Staff and Board

Senior Staff

Heather Garrett, Executive Director, joined Beth El in September of 2022.

Heather can be reached at ext. 106 or

Lori Schor Ulanow, Development Director, came to Beth El in November, 2018.  Prior to joining the staff, Lori served in several fundraising roles including Chief Development Officer for the Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington (JSSA), Director of the American Hospital Association’s Political Action Committee (AHAPAC), and the American Medical Association’s Political Action Committee (AMPAC). Lori also serves as a board member of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH), as gala chair of the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Montgomery County chapter (NAMI-MC), and is among the founders of Giving Together, a local giving “circle” aimed at improving the lives of women and children in Montgomery County. She has also served as a past chair of the CESJDS Ma’yan Annual Campaign, is a Lion of Judah for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and as development consultant to several local non-profits, including a special education school and a museum capital campaign. Lori is a native Ohio Buckeye and graduate of Miami (Ohio) University as well as the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Lori can be contacted at ext. 118 or

Deb Geiger, Director of Community Engagement, joined Beth El in March of 2022. Deb is originally from Bridgewater, New Jersey, near Princeton. Deb completed a dual program at Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and earned a Masters in education at George Washington University. Before coming to Beth El, she worked with Hillel International and was, most recently, director of engagement at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg.

A lover of coffee, travel, and sports, Deb is the mother of Ellie, 11, and Zoe, seven. Her husband, Adam is director of Microsoft and virtualization engineering at Sirius XM.

Deb can be contacted at ext. 146 or

Elisha Rothschild Frumkin, Education Director, joined the Beth El staff in 2007. Before becoming the Education Director, she served as Beth El’s Associate Education Director, 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. 119 or

Tali Moscowitz, Assistant Education Director, holds a bachelor’s degree from American University in Elementary Education, a post baccalaureate certificate also from American University in pre-medicine, and an MS 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 Beth El since 2006 that have included Religious School teacher, office manager, and 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. 108 or

Ricardo Munster, Program Coordinator, 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 leads many efforts in assisting with engagement activities, senior programming, and building rentals, and works closely with Pam Kocher to ensure the office at Beth El runs smoothly.

Ricardo can be reached at ext. 116 or

Pam Kocher, Director of Operations, has been with Beth El since January 2002. Prior to working at Beth El, Pam was the Office Manager at a local video production company for several years. She started at Beth El as the Office Manager and has continued to take on additional responsibilities leading to her current role as the Director of Operations. Some of her responsibilities include working with the Building Supervisor keeping the building maintained, supervising the streaming and zoom technology and services, running the main office, overseeing the calendar for the synagogue, and assisting the Executive Director.

Pam can be reached at ext. 103 or

Sara Greenbaum, Executive Assistant to Rabbis, was a teacher in the Beth El Preschool for 17 years before joining the office staff in June of 2017. After being first an administrative assistant, then office manager, Sara’s role is to lead the many efforts supporting the rabbis’ work, implement rabbinic initiatives, and provide coordination and support for special projects. Sara grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and after attending school, she moved to the D.C. area in 1983.

Sara can be reached at ext. 102 or

Tiarra Joslyn, Communications Manager, has been a member of the Beth El staff since September, 2013. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tiarra has a BA in Studio Art and Graphic Design and has worked as a graphic designer and communications manager for Cashman Photo, the largest photo entertainment company in the Las Vegas, and served as Director of Marketing for Temple Beth Sholom, a Conservative synagogue in Las Vegas.

Tiarra and their husband Daniel moved to Arlington, VA, in August of 2012 so Daniel could attend law school. Tiarra and Daniel moved back to Las Vegas in July of 2019 to be closer to family. Tiarra is nonbinary and prefers the pronouns they/them.

Tiarra maintains the shul’s website and database, manages Beth El’s social media presence, writes for and designs the Scroll, and creates flyers and other items to help promote events and activities by the synagogue.

Tiarra can be reached at or ext. 127.

Synagogue Staff

Ian Rothman, Controller, joined Beth El in May 2015. The grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, he thinks his zeyde would be very proud of the work he does with Beth El.

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Kenia Majano, Administrative Assistant, joined Beth El in May 2019. She lives in Frederick, Md. with her husband and baby boy. She is happy to be part of Beth El’s office staff.

Sarah Ben Harush, Office Administrator, joined Beth El in December 2020. She has a Master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies. Sarah lives in Gaithersburg, Md. with her husband. She is so excited to join the Beth El team!

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Lynn Pikovsky, Preschool Office Administrator, joined the Beth El Staff in July, 2014. She lives in Gaithersburg with her husband and 3 children.

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Robin Finkelstein, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the Hazzan, joined Beth El in December 2021. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Services, she held a variety of positions in Jewish camping and event planning and management, most recently as the show manager for Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. In addition to working closely with Beth El’s clergy and member families to ensure that the b’nai mitzvah process runs smoothly and Robin provides administrative support to Hazzan Fradkin.

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Allison Brown, Program Coordinator at Beth El Religious School. Originally from Canada, Allison joined Beth El in November of 2021. Her passion for Jewish Education snuck up on this Sunday School Drop Out, and is now a central part of her life. In addition to her work with Beth El, Allison is a Maccabi USA Educator Fellow and will spend July 2022 in Israel with the Team USA Delegation at the 21st Maccabiah!

Curtis Kearns, Building Supervisor, joined the Beth El staff in early 2018. Prior to Beth El, Curtis worked at the JCC for more than 10 years as the facility supervisor. Curtis has a Journeyman License in Plumbing along with Gas Fitter Certification. Curtis oversees our facility staff, coordinates inspectors, vendors, and contractors, and provides maintenance, repairs, and event preparation.

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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.

Board of Directors

PresidentJill Werbel Rider
Executive VPSara Gordon
Development VPSam Boxerman
Community Building VPSusan Jerison
Administration VPAndy Koblenz
Communications VPHillary Berman
Tikkun Olam VPAlana Aronin
Education VPAdam Burns
Worship & Spirituality VPSamantha Bender
TreasurerJonathan Gross
SecretaryEdoardo Kulp
At-Large Michelle Brafman
At-Large Sophie Buslik
At-Large David Florin
At-Large Debbie Forrest
At-Large Mike Gips
At-Large Melissa Hausfeld
At-Large Sue Kanter
At-Large Jon Polon
At-Large David Rifkind
At-Large Judy Slotnik
At-Large Ivan Snyder
At-Large Jeffrey Snyder
Immediate Past PresidentDavid Topol

Auxiliary Representatives

Beth El PreschoolLauren Feldman
Men’s ClubJeff Spector
Religious SchoolMelissa Hausfeld
Senior CaucusDoris Povich and Herb Tanenbaum
NitzanimRebecca Schilleci
SisterhoodAlison Baraf and Sharon Fine
ZhavaJoy Demain and Dara Freling