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Our Staff

Administrative Staff

Glenda Bernhardt, Executive Director,

Your resource for:

• partnering with Temple Israel on community initiatives and programs 
• questions about the Temple’s Board of Trustees 
• issues related to the strategic direction and/or governance of the synagogue
• making a donation associated with a naming opportunity 
• how to establish an endowment or in-house fund at Temple Israel 
• questions or concerns regarding a member of Temple Israel’s personnel team

Elle Knight, Executive Assistant,

Your resource for:

• connecting with our Executive Director 
• answering any administrative questions about the Temple Israel office 
• providing customer service through phone calls and in person 
• making a donation, either over the phone or in person

Monty Bennett, Membership/Outreach Director,

Your resource 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 or the Temple Israel choir 
• ordering a yahrzeit plaque or simcha leaf

Terri Cathcart, Facilities Manager,

Your resource for:

• facility information 
• building repairs and maintenance


Ariel DiDonato, Director of Events and Programs,

Your resource for:
• special event and meeting planning, renting space, catering services 
• coordinating events for internal functions, Shabbat services and congregational special events

Alan Johnathan, Director of Youth and Family Engagement,

Your resource for:
• Youth Groups (3rd-12th graders) 
• College Outreach Program 
• Torah on Tap (our Young Professionals group)



Barbara Paterek, Accounting Manager,

Your resource for:
• accounting 
• membership billing 
• human resources


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Amy Fine, Receptionist (Sundays),

Your resource for:
• providing customer service through phone calls and in person 
• making a donation, either over the phone or in person




Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, Director of Congregational Education,

Your resource 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,

Your resource for:

• questions about the TIRS schedule, the number of Shabbat Services your child(ren) has/have attended 
• RSVPing for TIRS Shabbat Dinner/Torah Tots/Family Education programs 
• registering for Religious School/High Holy Day Programs

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