Staff and Board

Senior Staff

Henry Feller

Henry Feller, Executive Director, arrived in late June of 2020, in the midst of a pandemic-imposed shut down, not exactly a choice time to transition as an executive director; but, after years of dealing with situations of all types, he’s taking it in stride.  His first career was in banking during which Henry held a series of management positions in a large regional bank in upstate NY as well as being COO at several small, boutique banks in Baltimore.

He grew up in Bethel, NY, in the Catskills.  Henry became more involved in Judaism at Alfred University and later held several positions in leadership, including vice president of administration, at a congregation in Rochester, NY.

Henry received his BS in Business Administration from Alfred University where he met his wife, Reneé.  While working in management at a bank in Rochester, NY,  Henry graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MBA, with concentrations in Marketing and Management.  He and Reneé have two children, a daughter and a son, who live with their families in the region.  Reneé is a Nurse Psychotherapist/Coach and their children are both very involved in customer service/membership careers.

He served as Executive Director of Beth Am, a progressive Conservative synagogue, in Baltimore for 17 years and also, for a period of time, at a Modern Orthodox congregation in the region.  Henry was awarded the certification of FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration) by NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives) and is a past Board member of NAASE and of MATSAA (Mid-Atlantic Temple and Synagogue Association of America).

Henry is excited to be at Beth El.  He has an easy-going personality, strongly driven by his love of working with people – bringing the data driven and human aspects of decision-making together.  He and Reneé enjoy “glamping,” cycling, and flat-water kayaking.

Henry can be reached at ext. 106 or

Geryl Baer, Director of Membership, 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 strategies for relational engagement between congregants, clergy and staff.  This includes the Concierge program for membership engagement, creation of Havurot and other small groups, and professional affinity groups.

Geryl can be contacted at ext. 152 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

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, 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. 116 or

Pam Kocher, Director of Operations, 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.

Pam can be reached at ext. 103 or

Sara Greenbaum, Office Manager, was a teacher in the Beth El Preschool for 17 years before joining the office staff in June of 2017. Prior to teaching, Sara was the office manager for a graphic design firm for 7 years, using her background in accounting and business administration to oversee the daily operations. Sara grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and after attending school, she moved to the D.C. area in 1983. Sara works as the Hazzan’s Assistant with the b’nai mitzvah families, and works closely with Pam Kocher to ensure the office at Beth El runs smoothly.

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 worked as an admissions coordinator at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (formerly the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital) until finding a home at Congregation Beth El. 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. A native New Yorker, he is currently working on his New Year’s resolution to bicycle more often.

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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 Clarksburg with her husband and 3 children.

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Carmen Izurieta, Religious School Program Coordinator, was a teacher in the Beth El Preschool before transferring into her new position. She is currently studying for her Masters in Special Education and is excited to join the wonderful staff of Beth El’s Religious School!

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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 VPJennifer Hirsch
Administration VPAndy Koblenz
Communications VPHillary Berman
Tikkun Olam VPAlana Aronin
Education VPAdam Burns
Worship & Spirituality VPSamantha Bender
TreasurerJonathan Gross
SecretaryEdoardo Kulp
At-Large Alison Baraf
At-Large Debbie Forrest
At-Large Susan Jerison
At-Large Sue Kanter
At-Large Jonathan Polon
At-Large Jeffrey Snyder
At-Large Michelle Brafman
At-Large Lisa Elling
At-Large Rachel Federowicz
At-Large Melissa Hausfeld
At-Large David Rifkind
At-Large Ivan Snyder
Immediate Past PresidentDavid Topol

Auxiliary Representatives

Beth El PreschoolSophie Buslik
Men’s ClubJosh Rosenstein
Religious SchoolMelissa Hausfeld
Senior CaucusDoris Povich and Herb Tanenbaum
NitzanimRebecca Schilleci
SisterhoodMargi Kramer, Wynne Sitrin, and Sharon Zissman
ZhavaJoy Demain and Dara Freling