THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF
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.
Rabbi Nogah Marshall
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 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 thrilled to be a part of the Beth El family.
Before coming to Congregation Beth El, Debbie worked in the South Jersey area for over 30 years in public education. She began her career as a Preschool Teacher, then earned a Master's Degree from West Chester University and served as a Speech Pathologist in the schools while also running a private practice. Debbie continued her education and earned a second Master's Degree from Rowan University in Educational Leadership and further pursued Supervisor, Principal, and Superintendent's Licensure. Most recently Debbie has earned an Advanced Human Resources Strategic Management Certification from Cornell University.
Debbie led her team through the Grow NJ Kids state-sponsored initiative, which is designed to raise the quality of child care and early learning throughout New Jersey. The program, for which she was the Director, scored the first and still only 5-Star Rating. Her passion for her work with our children and families will be an asset to our Early Childhood program.
Debbie lives in Cherry Hill with Richard. She feels fortunate that her daughter Ashley and son-in-law Steve live in the same neighborhood. Debbie enjoys traveling to Disney, summers at the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Membership, Events,and Programming
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 at 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. 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 on top of the countless other things she does for Beth El.
In her free time, Tamar loves to travel, enjoy theatre and spend time with her four children.
Events & Programming Manager
Reta’s roots in the Jewish community began with her time as a pre-school student at the JCC Klein Branch in Philadelphia. Reta received her Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Lock Haven University, but before beginning her career in the South Jersey Community, she worked in the sports & entertainment industry for 10 years.
Most recently, Reta worked down the road at the Katz Jewish Community Center as the Development Associate.
Reta enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with friends & family, and most importantly enjoying Aunt Reta days with her goddaughter and 3 young cousins. Reta is excited to join the Beth El Family and continue our shul's many traditions
Marketing, Communications, and Membership Specialist
Educational Programs Administrator
A familiar face around Beth El, Sarah Donsky has been a member for many years and has worked in the Beth El office, the Religious School, the Early Childhood Center, and ran our High Holy Days programming. Sarah is excited to now be full time as the Educational Programs Administrator. As the Educational Programs Administrator she is your go-to person for everything related to Religious School and Hebrew High School, as well as continuing to lead the High Holy Days babysitting.
Sarah Donsky graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Psychology.
Assistant to ECC Director
Nancy graduated from Holy Family University with a BS in Accounting. She has worked for the past 20 years as a bookkeeper/accountant. Before coming to Congregational Beth El, Nancy worked for 8 years as a Staff Accountant at L3 Communications in Philadelphia.
Nancy was raised in Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Delran, NJ. Her daughter, Jaime, is married with three children, James, Mila and Declan. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandchildren and her sisters. She is looking forward to traveling during her semi-retirement.
Mike began his accounting career as a staff accountant at NovaCare (a then Fortune 500 company) and began quickly accumulating vast experience in the accounting field. The majority of Mike's experience is with governmental and not-for-profit organizations, having done everything from leading audit engagements to designing and implementing dynamic fundraising plans. For many years Mike also ran a very successful public accounting practice before eventually returning to organizational accounting. Mike recently spent 5 years at Crozer Keystone Health System where he managed a grant portfolio of over a $50 million and was often an integral figure in complex decisions and strategies. He is bringing his expertise to Beth El and applying it to everything he does as the comptroller to keep Beth El fiscally sound with proper financial systems and controls.
Mike is the father of two wonderful children, is an avid cycler and also enjoys attending many theatre productions in the local Philadelphia area.