Our Leaders

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 is an Officer of the Executive Committee of NATA, the National Association of Temple Administration.

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 one delicious grandson, Jackson. “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 HarrisLinda 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 Administrator


Ali Rancman
Administrative Assistant to Cantor Shore


Administrative Team

Shiri PressmanShiri Pressman
Database Administrator


Marcy BratmanMarcy Bratman
Database Administrator


Esther ZipperEsther Zipper
Assistant to Executive Director


Dorothy DiMambroDorothy DiMambro


Minda ShaimanMinda Shaiman
Programming Coordinator


Accounting Team

Susan Goldman
Finance Director 


Judy Chaskin


Hector BenabeHector Benabe


Jayne Alexander
Accounting Assistant


Communications Team

Erin CondonErin Condon
Director of Communications


Erin Rosado
Graphic Designer


Development Team

Jill Stern
Assistant Director of Membership Services


Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism

Cheryl EpsteinCheryl Epstein
Assistant Director of Jewish Education


Sara SchenkmanSara Schenkman
Administrative Assistant


Zoe GoldbergZoe Goldberg
Youth Engagement Professional


Rachel Mendelowitz
Club 345 Advisor


Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education

Rebeca RosenblattRebeca Rosenblatt
Admissions & Two Year Old Coordinator


Karen ForsterKaren Forster
Baby Center Coordinator


Debbie GoldsmithDebbie Goldsmith
Programming & Purchasing Coordinator


Debbie SteinDebbie Stein  
Financial Coordinator


Jill ForstJill Forst
Administrative Specialist 


Laurie Siegal

Laurie Siegel


Our Specialists

yogaJolie Izenwasser
Yoga Instructor


Susan LinderSusan Linder
Music Director


CoachFernieFernando Yanez
P.E. Coach


Feldman Children’s Library & Howard Computer Lab

Heidi EstrinHeidi Rabinowitz
Librarian & Computers