Officers and Staff
|Sheila Bellack, Executive Director, joined the Beth El staff in July 2000. She moved to the Washington, DC, area in 1989 to become Cultural Arts Director and, subsequently, Chief Operating Officer at the JCC in Rockville. Prior to that, her career in Jewish communal service included positions at the Jewish Community Centers in Albany, NY, Toronto, and Oakland, CA, as well as Toronto Jewish Congress (now UJA Federation of Greater Toronto) and BBYO in Montreal. A native of Toronto, Canada, she received her BA from York University there and her Master’s from the State University of New York in Albany, both in Psychology. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Temple and Synagogue Administrators (MAATSA) and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE).
Sheila can be reached at ext. 306 or email@example.com.
|Geryl Baer, Director of Community Engagement, has been a member of the Beth El staff since 2011. Geryl has Masters degrees in Jewish Communal Service and in Business Administration from Baltimore Hebrew University and University of Baltimore, respectively, and a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. She has worked in the Jewish community since 2004 in multiple organizations such as synagogues, Hillel, Federation, and Jewish Family and Children Services. At Beth El, Geryl develops congregational programs and Age & Stage workshops and supports congregation affinity groups..
Geryl can be contacted at ext. 352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Kim Lausin, Beth El Preschool Director, relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, to join the Beth El Preschool community in July of 2013. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she brings with her over 25 years’ worth of experience as both a teacher and a preschool director. The responsibilities of the preschool director include providing a nurturing Jewish learning environment within which the children will build the foundation skills necessary to allow them to grow and thrive. Kim is the proud mother of three daughters: a psychiatrist in DC, a fourth grade teacher in Beachwood, Ohio, and a student life coordinator at Hillel who made Aliyah in the summer of 2014.
Kim can be contacted at ext. 311 or email@example.com.
|Elisha Rothschild Frumkin, Education Director, joined the Beth El staff in 2007. Before becoming the Associate Education Director, she served as Beth El’s Assistant Education Director and Family Education Director, and served as Interim Education Director from 2012-2013. Previously, Elisha held positions as Assistant Principal at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA, and Youth Director at Beth Israel Congregation in Baltimore, where, in 2006, she received the Outstanding Informal Jewish Educator award from the Maryland Teen Initiative. In 2010, she was a 20/20 honoree, recognized by the Jewish Educators Assembly as one of twenty emerging Jewish educators in their 20s from the Washington, DC area. Elisha was awarded the title of Conservative Jewish Educator (CJE) in 2012, a designation recognizing her attaining a standard of achievement in the field of Conservative Jewish education. A former Teach for America Corps Member, Elisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University and holds two Masters Degrees in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University. Elisha and her husband, Josh, live in Germantown, Maryland, with their two daughters, Michal and Sivan.
Elisha can be contacted at ext. 319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Rabbi Max Nissen, Assistant Education Director, was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also earned his MA in Jewish Education. Over the past six years, before joining Beth El in June of 2017, he worked as a Jewish educator in a wide array of communities, including synagogues and synagogue religious schools, college campuses, day schools, summer camps, and more. He draws on formative experiences with Jewish living and learning here in the United States, as well as in Uganda, Taiwan, and Israel. Rabbi Max is a member of the Rabbis Without Borders alumni network, and brings a passion for relationship building, collaboration, and purpose-driven programming to his work in education.
He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, where he also completed course work in Jewish Studies, religion, and philosophy. Rabbi Max studied abroad at the University of Haifa during his junior year. He is a native Washingtonian, and lives in Bethesda with his wife Joy.
Rabbi Max can be contacted at ext. 310 or email@example.com.
|Tali Moscowitz, Assistant Education Director for Youth Engagement,holds a bachelor’s degree from American University in Elementary Education, a post baccalaureate certificate also from American University in pre-medicine, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management with a certificate in Jewish Communal Service. Additionally, Tali is a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). She has held various positions at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County since 2006 that have included Religious School teacher, Religious School office manager, Religious School program coordinator, youth advisor, and Rosh Hodesh Group leader. In her spare time, Tali can often be found teaching or taking yoga classes around the D.C. area and attending musical theater productions in D.C. or New York City.
