Josh Bender, Executive Director
Josh has been involved in Jewish communal leadership for almost 20 years working in JCC’s, Jewish Camping, Synagogues, and Jewish Day Schools. Josh comes to us from Krieger Schechter Day School where he served as the Head of the Lower School for three years. Prior to that, Josh served as Director of Education for seven years at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to serving in various leadership roles within the Jewish community, Josh plays the guitar and has been doing song leading for many years in schools, camps, and synagogues. Josh is married to Julie and has four children, Noah, Jacob, Ethan and Sophie, 14, 12, 5 and a newborn, respectively.
Eyal Bor, Ph.D., Director of Education & Director of The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning
Dr. Bor received a B.A. degree in Music in 1983 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the American Jewish University, Los Angeles in 1986, and earned a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University in 1996. He continued to expand his professional credentials studying Day School Leadership Training Program at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. He joined Beth El in 1991 and he is now our Director of the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning and the Director of Beth El Schools. He oversees all the educational programs at Beth El Congregation. He has introduced to Beth El, programs for children with special needs, many of whom have become B’nai Mitzvah. He is married to Dr. Hana Bor, who is a Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor and Program Director for Leadership in Jewish Education & Communal Service graduate programs at Towson University. They have four children.
Ben Kreshtool, Ritual Director & Beth El Memorial Park Manager
Baltimore native Ben Kreshtool joined Beth El as Ritual Director in May of 2014. He attended Krieger Schechter Day School and the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and went on to study history and Judaic studies at UMBC. Always involved in synagogue life, he developed an early love for Torah and prayer, and was mentored by various clergy over the years. As a result, he has a broad background in the many traditions and laws of Jewish prayer and sacred readings, including the Torah, Haftarah and all 5 Megillot. He has a passion for Jewish teaching and learning and is always happy to share it with others.
Amanda Beitman, Director of Development
Amanda has been working in Jewish Baltimore for over 10 years. She first started her career at the JCC of Greater Baltimore working on the JCC Maccabi Games. Shortly after she became the Assistant Director of Children Services and Assistant Director at Camp Milldale. Amanda then realized the critical need for fundraising to keep Jewish Baltimore thriving and joined the development team at The Associated. Amanda has her masters in Jewish Communal Services from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. Amanda loves a good game of Jewish geography, trying new recipes and traveling. She lives in Pikesville with her husband Peter and their daughter Ellie with their two dogs, Butch and Billie.
Rachel Siegal, Managing Director of The Soul Center
Rachel loves bringing big ideas to life. From 2010-2016, she served as the Development Director for the Pearlstone Center. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at The Associated (the Jewish federation in Baltimore), for four years, focusing on financial resource development. Born and raised in Cleveland, Rachel holds an MBA and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies and Africana Studies from Brown University. She and her husband Sam Andorsky have three children. She is an active volunteer at Krieger Schechter Day School and with the Pearlstone Center. She loves Cleveland sports, working out, her book club, and hosting huge vegetarian Shabbat meals.
Mandy Barish, Director of Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education
Mandy has a passion for working with young children and their families. She has been working in the early childhood field for over 20 years and has her Masters of Education Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Mandy has worked with Baltimore County Infant and Toddler Program, PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs (an affiliate program of the Kennedy Krieger Institute) Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education and other private families and institutions. Mandy joined the preschool administrative team in late 2014 when her oldest son was attending. She guided the teaching and administrative staff through the Maryland State Department of Education Accreditation Process, having Beth El become the first State Accredited Jewish Program in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Born and raised in Baltimore, Mandy attended preschool, Hebrew school and had her Bat Mitzvah at Beth El. Mandy’s grandparents and parents were members and she is thrilled to continue the tradition with her family as she prepares for her son Max’s Bar Mitzvah in 2019. Mandy lives in Pikesville with her husband Mason, their sons Max and Benji and her dog Buddy.
Jill Suffel, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator
With a BA in Education and a MA in Leadership in Teaching, Jill comes to Beth El with 25+ years of experience in the field of education, having taught at the elementary level in an early childhood classroom, then supervising student interns at the college level. An avid Orioles, Ravens and Terps fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Jill currently lives in Owings Mills with her husband David, and teenage sons Logan and Benjamin, who, 14+ years after starting at Beth El in the preschool, are still Beth El students in the Achschav program.
Randy Arndts, Director of Finance
Randy graduated from Lynchburg College with a BS degree in Accounting. He worked as an accountant in the real estate industry for the first 10 years after graduation. Randy joined Beth El in 1991 and is our Controller. He resides in Westminster with his wife and 2 sons.
Staff Contact Information
Brandon Chiat, Social Media Manager: [email protected]
Yvonne Epstein, Beth El Memorial Park Associate and Assistant to the Clergy: [email protected]
Amy Goldberg, Religious School Director: [email protected]
Julie Hettleman, Program Coordinator for The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Center for Healing & Spirituality: [email protected]
Ellen Marks, Administrator for The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning: [email protected]
Josh Powell, Bookkeeper: [email protected]
Michael Ray, Building Manager: [email protected]
Andy Shankman, Religious School Manager & B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator: [email protected]
Esti Showell, Graphic Designer & Marketing Specialist: [email protected]
Rebekah Waltemeyer, Development Associate & Contributions: [email protected]