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BETH EL STAFF

Michele Alexandria
Rabbinic and Administrative Assistant
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michele@cbe.org 
 

I joined Congregation Beth El as the Rabbinic Assistant, in July 2019.  I assist Rabbi Shulman and Rabbi Avi with all the lifecycle events throughout the year.  Prior to joining the Beth El staff, I was self-employed as a Professional Organizer, as well as, hired by small businesses to help them manage their operations more efficiently and assist them with their bookkeeping needs. 

My greatest joy in life, for the past 17 years, is the spiritual work I do for others, as a trained Professional Spiritual Life Coach, and Emotional Healing Facilitator.  There is nothing more beautiful, and powerful, then guiding others to heal, and live joyously from their Soul. 

Maria Alvarez
Executive Assistant/Office Administrator
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I am the Executive Assistant, Office Administrator and Member Accounts Administrator at Congregation Beth El. I attended Cal State University Bakersfield, where I studied Business & Accounting. 
Prior to joining Beth El five years ago, I worked at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and W. J. Bradley Mortgage Company in various similar positions. 
As Executive Assistant, Office Administrator and Member Accounts Administrator at Congregation Beth El, I wear many hats, which include: 
•    Manage the day-to-day operations of the office, including the graphic/layout design of the various booklets used at our events, weekly services, and annual meeting.
•    Provide a bridge for smooth communication between the Executive Director’s office and internal/external contacts.
•    Process all payments and donations from members and non-members.
•    Work with the contracted security company to monitor the security of the facility, especially all entry gate areas, using security cameras, software, and intercom device.
•    Work with the Facilities Manager and staff to coordinate various quarterly and annual building inspections, appointments with vendors for continuous upkeep, and maintenance of facilities equipment and the campus.
For fun I love to travel, explore new places and meet new people.
Cheryl Katz
Director of Jewish Learning
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Cheryl Katz is before all else a student, and believes that learning can never be finished.  She hopes to instill the same lifelong quest for knowledge and yet more questions in her students.
 
Cheryl held educational leadership positions at several synagogues around San Diego before coming to Beth El.  She taught 6th and 7th grade Hebrew and tutored b'nai mitzvah for many years.  She has also served congregations as a Cantorial Soloist and High Holy Day hazzan.
 
A passionate student of hazzanut, advocate for children and teens and seeker of vibrant spiritual experiences, she strives to spark authentic, deep and enduring love of Judaism in students of all ages.
 
Cheryl is a Masters candidate in Jewish Education at the Davidson School of Jewish Education at Jewish Theological Seminary.
David Lipsitz
Ba'al Tefilah & CHAI Coordinator
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Hi, I'm David Lipsitz, the new Ba'al Tefillah and Chai Coordinator at Beth El. Though I studied Government and Politics at University of Maryland, it was through my many singing groups that I found my ultimate calling in music. I have been privileged to sing and lead services in over 100 synagogues worldwide. My goal this year is to infuse as much music as possible into the everyday experience of our synagogue community. When I'm not singing around San Diego, you can find me scaling summits in remote ranges around the globe. 

Sarah Marsh
Senior Accountant
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I joined Congregation Beth El as the Senior Accountant in 2015.  I’m responsible all accounting, financial, and HR functions.   

I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Psychology and went on to pursue my MS in Accounting.  Prior to Beth El, I worked as an accounting consultant for several small businesses and was also the owner of an office supplies business for many years. 

My joy in life is spending time with my three beautiful daughters and our three furry babies! 

Tzachi Rechter
Executive Director
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I am excited to join with you at Congregation Beth El as the new Executive Director. I am looking forward to bringing my extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations to Beth El and working together with the lay leadership, Rabbi Shulman, Rabbi Libman, and the synagogue staff to grow and strengthen our community.   

I grew up in a Kibbutz in Israel and worked many years in leadership of educational and non-profit organizations in Israel and Hong Kong. I then moved to the business world and spent 15 years in the startup space as the founder of a few startups and consultant to early-stage startups.     

Throughout the years, I kept my deep involvement in the Jewish world and served on the Board of Directors of Jewish congregations and schools.

Valentina Sharabi
Marketing and Events Coordinator
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valentina@cbe.org 

I am the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Congregation Beth El. Prior to this position, I was the Rabbinic Assistant for Rabbi Shulman and Rabbi Avi for two years.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and have worked and volunteered for Jewish organizations in San Diego for many years. 
 

I believe in the power of community and I'm grateful to be part of the Congregation Beth El family. As an event coordinator, I have assisted our members in many wonderful simchas. Also, I have organized many of Beth El's holiday celebrations and Adult Jewish Learning events.

As the marketing coordinator, I'm in charge of our communications. I created our weekly "Beth El Is Together" newsletter and BEIT Beth El Is Thursdays: Adult Jewish Learning newsletter. I work closely with our staff in the production of our Program Guide, House Key. This past year, as we moved our programming online, I was involved with the High Holy Days Livestream production and transferring our in-person programming to events online.  I'm currently the Live Producer for our Shabbat Morning Services via Zoom webinar, Facebook Live, and Beth El's website Livestream. I also coordinate our online programming on Zoom.  Lastly, I'm in charge of updating our website, event photography, event registration,  social media content and design, and video. I invite you to view last year's holiday celebrations, learning experiences, and events here

Dvora Vinick
Program Director
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As Program Director at Congregation Beth El, I have the privilege of helping to build community for our synagogue family through programming, social action efforts, and Hesed support. I enjoy collaborating with committees to bring their creative visions to life at Beth El.  

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Prior to moving to San Diego, I worked as a therapist with survivors of child sexual abuse in individual, family and group settings.  

I am grateful to the warm and welcoming community I have found for myself and my family at Beth El. I hope to be able to help others make lasting and meaningful relationships. 

BETH EL FACILITY STAFF

Antonio CarmonaAntonio Carmona
Facilities Manager

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Daniel Garcia
Facilities 

 

 

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Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782