Ed Fleishman (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Executive Director
Ed joined Beth El in July 2023 after a long career managing people and budgets through his work in leadership positions with major companies like Cigna and Aetna and operating a successful HR benefits consulting company. Ed is no stranger to synagogue life. In Ed’s 10+ years of involvement with Temple Beth Or (TBO) in Raleigh, he served on and led committees at all levels of organizational structure, direction and functioning, including serving as TBO President. Ed brings a wealth of leadership, synagogue experience and a positive attitude to this work and strives to continue building an inclusive and welcoming community at Beth El. A native to North Carolina, Ed most recently resided in Moorehead City before moving to Durham in 2023.
Amy Granick (email: email@example.com) – Director of Marketing and Member Engagement
Amy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina as a junior in high school. She went on to attend North Carolina State University where she studied Psychology and Business Administration and graduated in 3 years! After graduating, Amy relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she worked as a Jewish Education Springboard Fellow at The Ohio State University Hillel. In the triangle, Amy can be found exploring new sushi restaurants, hanging out with her dogs, and taking day trips to the beach! Amy is passionate about sharing her love of Judaism with others and is ecstatic to begin working with the youth and families at Beth El.
Amy Ripps (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – – Interim Education and Youth Director
Amy is a seasoned Jewish educator, having served as the Education and Youth Director for Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh for 19 years before retiring to do consulting work. She has most recently served as the Interim Education Director for B’nai Israel – Wilmington, NC and Beth Israel – Roanoke, VA, as well as continuing to do online teaching for Adult Education and B’nai Mitzvah students. Previously, she was a Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning instructor for 12 years and has Chaired CAJE31 and the Program Committee for NewCAJE, a national Jewish education organization for Jewish educators.
Alexandra Bicks (email: email@example.com) – Education and Youth Director
Alexandra has served as Beth El’s Education and Youth Director since October 2019. She was raised in Memphis and first visited Beth El when she was a 15-year-old camper in the Duke TiP summer program quite a few years ago. Before relocating to Durham, she taught English and ESL at CATS Academy, a private high school in the Boston area. Alexandra has been involved in Jewish life and education in different capacities ever since she can remember. She was on the leadership team of Cambridge Minyan in Cambridge, MA, for many years, and she has taught courses at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute on topics ranging from depictions of Jews in British literature to the midrash of epic Bible movies. You will frequently find her reading Torah in both the main sanctuary and the Chavurah Minyan, which she helps plan. She received her BA in English from Yale University and her MA in English from Boston College. She lives in Durham with her husband Adam Levine and their cat Emmy.
Noelle Satterfield (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Bookkeeper
Noelle is a lifelong Person County resident with a background in bookkeeping and accounting. She has always had a great love for numbers, taking six math classes in high school when only four were required. She has two sons, who are her inspiration in life. She is also a huge animal lover, with four dogs and a cat and enjoys hanging out at home and spending quality time with her two and four legged kids.
Sheri Hoffman (email: email@example.com) – Congregational Services Coordinator
Sheri’s is usually the first face you’ll see or voice you’ll hear when you contact Beth El. Sheri grew up in Los Angeles and at Temple Beth Am, where her family were active members and, coincidentally, where Rabbi Greyber attended rabbinical school. She visited Chapel Hill in 1973, fell in love with the area, and moved to Durham, but studied History at UNC Chapel Hill; she remains fiercely agnostic about basketball teams. Sheri has been part of the local Jewish community since 1987 as Rabbi Friedman’s secretary and the front office administrator at Judea Reform until 2000, when she moved to England. It was beshert that Beth El was seeking a new Congregational Services Coordinator soon after her return in 2013. Sheri is delighted to again be part of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community and feels especially fortunate to be part of Beth El’s warm and welcoming synagogue life.
Zachary Marshall (email: Zachary@betheldurham.org) – Head of Building Maintenance
Zachary is a United States Coast Guard veteran who moved to the Durham area in 2006. He has worked in maintenance for the last 8 years and is looking forward to being a part of Beth El and learning more about the community.
Eliana Light (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Artist-in-Residence
Eliana’s life was forever changed when she met Rabbi Greyber at the Ramah Darom Passover Retreat in 2018. After a few visits over that summer, Eliana fell in love with the Beth El community and moved to Durham in the summer of 2019. After undergrad at Brandeis and Masters in Jewish Education at JTS, she was happy to be back in the south. (She grew up in Memphis with Alexandra!) Eliana has been artist-in-residence since 2021, and loves engaging folks of all ages in prayer and song. When she’s not at Beth El, Eliana writes, records, and shares her original Jewish music (three albums so far,) offers weekend residencies and professional development at synagogues around the country, and hosts the Light Lab podcast. Besides Beth El, Eliana’s favorite things about Durham include the incredible trees, good food, friendly people, live music, and the airport. Reach out to Eliana if you like singing with other people and want to do more of it!