2018 Annual Meeting: Board Slate of Nominees

CBS Board of Directors Slate of Nominees

First Term Candidates:


Chelseaa Bush

Chelseaa Bush was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended a SF Hebrew day school from nursery through 12th grade and is grateful to her mother for giving her this deep Jewish background. Chelseaa attended UC Berkeley and then law school at Stanford. She is now a trademark and copyright attorney at a large, national law firm.

Chelseaa has four children, including identical twin girls. They were all born within a span of three years (amazingly, that is humanly possible!) and so the Bush house is always busy! All four children have attended the CBS Family Preschool where Chelseaa has served as room parent and has helped lead the parent committee for a number of years. Chelseaa now serves on the CBS Education Committee. Chelseaa hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps by helping provide her children--and other members of the CBS community--with an enriching connection to their Jewish heritage.


Rafael Burde

Raf grew up Orthodox in Johannesburg, South Africa. He and his wife, Clara Brenner, have lived in the Bay Area since 2011 and were married by Rabbi Glazer in 2017. They were attracted by Beth Sholom’s respect for tradition blended with a progressive determination to make modern Jewish life appealing and meaningful.

Raf currently heads expansion for the Bay Area bike share system, Ford GoBike, and is proud to be bringing an affordable, sustainable, integrated regional mobility option to the Bay Area. He holds an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is particularly excited to work alongside Rabbi Ain and the Board to represent and nurture the young adult segment of the community.


Abigail (Abby) Levinson Marks

Abigail Levinson Marks is a San Francisco native who grew up at Beth Sholom and attended its religious/Hebrew school from pre-kindergarten through Confirmation (10th grade) and beyond. Abby’s parents were married by Rabbi Saul White, and many remember Abby’s grandmother, Sarah Cohen Levinson, as a fixture in the CBS community for decades.

When Abby was growing up, her parents were active in synagogue life, and her father, David Levinson, served on the Beth Sholom Board for many years. Abby and her late husband, Milton, were married by Rabbi Lew in 2001. Their children attended the Beth Sholom Family Preschool and are currently in the religious school (two as students, one as a madrich). Her older son was bar mitzvahed at CBS in 2016, and her younger two will have their b’nei mitzvah here in 2019. Abby is a clinical psychologist with a private practice working with children, adolescents and adults, and specializing in (among other things) family illness and loss.

She has worked in a variety of community mental health and training settings in the Bay Area, teaching and developing collaborative therapeutic programs within schools and medical institutions. She has a great interest in community outreach, and in building strong community and collaboration between different organizational and individual stakeholders. In 2014, Abby co-founded and now directs the Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp, a collaborative non-profit project with UCSF, which provides an annual weekend arts-based family camp that brings respite and healing to families with a parent who has a malignant brain tumor.

Second Term Candidates:


Jim Abrams

Jim Abrams joined Beth Sholom in 2004. He is a partner at Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, where he specializes in commercial, multi-family, and winery real estate and financing. Prior to practicing law, he had a 10-year career in government and banking. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid at Work.

Jim provides pro-bono legal services to a number of nonprofit organizations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Northern California Community Loan Fund and the Community Music Center. In addition to spending the High Holy Days at Beth Sholom, he enjoys attending lectures, art tours, baseball games, wine tastings and musical events at or with members of Beth Sholom. He can often be spotted at the symphony, opera, ballet, art openings, falafel stands worldwide and sometimes even playing clarinet.


David Madfes

David Madfes was born in San Francisco and has lived here his entire life. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Biology. He earned his Secondary Teaching Credential and an MAT in Biology. With three careers behind him, he is retired from teaching science, mathematics, and computer technology from Lowell and Lincoln High Schools.

David is also retiring from the United States Naval Reserve (retired with rank of Commander), and is semi-retired from work as a general contractor. David and his late wife, Tania, joined CBS over 40 years ago and became active members. He feels that the Board provides an opportunity for him to help guide the congregation in ways that make it appealing to a wide variety of interests, thereby increasing membership and participation.


Harris Weinberg

Harris Weinberg has been a member of CBS since his arrival in San Francisco in 1977; he joined the shul just days after his move from Vermont. Harris was born and raised in an Orthodox immigrant community in Louisville, Kentucky — a true fact notwithstanding the widespread belief that such communities did not exist in cities of that size or locale.

This is Harris’ third term on the CBS Board. He first served in the early 1980s, and then again in 2009; he accepted this third appointment in 2015. Harris was, long ago, a trial lawyer; he has been a full time mediator for the past 25 years. Harris is married to Dana Corvin. He is the father of three grown children, all of whom live in San Francisco and all of whom were raised and became b’nai mitzvah at CBS. He is blessed with five grandchildren.