Clergy, Leadership and Staff


Rabbi Sam Rotenberg

B’nai Zion Congregation welcomes Rabbi Sam Rotenberg, an experienced Rabbi who was affiliated with a large congregation in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in a small town in Florida and was active with Camp Ramah Daron. Rabbi Rotenberg began his official role as Rabbi of B’nai Zion on July 1, 2021. Click here to read his resume.


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
Dr. David Rose
Randi Weiss
Term Ends 2022
Rob Cowan
Dr. Matt Kodsi
Rachel Hanan
Cassie Rose
Term Ends 2023
Joe Kodsi
Howard Kaplan
Kevin Moore
Mark Shapiro
President Appointment
Bea Lurie
Youth Representative
Orly Berke

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


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 pastime 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 our publications – the Shabbat supplement and our monthly and weekly emails – 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

Lester Votava, Office & Operations Volunteer

Lester has been a valued office volunteer since 2003! He could always be found hard at work in the office every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, usually arriving even before the paid staff. He now helps out from his own home until we can all be together again. 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.

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 a great attitude.

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