The Temple administrative staff is available to assist members and guests with all your needs concerning Temple administration, including membership, event scheduling, lifecycle, finances, and other questions you may have. It would be our pleasure to schedule a tour and meet with prospective members and guests.
Please contact the Temple office or the staff member directly. Hours are: Monday - Thursday, 9am - 6pm and Friday, 9am - 3pm; closed on Jewish holidays and most Federal holidays
Janice Rosenblatt, FTA, became the Congregation's first Executive Director in March 1991. Her responsibilities include the daily management of the Temple's operations and facilities. She serves as an ex-officio member of the Temple Board and Executive Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee, and the Investment Committee, as well as working with the Fundraising and Endowment Committees. She is responsible for assisting the Board, committee chairs and the staff in the development, implementation and analysis of all policies and programs of the Temple and its affiliates.
She has earned the advanced certification of Fellow in Temple Administration (FTA) from the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) and currently serves as President of NATA. She is on the Board of the URJ, served as a member of the Board of Certification and the Consulting Service as well as the URJ Task Force on the Future of the Synagogue. . She is married to Ed Williams and has three children, Shana, Josh and Sara (Asa) and two wonderful grandsons, Max and Sid. .
Shelly Lenkin Gordon joined the staff at Temple Beth Ami in 2002 after spending thirteen years as the Youth & Program Director at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac. A native Washingtonian who grew up in a very synagogue-focused family, Shelly loves the challenges and rewards of working in the congregational setting. Her formative years were spent at Jewish sleep away camps, followed by a career of formal and informal Jewish education, including teaching religious school, leading Israel trips and being a youth group advisor. After college, Shelly returned to her alma mater to get her M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis.
Shelly currently serves as First Vice President of PDRJ (Program Directors of Reform Judaism), having been involved with several other professional organizations including the JYDA (Jewish Youth Director’s Association), Israel Quest, and JET (Jewish Experiences for Teens) Professional Advisory Committees at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Shelly has two children, Danielle and Jonah.
She welcomes visitors to her office on the main level and is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate programming for the many segments of Beth Ami’s diverse population, with special focus on building relationships and creating community.
Diane is responsible for: computer technology; data base, facilities, including room scheduling for meetings, social events, rentals, etc., newsletter processing and design, calendar, Bar/Bat Mitzvah scheduling and ushering, new member intake, Temple correspondence, administrative support for committees, and office staff supervision.
Irene covers the front office, answering phones, greeting and assisting members and guests, providing information. She is responsible for donations/sunshine, High Holy Day tickets, mail and mailings, scheduling oneg mavens, ordering supplies and assisting staff and committees.
Susan is responsible for: Rabbis’ correspondence, scheduling of all appointments for the clergy, preparation and support for classes and programs, administrative support for Religious Practices Committee. Susan also supports the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program including meeting scheduling, preparing family materials, tutoring, rehearsal scheduling, supplement preparations, etc.
Gail is responsible for: Cantor's correspondence, and support for ritual needs of congregation including Lifecycle and Shabbat and Holiday celebrations. Gail supports the Religious Practices Committee and also prepares the Friday flyer, handles Yahrzeits, and provides funeral support. Gail is the liaison to the TBA Cares and the temple musical groups.
Joanne and Esther are responsible for: all accounting responsibilities, including but not limited to payroll, accounts receivable and payable, deposits, etc., preparing monthly and yearly reports, annual audit, account monitoring.