Staff/Board of Trustees


Executive Director
Henry S. Feller (

Henry FellerHenry Feller, our Executive Director, leads the administrative and operations staff of Beth Am and ensures that the synagogue runs smoothly. His wide ranging responsibilities include 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 ( or extension 16)
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.

Annual Fund Coordinator
Linda L. Small ( )
Linda oversees all communications and processing for the Annual Fund.  She has been with Beth Am since 1990.

Front Office Coordinator and Assistant to the Rabbi
Nakia Davis ( 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 general office duties. 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 ( or 410.598.6397)

Norman Weinstein ( 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 ( or extension 10)
Lynora designs all Beth Am’s marketing materials including Saturdays programs; monthly bulletin and other mailers. She also updates Beth Am’s social media channels.

Capital Campaign Coordinator
Rachel Weitzner ( or extension 21)

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.


Board of Trustees

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

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

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

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

Scott Zeger
Julie Gottlieb

RABBI (Voting)
Daniel Cotzin Burg

Efrem Potts
Lainy LeBow-Sachs

Continuing Ed Chair – Roberta Greenstein
Continuing Ed Co-Chair – Rachel Rosenheck
Finance Chair – Alan Kopolow
Finance Co-Chair – Joe Wolfson
Kiddush Chair – Desiree Robinson
Membership Chair – Patricia Fradkin-Berman
Membership Co-Chair – Meg Hyman
Religious Services Chair – Jodi Segal
Social Action Chair – Arthur Shulman
Social Action Co-Chair – Bonnie Guralnick
Youth Education Chair –  Dina Billian

Annual Fund Co-Chair – Ricky Fine
Annual Fund Co-Chair – Jim Jacobs
Annual Fund Co-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. – Don Akchin
Marketing Chair – Ellen Spokes
Operations Co-Chair – Ashley Pressman and David Demsky
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council Rep.  – Don Akchin