Executive Director - Barbara Newman
Our Executive Director since 2007, Barbara Newman is a native Memphian and has been a member of Beth Sholom Synagogue since her return to Memphis in 1989. An active lay leader in the Memphis Jewish community, Barbara has served as the chair of the Day Camp Committee and as a member of the Early Childhood Committee of the Memphis Jewish Community Center and was on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South. She has spent countless hours on behalf of our sister organization,Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, where she served on the board and executive board in a variety of positions before assuming the Presidency in 2001. In 2005, she and her husband Bruce co-chaired the series of Beth Sholom 50th Anniversary events which culminated in the installation of Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein.
Barbara received a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and spent her early post graduate years in New York City where she was an Assistant Treasurer for National Westminster Bank in its Middle Market Lending Division. The highlight of her New York experience was meeting her husband, Bruce, who has embraced southern life in spite of his Brooklyn heritage. They have two children, Allison, who has graduated from college and now lives and works in Denver, and Scott a senior at Brown University. When Barbara is not working on synagogue business she is spending time taking long, peaceful walks, reading, enjoying movies, or joining Bruce at any number of music venues.
Please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Newman if you need assistance.
Religious School Director – Deanna McAlexander
Deanna McAlexander joined our staff this fall as our new Religious School Director. Prior to assuming a professional role within our institution, she served on the Beth Sholom Executive Committee in the role of Programming Vice President. She has also just begun her 14th year as a full time middle school teacher at our sister institution, Bornblum Solomon Schechter School, where she enjoys the continuity of shepherding students in language arts and in developing lasting relationships of trust and shared learning. Prior to teaching at our Schechter school, she taught history of art at the University of Memphis for ten years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of Arts from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of Memphis. Deanna enjoys time away from work with her husband Andy and is the proud mother of two daughters, Marlise, who has just returned to Memphis to begin graduate studies and Rebecca, a sophomore at the University of Maryland. Please feel free to contact Deanna McAlexander with any inquiries you might have about our religious school programs.
Office Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Strong
Cheryl has been part of the Beth Sholom family since 2003. Her smiling face and warm disposition greet each member or guest who walks in Beth Sholom's front door. She is also often the first voice you hear when you call the synagogue office.. When Cheryl is not answering phones, making copies or preparing mailings, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. You should feel free to contact Cheryl Strong.
Rabbi's Administrative Assistant - Deanna Lubin
Deanna became a welcome addition to the Beth Sholom staff in 2006, handling the administrative tasks of our Religious School and Youth Commission. Deanna’s job description has changed and she now works directly with Rabbi Chana Leslie and Rabbi Ilan as their administrative assistant. Deanna devotes much of her free time volunteering for Hadassah. Please feel free to contact Deanna Lubin if you need to reach our Rabbis, set up an appointment or share life cycle information with the office.
Kitchen Supervisor - Claudia Burkins
Beth Sholom just wouldn't feel like home without Claudia here to whip up her Saturday Kiddush luncheons or fry up her famous fried chicken. She has been part of the Beth Sholom family longer than most of our members, as she joined our staff in 1963. In addition to taking care of Beth Sholom's culinary needs, Claudia also works as a private caterer, so it is likely that you have enjoyed her food at a recent Bar Mitzvah, wedding or bris. Claudia stays busy with her 7 children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren when she is not in the Beth Sholom kitchen.
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