BZBI, where you belong


    Arlene Fickler, President

    Although I had ties to BZBI as a child, I didn’t join my neighborhood Conservative schul for the first 30 years of my professional life, choosing instead to focus on communal Judaism, rather than religious Judaism. Only after my father died in 2003 and my mother in 2006 did I begin to come to BZBI regularly to say Kaddish.  During those years of saying Kaddish, I developed a network of friends who I enjoyed seeing each morning and who I looked forward to catching up with each Shabbat over Kiddush.  When my years of saying Kaddish were over, I wanted to keep coming regularly to BZBI to see my friends, to become much more of a Shabbat regular than I had ever been during my years of secular Judaism.  The network of relationships that led me to want to keep coming to BZBI on Shabbos is the reason that I want to contribute to BZBI both as a Trustee and as its President.  Besides, I love speaking to each of our B’nai Mitzvah when I make my Shabbat announcements!  

    Gregg Kanter, Vice President (President-elect)

    I want to assist, improve and share an institution central to my identity, family and community.

    Dan Eisenstadt, Vice President

    We want the synagogue to continue to evolve into a dynamic urban center for an egalitarian Jewish community.

    Cara Levinson, Treasurer

    Sharon Berney, Secretary

    Nancy Katz Colman, Chair, Marketing Committee

    As chair of the Marketing Committee, I gained a seat on the Board after more than 26 years of membership in the shul. Despite my secular approach to my religious identity, my service on the Board allows me to use my skill to serve a community that has offered me and my family a wealth of experiences throughout important stages of our lives.

    Rachel Gross, Chair, Neziner Hebrew School Committee

    As chair of the education committee I sit on the Board of Directors.  Our kids’ Jewish education plays an important part in shaping them today and into the Jewish adults they will become.  

    Jill Jokelson, Chair, Finance Committee

    I serve on the BZBI Board because the community formed by our congregation is so important to me and my family.  BZBI has been a big part of our family’s life events, helped shape our children’s Jewish identity and connected me and my husband to the broader Philadelphia Jewish community.  Serving on the Board is my small way to give back and attempt to enrich the experience for all of our congregants.  I hope the efforts of the Board, clergy and administration continue to fulfill the spiritual and community needs of both our current and future congregants.

    Robert Biron, Chair, Governance Committee

    I value and care about our BZBI community and I see serving on the Board as showing an example to my children that when you care about something you do something to help.  I feel privileged for this opportunity to help BZBI.

    Sarah Greiss Kahn, Chair, Community Committee

    My name is Sarah Kahn and I am new to the Board at BZBI.  It takes me 25 minutes to walk to Shul and I truly see it as a second home.  I love living in Philadelphia and raising my children in our great city.  I serve on the Board because I care about Jewish connections.  Our community chair committee works hard to provide opportunities for us all to engage.   Please join me- there is something for everyone!

    Suzanne Litke, Chair, Ritual Committee

    BZBI is my home.

    Nicole Morris, Chair, Early Childhood Education Committee

    I serve on the Board because I want to be a part of my community because my community is a part of me.

    Jennifer Merves Robbins, Chair, Human Resources Committee

    I was asked!  Seriously though, my husband Brian and I have 6 and 4 year old sons.  I believe they learn by example.  I want them to see that it is important to care and show commitment to our community and that volunteering my time and talents is an important way to give back and help.

    Harry Roth, Chair, Development Committee

    I want to help and support our BZBI community.

    Randy Schulz, Chair, Israel Engagement Committee

    Randy Schulz serves the BZBI Board as Chair of the Israel Engagement Committee, which endeavors to facilitate safe spaces for the diversity of viewpoints to be respectfully heard and engaged.  Randy believes it is important for Jews around the world to take Israeli affairs seriously, beyond the normal political questions, and give voice to how they do and don’t identify with the State of Israel.  Randy believes there is an important role for the synagogue in creating these safe spaces and hopes to work with everyone in the BZBI Community who shares this view. 

    Ben Silverman, Chair, Membership Committee

    I’m on the Board of BZBI because I believe I can make a difference.  An active urban Conservative synagogue allows my family to get the most out of living in the city of Philadelphia.  BZBI has been there for us throughout the past decade we’ve lived in Center City: for our wedding, the birth of both of our children (Jonah & Yael) and to help mourn loss.  As the chair of our Membership committee, I want to do everything I can to help Jews of all ages find ways to join our congregation, empowering our staff to connect new and long-time members to the great ideas of Judaism that guide our traditions.

    Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Chair, Adult Programming Committee

    For nearly 20 years, BZBI has provided me with a fulfilling, stimulating community where I always feel at ease. I serve on the board so I can help our shul continue to grow as a friendly, fun and intellectually rigorous hub of Jewish life in Philadelphia.

    Josh Weingram, Chair, Building Committee

    I serve on the board because I want to give back to a community that gives me and my family so much. I co-chair the building committee because our physical home requires ongoing attention to continue to facilitate to engaging activities happening inside and outside its walls.