BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Randi Buergenthal, President
A lifelong Baltimorean, Randi is a marketing consultant with over 25 years of experience. In addition to her role as president of Beth Israel, Randi is vice chair of the board of the JCC of Greater Baltimore. She is a past president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter, and former chair of The Associated’s Community Chavurah. Randi has served on the American Marketing Association National Advisory Board and the boards of the Carroll Community Foundation and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation. She has received an Award of Merit from the American Marketing Association, USCJ’s Young Leadership Award and the JCC Association Esther Leah Ritz Leadership Award. Randi is an alumni of the University of Maryland, a Wexner Foundation Fellow and a graduate of ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute. She conveniently lives just minutes from Beth Israel with her husband John, a management consultant, and daughters Eliza (19) and Chloe (16).
Marc Hertzberg, 1st Vice President
Marc’s passion for his family and belief in giving back the Jewish community has led him to many roles on Beth Israel’s Board of Trustees, where he currently serves as First Vice President A graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Maryland School of Law, Marc is an attorney and CPA who has has worked as an investment advisor for over 15 years. He also serves om the Board of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, and coaches his children's sports teams. Marc lives in Owings Mills with his wife Randi and four children.
Heidi Hoffman, 2nd Vice President
Scott Gensler, 3rd Vice President
Scott identifies and evaluates new business opportunities for Erickson Living, the nation’s leading developer and manager of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Throughout Scott’s 18-year tenure with Erickson Living, he has served in many leadership positions. He has an impressive knowledge of key aspects of the senior living business, including Development, Acquisitions, Finance, Sales and Marketing, and Operations.
Scott earned a M.B.A. from the Selligner School of Business at Loyola College and B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
Scott has participated in many leadership program such as Baltimore County Leadership, Sulam for Emerging Leaders and L'Atid. Scott also serves as the Vice Chair of the Fund for Education Excellence, a local education fund working to improve student achievement in Baltimore City Schools.
Scott and his wife Diane were married at Beth Israel. Their three children have grown up at Beth Israel. Graduating Beth Israel’s preschool and currently enrolled in the Community Learning Lab.
Len Rus, Treasurer
Len is a CPA and partner with 30 years of experience at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates where he heads the firm’s tax department. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Baltimore with a specialization in Taxation and received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Association of CPA’s state tax committee and a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.
Len is married to Roz, a lifelong Beth Israel congregant from the Randallstown days. He has two children, Barret who is in the EMET program at Beth Israel and Janna who is in the Ma’alot program.
Ellie Feinerman, Financial Secretary
Ellie graduated from American University with a degree in Psychology and worked for The Washington Post for 5 years. She has been on the Board of Trustees for many years and served as Membership co-chair and Programming Co-chair. She is also involved with the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation and has served on their Executive board in several positions including Grants Chair.
Jason Taule, Recording Secretary
Native Baltimorean, Jason is a 25+ year veteran of the cyber security industry having worked in both the intelligence community and commercial information assurance sectors, first consulting to Federal agencies and then serving as inside Chief Security and Privacy Officer at large systems integrators like General Dynamics and CSC. Jason helped create the US-CERT, authored the Maryland Data Privacy Law, led a multi-million dollar global cyber security practice for a large international consulting firm, and for the last 15 years has been a luminary in the US Health IT space supporting various programs within DHHS. Jason received his undergraduate degree in Business from the College of William and Mary and earned his Master’s in Information Technology Management from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Jason brings the same passion, integrity, commitment, and interpersonal skills to all walks of his life. He is a Board Member of the Howard County Economic Development Authority Technology Council, is a Leader of the HTC HACKIT Cyber Affinity Group, and is the founder of the HoCo CISO “CISO-in Residence(sm)” program. Jason is on the National Advisory Council of the CISO Executive Network, is a member of the Homeland Security Preparation and Response Team, and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.
Jason’s greatest passion is his family and has spent three generations at Beth Israel. Along with his parents and sister he frequented Beth Israel at the congregation’s original home in Randallstown, where Jason graduated both the Beth Israel Hebrew School and Commencement Program. Jason, his wife Stacey, and their two children Aliyah and Aaron now make their home in Greenspring Valley and all are active members of the congregation. Both children began their life at Beth Israel in the pre-school, went on to graduate from the Hebrew School, became B’nai Mitzvot and continue their journey through the Ma’alot program. Lastly, Jason is a graduate of Beth Israel’s inaugural Sulam for Leaders program, a member of L'Atid, a leadership program for synagogue leaders throughout Baltimore, a member of our Board of Trustees, and an active member of the Adult Learning Committee, for which he previously served as Co-Chair.
Beth Hecht, Corresponding Secretary
Beth Land Hecht is the Senior Manager for Community Engagement for Jewish Community Services. Beth received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1983. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
Beth and her family joined Beth Israel in 2006 following a move to Owings Mills. Beth has co-chaired the Beth Israel Cares committee and the Membership committee.
Beth is married to David and has two children, Daniel and Emily, and two stepdaughters Rebecca and Lizzy. Beth is the Bubby of Dafna and Leah.
Harry Baumohl, Immediate Past President
A lifelong Baltimorean, Harry is committed to the community he calls home. A graduate of Rider University, Harry studied law at the University of Baltimore, where he was a member of the Law Review, and spent a semester at England’s Cambridge University. Harry has served as an appellate Law Clerk at the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and is a past president of the Maryland Collaborative Law Association. He has practiced law continuously since 1982 and is currently a partner at Baumohl Hamburg LLC. He has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer and his firm has received The Baltimore County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year. Harry is always willing to get involved. He is a Designated Hitter for the Baltimore Orioles, a local liaison for Rider University, a volunteer attorney for CHANA (Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women) and for Jewish Legal Services. He is married to Randee Baumohl and has two sons, Ryan and Michael. Harry spends his free time with his family and volunteering for the many causes to which he is committed.
Board of Trustees
Harry Baumohl 2013-2015
*of blessed memory