President – Larry Pfefer
Larry Pfefer is a Los Angeles native, raised in the San Fernando Valley. He was married to Nancy at TAS in 1989, and has one son, an Amtrak engineer who is married with one son. He graduated from CSUN majoring in accounting and computer science. He operated a construction and service company for 20+ years specializing in electrical, heating and air conditioning plus low voltage & network cabling; and another 20+ years in corporate business management, customer service, process re-engineering and strategic planning. He ‘retired’ in 2015 (although not really) and has been active with the temple for the past 6 years. In 2018, he was ‘volunteered’ to take on the role of facilities chair, which he still holds today.
Vice President – Scott Gore
Scott Gore was born in Indiana, and moved a lot as a young child. He grew up mostly in Orlando, Florida. He attended MIT in Massachusetts where he met his wife, Andrea Rosenthal. They have two grown sons; one is a property accountant in San Diego, the other is a medical supply distribution supervisor near Boston. He spent most of his career working on electronic parts and materials for the defense industry in Massachusetts, until 2017 when he joined JPL to work on electronic parts for space. That’s what brought him to California and TAS.
Vice President – Ed Lapporte
Ed Laporte is a LAUSD graduate who went on to be a two-sport athlete at USC. After studying at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UNSECO and GATT, he worked in the export trade for 10 years before becoming an educator. While running a fitness program at CSUN he met his wife Lijuan who is now a teacher and volleyball coach at VISA. Together they have a son Aaron who is studying at GHCHS. Currently, Edward is teaching adult education at WVOC.
Secretary – Hal Bass
Hal Bass was born and brought up in Chicago IL where he learned a strong work ethic from his parents, who owned a “mom and pop” store. His first vote was for JFK in 1960 and has not missed an election since. He met his bride at a young adult mixer in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel in August, 1960. Within three weeks they were engaged and married ten months later. She worked as a high school French and English teacher while he completed medical school and residency. He graduated from The University of Chicago with his MD degree and a Masters in pharmacology. He found time to study genetics and used that skill as a clinical professor at UCLA and later at a well-known HMO where he was a pediatrician. He also served in the US Air Force at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, CA. The base needed his medical specialty so desperately that he missed out on basic training.
Hal and his wife have been members of TAS since 1974. Both have served the Temple in various capacities including serving on the Temple Board, working to build our sanctuary-social hall building, and other committees. Hal and his wife have taken leadership positions within MoTAS and Sisterhood and fervently believe that the synagogue is the foundation for Jewish survival. They have passed this belief to their two daughters and four grandchildren.
Since retiring, Hal has devoted even more time to MoTAS. He is currently serving as our perpetual secretary, providing us with highly detailed and accurate records of our meetings. As part of our monthly meeting programs, we have learned from him through presentations on a variety of subjects including genetic birth conditions, the 1956 Sinai War between Israel and Egypt, and the Armenian Genocide and its connection to the Holocaust. He also developed and helped organize our November Veterans Day salute where we identified and honored all of our TAS veterans. If all of this were not enough, we can always count on him to help both in front and behind the scenes for many other events such as our Shabbabaque, mailers, poker tournament and wherever else he sees a need.
Treasurer – Roger Lowe
Since retirement he has been remodeling his 1964 home and traveling around the country and the world.
Past President – Howard Miller