Our Professional Staff

Alex Pomerantz

Executive Director
(410) 523-2446, Extension 1121

Alex Pomerantz has always had a passion for helping the Jewish community. Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Alex moved to the Tidewater area in 1993 and was actively involved as a lay leader in the Tidewater Jewish community for 19 years. In 2011, Alex turned his passion into a career as a Jewish professional. Alex’s work history includes  the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF), and now, acting as the Executive Director for Beth Am Synagogue.

Alex’s passion for the Jewish community has led him to Baltimore and he will now do everything he can to move Beth Am in the right direction, for its members and the community.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing poker, golf, eating at local restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Please feel free to contact Alex with any questions you have.

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Susannah Kolstad

Director of Congregational Engagement and Programming
(410) 523-2446, Extension 1130

Susannah Kolstad was born here in Baltimore and raised in Hyattsville and Silver Spring, MD.  After college, she moved to Northern Virginia where her husband was working as a government contractor in and around the Pentagon. She converted to Judaism in December 2007 and became actively involved in her synagogue, Agudas Achim Congregation, including being a part of their band, Ein Lanu Z’man, and volunteering and leading young family events. For the last decade she has dedicated her time to running her own business as a postpartum doula, educator, and retreat leader, and volunteering for her synagogue and in the homeschool community. In late 2018, Susannah moved to Harford County and became actively involved in creating programming and events at Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace.  As many did during the pandemic, Susannah came to realize that her passion lied in building and engaging community members, especially within the Jewish Community. She is excited to be following her passion of engaging the congregation and community here at Beth Am.

In her free time, Susannah loves Broadway musicals, knitting and crocheting, gardening, and cooking.  She spends a great amount of time tending her little homestead in Bel Air with her husband, Brian, and her three kids.  Susannah looks forward to building a relationship with each of you. 

Devora Cohen

Office Manager and Rabbi’s Assistant
(410) 523-2446, Extension 1111

Devora Cohen joined the Beth Am team just before Rosh Hashanah in 2019 as the administrative assistant, following her move to Baltimore from Detroit, MI. Devora has now taken on the role of the Rabbi’s Assistant and Office Manager. She recently graduated from Towson University with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Sociology. Devora is now in graduate school at Towson University studying Human Resource Development.

Jennifer Millard

Financial Coordinator
(410) 523-2446, Extension 1117

Jennifer Millard comes to Beth Am with an extensive background in customer service and leadership, having worked as an office manager, operational support at local brokerages, in retail management, and as a Kindergarten teacher and director of preschool. Jen has a passion for writing and graduated from Salisbury University (Go Gulls!) with a degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, Jen is a wedding officiant and a freelance copy editor, with dreams of one day opening a cozy bookstore! Jen is the mother of twin teenagers and lives with her husband and children in Overlea. A proud Baltimorean, Jen is honored to have a role helping advance Beth Am Synagogue.

Monica Raffel

Programing and Communications Coordinator                                                                 410-523-2446, Extension 1120

Monica Raffel comes to Beth Am with an extensive background in marketing, public relations, communications, and event planning as a business owner working with clients such as The American Cancer Society, Northern Trust Bank, The New York Post and the American Red Cross, just to name a few. Monica’s vast knowledge in these fields, not to mention her love of Judaism and Beth Am, make her a wonderful fit for her new role.

Monica will lend support to the planning, logistics, and execution of most programming, as well as coordinate all Beth Am communications, marketing, and social media campaigns.