PresidentNicole Aloni was born in Seattle, Washington. Her family moved to Laguna Beach when she was four where she lived until completing her studies in Theater Arts at UCLA.
After completing her training in France, at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Nicole pursued a diverse career in the culinary arts. She has operated her own restaurant, directed one of the country's largest catering operations, and owned and operated a catering and food manufacturing business.
Prior to opening her own business, Nicole was the Director of Catering at the Los Angeles Music Center.
She and Ami met in 1982 while both were guests at a friend's home in Laguna Beach. After they became engaged, Nicole undertook conversion to the Jewish faith. Nicole and Ami were married at their home in Sherman Oaks in 1987. They moved to their dream home in Laguna Beach in 1990.
Since Ami's death, Nicole has had two books published by Penguin Putnam: Secrets From A Caterer's Kitchen and Cooking for Company . She lives in Seattle, Washington where she writes, manages the Aloni Foundation, teaches about food and pursues her lifelong passion for acting.
From the time they met, Ami was a creative partner in every aspect of Nicole's business and personal life. Her first book is dedicated to him.
See more about Nicole at www.secretsfromacaterer.com
Vice PresidentsDr. Richard Braun
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Braun and his family came to Los Angeles in 1960, where he began a forty-year career of general and thoracic surgery with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, retiring in August of 2000. His involvement in music has been another career.
For many years, he was principal violist with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, and his passion for chamber music remains unabated. Jewish music has likewise been a great source of pleasure and a matter to which he devotes much time and energy. He has been a member of the Valley Beth Shalom Congregational Choir for forty years and has served the congregation as Hazzan for High Holydays and other occasions. When Ami Aloni came to Valley Beth Shalom, they quickly developed a close relationship which lasted until Ami's untimely death in 1999. Together, in 1982, they launched the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and brought it to the level of prominence and achievement it has enjoyed.
Dr. Braun serves on the Board of Directors of Valley Beth Shalom, and has been a very active member of the leadership of the Valley Alliance of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.
Sylvia Bernstein-Tregub was born in New York City into a family committed to education, the arts, Israel and serving the Jewish community. Following graduation from Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, she moved to Los Angeles in 1960 with her family and soon thereafter became one of the founding families of the Heschel Day School in Northridge, California.
Sylvia has a long record of leadership in volunteer community services, particularly for the Pacific Southwest Branch of Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles and Temple Valley Beth Shalom where she became the first woman president.
Her twenty year friendship for Ami Aloni and her admiration for his creative genius developed while a member of the Valley Beth Shalom Congregational Choir. She is the former executive director of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, former director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Lifeline Program and past Director of College Relations and Planning for the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Sylvia now serves as the Director of Community Relations for the Skirball Cultural Center. Her work in the Southern California community has brought recognition and honors from the State of Israel Bonds, the Jewish Federation Council, the University of Judaism and Valley Beth Shalom.
Cantor Perryne Anker
Cantor Perryne Anker received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Juilliard School in New York City. She helped pave the way for women in the cantorate, having served for three decades at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air, Beth Sholom of Santa Monica and Temple Shalom for the Arts in Beverly Hills. A leading voice teacher and coach, she gives master classes and performs throughout the country. Cantor Anker was a close personal friend and colleague of Aloni and was responsible for many of his commissioned works. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors.
TreasurerRobert Oberstein, CPA
Committee MembersDan Aloni
Cantor Shula Kalir-Merton
Honorary CommitteeJon Bailey
Cantor Herschel Fox
Cantor Chayim Frankel
Cantor Nathan Lam
Dr. Eugene Levin
Dori Aloni Meshi
Cantor William Sharlin
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis
Cantor ALan Weiner