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Board of Trustees

Officers

Heidi B. Hoffman, President
Heidi B. Hoffman has had a flavorful career at McCormick and Company.  Through the last 30 years, Heidi has led teams in production, materials management and marketing, including working on the corporate-wide integration of SAP, an industry-recognized software and enterprise application to streamline business processes.  Heidi grew up just outside Chicago, and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. She has earned Certification in Product and Inventory Management from APICS, the association for supply chain management. She is a certified Project Manager, having received her PMP Certification through the Project Management Institute. 

Heidi has been an active member of the Beth Israel community for over 20 years. She has served as President of the Parents’ Association, Corresponding Secretary on the Board of Trustees, and has been seen in several of the congregation’s Purim Spiels. As President, Heidi’s mission is to ensure that Beth Israel is a vibrant community for future generations.   
Heidi lives in Pikesville and has three children who attended and were confirmed through the Beth Israel Community Learning Lab.  

Scott Gensler, Executive 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, having graduated from Beth Israel’s preschool and been students in our Community Learning Lab.

Saundra Madoff, Co-Vice President
Saundra is a retired Jewish educator and administrator who worked at Krieger Schechter Day School for 24 years.  She earned her BA in Hebraic Studies from Rutgers University and her Masters in Jewish Education from the Baltimore Hebrew University.  In addition to serving as a co-vice president, Saundra is the chair of our “Lifelong Learning Committee”. She grew up at Beth Israel and she and her husband David were married at the synagogue.  Saundra and David are the proud parents of five grown children and seven grandchildren.

Jason Taule, Co-Vice President
Jason Taule is an information assurance and cybersecurity professional who has worked in both the intelligence community and commercial sectors. Jason currently serves as HITRUST Vice President of Standards and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In this capacity he oversees the ongoing development and evolution of the HITRUST CSF security and privacy controls framework to ensure its relevancy and continued sufficiency.  

Having grown up in Randallstown, Jason has been a member of Beth Israel his entire life.  He became a bar mitzvah in Randallstown, and was a member of one of the earliest graduating classes of our Hebrew School when the synagogue was in its original home on Liberty Road.  Jason completed our inaugural Sulam for Emerging Leaders class in 2012, has served on our Board of Trustees, and since 2013 has been a member of our Executive Committee, first as Recording Secretary and more recently as Co-Vice President.  Jason currently makes his home in Greenspring Valley along with his wife Stacey and their two children Aliyah and Aaron, both of whom attended Beth Israel pre-school, the Learning Lab, and Ma’alot.  

Ira Bormel, Co-Treasurer
Ira is a Financial Officer with Berman Enterprises, a real estate company that, along with its affiliates, owns and manages more than 9 million square feet of commercial office, retail, industrial/flex and residential properties in Maryland and four other states.  Having joined Beth Israel 25 years ago, Ira has served a few terms on its Board of Trustees and has been significantly involved in the Brotherhood, serving two separate terms as Brotherhood President. He also serves on the Board of the Seaboard Region of the FJMC (Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs). Ira and his wife Janis are the proud parents of three grown children and three grandchildren.

David Hecht, Co-Treasurer
Newly retired, David Hecht has 46 years of work experience, including 13 years as a CPA, and 30 years as a controller/CFO in the real estate construction field. Most recently, David served for three years as controller of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. 
David’s lay involvement has been extensive. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Big Brother Big Sister Program. He was previously on the finance committee of Beth Am, treasurer at Chevrei Tzedek, and on the Board of the Chesapeake Region Autism Society. He is happy to return to Beth Israel’s board as Co-Treasurer. David and his wife Beth live in Owings Mills, and have four children and four grandchildren.

Randall Singer, Financial Secretary
Randall serves as the Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits for PSA, an independent insurance brokerage and risk management firm. He is a Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of progressive experience working with various levels of management in corporate, IT, marketing, manufacturing and research settings. He joined PSA (formerly Armada) in 2009. Previously he served as the Vice President, Global Benefits for T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. He joined T. Rowe in 1999 and was responsible for managing the strategic design, administration, communication and compliance for the firm’s worldwide benefit plans. 

Randall has been a member of BI since he and his wife Margie got married in 2001. They have held many lifecycle events here, including their son's bris and daughter's baby naming, and later both B'nei mitzvah. Randall has been on the executive committee since 2016. In 2017 Randall co-chaired the search committee that recruited Cantor Rolnick.

Jeff Blum, Recording Secretary
Jeff is a new business account executive for Johnson Controls, where he helps customers find the right fit for their commercial security needs. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff has lived in the Baltimore area for the past 25-plus years and has extensive experience in sales and account management. Jeff also serves on the boards of The Hearing and Speech Agency as well as the Baltimore County Police Assistance Relief Fund. Jeff and his wife Karen have two children and live in Owings Mills. 

Melissa Adler, Corresponding Secretary
Melissa Baylin Adler has been a member of Beth Israel for her entire life. Melissa has attended preschool, religious school, gotten married and celebrated her children’s brit milot and now b’nai mitzvah at Beth Israel. Melissa’s lifelong involvement in our congregation has motivated her to join the Executive Board of the synagogue as Corresponding Secretary, and serve as head of the School Board for our Community Learning Lab.  
Melissa graduated from Hofstra University with her degree in Elementary Education and Jewish Studies. She earned her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Goucher College. Currently, Melissa is the professional development teacher for an elementary school in Baltimore County. She lives in Reisterstown with her husband, Brian, and her three boys.

Marc Hertzberg, Immediate Past 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.  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 almost 20 years.  He also serves on 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.

Board of Trustees

Howard Bernheim 
Michelle Bernstein
Rodney Blockston
Amy Bober-Schenerman
TJ Casser
Marc Ellison
Howard Gartner
Ted Gross
Risa Hurwitz
Howard Katz
Suzanne Kiewe
Randy Komenski
Chuck Krengel
Edie Meyers
Saundra Madoff
Fred Needel
Aliza Rothenberg
Len Rus
Scott Shindell
Karen Shuster
Barry Weiss
Josh Zukerberg

Past Presidents

Marc Hertzberg 2017-2019
Randi Buergenthal 2015-2017
Harry Baumohl 2013-2015
Stacey Berner 2011-2013
Sue Rabin 2009-2011
Sandy Bernheim 2007-2009
Allen Cohen 2005-2007
Steve Silfen 2003-2005
Phil Rabin 2001-2003
David Braitman 1999-2001
Marilyn Schloss 1997-1999
*Ted Schweitzer 1995-1997
Lou Friedman 1993-1995
Zelic Gresser 1989-1992
Ted Hirsh 1988-1989
*Larry Wolf 1986-1988
Alvin Bard 1984-1986
Searle Mitnick 1982-1984
*Abe Teitler 1980-1982
*Hilda Hillman 1978-1980
*Stephen Winters 1976-1978
Alvin Katz 1974-1976
Bernie Raynor 1972-1974
*William Biesel 1970-1972
*Jerry Gottesman 1968-1970
Lester Caplan 1966-1968
*Bob Berliner 1964-1966
*Ernest Siegel 1962-1964
*Gunther Borris 1960-1962
*Alvin Sandler 1958-1960, 1992-1993
*Jerry Mazer 1956-1958

*of blessed memory

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781