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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Steven Henkin

Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Steven Henkin is thrilled to be the rabbi at Temple Beth El!  He has previously served as the rabbi at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah and the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD.  A native of the Chicago suburbs (and lifelong Chicago sports fan), Rabbi Henkin received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Emory University, and was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.  Rabbi Henkin brings with him a passion for building community, both within and outside the Jewish community, education both of children and adults, and making Judaism meaningful and relevant to the daily life of 21st Century Jews.  He loves music, exercise, cooking, and being outdoors.  He is excited to share his adventures with his wife, Orly, their children, Dinah and Noah, and their dog, Maccabee.

Check out this welcome message from a few members of the Temple Beth El team.

You can contact Rabbi Henkin at

Meet the Staff

Glynnis Fisher Levitt 

Chief Operating Officer

Glynnis first came to work for Temple Beth El as a volunteer assistant, working with clergy and the former Executive Director.  After years in banking and finance, it was time for a change, and in 2021 she moved into the role as TBE’s Chief Operating Officer, where she now oversees the day-to-day operations of TBE.  For nearly 40 years Glynnis worked in real estate, with the last 25 years focusing on commercial real estate lending and financial analysis.  During that time, she volunteered as a professional with the CCIM Institute, (an international commercial real estate educational and networking non-profit), the Alabama Chapter of CCIM, and with CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women, a national non-profit), and BirminghamCREW.  In these non-profit roles, she held leadership positions, and was heavily involved in education, finance and budget, strategic planning, governance, board training, and operations.  She is a graduate of the CCIM Jay W. Levine Leadership Academy; recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Commercial Real Estate’s “Women of Influence”; and given the Alabama CCIM Lifetime Achievement Award.   In her career with various banking and commercial real estate finance institutions, she developed a strong skill set that allows her to navigate the many hats required of her current role as COO.  Her love of Temple Beth El is her motivation, and she is committed to TBE’s present and its future.     

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Margaret Norman

Director of Programming and Engagement

Margaret Norman is the Director of Programming and Engagement at Temple Beth El where she develops responsive programming, works on community engagement, and fosters collaborative partnerships. She also oversees the development of the Beth El Civil Rights Experience; a multimedia community history project exploring Jewish Birmingham and Civil Rights. Margaret received her BA in Individualized Study from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Food Systems and Public Policy, and her MA in American Studies with UNC-Chapel Hill.  Before coming to Temple Beth El she worked across fields of food, education, and public history with organizations such as the the Jefferson County Memorial Project, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Margaret grew up in an interfaith family in Vermont, where she went to synagogue in a farmhouse and first developed the love for Jewish community that she brings to her work today.

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Howard Kaplan

Director of Member Services and Logistics

Howard comes to us with amazing computer and tech skills, experience with ShulCloud (so yes, he can get you set up and answer all your questions), website upkeep and design experience, years of volunteer service with many different organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club (where he currently serves as vice-president of the Torch Awards).

He is highly organized; very detailed; has planned and implemented hundreds of events over the years; and he has a great attitude! If you have questions around ShulCloud, something that you notice around the temple that needs repair, or any other member service issue, start with Howard!

Email Howard at

Andrea May


Andrea comes to us after almost 27 years working for State Farm Insurance, where she spent most of her time in the Public Affairs and Learning & Development departments. She and her husband, Bo, and daughter, Gabrielle, moved to Birmingham from Florida in the summer of 2009. She says she’s here to stay, especially after her sister and brother-in-law moved up here to be closer to family.

Andrea loves staying busy, which TBE and our bookkeeping department happily provide! Andrea is a member of the J and is an avid runner, reader and shopper.

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Aryn Wallsh 


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Nico Cuso

Maintenance Supervisor 


Cathy Fingerman

Executive Director, Temple Beth-El Foundation

Cathy is a recovering city magazine publisher who is delighted to bring her creative flair and communication skills to the Temple Beth-El Foundation. A long-time member of Temple Beth-El, Cathy is married to Irwin Fingerman, an optometrist, and they live in Hoover. Their three children, Shera, Levi, and Seth all had their B'nai Mitzvahs at TBE. Cathy can't imagine a better place to work, and she invites you to visit her in her TBE office, where the door is always open.

Email Cathy at | 205.213.1025

Our Kitchen Staff

Bernard Axel 

Executive Chef 

Warren Collins

Assistant Kitchen Manager

Mandy Deavers

Head Baker/Sous Chef

Teresa Cottrell

 Chef de Partie

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Executive Board

Naomi Ivker, President Email
Allen Halpern, First Vice President/President Elect & Men’s Club Representative
Joshua Richman, Second Vice President
Ronald Levitt, Treasurer & Immediate Past President
Steve Altmann, Secretary

Board Members

Fred Benjamin
Scott Bloomston
Alejandra Lopez
Michael Sznajderman
Karen Weinrib
Ina Buchanan
Samantha Palmer

Susan Lapidus (TBE Sisterhood)
Robbie Rothenberg
Ken Jaffe
Melissa Altmann
Holly Radwin Mazer
Sue Lischkoff
Duncan Lamb

Suzanne Bearman
Bernard Stern
Billy Lapidus
Evan Rhodes
Jonathan Horn
Natalie Kianoff Goldsmith

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