Staff/Board of Trustees


Executive Director
Dr. Ted Merwin ( 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.


Office Staff

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 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

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

Annual Fund and 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 Vice President
Adina Amith, 2nd Vice President
Betty M. Chemers, Secretary
Bob Wittenstein, Treasurer

TRUSTEES (One-Year Term  2019)
Heather Ashbury
Anne Moss

Steve Koenigsberg

Brenda Serpick

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

Julie Gottlieb
Scott Zeger

RABBI (Voting)
Daniel Cotzin Burg

Lainy LeBow-Sachs

Continuing Ed Chair – Aaron Zelinsky
Continuing Ed Co-Chair – Robert Lieberman
Finance Chair – Bob Wittenstein
Kiddush Chair – Desiree Robinson
Membership Chair – Karen Sugar
Membership Co-Chair – Karen Egorin Yaker
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

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