Meet Our Team
Meet Our Clergy & Education Director
Meet Our Amazing Staff
Grace Gershkoff - Executive Director
I’m Grace Gershkoff, and my family and I joined Beth Am Israel in 1989. I had the honor of serving as president from 2001 to 2003 when our beautiful building was built. From 2004 to present, I have been a member of the Beth Am Israel staff, serving as our Executive Director. I earned my Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Join us here in this beautiful spiritual home, the soulful shul on the mainline.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk and get to know you.
Sara Chernov - Youth Activist and Teacher
Hello. Hello. Welcome to Beth Am Israel.
My name is Sara (without the “h”!), and I teach in the Beit Midrash and in our consortium called LMAHH (Lower Merion Area Hebrew High Schools). I also serve as the Youth Activist and Coordinator. Together, our BAI teens, some chaperones and I travel (such as to New York City) living our Judaism or in other local ways connecting our lives with the richness of our heritage and our obligations to Tikkun Olam.
Please contact me at email@example.com. I’d love to meet you and your children, and I’d be honored for your suggestions and contributions in making our youth programming vibrant and fun.
Jessica Glickman - Program Coordinator and Administrator
I am the Program Coordinator/Administrator at Beth Am Israel. From scheduling a meeting with Rabbi David to bar/bat mitzvah planning, I am here to answer your questions!
I’m a graduate of East Carolina University (B.A. Comparative Religion, 2007) and am currently pursuing my masters at the University of New Haven (M.S. Emergency Management 2018). At ECU, I was the president of Hillel and worked closely with other religious student groups to create meaningful and lasting interfaith connections, including the creation of an annual interfaith Passover Seder. I also serves as a mentor for Walking the Walk, a Philadelphia-based interfaith program for high school students.
I’m thrilled to bring my experience to Beth Am’s youth! Contact me at Jessica@bethamisrael.org!
Sarah Lefkowitz – Education Program Administrator & Communications Coordinator
Hello. I’m Sarah Lefkowitz, the Sarah with the “h”!. As the administrator for Beth Am Israel’s education program, I work directly with Leo, our education director, and for BAI’s Hebrew School. I’m also the go-to person for updating our website, increasing BAI’s presence on social media, and other marketing needs.
I graduated in 2017 from York College of PA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. In college, I was on the dance team and hosted my own radio show for two years. From college I went and worked at Beth Sholom and AJ in Elkins Park as the Director of Family and Youth Engagement. I love working with kids, spending time laughing with my family and friends, and when the Eagles are on- you’ll catch me cheering and yelling at the TV! I am the newest member in the Beth Am office and I’m so excited to be working at BAI, and thank you for welcoming me! Please reach out to me at any time at Sarah@bethamisrael.org.