BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers

Marc Hertzberg, 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. 

Heidi HoffmanHeidi Hoffman, 1st Vice President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Gensler, 2nd 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.  Graduating Beth Israel’s preschool and currently enrolled in the Community Learning Lab.

Ellie Feinerman, 3rd Vice President
Ellie graduated from American University with a degree in Psychology and worked for The Washington Post for 5 years. She has been on the Board of Trustees for many years and served as Membership co-chair and Programming Co-chair. She is also involved with the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation and has served on their Executive board in several positions including Grants Chair.

 

Len Rus, Treasurer

Len is a CPA and partner with 30 years of experience at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates where he heads the firm’s tax department. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Baltimore with a specialization in Taxation and received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Association of CPA’s state tax committee and a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

Len is married to Roz, a lifelong Beth Israel congregant from the Randallstown days.  He has two children, Barret who is in the EMET program at Beth Israel and Janna who is in the Ma’alot program.

Jason TauleJason Taule, Recording Secretary

Native Baltimorean, Jason is a 25+ year veteran of the cyber security industry having worked in both the intelligence community and commercial information assurance sectors, first consulting to Federal agencies and then serving as inside Chief Security and Privacy Officer at large systems integrators like General Dynamics and CSC.  Jason helped create the US-CERT, authored the Maryland Data Privacy Law, led a multi-million dollar global cyber security practice for a large international consulting firm, and for the last 15 years has been a luminary in the US Health IT space supporting various programs within DHHS.  Jason received his undergraduate degree in Business from the College of William and Mary and earned his Master’s in Information Technology Management from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Jason brings the same passion, integrity, commitment, and interpersonal skills to all walks of his life.  He is a Board Member of the Howard County Economic Development Authority Technology Council, is a Leader of the HTC HACKIT Cyber Affinity Group, and is the founder of the HoCo CISO “CISO-in Residence(sm)” program.  Jason is on the National Advisory Council of the CISO Executive Network, is a member of the Homeland Security Preparation and Response Team, and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.

Jason’s greatest passion is his family and has spent three generations at Beth Israel.  Along with his parents and sister he frequented Beth Israel at the congregation’s original home in Randallstown, where Jason graduated both the Beth Israel Hebrew School and Commencement Program.  Jason, his wife Stacey, and their two children Aliyah and Aaron now make their home in Greenspring Valley and all are active members of the congregation.  Both children began their life at Beth Israel in the pre-school, went on to graduate from the Hebrew School, became B’nai Mitzvot and continue their journey through the Ma’alot program.  Lastly, Jason is a graduate of Beth Israel’s inaugural Sulam for Leaders program, a member of L'Atid, a leadership program for synagogue leaders throughout Baltimore, a member of our Board of Trustees, and an active member of the Adult Learning Committee, for which he previously served as Co-Chair.


Beth Hecht, Financial Secretary

Beth Land Hecht is the Senior Manager for Community Engagement for Jewish Community Services. Beth received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1983. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

Beth and her family joined Beth Israel in 2006 following a move to Owings Mills.  Beth has co-chaired the Beth Israel Cares committee and the Membership committee.

Beth is married to David and has two children, Daniel and Emily, and two stepdaughters Rebecca and Lizzy.  Beth is the Bubby of Dafna and Leah. 

Melissa Adler, Corresponding Secretary 

Randi Buergenthal, Immediate Past President
A lifelong Baltimorean, Randi is a marketing consultant with over 25 years of experience. In addition to her role as president of Beth Israel, Randi is vice chair of the board of the JCC of Greater Baltimore. She is a past president of the American Marketing Association, Baltimore Chapter, and former chair of The Associated’s Community Chavurah.  Randi has served on the American Marketing Association National Advisory Board and the boards of the Carroll Community Foundation and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation. She has received an Award of Merit from the American Marketing Association, USCJ’s Young Leadership Award and the JCC Association Esther Leah Ritz Leadership Award.  Randi is an alumni of the University of Maryland,  a Wexner Foundation Fellow and a graduate of ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute. She conveniently lives just minutes from Beth Israel with her husband John, a management consultant, and daughters Eliza (19) and Chloe (16).

Board of Trustees

Past Presidents

Jeff Blum
Ira Bormel
Marci Burt
Ellie Cohen
Whitney Ehrlich
Chuck Frazer
Howard Gartner
Deborah Hoffman
Risa Hurwitz
Penny Kafka
Dr. Howard Katz
Randy Komenski
Randi Kraus
Chuck Krengel 
Dr. David Madoff
Saundra Madoff
Fred Needel
Rebecca Roberts
Aliza Rothenberg
Barbara Scherr
Stacey Schwartzberg
Randall Singer
Andrew Stolusky
Barry Weiss
Michele Wendell
Josh Zukerberg

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