THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Josh Laster

Executive Director

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: jlaster@bethelsnj.org

marshall-edited1-e1471292469972Rabbi Nogah Marshall

Educational Director

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 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.

Contact: nmarshall@bethelsnj.org

Beth-El-Headshot-Option-2-Debbie-Beideman-e1499374119565Debbie Beideman

ECC Director

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.

Contact: dbeideman@bethelsnj.org

tamar-edited1-e1471292323118Tamar Barkan

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.

Contact: tbarkan@bethelsnj.org

rfeldmancrop-e1500053217854Reta Feldman

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.

Contact: rfeldman@bethelsnj.org

OFFICE STAFF

Leora Waiche

Clergy Executive Assistant

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: lwaiche@bethelsnj.org

d-edited-e1471293669931Davida Chornock 

Marketing, Communications, and Membership Specialist

14-bethelheadshotround2-img_9892-e1472767441847Sarah Donsky

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.

belleshirt-e1471298120157Belle Hirn

Assistant to ECC Director
 

shirley-edited-e1471293726716Shirley Yaffa

Administrative Secretary
 

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

nancy-edited2-e1471295371648Nancy Barr

Staff Accountant

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.  

 

lauraedited-e1471294634314Laura Bruzzese 

Account Manager

MAINTENANCE

ralph-edited-e1471294964226Ralph Maietti

Director of Maintenance