James Blatt, President
Attorney James E. Blatt often refers to a phrase that has been ingrained in him since high school: “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." Mr. Blatt was committed to making a better life for himself than the one in which he was raised in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. At the age of 17, Mr. Blatt headed to Los Angeles to start a new life. When people comment on how hard it is to practice law successfully in Los Angeles, or anywhere for that matter, Mr. Blatt always replies that it is nothing compared to life working in a coal mine. He currently serves as the proud president of Temple of the Arts.
Adrienne Baron was born, raised, and educated in New York City. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, she attended acting classes at Herbert Berghof Studios, with Uta Hagan, the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sandy Meisner, and studied music and voice at Julliard School of Music. She performed in classical concerts as well as Broadway shows both in New York and abroad. After moving to Los Angeles, she attended both UCLA for interior design, and later GIA for gemology, specializing in diamonds and black pearls. Adrienne has two beautiful children, a daughter who teaches at a Jewish day school and a son in music production. Adrienne’s passion for our Temple is expressed through the creation of our Bimah, as well as the renovation of the theater's historic reception room and ladies room. She believes whatever you choose to do in life, do it as well as humanly possible, always be thorough, and follow through.
Matt Lichtenberg is a CPA who started his career at Price Waterhouse and Co. and ventured into entertainment business management in 1981. He is a partner at Level Four Business Management, LLC with a client list reflecting a heavy presence in the world of comedy in addition to artists from all aspects of the entertainment industry. He is known to occasionally inject some humor into the business and his best advice is “live within your means.” Matt is a New York City native currently living in Pacific Palisades with his wife Maria Demina, an internationally renowned concert pianist, and two future musicians: their sons, Asher (8) and Maksim (5).
Mr. Axelrod has three children and one granddaughter. He splits his time between homes in Beverly Hills and the Silver Strand in Marina Del Rey. He and his wife Tana are season ticket holders and supporters of the LA Phil and the Los Angeles Opera Company. Mr. Axelrod focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights issues and financial restructuring matters. Over the course of his career, he has served as trustee and counsel to the trustee or receiver in several Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation proceedings, and federal equity receiverships. He has also represented Fortune 500 companies as well as most of the major underwriting houses.
Dorian BilakDorian Bilak has been an active member of the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills community for most of his life. He lives in Beverly Hills with his wife Frances and their two children, Michael (age 12) and Maddie (age 7). He is a graduate of the Beverly Hills School System and attended several colleges in the Los Angeles Area (Otis Art Institute, SCI-ARC, UCLA and the University of Judaism).
Dorian is a real estate investor and oversees a group of companies that invest in and manage commercial properties throughout the western states. He is also an owner and principal in a capital and debt advisory company in Newport Beach. He is active with a number of charities and non-profit organizations (The Jewish Federation, Save a Heart, American Friends of the Israel Museum), and has held or currently holds board positions at the Westwood Kehilla Synagogue, Shalhevet School, LINK, and Bound Angels.