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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 lives in Olney with her husband, Mark, and their 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 17 years ago. Monica worked at Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore County for 7 1/2 years in various roles, including Director of Communications. She served as the Temple Administrator at Har Sinai for 3 1/2 years.

 Monica has a BA in English from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She is a graduate of the Darrell D. Friedman Institute's L'Atid Leadership Program. She was a Senior Member of NATA (The  National Association for Temple Administration) and served on the Editorial Board for the NATA Journal.  She is currently a member of NAASE (North American Association of Synagogue Executives).                                                                         

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, Sophie and Rachael, and her long-time partner, Jeff.

 

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. 

 

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, Interim Director of Education & Family Engagement                    rabbiblumenthal@bnaishalomofolney.org

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal is thrilled to be joining the BSO team! Rabbi Blumenthal has been involved in congregation based education for over two decades, and believes that emphasizing positive, authentic experiences and relationships into our education model is key to achieving the critical goal of engaging individuals and families in Jewish life. 

Rabbi Blumenthal earned a BA in sociology from Columbia University.  She holds a BA in Rabbinic Literature and an MA in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she won prizes for both student leadership and homiletics.  Rabbi Blumenthal served in pulpits in Vernon, CT and Ann Arbor, MI.  

Rabbi Blumenthal has created and executed many educational opportunities for children and teens, including a small group, flexible model for middle school; a service learning track for high school; and project-based learning in elementary school.  She has traveled with high school students all over the country, both through USY on Wheels, where she spent several summers as a group leader, and as the leader of congregation-based Alternative Spring Break delegations. 

After ten years in Ann Arbor, MI, Rabbi Blumenthal is excited to return to the East Coast with her husband, Ira, children, Andrew (7) and Maya (5), cats, Kona and Westley, and dog, Inigo.  Rabbi Blumenthal and Ira love to travel and are proud to have visited all 50 states!

 

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.             

Jennifer Kramer, Executive Assistant, BSO - jennifer.kramer@bnaishalomofolney.org                                                                                                              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.            

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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