Clergy, Leadership and Staff
Rabbi Hillel Norry
We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Hillel Norry as our new interim Rabbi. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Hillel Norry earned a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and an MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He was ordained in 1993 and later pursued doctoral studies in Talmud while serving as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Professional and Pastoral Skills, founding and teaching in the Seminary’s beit midrash for rabbinical students.
He has served on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, as spiritual leader at Congregation Shaare Zedek on the Upper West Side of New York City, and as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta. Rabbi Norry has a long history of involvement with the Ramah camping movement, beginning as a camper at Ramah Canada and extending into serving at Ramah Darom in Georgia for the past five summers.
Rabbi Norry was a fellow in the first cohort of Rabbis Without Borders, a group of rabbis from across denominations who share a mission of offering insights of Jewish traditions and wisdom to a cross-section
of the American public.
Rabbi Norry is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), and a certified firearms instructor. He advocates self-defense training and teaches about the mental and spiritual aspects of martial arts. A lifelong musician, Rabbi Norry is an accomplished guitarist and harmonica player.
You can reach Rabbi Norry via email.
Rabbi Edward Bernstein
Rabbi Bernstein makes his home in Boynton Beach, FL, with is wife Ariella Reback and their children, Sam, Noam and Esther. He will be leading our online services from his home there, stating, “While the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from being together physically, I am looking forward to providing spiritual support to B’nai Zion during the High Holidays and helping to create a soulful community experience.” He continued, “Last Yom Kippur, who could have imagined what a challenging year it would be for the B’nai Zion community, for the nation and for the world? Through our online gathering this year on the High Holidays, I hope that we will affirm life, celebrate life and commit to meaningful living in the coming year.”
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
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
Term Ends 2021
Term Ends 2022
Term Ends 2023
Dr. Reuben Dubrow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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, their baby, Bridger, and their border collie, Hank. You can reach Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 coordinated much of the routine building needs, prepared Shabbat service sheets, organized yahrzeit plaque lightings, and anything else that he could do to help. Lester’s many years of knowledge have become a valuable resource, and we hope he will continue his service to BZ when we are able to move into a new location .
Billy Joe Ragland, Operations Manager
Billy Joe has been a vital part of BZ off and on for the past 20 years. We have depended on him to take care of the building, which included 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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