Today is September 17, 2019 -
We have new faces hitting programming out of the park at Beth El! Friendly and outgoing, our new staff is here for you. Becky Kahn, Robby Erlich, and Halle Schulman are working together to create fun programming, engage the community and find opportunities of enrichment through a Jewish lens. They are committed to our congregation and have been excelling in their short time here. When they reach out to you for a volunteer opportunity or simply to have coffee, say yes and show your support!
Becky Kahn – As I approach my year anniversary at Beth El, my heart is full. Beth El has always been my second home. Born and raised in Omaha, I grew up very active in the Jewish community; which led me to seek out a college experience that supported my Jewish values. After graduating from Indiana University, I moved back home to be close to family and accepted a position at a government nonprofit as an educator. I transitioned from this role, with a change of pace, to managing and operating Garbo’s Salon and Spa for almost 8 years. I loved my job and working for my family business, however I felt unfulfilled. The saying is true, when one door closes, another opens. I found myself turning back to my roots and accepted the position as Senior Executive Assistant at Beth El. I work closely with Executive Director Allison Newfeld and act as a liaison on behalf of Rabbi Abraham and Hazzan Krausman. I love fostering connections and relationships with you through my responsibility of Lifecycle events. I am here for you and your family for both jubilant occasions, and not so joyous life events. I try and make everything easy and do it with a smile. Looking forward to a great future with Beth El!
Robby Erlich – Shalom! I am thrilled to be the Engagement Coordinator at Beth El. Myself, my wife Andrea, and our 5-year-old son Jonah, are delighted to be in Omaha, and to be back in the good ‘ol Midwest! My family and I are from Minneapolis, MN, but made a detour living in Phoenix, AZ, since July 2017. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Programming, and hold a Masters degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling.
For the last 5 and half years, I have been a 7-12 grade School Counselor, assisting students, families and staff on social / emotional concerns, academic issues and assisting students and families with their next step post high school. Before becoming a School Counselor, I held different roles in the Minneapolis Jewish community – from being a B’nai Mitzvah teacher, Shabbat School Director, Federation Campaign Associate, and finally being a Synagogue Youth Director, I have had the privilege of watching many people grow and connect to themselves and others on many different levels.
My day-to-day job roles at Beth El are initiating, coordinating and running programs / events. I also develop relationships with prospective and current members, and work to develop volunteers. I am very much excited to continue to meet the community and to learn. I look forward to seeing how we can work together!
Halle Schulman – Beth El Community Members, hello! I am the new Executive Coordinator here at Beth El Synagogue. If I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting you, what are you waiting for? My door is ALWAYS open – literally, I do not have a door; though, I’m sure I’ve spoken with many of you over the phone. I am a friendly artist and administrator, originally from Louisville, KY. My former Rabbi, Bob Slosberg, is good friends with Rabbi Steven Abraham; it’s truly a small world. I moved to Omaha just under a year ago, as my fiance? is an aircraft electrician for the United States Air Force, here at Offutt Air Force Base. I am a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory; I hold a BFA in Dance Performance and MS in Performing Arts Leadership and Management. The majority of my work experience is arts-related. I came from the Washington, DC, area, where I was employed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Metropolitan School of Performing Arts, and Motion X Dance DC; I briefly worked part time at the Omaha Symphony when I first moved to the Omaha area.
I wear multiple hats as the Executive Coordinator here at Beth El. Aside from daily secretarial duties, I work directly with Robby to assist in the coordination of events. I also work closely with Becky, Allison, and the Rabbi to assist in any administrative tasks that they need accomplished. I put together the Bat Kol every week. I manage all contributions for tributes. I am also in charge of yahrzeit notices. If any of you are planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah for your child, I assist in the development of the simcha planner, which is a document we use to determine roles during the service. In summary, you can think of me as the face of the administrative office. I look forward to meeting, connecting, and serving you all.