Our Beth Israel Staff 

Contact Information Below

David M. Scott, Executive Director & Director of Lifelong Learning 

Michael Jenkins, Chief Operating & Financial Officer

Samara Schwartz, Principal of the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center

Dr. Michelle Barton, Head of The Shlenker School

Joan Gelfond, Campus Director of Technology

Kathy Parven, Cemetery Director

Anita Seline, Sisterhood Gift Shop Manager

Brittany Thaler, Security Team

Carol DanekFront Desk Administrative Assistant

Cherrell WoolleyAdministrative Assistant to Rabbi Adrienne Scott and Rabbi Chase Foster

Dani Gardner, Programming and Marketing Coordinator

Danielle Alexander, Director of Kehillah High

Danny Morgan, Streaming Team 

Delia DiazMaintenance Staff

Efrain Mendoza, Campus IT Specialist

Glenda Worley, Administrative Assistant to David Scott

Greg TuckerAssistant to Cantor Star Trompeter

Jaquline CohenAccounting Specialist

Jimmy RiveraMaintenance Staff

Joyce Sisson-Fransaw, Senior Accountant

Judy Weidman, Librarian of the Hyman Judah Schachtel Library and Archives

Kathy McMahon, Executive Assistant to Rabbi David Lyon

Larry Huff, Streaming Team 

Lee SnyderProduction Manager

Leon Moody, Streaming Team 

Liam ReddickMaintenance Staff

Marcela RiveraAccounts Receivable Specialist

Marsha Gilbert, Special Events and Programming Manager

Mark VogelMusic Director

Maytal JosefAccounting Assistant

Michael Collins, Security Team

Michael Kirstein, Accounting Assistant

Michael Reddick, Facility Manager

Mohamed BahMaintenance Staff

Rebecca Ramsey, Administrative Assistant for the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center

Contact Us

Please scroll down for specific e-mail addresses of key staff members who can help answer your questions.


Adult Education: Liza Abrams (713) 771-6221 x301

Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Cantor Star Trompeter (713) 771-6221 x604

Beth Israel Endowment / Legacy Giving (Ner Tamid Society): David Scott (713) 771-6221 x612

Bulletins / Newsletters: Dani Gardner (713) 771-6221 x630


Change of Address: Carol Danek (713) 771-6221 x323

Conversion: Rabbi Adrienne Scott (713) 771-6221 x602

Death Notices: Kathy Parven (713) 771-6221 x310

Events & Facilities: Marsha Gilbert (713) 771-6221 x336

Gift Shop: Anita Seline (713) 777-4315

Library: Judy Weidman (713) 820-6410


Margolis Art Gallery:David Scott(713) 771-6221 x612

Marketing / Communications: Dani Gardner (713) 771-6221 x630

Membership: Liza Abrams (713) 771-6221 x301

Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center:

Leisure Club: Marsha Gilbert (713) 771-6221 x336

Security / HPD

The Shlenker School: (713) 270-6127



Volunteer Opportunities: David Scott (713) 771-6221 x612


Youth Programming:  Rabbi Chase Foster (713) 771-6221 x329

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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