Our Team Members

Stephen J. SassFounder & Board President Emeritus
Stephen J. Sass has long been active as a volunteer in civic and community affairs and as lay historian of the Jewish community of Southern California. He’s served as President of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS), which documents and creates awareness of the region’s Jewish heritage, since 1989. As Founding President of the Breed Street Shul Project since 1999, Steve led the battle to save the Shul from the wrecking ball and has worked ever since to rehabilitate it and reinvent it for future generations.

Steve was executive producer and co-writer of “Meet Me at Brooklyn & Soto,” JHS’s award-winning documentary on East L.A.’s Jewish heritage, which aired on public television. He chaired the intergenerational Fairfax Community Mural Project, which resulted in a photo mural in the heart of the Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood highlighting L.A.’s Jewish history painted by seniors and teens. He has also been a consultant on exhibits at such cultural institutions as the Japanese American National Museum and the Autry National Center. He is Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Historical Landmarks and Records Commission, appointed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, is the author of several articles on historic and neighborhood preservation issues and co-wrote the entry on Los Angeles in the Encyclopedia of American Jewish History. A native Angeleno, Steve is a graduate of USC, where he majored in journalism and religion, and of Loyola Law School.

Professionally, Steve is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, Inc., after serving in similar executive positions for Universal Studios, NBC and Comedy Central. He’s married to Dr. Steven Hochstadt, a clinical psychologist.

Dr. George Sanchez
Dr. George Sanchez
Jonathan Zasloff
Gary Braitman
Jeremy Sunderland
Juaquin Castellanos
Zoë Blumberg CorwinCo Chair
Zoë Blumberg Corwin is Associate Professor of Research with the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. Zoë conducts research on and develops programs related to access to college and financial aid for underserved students, college pathways for foster youth and the role of social media and games in postsecondary access and completion. She believes the Breed Street Shul Project offers a unique space for people across the city to connect to the rich history of LA, to the vibrant community of Boyle Heights and to each other.
Mitchell A. KaminBoard Chair
Mitchell A. Kamin is Co-Managing Partner of Bird Marella, a law firm focused on complex business and white collar litigation. Mitch previously served as President and CEO of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, one of the largest and most successful non-profit law firms in the United States. At Bet Tzedek, he spearheaded the largest pro bono initiative in U.S. history, serving thousands of holocaust survivors around the world and garnering multiple national awards. Mitch graduated from Harvard Law School, U.C. Berkeley and Hamilton High School. He and his wife, Susan Genco, have three children.
Molly Selvin
Molly Selvin is executive director of the Leadership Academy for Development at Stanford University, a group that trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for democratic growth and economic development. Before joining Stanford, she spent 18 years as a member of the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board and a news reporter. Earlier, Selvin spent ten years as an analyst with the RAND Corporation. She remains a faculty member with the Pardee RAND Graduate School where she also served as interim dean during 2008. Selvin was also the associate dean for interdisciplinary studies at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.
Daniel Tenenbaum
Daniel Tenenbaum is the founding principal of Pacific Crest Realty (PCR). He oversees all PCR activities including the acquisition and management of multifamily housing in Southern California.

Daniel spends much of his time being involved in civic activities. Besides his involvement with the Shul, he is the Chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, an entrepreneurial giving circle that has donated over $2 million to deserving non-profits. Daniel is also on the board of transportation advocate group Move LA, and a member of the Landlord Outreach Committee for Home for Good, focused on ending chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2016.