Meet the Beth Or Staff
Amy S. Abrams, Executive Director
Amy S. Abrams assumed the role of Executive Director in July 2013 after completing her term as President of Congregation Beth Or. This represents a new direction in her professional career and a continuation of her service to Beth Or. Amy has been a Beth Or member and active volunteer since 1996. She began her volunteer service with the Youth Committee, followed by assuming the role of Treasurer, and then serving three terms as Vice President. She has been an active member of the Board of Trustees since 2000.
Amy is also an accomplished business executive. She most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Merck & Co. where she was responsible for directing all of the marketing support functions on a global basis. Prior to that Amy served as President of Telerx and was responsible for growing the company to more than $100 million in sales and re-positioning it as a leader in its market niche.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. She subsequently attended Merck’s Senior Leadership Training program at Harvard University, completed an AMA Management Course for Presidents, and MBA courses in marketing at Temple University. Amy is certified as a Six Sigma Executive Belt and in the Conners Partners Change Execution Methodology.
Amy and Mitchell reside in Upper Gwynedd and their daughter, Meryl attends medical school in Georgia.
Amy can be contacted at [email protected]
Judy Trias, Director of Marketing and Communications
Effective communications are an important part of engaging you, our members, in our community and helping you find the programming and activities that best meet your needs. It is said that, "To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we percieve the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others." Judy will focus on making our marketing and communications consistent and relevant to ensure you are in-the-know about what Beth Or offers in a way that is meaningful for you.
Judy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Delaware. She and husband, Jim, live in Montgomery Township (North Wales) with children Danielle, Alex and Jason.
Judy can be reached at [email protected].
Jillian Glick, Director of Member and Youth Engagement
Jillian Glick began her Beth Or journey in 2nd grade as a student in religious school. She spent many years emersed in the programs that Beth Or has to offer. She enjoyed building relationships all through her years here. She began officially working for our synagogue in 11th grade, as a Hebrew tutor and special needs shadow. She returned to us years later to begin working in our CECE. Jillan taught in many different classrooms for 7 years, in addiditon to teaching 4th grade Hebrew school, 7th grade academy and assisting our youth directors. Beth Or has certainly been a special home for her.
Jillian now serves as our Camp Director, Youth Director and most recently, Director of Member Engagement. Jillian loves helping families find homes at Beth Or and begin their Jewish journeys. She feels blessed to be a part of a community that feels like a family.
Liz Hirsch, FTA, was the Executive Director at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA from 1991 until her retirement in June of 2013. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie, Louisiana for five years. She earned an MA in counseling from St. Mary's College of California and a BS in Education from SUNY. Liz has also earned the Fellow in Temple Administration (FTA), a joint certification from NATA, the CCAR and the URJ. She is a Past President of the National Association of Temple Administrators and has held positions as Vice Chair of NATA's Certification Board, Chair of the Placement Committee and has served as Editor of the NATA Journal. In addition to her work as Executive Director, Liz has recorded interviews with survivors of the Holocaust for the Shoah Foundation. She lives in Upper Gwynedd with her husband, Bob and enjoys crossword puzzles, swimming, traveling and playing with her grandchildren.
Steve Hirsch, Maintenance Supervisor
Steve can be reached at 215-646-5806 x230 or via e-mail at [email protected].
Support & Maintenance Staff
|Jill Bascove||Receptionist & Graphic Designer||x209||[email protected]|
|Sharon Carlin||Center for Early Childhood Education Secretary||x200||[email protected]|
|Barb Murtha||Assistant to Rabbi Marx and Cantor Green||x220||[email protected]|
|Carol Skrabonja||Bookkeeper||x210||[email protected]|
|Ellen Wichterman||Assistant to Rabbi Gerber & Bookkeeper||x211||[email protected]|
|Genevieve Yanity||Assistant to Executive Director||x212||[email protected]|