Rabbi Manuel Armon was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the center of the largest and most influential Jewish communities of Latin America. After completing his religious studies at the Buenos Aires Hebrew Teachers Seminary, he was granted a scholarship to pursue Rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; becoming the first Latin American to be ordained as Rabbi, besides earning a Master's Degree in Hebrew Literature. In addition, he graduated from Columbia University in New York, and from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he served as the Secretary of the Institute of Jewish Studies. In Israel, he taught Bible and Talmud at various schools.
Back in the States, he served as Rabbi at various pulpits. Also he traveled extensively throughout Latin America to become familiar with local Jewish life, whether it be in city centers or in isolated communities.
For the last 13 years, he has served as Rabbi of Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the International Association of Conservative Rabbis, as well as the of Greater Miami Rabbinical Association. At its most recent convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Rabbinical Assembly honored him for his 50 years of service as Rabbi.
He is the father of three sons and one daughter, grandfather of six grandchildren - all of them in Israel. He is the author of the Bibliography of Jewish Studies, published by Hebrew University.
Cantor Irving 'Babe' Resnick. born in 1940 in Hackensack, NJ. Grew up in Dover, NJ (Northwestern NJ). He attended Rutgers University and, in his 3rd college year, went to Israel through Young Judea, the youth arm of the Zionist Organization of America. The family business brought him to reside in Stroudsburg, PA. for ten years and Plainfield, NJ for twelve years.
For the past 13 years, Babe has proudly served as the Cantor of Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom of West Miami. For 20 years before this, he served at various synagogues in the area such as The Shul of Bal Harbor, Beth David Congregation and Young Israel of Kendall. Before moving to Miami in 1977, Babe served for 10 years as the Baal Sheni at Temple Beth El in Plainfield, NJ. His studies have included two years with Cantor Larry Loed of Temple Beth El of Plainfield NJ, and two years with Cantor William Lipson of Beth David Congregation in Miami. For the last two years, Babe has been studying opera and cantorial music with Charles Schneider of Highland Park, NJ. Part of his musical experience has included participation in numerous secular and liturgical choirs. For most of his adult life, Babe was actively involved in the family wholesale distribution business while music, particularly chazzanut, was his love and avocation. Babe has three great children's Kyle, Noah and Eva, from his late wife Carol, of blessed memory, and two grandsons. Babe is now blessed to be with his dear Adrienne, his life partner.
1st Vice President Josue Esquenazi has been a member of Temple Beth Tov for 20 (twenty) years. Prior to becoming 1st Vice President in 2014, Esquenazi owned and ran businesses in the luxury transportation services in Miami, Florida.
Esquenazi grew up in Havana, Cuba. As a child he attended a Sephardic Temple in Vedado, Cuba. At the Sephardic Temple he was president of the youth group and a member of the Board of Directors. During his time at the University of Havana, he acquired an Associates Degree in Law and also was a counselor and a Crew Leader in martial arts. After graduating, he went into the family business and became active in the Jewish community in Cuba. Esquenazi is also an ardent supporter of Israel.
Esquenazi as an entrepreneur is the founder of Vakarat, a luxury transportation company. He is also the owner and founder High Technology Support Service Inc. He looks forward to utilizing his years of experience in the business to help Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom in raising money to support the Shul and also to move forward with a new vision as a leader in the Conservative Jewish movement.
Dear friend, today you have the opportunity to make history and vote for the change of our temple for the better. Be wise, be rational. Vote for the future, not for the past. SHALOM!
Joann Vasquez (Treasurer) is a proud member of Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom since 2014. She is an experienced accountant with an Accounting Associates Degree (MDCC) who is extremely experienced in support senior level accountants and auditors with administrative, bookkeeping, clerical, accounts payable and accounts receivable-related duties. She has a deep-seated belief in co-operative ideals and respect for the co-operative process.
Joann Vasquez, has a strong database background, adept at utilizing productivity software, excellent communication skills, strong presentation skills, valuable team player, dedicated and reliable employee (more than 10 years of related experience), extremely strong eye for details and very thorough with work process.
Since she was young she has been volunteering in several nonprofit organizations, involved in community services, fundraising programs, experienced in secretarial and administrative positions, working with children, and leadership with youth. In the present she's involved with the Jewish Volunteer Center of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.