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Josh Laster joined Congregation Beth El in October 2015. Josh has been working in the Jewish community since 1999 with a focus on Jewish communal service, youth work, education and programming. Prior to joining Beth El, Josh served as the Executive Director of Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, NJ and at Ohev Shalom in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.
Before beginning his career as a synagogue executive director, Josh worked in IT sales with a focus on communications and software specific applications, as a full time Jewish youth professional and as an elementary school teacher. He served as the Waterfront Director at URJ Camp Harlam for six years and is an active member of the Camp Harlam Council. He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University in May of 1997.
Josh attributes his love of working within the Jewish community to a few sources. The first is his father’s role as a Temple Administrator for 14 years. His father was the Executive Director at Temple Sinai in Washington D.C. The second is Josh’s years spent as the Waterfront Director at URJ Camp Harlam. Camp Harlam holds a special place in his heart, because his parents met there in 1967, while his dad was also the Waterfront Director. And the third is the twelve years spent in part-time and full-time youth work at various congregations in the Philadelphia area.
Josh is married to Erica. They have two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Maryn.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Nogah Marshall is thrilled to join the Beth El community. Rabbi Marshall is no stranger to synagogue life. As the eldest of five children born to a rabbinic family with a father, brother and sister-in-law all rabbis, the synagogue has always been a home away from home. Prior to her arrival to Congregation Beth El, she served as the Educational Director at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA for 10 years and before that, as the Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach, FL. Rabbi Marshall created and coordinated exciting programs, including a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony for adults with special needs for which she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the JFCS of West Palm Beach as well as numerous Solomon Schechter Awards.
Rabbi Marshall has focused her work on children, families, and special needs individuals. She specializes in creative curriculum development, family & adult education, and building a passionate, inclusive, nurturing Jewish community. Her educational philosophy centers on experiential education coupled with religious observance, “One of my goals is to create a love of Judaism in my students so that they want to learn and incorporate it in their daily lives. This can be done by creating a solid foundation and a strong sense of community. It’s not just about education, but about community.”
Rabbi Marshall received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Hebrew Letters. While attending Brandeis University, Rabbi Marshall was a member of the swim team, violinist in the Orchestra, as well as a member of the traveling Israeli dance troupe, B’yachad. She loves to travel and a has a strong passion and love for the State of Israel. And one of her hidden talents is juggling!
Rabbi Marshall, her husband Scott and their children Karni, Eyden, Austin and Jaclyn are looking forward to getting to know the Beth El family.Contact: email@example.com
Dina Eliezer is a passionate Jewish educator who has been celebrating Judaism with children and adults for over 30 years. From 1990 to 2011 she served as the Assistant Director and then Educational Director at Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) in Cherry Hill, NJ. She created a program and a curriculum that led to the accreditation and Framework of Excellence Award twice. From 2011 to 2015, she served as the Education Director of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas Texas. During her tenure there she revitalized the school with dynamic programming and state-of-the-art technology.
After traveling throughout three continents and attending various universities, Dina received a BA degree in Foreign Languages from Edison College. She earned her MA degree in Jewish Education in the Administration Track from Gratz College. For the last few years, she has been pursuing a Doctorate degree in Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago.
Dina was born in Turkey, raised in Israel. She is married to Edi and has three children, Netanel, Neomie and Elishay, and grandchildren Adrian and Elea.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamar was born and raised in Washington, D.C. At the age of twelve her family uprooted from the U.S. and made their new and permanent home in Jerusalem, Israel. After completing her high school education in Pelech Religious School in Jerusalem, she joined the Israel Defense Force for her mandatory two year service and served as a liaison between civilians and the military. Upon completing her service Tamar returned to the U.S. to pursue her B.A. degree from California State University of Northridge majoring in Early Childhood Education.
Following her passion for education, Tamar began working as a kindergarten teacher in the U.S. Upon returning home to Israel she began raising her own family, founded and directed a private daycare center and served as the cultural event director for her community in Moshav Chogla.
In 2006, Tamar, her husband Nir and their children, relocated to Voorhees at the request of Comverse Technologies, Nir’s employer. The Jewish education community welcomed her in various positions; Teacher, Family Program Director, Assistant Education Director and Youth group leader. With her love and connection to Israel, Tamar made it her mission to plan and coordinate customized trips to her homeland.
In her free time, Tamar loves to travel, enjoys theatre and spending time with her four children, three of whom returned to Israel to serve in the Israeli army.Contact: email@example.com
Leora is the third-generation from sunny San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a specialization in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University. Inspired by her grandparents’ involvement in the Jewish community, she has been active with leadership roles in United Synagogue Youth, Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, among others. For the past five years, Leora was the Executive Assistant and Programs Manager at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in San Diego.
Leora enjoys cooking and traveling. She most recently visited family in Israel. She has babysat for many children over the years and enjoys watching children discover and learn new things. Leora is excited to meet new people and discover this new city.
While new to Beth El, Leora has ties to our community. She was one of Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro’s Bat Mitzvah students and met Charlene Green in USY and was a bridesmaid in her wedding to Rabbi Green. Leora is delighted to join the Beth El family.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Kaplan has been the librarian for Congregation Beth El since 1988. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she received her MS in Library and Information science from Drexel University, where she was elected to Beta Phi Mu, the national library science honorary society. Amy selects, catalogues, and organizes all books and media in the synagogue library. In addition, she leads the monthly Short Story Discussion Group. She shares her love of books with synagogue members of all ages from Beth El preschoolers to seniors, and also serves as a facilitator for local book clubs.
Amy is active in Jewish organizations on the local and national scene. She served two terms as President of the Katz Jewish Community Center. On the national level, she was installed as a member of the board of the national Jewish Community Centers Association in 2008.
Amy and her husband Barnard, an ophthalmologist, have lived in Voorhees since 1979. They are the proud parents of Sarah, an attorney, and Naomi, a student at the University of Pennsylvania.Contact: email@example.com
Binyamin is our Youth Director, and also serves as our lead teacher in Hebrew High as well as a 6th grade teacher in our religious school. He has been a classroom teacher since age 16. He has taught in Europe, Asia and all over the U.S. Binyamin’s life goal is to change the way the world deals with teenagers and children! His innovating and fresh approach channels the strengths of our youth and helps them to discover self-motivation leading to a lifetime of Jewish learning and action.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org