Tali can be contacted at ext. 308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ricardo Munster, Senior Programs Director, has been a member of Beth El staff since November, 2006. A native of Argentina, Ricardo received his MA in Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, and worked in that field for many years. Following a career change in 1999, he was appointed Executive Director of the Hirsch Home in Buenos Aires, a Jewish continuing-care facility for 200 residents. Together with his wife, Irene, they moved to North Carolina in 2004, where he continued his Jewish communal involvement as the volunteer coordinator for the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation. When Irene was offered a position in the area in 2005, they moved to Bethesda, and, shortly after, they joined Beth El. In his capacity as program coordinator, Ricardo assists both rabbis for all life cycle events, works together with the rabbis and parents to ensure a smooth B’nai Mitzvah process, is in charge of the College Outreach activities, and is very involved with the Senior Caucus programming.
Ricardo can be reached at ext. 316 or email@example.com.
|Tiarra Joslyn, Communications Manager, has been a member of the Beth El staff since September, 2013. Tiarra was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nev., where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Graphic Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was the Director of Marketing and Temple Relations at Temple Beth Sholom, Las Vegas, before moving to the D.C. Metro area with her husband, Daniel. Tiarra maintains and keeps current the congregation’s website, manages Beth El’s social media presence, writes for the Scroll, and creates flyers and other items to help promote events and activities by the synagogue.
Tiarra can be contacted at ext. 327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ian Rothman, Controller, joined Beth El in May 2015. A native New Yorker, he is currently working on his New Year’s resolution to bicycle more often.
|Pam Kocher, Office Manager, has been with Beth El since January 2002. She has a BA in Business Administration and uses her skills to help keep the office running smoothly.
|Hattie Goodman, Receptionist, has worked at Beth El for 15 years. Living nearby in Bethesda, she is very happy to be able to walk to work.
Sara Greenbaum, Administrative Assistant and Assistant to the Hazzan, was a teacher in the Beth El Preschool for 17 years before transferring to her new position. She is married and has three wonderful daughters, one son-in-law, and 2 cats. She is excited to join the wonderful office staff of Congregation Beth El.
Pamra Brown, Accounting Assistant, is a native of Orlando, Florida. Pamra also works in the Beth El Preschool as a teaching assistant.
Lynn Pikovsky, Preschool Office Administrator, joined the Beth El Staff in July, 2014. She lives in Clarksburg with her husband and 3 children.
|Kevin Trainor, Chef, a native to the Washington area, is a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine. Kevin is responsible for the preparation of Shabbat and Festival kiddushim, morning minyan breakfasts, congregational Shabbat dinners, and food service for almost all other synagogue events. He oversees the kitchen and wait staff as well as overall kitchen maintenance.||
Rebecca Diamond, Education Department Offie Manager, joined the Religious School staff in July, 2018, and is thrilled to be part of the Beth El family. She lives in Frederick with her two children.
Board of Directors
|President||Larisa Avner Trainor|
|Executive Vice President||David Topol|
|VP, Center for Administration||Carolyn Chabrow Berger|
|VP, Communications||Richard Klein|
|VP, Center for Community Building||Jill Werbel Rider|
|VP, Center for Education and Lifelong Learning||Sara R. Gordon|
|VP, Center for Development||Joseph B. Hoffman|
|VP, Center for Worship and Spirituality||Judy Liss|
|VP, Tikkun Olam||Sheryl Rosensky Miller|
|At-Large Director||Sam Boxerman|
|At-Large Director||Adam Ducker|
|At-Large Director||Rochelle Chodock Fink|
|At-Large Director||Arielle Grill|
|At-Large Director||Jonathan Gross|
|At-Large Director||Andrew Koblenz|
|At-Large Director||Monica Salamon Abrams|
|At-Large Director||Benjamin Bronheim|
|At-Large Director||Sue Emmer|
|At-Large Director||Marci Kanstoroom|
|At-Large Director||Robert Zahler|
|At-Large Director||Elizabeth F. Zorowitz|
|Immediate Past President||Jerry Sorkin z”l|
|Religious School Committee Co-Chair||Susan Kulp and Jennifer Powers|
|Beth El Preschool||Lisa Elling|
|Men’s Club||Jonathan Epstein|
|Senior Caucus||Doris Povich|
|Senior Caucus||Herb Tanenbaum|
|Zhava||Ilana Tanowitz and Rachel Janger|