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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 joined our staff in July 2002.  She brings over 10 years experience to our synagogue, having served as cantor at two congregations in Massachusetts.  A lyric soprano, she combines operatic vocal studies with her advanced Judaic knowledge and lifelong commitment to Jewish tradition to provide congregants with a worship experience conducive to active participation as well as individual prayer.

Cantor Geller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English at Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in near eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University.  She was admitted to the Cantors Assembly in 1999 and received her commission as Hazzan-Minister in 2002.  She served as vice president of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of New England.

During her career, Cantor Geller has prepared bar and bat mitzvah students to lead services and chant their Torah and Haftorah portions.  She has taught adult education courses in synagogue skills.  Cantor Geller has worked with professional and volunteer adult choirs as well as a kid's choir.  She enjoys teaching and singing with students in day school, Hebrew school, preschool, and summer camp settings.  

"I am very excited to be part of a community that celebrates Judaism and where people of all ages are eager to learn more and participate more," Cantor Geller says.

Originally from New Rochelle, N.Y., Cantor Geller is married to attorney Leon Geller, a Newton, Mass. native.  They have two daughters, Ruth and Becky.

 

ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS 

Carol Cohen Wolfe, Executive Director 

carol.cohenwolfe@bnaishalomofolney.org

Carol Cohen Wolfe joined the staff of B’nai Shalom in early 2015.  Carol has been an involved member of the Olney community for over 15 years and currently serves on the Boards of Olney Home For Life and Montgomery County Board of Social Services.  Carol has been an administrator of facility operations and social service programs for over 30 years and has specifically worked in areas of Jewish community services for more than 27 of these years.  During this time, Carol received various certifications as an Aging Services Professional.  Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from New York University, with additional business administration training. 

As Executive Director, Carol oversees the daily operations of the synagogue and is responsible, among other duties, for planning simhas with                   congregants, arranging appropriate space for meetings and other events, and serving as liaison between congregants and the Board of 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, (both for & non-profit), and legal services.  As the Executive Assistant for BSO since August 2016, Teresa provides daily support to our Executive Director, and 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.                                      

Sandy Weiss, Office Manager, ECS - sandy.weiss@bnaishalomofolney.org

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