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Our Staff

Administrative Staff

Glenda Bernhardt, Executive Director,

Contact me for:

- Questions regarding how to partner with Temple Israel on community initiatives and programs.
Questions regarding the temple’s Board of Trustees and issues related to the strategic direction and/or governance of the synagogue.
- Information about how to establish an endowment or in-house fund at Temple Israel or if you are interested in making a donation associated with a naming opportunity.
- Questions or concerns regarding a member of Temple Israel’s personnel team.

Elle Knight, Executive Assistant,

Contact me for:
- Need to get in touch with our Executive Director? Call me to schedule an appointment or phone conversation.
- I can answer any administrative questions you may have regarding the Temple Israel office!

- I provide customer service through phone calls and in person!
- Interested in making a donation? I can help you with that, either over the phone or in person.


Casey Topol, Senior Director of Programming & Volunteer Engagement,

Contact me for:
- Information on various volunteer opportunities through the Temple, including collaborative social action programs.
Ways to get involved and engaged in our synagogue community, through our auxiliary groups and committees.
Questions about marketing or social media.


Monty Bennett, Membership/Outreach Director,

Contact me for:
Questions about membership or your annual commitment.
- Setting up your Temple Israel online account, or updating membership information.
- Information about becoming a Legacy Donor.
- Ordering a yahrzeit plaque or 
simcha leaf.
- Information about the Temple Israel choir.


Terri Cathcart, Facilities Manager,

Contact me for:
- Find a broken chair….Tell me!
- Need any info on our facility….Ask me!
- If I cannot help, I will get you to the person who will.


Ariel DiDonato, Director of Events and Programs,

Contact me for:
- Interested in having an event or meeting at TI? I manage the calendar for all Temple functions and rental space.
- Work with me to schedule, plan, and coordinate events for internal functions, Shabbat services
and congregational special events.
- It’s all in the details! I’m your go-to for event logistics and can also act as our onsite event manager.
- Need a nosh? I handle all catering needs for the Temple. 
- Work with me to coordinate your Simcha! (B’nai Mitzvah, wedding, baby naming and bris etc.)

Alan Johnathan, Director of Youth and Family Engagement,

Contact me for:
Youth Groups (3rd-12th graders).
College Outreach Program.

- Torah on Tap (our Young Professionals group).



Barbara Paterek, Accounting Manager,

Contact me for:
- Membership Billing
- Human Resources


Red Cape Marketing,

Dallas Morris, Executive Assistant to the Clergy,

Contact me for:
- B’nai Mitzvah private tutoring (Cantor & Rabbi).
- Appointments with the clergy.
- Announcements regarding lifecycle events.



Cindy Jennes, Receptionist,

Contact me for:
- Making donations
- General Questions about Temple Programs and Events



Amy Fine, Receptionist (Sundays),    

Contact me for:
- Making donations
- General Questions about Temple Programs and Events




Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, Director of Congregational Education,

Contact me for:
- Curricular information about Temple Israel Religious School
- Information about applying for a job at TIRS
- School requirements
- Jewish school-wide programs/assemblies

- Torah Tots programming


Melissa Lefko, Education & Youth Assistant,

Contact me for:

- Questions about the TIRS schedule? Want to know how many Shabbat Services your child(ren) has/have attended? I can help you with that!
- Contact me to RSVP for TIRS Shabbat Dinner/Torah Tots/Family Education programs.
- Help with Religious School registration/High Holy Day Program registration

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