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ABOUT OUR CLERGY

 Rabbi Dina Rosenberg

 July 2017 - Present
 rabbirosenberg@bnaishalomofolney.org

 Rabbi Dina Rosenberg was welcomed as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Shalom of Olney on July 1st, 2017.  She brings 6 years of experience from  serving a now thriving congregation in Brooklyn, New York.   Her primary interests include creating a positive and inclusive Jewish experience for  children of all ages and their families, creating rigorous educational series to encourage individuals to deeply engage with text and each other,  devising creative programing to make Judaism more accessible, and nurturing a love for Judaism by deepening congregants ’connection to God  and the sacred.  Rabbi Rosenberg has completed four 400-hour fellowships as a chaplain and continues to work toward her accreditation to be a     certified chaplain.  

 Rabbi Rosenberg was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2010 and earned her degree in Communication Arts at The University of Madison-Wisconsin (Go Badgers!)  

“Judaism should be joyful, inclusive, and accessible to all.  I am excited to join a talented professional team and create a joint vision to continue the legacy of BSO. ”
 
Originally from California, Rabbi Dina Rosenberg has moved to Olney with her fiancé, Mark, and her 2 dogs, Peanut Butter and Basil. She looks forward to developing a relationship with each of you.   

 

Hazzan Sara Geller

November 2002 - Present
cantorgeller@bnaishalomofolney.org  

Hazzan Sara Geller, a lyric soprano, is marking her twenty-fifth year in the cantorate.  She has served B'nai Shalom of Olney since 2002.  Hazzan Geller prepares bnai mitzvah students, teaches music and prayer in the religious and early childhood schools, and leads Shabbat and Festival services with her colleague, Rabbi Dina Rosenberg. 

Hazzan Geller has been a member of the Cantors Assembly since 1999 and currently serves on its Executive Council.  Last year she participated in the Jewish Federation's Tomorrow Fellowship. In previous years she served on a Montgomery County Public Schools Parent Advisory Council.  In 2018 Hazzan Geller will participate in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's prestigious Clergy Leadership Program.  Hazzan Geller has presented workshops at the UCSJ biennial convention as well as the Cantors Assembly annual conventions. 

Hazzan Geller previously served congregations Ahavath Torah in Stoughton and Temple Beth El in Swampscott, Massachusetts.  Hazzan Geller and her husband, Leon, and attorney, are the parents of daughters Ruth and Becky.  Hazzan Geller holds a master's degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and a BA from Cornell University.  Hazzan Geller is originally from New Rochelle, New York.

 

ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS 

 

 Linda Siegel, Director of Education and Family Engagement                                                           linda.siegel@bnaishalomofolney.org

 My story begins in the South, in Atlanta, Georgia, where I was the grandchild of the first man to run a kosher delicatessen in Atlanta … and now I am a  vegetarian and animal rights activist.  I was very shy as a child … and later went to graduate school in social work and Jewish philosophy to understand  how people work as individuals in the context of society and the collective mind.  I was confused during my adolescence … and later spent over twenty-  five years working with students and guiding them toward understanding and clarity.  I used to skip Hebrew school so I could walk to the corner 5 and 10  and buy chum gum for a penny … and now I am the Director of Education and Family Engagement for BSO.


 I have been a Jewish communal social worker and educator for more than thirty years, and I’ve had many opportunities to work as a member or leader  of senior staff to help advance the mission of nonprofits and to participate in the strategizing and implementing of program initiatives.  I served as a  National Program Director for B’nai Brith Youth Organization, as a high school counselor at the Melvin J. Berman Jewish Day School, and as the DC Regional Director of  Alexander Muss High School in Israel. 

And now, my work at BSO as an Educational Director is to support the synagogue’s mission and guide our community in the exploration and expression of what it means to  be part of the people of Israel.  I will strive to make the value of lifelong learning come alive by providing vibrant, meaningful, and personal learning opportunities for our kids  … and all the rest of us. 

 

Rabbi Sarah Meytin, Director of Early Childhood Education                              sarah.meytin@bnaishalomofolney.org

Sarah is an ordained rabbi with an MSW. She has significant program development and oversight, community engagement, and nonprofit administration experience. She has 10-plus years of education and teaching experience, including formal classroom education, workshop/ seminars, and educational program facilitation for children and adults of all ages.

Sarah has been in early childhood education since 2009, has completed the "90-hour course" in Early Childhood Education, and earned a National Director’s Credential from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She is also an alumna of the Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Institute (JECELI), Cohort 3.

Prior to joining the B'nai Shalom team as Director of Early Childhood Education, she served for four years as the assistant director of Gan HaYeled in Washington, DC. Sarah lives in Silver Spring, MD with her wife, Rachel, and their two children, Coby and Ruthie. 

 

ABOUT OUR STAFF

Teresa Click, Executive Assistant, BSO - teresa.click@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                                                                                     Teresa's family moved to Olney in the early 70's, where she attended Cashell Elementary, Redland Middle and Magruder High Schools; so Montgomery County is very much considered "home" for her and her husband, Jason, and their two cats.  Teresa has been a Jill-of-all-Trades for many years, having worked in retail management, office administration, marketing, and legal services (both in the private sector & for non-profits),  As the Executive Assistant for BSO since August 2016, Teresa provides daily support to our Executive Director, as well as Clergy.

Andrea Keller, Bookkeeper/Membership Engagement, BSO - andrea.keller@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                           Andrea has been employed at B'nai Shalom of Olney since April 2015 and is very familiar with our Synagogue. Previously, her 2 daughters attended  their preschool years at the ECS.  Andrea has a BA in Journalism from Radford University. She lives in Olney and is very active within the community.             

Brenda Sislen Bergstein, Religious School Admin  - brenda.bergstein@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                                            Brenda has been very active in the Jewish community as an educator, administrator and general roust-about for many years.  The proud mother of two daughters, she has called Montgomery County home all of her life and has deep roots in this community.  With a background primarily in early childhood education, BSO RS is her first experience working with older students and she is finding this a fun and challenging role.                                      

Tom Trelvik, Administrative & Marketing Assistant, ECS - tom.trelvik@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                                                Tom has a background in education, having taught middle school science in Bowie, MD, and English overseas while his wife was stationed with the US Army in Japan. He also has a tech background, having worked in IT and as a systems engineer. We feel lucky that Tom will bring both aspects of his passions and experience to the ECS. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Rockville with their daughter.

Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778