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Meet Our Team

 Rabbi David Ackerman 

The first time I stepped foot in Beth Am Israel’s sanctuary, I knew this was home. The warmth and light, the feeling of spiritual uplift, drew me in a deep and powerful way. And the community’s vibe mirrors this precisely. Join us here and you’ll see what I mean. You can reach me here

 Hazzan Harold Messinger

What I really cherish since arriving in 2006 is the encouragement I get to try new things with our community — to explore with passion the whole realm of prayer, song and spirit. You can reach me here

 Lori Dafilou, Executive Director

It is such an honor and a privilege for me to serve this amazingly warm and devoted congregation.  I feel such joy every time I walk into our sanctuary, but even more so, when I am in the company of our delightful congregants! You can reach me here

Leo Fuhrman, Education Director

Since joining Beth Am in 2017 as Education Director, I  have been focused on incorporating innovative educational approaches into the Hebrew school’s strong foundation in order to ensure our children are inspired and growing into knowledgeable, engaged Jews. You can reach me here

Jessica Glickman, Office Manager

What I love about BAI is that when you step in to the building you feel like family. No matter your background you are welcome and accepted by the community with open arms. You can reach me here

 Sarah Lefkowitz, Communication Coordinator/ Beit Midrash Admin

In 2018 when I started at Beth Am, I had such a great feeling. And I was right! I have never felt so welcomed, celebrated and so many belly aches from laughing so hard! It is one special place. You can reach me here

Laura Roeder, Bookkeeper 

I've been with Beth Am since 2011. Even though I don't get to see everyone face to face, I'm happy to talk with you about your account. You can reach me here


Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781