Abdel Kader (ka-d-air) Seck

Originally from Senegal, Abdel immigrated to this country 29 years ago. He is the owner and operator of well-established businesses on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Abdel was a Managing Partner for Abundant Bio-fuels Corporation, the first Monterey firm to develop renewable energy through Jatropha Curcas. His international career includes Community One World Enterprises (C.O.W.E.) that he co-founded and is the CEO of; C.O.W.E. is a commercial diplomacy and marketing consulting firm through which he is leading the effort to turn the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into a Free trade Agreement between the United States and eligible African countries. He is also an expert in Sino-American trade relations. His lifetime commitment is to assist disadvantaged women battling breast cancer in his native Senegal. “This is a personal vow”, he says, as he lost his mother to breast cancer. Abdel is the sitting Board President of the Islamic Society of Monterey County (ISMC); he is the co-founder and Treasurer of Jews, Christians and Muslims united (JCMU), an initiative to fight injustice, promote tolerance, unity, and peace in the world. He recently joined the Board of Gathering for Women, Monterey.

Abdel is a MIIS alumnus, he holds a B.A. in International Studies, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies (with a focus on Trade, Investment, and Development).

Rabbi Greenbaum

Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum began his service to Congregation Beth Israel in June 1994. For seven years prior to moving to the Monterey Peninsula, he served as the Associate Rabbi of Congregation Emanuel in Denver, Colorado.

During his early years at CBI, Rabbi Greenbaum developed and strengthened programs for young people. He also helped to develop our Best Years program for seniors and strengthened the congregation’s chavurah (friendship) groups, while supporting the Caring Community, Social Action Committee, and Adult Education events. In addition to leading religious services and holiday events like the community Passover Seder, he teaches classes including Torah Study, Jewish Liturgy, and Introduction to Judaism.

 

It has been an important goal of his Rabbinate to interact with other faiths in the local community. Rabbi Greenbaum was instrumental in forming JCM United ( Jews, Christians, and Muslims United), a group that meets on a regular basis to perform community service projects and runs a soup kitchen in Seaside.

The Rabbi remains active in the community as a leader for our local Rotary club, as an active chaplain for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and as a chaplain for the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department. He also leads multi-faith tours to Israel every few years.

Rabbi Greenbaum is usually found behind his desk Tuesday through Friday and around the synagogue on weekends. His hobbies include tennis, fly fishing, traveling, and reading.

Rabbi Greenbaum is married to Susan Greenbaum and has three grown daughters: Liotte, Shira, and Tani.

 

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