Clergy, Leadership and Staff


Rabbi Susan Tendler

We said our sad goodbyes to Rabbi Tendler as our rabbi on July 10. We wish her and her family בְּרָכָה וְהַצְלָחָה blessing and success in all matters at their new home near Vancouver, Canada.

We will soon announce our new interim rabbi.


Scott Israel, Board President

Scott has been an invaluable member of the BZ board for fifteen years and Treasurer since 2011. He will now lead our congregation into the future as we find a new home and carve out a new path for B’nai Zion as a whole.

Board Members 5780-5781

Executive Committee
Scott Israel, President
Roy Rosenfeld, Vice-President
Jordan Parker, VP Administration
Tal Cohen, VP Education
Rachel Hanan, Treasurer
Jackie Rosenfeld, Secretary
Dr. Bill Hillner, Immediate Past President

Board Members
Term Ends 2021
Cara Weiner
Beth Lowe
David Rose
Randi Weiss
Term Ends 2022
Rob Cowan
Matt Kodsi
Rachel Hanan
Cassie Rose
Term Ends 2023
Joe Kodsi
Howard Kaplan
Kevin Moore
Mark Shapiro
President Appointment
Bea Lurie
Youth Representative
Orley Berke

Past Presidents
Dr. Reuben Dubrow
Irv Ginsburg
Lynn Hochman
Alan Lebovitz
Owen Allen
Joel Susman
Jordan Parker
Bill Hillner
Click here for a full list by year of past presidents.


Eytan Oren, Education Assistant

Eytan joined the staff at B’nai Zion in the Summer of 2016. He currently supervises the USY and Dadima program and tutors b’nei mitzvah students. Eytan uses his graphic design skills to create ads for the BZ voice and various BZ publications.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Eytan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Jewish Studies and a minor in Music Performance (don’t hold his love for the Gators against him). He spent the summer of 2013 studying at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and most other summers at Camp Ramah Darom where he was both a camper and staff member. He also worked for five years at Congregation B’nai Israel in Gainesville, serving as head of Junior Congregation, a Hebrew school teacher, b’nai mitzvah tutor and youth group advisor for Kadima and USY. E-mail Eytan at


Amy Sandy, Office Manager

Amy joined B’nai Zion in December of 2018. She brings extensive experience managing offices of religious organizations, including St. Paul’s and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Churches and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  Amy’s favorite past time is ballroom dancing, which she enjoys with her husband, Jeff. She also loves learning and competing in Freestyle (doggie dancing) with her miniature schnauzer Xena. Amy’s work goal is to run an efficient office where everyone – both congregants and staff alike – feel welcome and cared for. She asks for your patience and help as she continues to learn more about Judaism to better serve B’nai Zion Congregation. You can reach Amy at

Brooke Brown, Office Assistant

Brooke is a Chattanooga native who joined the BZ team in the middle of preparing for the High Holy Days 5780. Brooke creates the weekly publications – the Shabbat supplement and the BZ Weekly Voice – as well as assists the Rabbi and Office Manager with other communications and in-office tasks. She lives with her husband Jared of three years, her new baby Bridger, and their border collie, Hank. You can reach Brooke at

Lester Votava, Office & Operations Volunteer

Lester began volunteering in the BZ office in 2003. Yes, that’s 16 years! Today, he can be found hard at work in the office every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, usually arriving even before the paid staff. Lester coordinates much of the routine building needs, prepares Shabbat service sheets, organizes yahrzeit plaque lightings, and anything else that he can do to help. Lester’s many years of knowledge have become a valuable resource.

Billy Joe Ragland, Operations Manager

Billy Joe has been a vital part of BZ of and on for the past 20 years. We depend on him to take care of the building, which includes upkeep, setup, and even some cooking and childcare! Billy Joe always brightens our day with a big smile and great attitude.


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