Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Temple on a day-to-day basis? How do services, lifecycle events, education classes and special programs seem to go off without a hitch? Who supports Rabbi Kaufman and all of the congregants who volunteer? It’s our staff who makes our Temple hum right along. As President, I work with the staff on a regular basis and have seen firsthand all they do.
The meetings, the discussions, the phone calls and the interaction with our congregants and guests. The staff is an amazing group of individuals. I realize many of you know our staff, but for those of you who don’t let me introduce them to you.
David Muenchrath began his role as Executive Director of the Temple six years ago. David is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the congregation, including overseeing payroll and employee benefits, managing financial records, ensuring the facilities and grounds are in good condition, managing all aspects of the Temple cemetery, and provides support to the Board. David also collaborates closely with Rabbi Kaufman, myself and other staff members making sure tasks are smoothly orchestrated. David has two boys; William, age 5 and Walter, age 4.
Erin Plank is our Office Manager and joined the Temple staff over six years ago. Erin is responsible for a wide range of administrative and office support activities, including answering phones, welcoming visitors, sending out acknowledgements and thank you letters for charitable gifts as well as sending out weekly Yahrzeit notices. In addition, Erin prepares and creates programs for Shabbat, B’nai Mitzvahs, Passover, High Holidays and other special events. She also coordinates the Bulletin and sends out weekly email blasts. I recently asked Erin to manage the volunteer software platform we will be utilizing later this year. Erin is married to Josh and they have two children; Nolan, age 3, and Fiona age 1.
Charles Stanton is our Assistant Maintenance Engineer and joined our Temple staff over three years ago. Charles is responsible for taking care of assignments related to services, events and programs as well as maintaining the building. Whether it’s preparing the audio for Shabbat services or assembling a table configuration for a B’nai Mitzvah. Charles is very meticulous and it shows in his work around the Temple. Charles is married to Amanda and has five children; Harmony, age 10, Caezar, age 10, Zavon, age 9, Honor, age 5 and HalleJah, age 2.
Jake Heilman is our Facilities Manager and has been a part of our Temple staff for over 13 years. You may have noticed less of Jake in the past several months. Jake has accepted new opportunities outside of Temple and works with us on an as-needed basis. Jake is married to Amanda and has three children; Amaya, age 8, Kiara, age 6 and Gary, age 4.
Wendy Beckerman is our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator and has been a part of the Temple staff for over thirty years. I’m sure you’ve seen Wendy at many services and events! Wendy has worked with hundreds of children over the years in preparing them for their B’nai Mitzvah. She also is very active with the Youth Group and co-chairs the Sisterhood. Wendy has three grown children; Edye Beckerman, Amy Flugge-Smith (and son-in-law Jamie) and Steven Beckerman and three grandchildren; Jayden age 13, James age 11 and Amina age 4.
I have the pleasure of working with each and every one of our staff and am so appreciative of their hard work and dedication to Temple. The next time you visit Temple, please take a moment to say hello to our staff and thank them for their wonderful support!
B’Shalom, Alan Adato