Our Staff and Board
OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Robert D. Friedman, Executive Director
Robert Friedman was born into the congregation. He has been involved in many aspects of synagogue life including leading youth services, reading Torah, and teaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah children. Robert is a graduate of Temple University. In 2000, Robert became an officer of the Congregation and in 2009 he was named Executive Director. Robert oversees the office staff and operations of the facility, and supervises the administrative and maintenance staff. He acts as liaison to many committees and he assists with life-cycle events as well as adding support to the lay leadership.
Roberts works with the clergy, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and lay leadership to execute the affairs of the synagogue: membership development; fundraising, marketing, communications, event management, dues administration; budgeting; and identifying new opportunities for programming development and interpersonal growth among members. Robert welcomes the opportunity to meet with all current and prospective members of the congregation.
Debbie Miner, Director of Jewish Teen Collaborative (JTC)
Debbie Miner is currently the director of the Jewish Teen Collaborative, the educational program for students in grades 7 through 10 at Adath Jeshurun and Beth Sholom. She started her time here as a teacher in Adath Jeshurun's Religious School, became the assistant director for Curriculum and Instruction, and then the Educational Director at AJ. Debbie has her B.A. and masters in Education from Temple University. Debbie and her husband, David, were married at AJ and their children grew up with AJ as their second home.
Anita Block, Interim Director of the AJ Preschool and Infant Center
Anita Block, M.Ed, is currently the Interim Director of Adath Jeshurun Preschool and Infant Center. She has previously served as the Interim Director of Tiferet Beth Israel Early Education Center and the Kehillah Early Learning Center operated by Federation Early Learning Services. Anita was the director of the Lokoff Early Learning Center for Federation Early Learning Services in Ambler, PA. Prior to re-entering the field of early childhood education, Anita was the Director of the NESS (Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools) for Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (now Jewish Learning Venture). She also served as the Director of the Replication Initiative for PELIE (Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education) to replicate NESS in San Francisco, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. In addition, Anita was the Principal of Perelman Jewish Day School, Forman Campus. From 1984 through 2005, Anita worked at Main Line Reform Temple. She was the director of the Early Childhood Center for 14 years before becoming the Director of Education, responsible for both the Early Childhood Center and the Religious School.
Anita teaches online courses for Gratz College in the NEXT program and was formerly an instructor of the Child Development Associate (CDA) course for the State of Pennsylvania. She is a PQAS-Certified Instructor for the Pennsylvania Keys to Quality Assurance and has presented at various local and national conferences. Anita is also an educational consultant for schools seeking accreditation and support with professional development.
Anita holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Gratz College, an M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Administration from Arcadia University, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's University.
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Amy Devine-Stretch, Bookkeeper
Amy's initial introduction to Adath Jeshurun was in March 2002 as an employee of St. Clair CPAs, a company AJ hired to assist in straightening out the synagogue's accounting office. Amy fondly recalls, "I loved it here so much (at the time I was working with Gene Johnson z"l) that when Gavi Miller was looking to hire someone once St. Clair was finished, I asked if I could apply for the position and have been here ever since." As Amy came on staff to manage AJ's financial systems, she first began by just handling the shul's accounts payable and then, over time, took on more and more responsibilities — keeping the budget, doing payroll, accounts receivable, and generally helping Robert Friedman with everything related to AJ's finances. Today, Amy is AJ's "Accounting Office". In addition to being an AJ employee, Amy and her husband, Josh, have also become AJ Preschool parents.
Beryl Rosoff-Verbit, Administrative Assistant
Being part of the Jewish community has been a lifelong commitment for Beryl Rosoff-Verbit. This Jewish Northeast Philadelphia girl met her husband at a Bar Mitzvah, started a Hillel at her university, lived on a kibbutz in Israel as a newlywed, taught part-time in a Jewish Montessori school, and later was employed at a Jewish overnight camp. Her belief in the importance of Jewish outreach is exemplified through her 22+ years as an active Hadassah board member. Today, as the newest member of Adath Jeshurun’s administrative team, Beryl feels fortunate to have found her calling. Her tremendous organizational skills, inherently helpful nature, and warm smile are a true asset to AJ’s welcoming community.
Calvin Thompson, Head of Housekeeping and Maintenance
Hello all, my name is Calvin Thompson. I am the Building Manager of AJ. It didn’t really register until writing this that I have spent almost half of my life in AJ. When you read this I will have started my 18th year at AJ. Although I did not grow up as an AJ kid... I grew up in AJ. Some of my fondest memories have an AJ connection. I used to be envious watching parents pick up their children after Preschool...watching those happy little faces race to their parents tugs at all heart strings. Now, as an AJ parent myself... I get it. AJ is truly a community... better yet a family. And, I get to see family every day. I guess if I can share anything while writing this, it’s that I am grateful. I am grateful to call this my home. And I am grateful to see and share my family every day.
Marjorie Trager, Graphic Designer and Publicity Coordinator
Marjorie Trager is responsible for developing AJ’s communication materials, from the weekly email, bi-monthly printed newsletter, and website that let congregants know what’s happening at AJ, to the flyers, posters, invitations, and signage that advertise the numerous events held by AJ and its constituent groups. She has worked in the graphic design field for more than 25 years and has worked part-time at AJ since 2009. When not at AJ, she works with numerous corporate clients and spends spare time creating personal artwork. Marjorie grew up in Springfield Township, Montgomery County, and has lived in Wyncote since 1995 with her husband and numerous cats.
President: David L. Reibstein
Executive VP: Judy Stutman Izes
Treasurer: Andy Cherry
Assistant Treasurer: Steven Strauss
Secretary: Melissa Ufberg
Immediate Past President: Bruce Armon
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chairman: Dr. Bernie Dishler Vice Chairman: Saul V. Reibstein Secretary: Rickey Goodman*
Hon. Wendy Demchick Alloy
Lana P. Dishler
Arnold S. Hoffman*
S. Ty Steinberg
Don W. Waldman
Joseph M. Yohlin*
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018 - 2019