Board of Directors

Dennis Pavlich, President (Second Term)
Abbe Chivers, Treasurer (Fourth Term)
Eric Stine, Secretary (Second Term)
Ilan Burkes, First Vice- President (Second Term)
Jeffrey Balin, Second Vice President (Second Term)
Melody Robens-Paradise, Third Vice President (Second Term)
David Schwartz, Immediate Past President (Second Term)

Board Trustees
These Trustees are continuing until 2017
Mary Kleiner (Second Year First Term)
Kjell Rubenson (Second Year First Term)
Jeff Lewis (Second Year First Term)

These Trustees are currently serving a two year term that concludes at the AGM in June 2017
Shirley Cohn (First Year Second Term)
Daniel Steiner (First Year Second Term)

These Trustees are currently serving their first term of a two year term until June 2018
Thomas Kirkpatrick (First Year First Term)
Danna Marks (First Year First Term)
Risa Levine (First Year First Term)
Nicole Harris (First Year First Term)
Kim Werker (First Year First Term)


Dennis Pavlich
Dennis Pavlich has been a member of Temple Sholom since 1981. He chaired the last Rabbi Selection Committee. He is a professor of law at UBC and has served as a vice president of the University for almost 14 years. He was a member of its Board of Governors for 6 years serving for a time as its vice chair. He has held positions on several other boards including the Vancouver Institute, the former BC Press Council and was founding chair and president of The Great Northern Way campus. Dennis is married to Suzanne and their 3 children spent their formative years as active members of the religious school and carry strong Jewish identities.

Abbe Chivers
Abbe was born in Vancouver but grew up in Calgary. In 1979, after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Calgary, she moved back to Vancouver where she completed her Chartered Accountancy requirements, and where she has been in practice for 27 years. Abbe works mostly with private enterprises, but also deals with a number of Not For Profit societies and foundations. Her knowledge base in both of these areas will enable her to deal with all aspects of the Temple’s financial situation. Abbe and her husband Simon joined Temple Sholom in 1988. This was the synagogue they knew was right for them. All three of their sons attended Temple Sholom Religious School and had wonderful experiences having their bar-mitzvahs here. She has served as a trustee from 2005 to 2009, two years of which she was also co-chair of the Endowment Committee, and was treasurer for the last three years. As for other activities, Abbe enjoys running and spending time with her family . . . especially watching all four of her guys on the soccer field.

Jeffrey Balin
Jeffrey Balin first connected to Temple Sholom in 2003, and is deeply grateful for the many opportunities it provides for meaningful synagogue life, connection and community. In addition to serving on the Board and various committees for the last three years, he is also honoured to partake in many of Temple’s more explicitly spiritual activities, including Gabbai duties, morning minyan, Divrei Torah, Haftorah chanting, and Torah study. Professionally, Jeff focuses on helping social entrepreneurs and university students in the areas of career, leadership and professional development through his private practice and a position at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Privately, he enjoys progressing through the wonders of life with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, all active participants/learners in Vancouver’s Jewish day-school system.

Melody Robens-Paradise
Melody Robens-Paradise enters her first year on the Executive after serving two years as a Trustee. She and her husband, Yoel, joined Temple Sholom to have her children obtain the benefit of the wonderful Jewish education at the religious school. After two bar mitzvahs and two banot mitzvahs scheduled for 2017 they are well on their way to meeting their goals. When not juggling her family life, she practices law at the Department of Justice, mentors young women lawyers, travels when and wherever she can and looks for ways to raise the profile of the Temple Sholom Gift shop.

David Schwartz
David has lived in Vancouver most of his life and has been a member of Temple Sholom since 1980. David has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and is currently the Immediate Past-President, Chair of the Legal and Constitution Committee and the Chair of the Governance Committee. For the past year he was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. David is a lawyer specializing in Securities Law. He is on the Board of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Endowment Fund and since May 2009 has been the Chair of Canadian Jewish Congress Pacific Region. David is happily married to Debby Freiman. They have two children, Michael and Kyla who attended Temple Sholom Religious School and had their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and Confirmations at Temple Sholom. David enjoys cycling and time away on Bowen Island.