Senior Staff

Steve Allen, Executive DirectorSteve Allen

Executive Director
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Steve Allen has been a synagogue Executive Director since 1997. His career started in Bedford, New York at Temple Shaaray Tefila, a 1000+ family Reform Synagogue where he remained for 10 years.

Steve moved to Florida in 2010 and worked in Miami and Parkland before becoming Congregation B’nai Israel’s Executive Director in October 2015. He brings a wealth of experience to his position and works hard to coordinate all aspects needed in a large congregation to make the day-to-day run smoothly. He oversees all operations of the schools and synagogue and is responsible for the congregation’s budget and its financial stability.

Steve has been working closely with the URJ and has been appointed as an assessment manager and board facilitator to work with other URJ congregations in his “spare” time.

Steve graduated from New York University with a BA in History, and a very useful minor in Psychology.
Prior to becoming an Executive Director, Steve was an Entertainment manager, working with his father, Buddy Allen, in representing some of the top music acts at that time, including The Spinners and Sister Sledge. During that time, Steve also volunteered at his home congregation, Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY. It was during one of his volunteer efforts that he felt that his new professional direction would be in the non-profit world and dedication to Judaism and people in general. Thus his second professional chapter began.

Steve and his wife of 37 years, Debbie, have 3 children, Matt (Marie), Jon (Heather) and Rachel, and three wonderful grandchildren, Jackson, 2½, and twins Michaela Rose and Thomas Buddy, born in April of 2017. “I am thrilled being a part of the CBI community, and feel that we have an outstanding staff to carry out the multitude of responsibilities needed to keep us the most warm, welcoming and professional Synagogue here in the heart of Boca Raton.”

Linda Harris, Director of Early Childhood EducationLinda Harris

Director of Lifelong Learning
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Linda Harris has been in the field of education for more than 35 years, and specifically in early childhood education since 1981. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Primary and Elementary Education and a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Administration. She also has a Florida Advanced Directors’ credential.

Linda was the Director of Ramat Shalom, a preschool in south Florida, for 9 years, and has also taught preschool through eighth grade. Linda has served on the Jewish Education Commission, Jewish Education Task Force for South Palm Beach County, was president of the Jewish Council of Early Childhood Directors, past president of ORT and past vice president of the Jewish Council of Early Childhood Educators. Linda is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Temple Educators. She has also been selected for “Who’s Who?” among early childhood administrators.

In 1993, Linda became the Director of Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education at Congregation B’nai Israel. Under her leadership, NCECE continues to grow and thrive.

Linda has two married children, Samantha and Scott, and six grandchildren.

Religious Life Team

Natalie Matus, Clergy AdministratorNatalie Matus
Clergy Administrator


Administrative Team

Shiri Pressman, Database AdministratorShiri Pressman
Database Administrator


Mara Berger, Database CoordinatorMara Berger
Database Coordinator


Dorothy DiMambro, ReceptionistDorothy DiMambro


Minda Shaiman, Programming CoordinatorMinda Shaiman
Social Action/Special Projects Manager


Accounting Team

Susan Goldman, Finance Director Susan Goldman
Finance Director 


Judy Fortier, AccountantJudy Fortier


Hector Benabe, AccountantHector Benabe


Jayne Alexander


Communications & Marketing Team

Jessica Aptman
Director of Marketing/Development Manager


Erin Rosado, Marketing DesignerErin Rosado
Marketing Designer


Danni Johnson
Marketing Manager


 Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism

Cheryl Epstein, Assistant Director of Jewish EducationCheryl Epstein
Assistant Director of Religious Education


Tomer Avivi
SLJ Engagement Coordinator



Sara Schenkman, Administrative AssistantSara Schenkman
Administrative Assistant


Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education

Allison Sands, Assistant DirectorAllison Sands
Assistant Director


Rebeca Rosenblatt, Admissions & Two Year Old CoordinatorRebeca Rosenblatt
Admissions & Two Year Old Coordinator


Karen Forster, Baby Center CoordinatorKaren Forster
Baby Center Coordinator


Debbie Goldsmith, Programming & Purchasing CoordinatorDebbie Goldsmith
Programming & Purchasing Coordinator


Jill Forst, Administrative SpecialistJill Forst
Administrative Specialist 


Laurie Siegel, ReceptionistLaurie Siegel


Callie Davies
Records Coordinator



Our Specialists

yogaJolie Izenwasser
Yoga Instructor


Susan Linder, Music DirectorSusan Linder
Music Director


CoachFernieKim Kovasala
P.E. Coach


CoachFernieLiat Avivi
Hebrew Judaics Specialist


CoachFernieYenth’l Isaac
Sensory Specialist


CoachFernieHeidi Rabinowitz


Rachel Allen
Extra-Curricular Coordinator