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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 

Monica Blum, Executive Director                                                                                                                                 monica.blum@bnaishalomofolney.org        

 Monica Blum grew up in New Jersey and lived in Colorado for 10 years before settling in the Baltimore area about 16 years ago. She spent many    years as a stay-at-home mom and returned to the workforce in 2010. For the last 7 years, Monica has worked at Har Sinai Congregation in Owings  Mills in various roles, including Director of Communications. She has served as the Temple Administrator, our equivalent of Executive Director for the  last 3 years.

 Monica has a BA in English. She is a graduate of the Darrell D. Friedman Institute's L'Atid Leadership Program. She is a Senior Member of NATA (The  National Association for Temple Administration) and served on the Editorial Board for the NATA Journal.                                                                          

When she's not working, Monica enjoys reading, writing and cooking. She is a wine lover, a cookbook collector and a crocheter. She has two sweet rescue dogs, Indy and Mavis. More than anything, Monica loves spending quality time with her three amazing children, Sam (19), Sophie (17) and Rachael (13), and her long-time partner, Jeff.

 

 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

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.                                      

Christine Nguyen, Administrative & Marketing Assistant, ECS - christine.nguyen@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                    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 majority of her time and enjoys cooking as a side hobby. 

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