Facilities Engineer, and ever since has been leading the custodial team here at the temple. Juan loves that no two days are the same at Temple Beth El! He does everything from fixing, repairing, and maintaining equipment to set ups and clean-ups. Juan and his wife have four children that they are raising in Aliso Viejo.
Alane Dolensky is joining our staff having worked previously as an Executive Assistant and Human Resources Specialist in the Entertainment, Locker Systems & Medical Fields. She recently accomplished her lifelong dream of obtaining her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, K-5 from Cal State University Fullerton and has been a Reading Instructor at SVUSD. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley, became a Bat Mitvah at Temple Ramat Zion, and has a B.A. in Communications from USC. Alane and her husband Alan are empty nesters living in beautiful San Clemente. They have a Brady-Bunch family consisting of Sara (27), Max (25), Dani (25), and Kevin (23). The family loves spending time together and have gone on many adventures, including Belize, Maui, & Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Alane is a huge fan of “The Bachelor” and anything pop culture. She enjoys arts/crafts, cooking, puzzles & games! Please stop by and say “Hi” on your next visit. Alane is looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know everyone soon!