Our Staff

Senior Staff

Josh Bender, Executive Director

Josh has been involved in Jewish communal leadership for almost 20 years working in JCC’s, Jewish Camping, Synagogues, and Jewish Day Schools. Josh comes to us from Krieger Schechter Day School where he served as the Head of the Lower School for three years. Prior to that, Josh served as Director of Education for seven years at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to serving in various leadership roles within the Jewish community, Josh plays the guitar and has been doing song leading for many years in schools, camps, and synagogues. Josh is married to Julie and has three sons, Noah, Jacob, and Ethan, 10, 8, and 2 respectively. 

Eyal Bor, Ph.D., Director of Education & Director of The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning

Dr. Bor received a B.A. degree in Music in 1983 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the American Jewish University, Los Angeles in 1986, and earned a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University in 1996. He continued to expand his professional credentials studying Day School Leadership Training Program at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. He joined Beth El in 1991 and he is now our Director of the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning and the Director of Beth El Schools. He oversees all the educational programs at Beth El Congregation. He has introduced to Beth El, programs for children with special needs, many of whom have become B’nai Mitzvah. He is married to Dr. Hana Bor, who is a Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor and Program Director for Leadership in Jewish Education & Communal Service graduate programs at Towson University. They have four children.


Ben Kreshtool, Ritual Director

Baltimore native Ben Kreshtool joined Beth El as Ritual Director in May of 2014. He attended Krieger Schechter Day School and the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and went on to study history and Judaic studies at UMBC. Always involved in synagogue life, he developed an early love for Torah and prayer, and was mentored by various clergy over the years. As a result, he has a broad background in the many traditions and laws of Jewish prayer and sacred readings, including the Torah, Haftarah and all 5 Megillot. He has a passion for Jewish teaching and learning and is always happy to share it with others.


Amanda Beitman, Director of Development 

Amanda has been working in Jewish Baltimore for over 10 years. She first started her career at the JCC of Greater Baltimore working on the JCC Maccabi Games. Shortly after she became the Assistant Director of Children Services and Assistant Director at Camp Milldale. Amanda then realized the critical need for fundraising to keep Jewish Baltimore thriving and joined the development team at The Associated. Amanda has her masters in Jewish Communal Services from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. She lives in Fells Point with her husband Peter and two dogs.


Randy Arndts, Controller

Randy graduated from Lynchburg College with a BS degree in Accounting. He worked as an accountant in the real estate industry for the first 10 years after graduation. Randy joined Beth El in 1991 and is our Controller. He resides in Westminster with his wife and 2 sons.

Staff Contact Information

Mandy Barish, Director of Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education: [email protected]

Fran Davis, School Assistant Administrator: [email protected]

Lori Downing, Event Coordinator: [email protected]

Yvonne Epstein, Assistant to the Clergy: [email protected]

Amy Goldberg, Assistant Principal: [email protected]

Julie Hettleman, Program Coordinator for The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Center for Healing & Spirituality: [email protected]

Ellen Marks, Administrator for The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Life Long Learning & Administrator for the B'nai Mitzvah Program: [email protected]

Josh Powell, Bookkeeper: [email protected]

Michael Ray, Building Manager: [email protected]

Sarah Rohan, Associate Administrator: [email protected]

Esti Showell, Graphic Designer, Marketting & Member Relation Specialist: [email protected]

Rachel Siegal, Managing Director of the Alvin and Lois Lapidus Center for Healing and Spirituality: [email protected]

Lisa Silverstein, Development Associate: [email protected]

Kristen Bowman, Director of Beth El @ Federal Hill : b[email protected]