Staff/Board of Trustees

OUR STAFF

Executive Director
Dr. Ted Merwin (ted@bethambaltimore.org or extension 20)

Ted Merwin coordinates the financial, administrative and operational functions of the synagogue.  He especially enjoys getting to know the members and helping to make their interactions with the synagogue as smooth, pleasant and rewarding as possible. Ted is a former Judaic studies professor and Hillel Director at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. As the author of two books, In Their Own Image: New York Jews in Jazz Age Popular Culture and Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, which won a National Jewish Book Award, Ted has also published nearly 800 articles on Jewish culture in both mainstream and Jewish publications across the world. With a Ph.D. in Theatre from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School, he pens a monthly culture column for the Times of Israel/New York Jewish Week. He lives with his wife, Dr. Andrea Lieber, and three daughters in Pikesville.

Executive Director, Emeritus
Henry S. Feller

Henry FellerHenry Feller, Executive Director Emeritus, leds the administrative and operations staff of Beth Am and ensures that the synagogue ran smoothly. This included meeting potential members, communicating with congregants, financial management including collecting the revenues and paying the bills, managing all office and custodial staff, facilities management including building scheduling and maintenance, coordinating the assignment of High Holiday seating arrangements, planning programs and events, ordering food (and we certainly can’t run out of food), making the human and computer systems interface to serve the synagogue – and dozens of other functions. Directly and through the Beth Am staff, Henry seeks to ensure that everything is in place and functioning so that our religious and educational programs can take place without a hitch. Fortunately, Henry can rely on a capable, hard-working office and custodial staff.

Henry (originally from the Catskills area of New York State) and his family (his wife is originally from Baltimore), moved to Baltimore from Rochester, N.Y. in 1986. They were Beth Am congregants for eight years before Henry became executive director in 2000. He brought to the job more than 25 years of business and administrative experience, most recently as the Executive Vice President and director of a local bank. Henry also has experience in sales of business equipment to large institutions, systems consulting for a computer company, and has owned and operated a retail business. Henry earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Alfred University and an M.B.A. in marketing and management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

When Henry decided he wanted to combine his management experience and his love for working with people in a position where he could serve the Jewish community, he needed to look no further than his own congregation. He is a member of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, the Mid-Atlantic Temple and Synagogue Administrators Association, and is a Board member of the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Baltimore. Henry was awarded the certification of FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration) at the NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives) Conference in March of 2010.

Office Staff

Program Coordinator
Joshua Weisberg (josh@bethambaltimore.org or extension 12)
Joshua is Beth Am’s first ever Program Coordinator. He will be assisting in planning and implementing all programs and events throughout the year. Joshua comes from Philadelphia where he was an event coordinator for the Mind Body Spirit Expo, which had over 4,000 attendees. He was also a youth director and Hebrew School teacher at various congregations. Joshua has a Bachelor’s Degree in religious studies from McDaniel College and a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Gratz College.

Front Office Coordinator and Assistant to the Rabbi
Nakia Davis (nakia@bethambaltimore.org or extension 11)
Nakia is responsible for all accounts receivables, processing payments and assisting with billing.  She is also responsible for reservations, processing contribution requests, and supporting the executive director in the various office management tasks. Prior to Beth Am, she was a Counselor with Maryland Public Housing. Nakia has a degree in Business and is working towards her Masters in Information Technology.

Ritual Coordinator
Sandy Winters (sandy@bethambaltimore.org or 410.598.6397)

Bookkeeper
Norman Weinstein (norm@bethambaltimore.org or extension 17)
Norman maintains members’ accounts by sending monthly statements, recording receipts and making bank deposits. He processes the payroll, audits invoices, writes and mails checks. Norm began work at Beth Am March, 2009.

Communications and Membership Coordinator
Lynora Lawless (lynora@bethambaltimore.org or extension 10)
Lynora applies her advanced degree in Publication Design and programming background to create all Beth Am’s marketing and programmatic materials including Saturdays programs; monthly bulletin and electronic newsletters. She coordinates with Beth Am’s ley leaders to create effective communications strategies and keep the “feels like home” brand across all Beth Am’s publications. In her free time, Lynora volunteers for the Pride Committee as a social media specialist.

Annual Fund and Capital Campaign Coordinator
Rachel Weitzner (rachel@bethambaltimore.org or extension 21)

Maintenance
Warren McFarlane
Warren can help you set up for an event or bring items in and out of the building. He also makes sure everything is sparkling clean so you can enjoy your activities here in a pleasant atmosphere! Warren has been at Beth Am since 2002.

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Board of Trustees

OFFICERS (Voting – One-year term – until Annual Meeting 2018)
Lisa Akchin, President
Jonathan M. Fishman, 1st Vice President
Adina Amith, 2nd Vice President
Betty M. Chemers, Secretary
Bob Wittenstein, Treasurer

TRUSTEES (Voting – until Annual Meeting 2018)
Debbie Agus
Dina Billian
Carol Berkower
Ariel S. Winter

TRUSTEES (Voting – until Annual Meeting 2019)
Ilene Cohen
Marjorie Manne
Brenda Serpick
Aaron Zelinsky

TRUSTEES (Voting – until Annual Meeting 2020)
David Demsky
Arthur Shulman
Brian Whippo
Karen G. Sugar


PAST PRESIDENTS (Voting)
Julie Gottlieb
Scott Zeger

RABBI (Voting)
Daniel Cotzin Burg

HONORARY LIFE MEMBER (Non-Voting)
Efrem Potts
Lainy LeBow-Sachs

STANDING COMMITTEES (Voting)
Continuing Ed Chair – Aaron Zelinsky
Finance Chair – Bob Wittenstein
Kiddush Chair – Desiree Robinson
Membership Chair – Karen Sugar
Religious Services Chair – Jodi Segal
Social Action Chair – Bonnie Guralnick
Social Action Co-Chair – Jackie Donowitz
Youth Education Co-Chair – Brenda Serpick
Youth Education Co-Chair – Ariel S. Winter

AD HOC COMMITTEES (Non-voting)
Annual Fund Chair – Ilene Busch-Vishniac
Baltimore Jewish Council Rep. – Ben Rosenberg
Beth Am Connection – Joanne Katz  and Risa Jampel
BAYITT Chairs  – Abigail Malischostak  and Alex Malischostak
Congregant to Congregant  – Joyce Keating
Development Chair – Lainy LeBow-Sachs
Development Co-Chair – Cy Smith
In For and Of, Inc. – Cindy Paradies
Marketing Chair – Ellen Spokes
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council Rep.  – Don Akchin