Rabbi GoldsteinJay R. Goldstein, Rabbi

Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein has been the spiritual leader of Beth Israel for the past Twenty years. Born and raised in Chicago, he attended the University of Wisconsin and received his masters, ordination and honorary Doctor of Divinity at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he served as Rabbi for 12 years at Temple B’nai Abraham in Meriden, CT and as the community Hospital Chaplaincy chair as well. 
Rabbi Goldstein is a past President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and has served on the Chancellors cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the executive committee of the International Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Goldstein been involved on many of the Boards of the Jewish Community, including  J.C.S., J.C.C., C.J.E.  and lots of other wonderful community acronyms that keep changing.

Most importantly, after 32 in the pulpit, and ten more before that as a Cantor for the HHD, he still loves what he does and looks forward to each day of service to members of our shul and the Jewish people. Rabbi Goldstein has three grown children, David (Laura), Josh and Shira, who give him only nachas. His wife Cindy is Executive Director of the Darryl Friedman Institute at the Weinberg Center for professional development

Cantor Jen Rolnick

 Jen Rolnick, Cantor

Cantor Jen Rolnick grew up in Sugar Land, Texas and was inspired as a child by the Jewish music she heard at home and learned in her synagogue's youth choir.  She studied classical voice and piano at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music and received her Masters degree in Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Cantor Rolnick lived in Israel for a year as part of her studies where she davened at the Kotel with the Women of the Wall, sang at Masada with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and studied Yiddish in Tel Aviv at the Tel Aviv University Naomi Prawar Kadar Yiddish Summer Institute.   The following year, she was nominated to be a student delegate and attended the 2016 World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

Cantor Rolnick has served for four years as Hazzan for the High Holidays at Congregation Shaar HaShalom in Houston, Texas and for two years as the student cantor of Congregation Beth El in New London, Connecticut where she was chosen to sing for the Connecticut State Assembly 37th Annual Holocaust Rememberance Ceremony.  She most recently served as cantorial intern for Congregation Ansche Chesed and assistant conductor for the Shirei Chesed Community Chorus in New York City.  

Administrative Staff

Andy Katz

Andy Katz, Executive Director

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Andy's parents were members of Congregation Beth El where his father volunteered and served on the Board of Trustees, and his mother was active in her local chapter of Hadassah. Following in his father’s footsteps, Andy became the president of his chapter of United Synagogue Youth and tutored students for their bar and bat mitzvahs.

After moving to Baltimore, Andy became a member of Beth El Congregation where he served as Co-Chair of the House Committee, was active on the Board of Trustees and Membership Committee, worked with the IT, Budget and Finance, and Board Development Committees. As Andy's involvement grew at Beth El, he assumed the role of Assistant Administrator. 

charlaCharla SimmsOffice Manager

Charla worked for 4 years in a similar position at Shiloh Baptist Church and several years as administrative assistant to a minister.




Esther Goldfeiz, Accountant 

 Ann FriedmanClergy Administrative Assistant

Ann is a lifelong Baltimorean with a long time connection to Beth Israel. During the Liberty Road days, she was married at Beth Israel, and both of her children celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs here. After completing a certification course, Ann became an assistant at Beth Israel Preschool. 

Ann spent some time teaching Preschool, and eventually became Assistant Director for a Child Care Center. She returned to Beth Israel in 2000 as the Administrative Assistant to the Clergy. Ann currently lives in Reisterstown, and has six grandchildren.

Dana Snyder, Communications Coordinator
Dana earned a Master’s Certificate from Johns Hopkins University in Visual Communications and Digital 3-D Design. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, summa cum laude, from Towson (State) University. In addition to gifted and talented art classes in high school, she has also taken courses at the Maryland Institute of Art. Dana was Supervisor of Communications for an education management company that operated alternative schools for at-risk youth in the inner city. In addition to her background in marketing communications, she managed a Curves women’s gym. She has also worked for a newspaper publisher, coordinating the advertising and laying out local publications.

Education Staff

Rabbi Blatt

Rabbi Rachel Blatt, Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Blatt has expertise in formal and informal Jewish education, and has served as the Assistant Director of a Religious School, a Judaics educator for adults, children and families, as well as the head of Judaics for Camp Ramah.  She holds a Masters in Rabbinic Studies and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education as well as ordination from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University.


Sherry Caplan, Preschool Director
Sherry Caplan has been a preschool teacher at Beth Israel for 16 years. Before that, her three children attended Beth Israel. She is passionate about the school, its philosophy and the journey ahead. The staff and families at the preschool make every day a special one. 
Sherry received a Bachelor’s degree from Towson University and continues to engage in professional development, including membership in a Community of Practice at the Center for Jewish Education.




Becca RosenfeltBecca Rosenfelt, Program Coordinator
Becca has a BA in Advertising and Marketing from Ithaca College in New York.  She has served as USY advisor for Beth Israel since 2010 before becoming Program Coordinator/USY Advisor.  Under her guidance, Beth Israel won Seaboard Region USY Chapter of the Year for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. Before coming to Beth Israel, Becca has held other roles in the community working for both the Jewish Times, and the Baltimore Zionist District.

Congregational Life

Mayer Zimmerman, Ritual Director

Mayer has been Ritual Director at Beth Israel since 1994. Mayer has an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Catonsville Community College. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, City University of New York, with a major in Hebrew and a minor in Political Science. Mayer also has a Master’s degree in Education from Hunter College. Mayer has been a federal employee at CMS/HCFA (Medicare) for 38 years; 36 of the years in charge of fire protection for 35,000 health care facilities in the US. He still a member of National Fire Protection Association and Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Marcy Snow, Bonim and Machar Advisor
Marcy Snow is a resident of Reisterstown. She has been a teacher in the Beth Israel Preschool for 17 years. She has been a youth advisor for Machar and Bonim for 15 years. She especially enjoys seeing her preschool children join in Beth Israel Youth activities.

Shleimut (Wellness) Staff

Sarah Shapiro LCSW-C, Social Worker
Sarah Shapiro was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  A graduate of Park School and Yale University, she received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning.

Since 2005, Ms. Shapiro has served as Beth Israel’s Shleimut Social Work Consultant, providing short-term counseling and information and referral services as well as educational programming to congregants and school families.  In addition, Ms. Shapiro has been employed by Jewish Community Services (JCS) since 1998 providing consultation services to a variety of local Jewish day schools during the school year and to Camp Louise through Summer 2005 during the summer months.

Prior to joining the staff of JCS, Ms. Shapiro worked first as a Program Officer in the area of Health and Human Services for the Abell Foundation and then for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services as a School-Based Social Worker at Milbrook Elementary School.  Ms. Shapiro was the founding board president and continues to be an active board member of Art with a Heart, a non-profit organization bringing visual arts classes to underserved communities in and around Baltimore.

Anita Meddin RN, Congregational Nurse
Anita has been interested in the Shleimut program since its inception and volunteered to be our congregational nurse after the previous grant ran out. Anita is available to discuss health concerns facing congregants and their families. She can do health screenings, home and hospital visits, and provide health education and advocacy. Anita has worked several specialties over the past 35 years starting out in the 70’s in the new field of high risk neonatology. She spent over 8 years in pediatric nursing and then changed her focus to adult medicine and occupational health nursing at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has spent the last ten years in cancer nursing and has worked at the University of Maryland’s Greenbaum Cancer Center as a Certified Oncology Nurse.