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BOARD

Larry Jacobs, President

Jerry Yanowitz, Vice President

Orrin Franko, Vice President

 David Bobrowsky, Treasurer

Julie Candau, Secretary

Matt Ariker

Michael Geller

Julia Gliner Povlak

Stephen Goldman

Dan Greenberg

Leo Hmelnitsky

  Noa Sidi Leitersdorf 

Adam Parker

 Orit Winton

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Larry Jacobs, President 

Larry has worked in residential real estate sales in Bay Area for the last 18 years. Before that, he worked for 12 years in operations management for Pacific Pipe Company, an industrial pipe distribution fabrication shop in Oakland. He has a BA in biology/ecology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

 

Larry joined the board of the CCJCC in 2009. He has worked on several Gala committees and served as VP, Secretary, Treasurer, and has been President since 2019. He is a long-time member of Temple Isaiah, where he has been on both the Adult Education and JQuest youth education committees. Larry is an active member of the Moraga Valley Kiwanis and serves on their board of directors. He is also a past board member of the industrial arts educational organization, The Crucible, in West Oakland and was the past Board VP of the Sanders Ranch HOA. 

 

In November 2020, Larry was appointed to the Moraga School District Governing Board and elected in 2022 for a 4-year term. Larry has served as the chair of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee from 2017-2020, the Yes on Measure V committee, the Yes on Measure D committee, The Camino Pablo and Joaquin Moraga School Site Councils, the MSD Coordinating Council, The Campolindo School Advisory Council, and was the parliamentarian and legislative rep for the JM PTA.

 

Larry and his wife Alexia have lived in Moraga since 2003 with their two children, who attended the Contra Costa JCC Pre-school.

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Orrin Franko, Vice President 

Orrin Franko is a Southern California native who, moved in 2016 to Danville, where he lives with his wife and three boys. He grew up in LA with a strong Jewish community foundation based on Camp Ramah (Ojai, CA), USY leadership, and LA Hebrew High School. His involvement in Jewish community leadership spanned throughout his educational years including Hillel at UCSD, President of the Maimonides Society at Harvard Medical School, and involvement with the Young Jewish Professionals in San Diego. He comes to the Contra Costa JCC with hopes of building a cohesive, inclusive, and welcoming Jewish community to serve the families and community of the East Bay in the same way he was welcomed by JCCs in San Diego and Cincinnati as a young adult. 

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David Bobrowsky, Treasurer

David is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and has been doing comprehensive financial planning and directly advising clients for 24 years. David grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. He also holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Politics from NYU, where he undertook and published research on the causes and impact of the social investing movement.

 

He is active in the East Bay Jewish Community, having previously served on the Development Committee of Temple Sinai of Oakland and the Community Investment Committee of the Easy Bay Jewish Federation. Since 2018, David has been on the Board of Contra Costa Jewish Day School, where his kids attended K-8th grades. He is married to Ilene Keys, who serves as cantor at Temple Sinai of Oakland, and currently resides in Alamo with their children Seth, Stella, and Solomon.

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Julia Gliner Povlak

Julia Gliner Povlak was born in the Former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States at the age of 8. Julia immersed herself in her local Jewish communities since she was a teenager. From actively participating in San Francisco State University's Hillel to Aish HaTorah in New York City’s Upper West Side to helping run RJeneration, a community of young ex-Soviet Jews developing their own unique voice and impact within the Jewish community at large. While in Los Angeles, Julia was active with the Jewish Federation and sat on the Board of the Finance and Investment Division. Julia lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and two sons and is active with Chabad of Contra Costa and Contra Costa Jewish Day School. She works as a Recruiter helping startups and digital builds hire the best possible talent. When not meeting with candidates and clients, Julia spends her time creating events for local Jewish moms and enjoying all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

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Steve Goldman

Steve Goldman is a retired general business and marketing professional whose career began with Procter & Gamble, Clorox, and Kraft Foods. He spent the last 20 years of his business career as CFO/COO at Deutsch Design Works, an SF-based branding and graphic design firm. 

 

Steve served on various East Bay non-profit boards since moving to the Bay Area in 1976, starting with the Contra Costa County Area Council, a precursor to the CCJCC. As an early member of the CCJCC, he contributed to the building fund created when the Tice Valley site was initially developed. Steve joined the CCJCC Board in 2020; he co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the Executive Director Search Committee. 

 

Steve served almost continuously as a board member or officer of the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay from the early 1980s through 2020 as chair of the Planning and Allocations Committee, Young Leadership Development Committee, and Marketing Committees, and various task forces. He also served on the Campaign Committee as well as Vice President, Secretary, and from 2016 through 2019 as President. Steve also served as leader of the transition committee during the consolidation between the East Bay and SF Federations and on the rebranding and repositioning task force for the SF Federation. 

 

He also was a board member of the J, the Bay Area Jewish News, and as an East Bay representative to a Bay Area-wide task force to develop a demographic study. Steve was a member of the JFNA Young Leadership Cabinet. Steve and his wife Gayle live in Orinda and are affiliated with Temple Isaiah.

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Dan Greenberg

Dan Greenberg was born in Los Angeles and lived in the San Fernando Valley with his parents and brother. He attended Milken Community High School and Knesset Israel of Hollywood, where his Father is still the Cantor.

 

He and his wife Lauren have lived in the Bay Area and New York City for the past 15 years and most recently moved to Walnut Creek about three years ago with their now 6-year-old daughter, Maya, and 4-year-old daughter, Ellie. They often attend Shabbat services at Chabad of Contra Costa but frequent other shuls in the area, as well.

 

Dan is an experienced technology industry executive with general management skills and an outstanding track record of growing revenue organizations. Throughout his career, he has built and helped grow revenue organizations at various companies in the technology and digital media space.

 

Dan graduated from The University of California, Davis, in 2004 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. After backpacking around the world for a year with two close friends, he returned to the Los Angeles area, before eventually meeting Lauren and moving to New York City. Dan spends his non-working hours with his family. He also enjoys cooking and wine. Beyond that, he has a soft spot for trivia and board games and has attempted, without success, the Jeopardy! Online tests for potential contestants more times than he would like to admit. 

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Leo Hmelnitsky

Leo Hmelnitsky was born and raised in Soviet Russia and moved to the United States in 1994. He completed his Masters at the NYU Stern School of Business and worked in Capital Markets and Trading in New York and San Francisco. Leo and his wife Anna relocated to Walnut Creek in 2005 with their two children who attended CCJCC pre-school and Contra Costa Jewish Day School. The couple is actively involved in the Jewish community, organizing events for the Former Soviet Union immigrants, helping build Limmud Bay Area and Limmud FSU West Coast conferences, serving on the boards of the CCJDS, Advisory Board at the Chabad of Contra Costa, NCSY, and in the past the Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Family and Children's Services. Leo is passionate about education and Israel, attends JSN Kollel, and enjoys learning, volunteer work, and travel.

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Adam Parker

Adam Parker has been a Contra Costa JCC Board member since 2019. Originally from Los Angeles, Adam moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in History and, more importantly, met his wife of now-26 years. He later earned a Master’s in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

 

Adam is a policy analyst and evaluator with expertise in education policy and economic security. His clients include California-based universities, philanthropic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Adam is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Mills College at Northeastern University. Since 2018, he has supervised Master’s and undergraduate capstone projects and taught classes in policy analysis, law, and politics. Adam’s most recent project, an analysis of pandemic-era spending on in-home care in California, will be published by Caring Across Generations in the upcoming months.

 

Adam lives with his wife, son, and two dogs in Walnut Creek. 

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