Our Team Members

Stephen J. SassFounding President
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, 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 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 Executive Vice President, & Chief Counsel for HBO Max, TBS, TNT & truTV, after serving in similar executive positions for Universal Studios, NBC and Comedy Central. He’s married to Dr. Steven Hochstadt, a clinical psychologist.

Daniel TenenbaumVice-Chair
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, Daniel is a commissioner for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles overseeing the Section 8 rent subsidy program and all public housing in the city. He is a past Chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, an entrepreneurial giving circle that has donated over $2 million to deserving non-profits and is a member of the board of the Milken Community Schools. 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.
Dr. George Sanchez
Gary Braitman
Jeremy Sunderland
Jonathan Zasloff
Juaquin Castellanos
Zoë Blumberg Corwin