Vivienne Aronowitz

Vivienne Aronowitz -President

Vivienne and her husband Michael grew up in South Africa in tightly knit Jewish communities, attending Jewish Day Schools and participating in Jewish Youth Movements over there. Before they moved to Hawaii Island in 2004 they lived in the San Francisco Bay area, where they raised their daughter Julie and were active in Jewish life. Vivienne is a nutritionist at Kaiser Permanente and also has private practices in Waimea and Kona as well as consulting to a variety of organizations. Since arriving on island, Vivienne has taken an active role in promoting Jewish life, organizing many events for the North Hawaii Chavurah and being involved with KBS as a member and board member.


Alan Silverman -1st Vice President

Louise Feldman

Louise Feldman – 2nd Vice President

Louise joined the Kona Beth Shalom Board in 2013 after attending services for several years. She lives primarily in Captain Cook with long stays in San Francisco to visit her family. After teaching for 30-plus years on the East Coast, Midwest, Idaho and California, Louise and her husband, Marvin, retired to Hawaii. She spends much of her time working in the garden she has wanted her entire adult life. In addition to her activities with Kona Beth Shalom, Louise volunteers several days a week at Honaunau Elementary School, fulfilling her ever-present need to be with children.

Una Greenaway – Immediate Past President

Una Greenaway has been a resident of Captain Cook for 38 years.  She is an organic coffee, chocolate and mac nut farmer. Una is also an accountant who worked in the non-profit world for 15 years. She loves gardening, cooking, environmental activism, dance and quilting.  She is the mother of two grown daughters, who reside in the S.F. Bay Area, and has two grandsons. Una is married to Leon Rosner. Una has been president of the KBS board since 2012.

Mike Bernstone

Mike Bernstone – Treasurer

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Nella Silverman – Secretary

Nella joined the KBS board in 2015 and has taken over secretary duties this year.  She and her husband Alan retired and moved to Kona with their daughter and her family in 2013.  Nella worked for UCLA Hospital Labs for the last 15 years of her employment.  She continues her medical connection as a volunteer at the Kona Community Hospital Obstetrics department and the Gift Shop.  Looking for Jewish outreach, Nella and Alan enjoy the Shabbat services and warm atmosphere of KBS.

Elaine Dobinson

Elaine Dobinson – Webmaster

Elaine joined the board of KBS in 2012, and has served as secretary for the past 2 years.  Last year she led the task of building a new website for KBS and now serves as its webmaster. Elaine is most recently from Pasadena, CA, where she worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab for many years. She and her husband are now retired and live in Holualoa. Elaine is an avid swimmer and snorkeler, and loves to swim out to the King buoy, where she frequently gets to play with dolphins. She joined KBS to connect with other Jews on the island, and likes the warm, friendly and joyful atmosphere it provides. In addition to serving on the KBS board, Elaine volunteers at the Waimea headquarters for the Keck telescopes.

Shari Berman - Past President

Shari Berman – Past President

Shari and her partner, Alice Bratton, relocated to Kona from Tokyo in 1998. A Chicago native, Shari has spent most of her life with an affiliation to Judaism, a bond strengthened in 2004 when she studied for her adult Bat Mitzvah. A lifelong lover of languages, the melodies to chant the words of the Torah spoke to her. Shari trained a number of KBS b’nei mitzvah students and served as president of Kona Beth Shalom for five years. In 2012, she took a position as Associate Professor at the national university in Hirosaki, a small castle town in Japan. Her goal is to create a community atmosphere that engages congregants to participate in, understand and reap the full rewards of Jewish tradition and rituals.

Alice Bratton

Alice Bratton

Alice moved to Kona with her partner, Shari, in 1998 from Tokyo, Japan.  Shortly after arriving in Kona they became licensed foster parents, caring for children in their home. Having young children inspired them to become more involved with KBS to provide their family a safe, supportive, educational and spiritually-rich environment. The experience with disadvantaged youth and the systems of care that serve them led Alice to rekindle her social work career.  For six years she worked for a non-profit organization that supports families with challenging children.  She currently works for the Hawaii County Office of Aging as an aging and disabilities specialist. Alice treasures her connection to Judaism and the Jewish community.


Marvin Feldman


Vic Greenspan

Barry Blum - President Emeritus

Barry Blum – President Emeritus

Born in Brooklyn and moving west throughout his life, Barry is an orthopedic surgeon (professionally) and an (amateur) musician. He and his wife, Gloria, joined KBS shortly after arriving in Kona from Northern California in 1986. Several years later he joined the Board and eventually became president. His and Gloria’s main interest was making the congregation more attractive with interesting programs and discussions, enhancing communication between members and for 13 years, until his retirement as president, Barry led most (but not all) of the Shabbat services. Meanwhile the couple organized and continue to lead Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band and also have become dual wedding officiants.

Ruth Ader

Ruth Ader

Ruth joined the KBS board when she first moved to the Big Island in 1997.  Over the years she has served as co-treasurer, was in charge of the Passover Seder and helped on various committees.  Lovers of the outdoors, she and her husband Sherrill were avid scuba divers and snorkelers around Hawaii and winters they returned to California to ski. Currently she is a member of Na Kupuna O Kona Ali’i and Hula has become a passion. Another is traveling. Among her special destinations was Polna, pre-Holocaust home of the centuries-old Torah used for KBS services.   Originally from Montreal, Ruth lived in Miami for 3 years and in L.A. for over 30 years. She has 2 sons and 2 grandsons.

Joel Gimpel

Joel Gimpel

Living in Hawai`i since his 1996 retirement from the practice of law, Joel has served on many community boards including those of Kona Beth Shalom, the Aloha Performing Arts Company, Habitat For Humanity, the West Hawaii Regional Hospitals and the Kona Orchid Society. He has also been a member of the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission, Board of Ethics, and Board of Appeals.  Joel has continued his musical pursuits, playing with the Kamuela Philharmonic, performing in solo and chamber music recitals and as a member of Kona’s Traveling Jewish Wedding Band. He has also served as Music Director for Aloha Performing Arts Company productions, most recently “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Evita” and “South Pacific.”

Trina Yerlick

Trina Yerlick

 Trina Walzer Yerlick came to Kona in 2007 right after leaving Berkeley, CA. She taught Hebrew school there for more than 20 years so when she got to Hawaii Trina immediately joined the board at KBS. She runs a Bed and Breakfast in Holualoa with husband Shai and also teaches ESL at a local public school. She hopes to start an adult Hebrew class sometime next year and also take part in other activities such as Hula and coffee farming. Trina strongly believes in Jewish education and support for the state of Israel where she lived for some 4 years.