Our Leaders



Steve Allen, Executive Director

Steve 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.”


Kim Beame, Director of Religious EducationKim Beame

Director of Religious Education
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Kim Beame, our Director of Religious Education, has been actively involved in Jewish education for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Judaic Studies from the University of Florida and her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Siegal College. She has taught both Hebrew and Judaics to children and adults her entire life.

Kim is the 2005 Behrman House Scholarship recipient and earned her Reform Jewish Educator certification in 2011. She is a member of the Council of Directors for South Palm Beach County and The National Association of Temple Educators.

Kim came to Congregation B’nai Israel in 1999. Under her leadership, the Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism is thriving. We have students in Kindergarten through 12th Grades.

Kim has 2 daughters, Elana and Paige.


Linda Harris, Director of Early Childhood EducationLinda Harris

Director of Early Childhood Education
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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.


Our Staff


Religious Life Team

Natalie Matus, Clergy AdministratorNatalie Matus
Clergy Administrator

 

Ali Rancman, Administrative Assistant to Cantor ShoreAli Rancman
Administrative Assistant to Cantor Shore

 


Administrative Team

Shiri Pressman, Database AdministratorShiri Pressman
Database Administrator

 

Marcy Bratman, Database AdministratorMarcy Bratman
Database Coordinator

 

Esther Zipper, Assistant to Executive DirectorEsther Zipper
Assistant to Executive Director

 

Dorothy DiMambro, ReceptionistDorothy DiMambro
Receptionist

 

Minda Shaiman, Programming CoordinatorMinda Shaiman
Programming Coordinator

 


Accounting Team

Susan Goldman, Finance Director Susan Goldman
Finance Director 

 

Judy Fortier, AccountantJudy Fortier
Accountant

 

Hector Benabe, AccountantHector Benabe
Accountant

 

Jayne Alexander, Accounting AssistantJayne Alexander
Accounting Assistant

 


Communications Team

Erin Condon, Director of CommunicationsErin Condon
Director of Communications

 

Erin Rosado, Graphic DesignerErin Rosado
Graphic Designer

 

Adam Hirsh, Digital Communications CoordinatorAdam Hirsh
Digital Communications Coordinator

 


Development Team

Jill Stern, Assistant Director of Membership ServicesJill Stern
Assistant Director of Membership Services

 


Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism

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

 

Sara Schenkman, Administrative AssistantSara Schenkman
Administrative Assistant

 

Zoe GoldbergZoe Goldberg
Youth Engagement Professional

 

Rachel Mendelowitz
Club 345 Advisor

 


Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education

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

   

Debbie Stein, Financial CoordinatorDebbie Stein
Financial Coordinator

 

Jill Forst, Administrative SpecialistJill Forst
Administrative Specialist 

 

Laurie Siegel, Receptionist
Laurie Siegel
Receptionist

 


Our Specialists

yogaJolie Izenwasser
Yoga Instructor

 

Susan Linder, Music DirectorSusan Linder
Music Director

 

CoachFernieFernando Yanez
P.E. Coach

 


Feldman Children’s Library & Howard Computer Lab

Heidi Rabinowitz, Librarian & ComputersHeidi Rabinowitz
Librarian & Computers