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Rabbi Scott Hoffman

July 2019 -Present


Rabbi Scott Hoffman was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He grew up in Shaare Tefila Congregation, where his passion for Judaism was nurtured by many people, most notably Rabbi Martin Halpern z"l and Cantor Gershon Levin z"l. He was a participant in the International Bible Contest in Israel in 1979, one of eight high school students  representing the United States. Rabbi Hoffman earned a BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, an MHL and ordination from JTS in 1991, and more recently a Ph.D. in Talmud and rabbinics from New York University. His primary academic interest is the analysis of Biblical and rabbinic texts, often in ways that are "outside the box."

Most of Rabbi Hoffman's career has been spent serving two congregations in Long Island, the Lake Success Jewish Center (1995-2007) and Temple Israel of South Merrick (2007- 2018). He is a past president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau/Suffolk/Queens and has served on the boards of the RA Executive Council, the Hillel Institute for Conversion, the Long Island Board of Rabbis, the Great Neck Interfaith Clergy Association and the Black/Jewish Coalition for Justice.

Rabbi Hoffman has been married since 1989 to Phyllis Golden Hoffman, an opera singer with degrees from the Hartt School of Music (BA) and the Manhattan School of Music (MA).  Phyllis has been for the last several years a teacher at PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, located in Coney Island. Rabbi and Phyllis are the proud parents of three adult children, David (25), Reuven (22) and Ethan (21).

Besides his work and family, Rabbi Hoffman's passion is running, a sport he has loved since his mother bought him Nike Waffle Trainers in 1976.  




Eve Margol, Director of Early Childhood School                                                                             


Eve Margol is an educator with 18 years’ experience in the classroom and individualized instruction. She is the Director of the Early Childhood School here at B'nai Shalom of Olney. With a Master’s Degree in Early childhood Education, concentration in special education, coach for Non-medicated strategies for children with ADHD and trainer for the Phono-Graphix® reading technique, Eve’s guiding philosophy is to create a specialized learning environment that offers differentiated instruction and social/emotional strategies designed to help student learn and navigate their world. In addition, Eve is the owner of LinkEducation Resources which offers consultation services, training and educational therapies to meet the individual needs of students and the teams that support them.  Eve lives in Olney with her husband Bill and they have two sons.  Her son Cole lives in Atlanta, GA and is studying law.  Her younger son Sam is a senior in college and studying Music Industry.

Dana Foster, Director of Education and Youth                                                                                                                                               


Dana Foster was born and raised in Montgomery County, where she attended Hebrew Day Institute and graduated from Quince Orchard High School. She spent her summers with her mother's family in Israel and was active in her synagogue, Tikvat Israel, serving as President of her USY chapter there. She went to the University of Maryland where she studied English and Social Studies Education. In 1997, she studied Holocaust history in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany as part of Hillel's "Bridges for Understanding" program.    

Dana first started teaching religious school her junior year of college and has done so consistently for the 20something years since. She worked for 10 years at the Close Up Foundation, a civics education organization, developing curriculum and training teachers from all over the country in experiential and issue-centered education.  Dana lives in Olney with her husband, Christian, and their two sons, Mason and Jacob. When she isn't on sports fields cheering for her boys, she can be found listening to musicals, reading or cooking.




Hal Bordy, Executive Director


Hal Bordy joined the BSO staff July 1 ,2020 after serving as an Administrator at Bethesda Jewish Congregation and prior to that Beth Israel of Media, PA. Having served as CEO/President of the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, CA and steering the planning, capital development and construction of that Jewish communal campus and prior to that the same project-based leadership of the Asper Campus and Rady JCC in Winnipeg, Canada, he retired from the JCC world in 2012 and continued his involvement with communities and transitioned from being a synagogue volunteer leader and officer to serving in senior administrative positions in synagogues.

In addition to his work in the Jewish community, he has also had a parallel career in graduate social work education. Having received his Masters in Social Science Administration (MSW) from Case Western Reserve University, he has been an adjunct instructor for several universities with the most recent Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He has also taught in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France and England and has coordinated allocations and support for projects in Israel.

Hal lives in Rockville with his wife, Cheryl, a speech pathologist, and their bichon fries, Maggie. He is very proud of his two grandsons, Mochai (6) and Archie (4) who live in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Free time is spent in developing his culinary skills, travel, the arts and reading.


Jennifer Kramer, Office Administrator


Jennifer comes to B’nai Shalom after spending 5 years with BBYO (NRE) in Rockville as their Office Manager/Executive Assistant. She was born and raised in Montgomery County and currently lives in Germantown with her husband, Kirill Reznik, their daughters, Caitlyn & Gabriella, and their 2 dogs, Mickey and Tinkerbell. When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys playing mahjongg, reading historical fiction, and relaxing with friends. She’s very excited to be continuing her career within the Jewish community by joining the BSO family.                                           

Christine Nguyen, ECS Administrator


Christine is a recent graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor's degree in Information Systems. She is excited to join the ECS community and start her first experience in early child education. Christine also has two loving dogs that take up the majority of her time and enjoys cooking as a side hobby.

Suzann Tom, Bookkeeper


Suzann comes to B'nai Shalom with more than 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance field.  She earned her Master of Science degree in business with a concentration in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University.  Suzann and her husband, Barry, along with their son, Ryan, have lived in Olney for more than twenty years.  Suzanne is very active in the community and enjoys traveling and sports when she is not working.

Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781