Meet our highly dedicated Chai Committee, the amazing group that works hard to create the vision for our awesome events & programs!

Jonathan Ableson (Winter 2016) 

Jonathan Ableson grew up in London, England where he received his Associates Degree in Politics, and Bachelors in Media Studies and English. Before moving to California, Jonathan lived in Michigan where he not only embraced the cold winters but became a diehard Detroit sports fan, and can still be found every Sunday morning cheering for the Lions. He has a passion of civil rights, combating anti-Semitism and defending democratic ideals!


Sari Berger (Summer 2017)



Natalie Buchbinder (Spring 2016)

Natalie Buchbinder joined the Chai Committee in Spring 2016. Born and raised  in San Diego, she is a life-long member of Beth El. Natalie works as a Senior  Account Executive for a local public affairs firm. In her free time, she enjoys    spending time with family and friends, running and the beach. Natalie is thrilled to help grow Chai and give back to the Beth El community!






Kayla Globerson (Summer 2017)


Melissa Karas (Spring 2016)

Originally from Boston, I moved to San Diego in 2014.  My first Chai event was Passover Seder and I soon became more involved by attending and then leading Chai Shabbat services.  I am employed as as diabetes corporate nurse.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, volunteering, and spending time with friends. I have been a member of the Chai Committee for the past year, and look forward to all the amazing events this upcoming year! 


Rayana Karoll (Winter 2015)

Rayna was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Plainview, NY. After spending 7 years in Cleveland for June 2013 for residency. Rayna met the former Chai Coordinator, Elana, at a Jewish event for another organization, in September 2013, and Elana told her about all the awesome events and got her involved immediately. Rayna is a pediatric dentist and works at multiple dental offices throughout San Diego. In her spare time, Rayna loves travelling (although she doesn't do nearly as much as she would like), baking, hiking in the amazing San Diego weather and spending time with her adorable puppy Chewie. Rayna has been involved and excited about Judaism throughout her entire life and is looking forward to continuing that through Chai. .

Kevin Tarson (Spring 2016)











Special thanks to our former Chai Committee leaders: Benji Vinick, Amy Pinn, Jarred Pinn, Michelline Wachter, Zach Warburg, Genevieve Goldstone, Jonathan Goldstone, Parker Bush, Mike Dolinka, Ayal Chen-Zion, Lisa Sussman, Eva Marks, Jean Dietz, & Kesha Spoor

Jenna Ross Chai 20s/30s Program Coordinator 

Fri, November 24 2017 6 Kislev 5778