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Our Staff

Lauren Marks-Cabañas, Executive Director

Lauren Marks-Cabanas has worked in the field of non-profit synagogue administration for over 18 years, having served for over 13years at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida, and 2 years Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom in Miami, Florida, before she joined our staff at Adath Israel as the Executive Director. Lauren’s work experience includes having served as Youth Director, Director of Programming and Executive Director at her previous synagogues. She has strong leadership abilities and she combines her organizational and people skills in overseeing the operations of our facility; supervising administrative and maintenance staff; management of programming; assisting with life-cycle events; and support of lay leadership. She works in tandem with the Executiev Board, Board of Directors and lay leadership to execute the affairs of the synagogue; membership development; building campaigns, marketing, communications, event management, dues administration; and identifying new opportunities for programming development and interpersonal growth among members. Lauren welcomes the opportunity to meet with all current and prospective members of the congregation. Lauren is a member of the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE), and has completed degree and additional non-profit leadership certificate programs from Notre Dame College of Business, studying Principles of Leading Transformational Non-Profits and Fundraising and Grant Strategies. Lauren lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband, Marcos, and their daughter Maia. Their son, Brett, attends college in Pennsylvania. 

You can reach Lauren Marks-Cabanas at: 610-934-1903 | [email protected]

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Laurie Purcell, Director of Early Childhood Education

Laurie Purcell brings over 25 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education and Camp Services to her role as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Adath Israel. Laurie is a licensed School Social Worker and holds Director credentials and teaching certifications in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from William Smith College.  Laurie is committed to maintaining a school where children can grow academically, socially and spiritually while helping them feel that they are in a safe, loving environment that embraces and supports their individuality.

Laurie and her husband Jeff reside in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  They have two children, Matt and Emily.

You can reach Laurie at: 610-934-1920 | [email protected]

Amanda Israel, Communications & Logistics Director 

Amanda Ross completed a dual MA degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College in 2011. She holds a BA from Rutgers University in English and Jewish Studies. Amanda joined the Adath Israel community in September 2011 as Web & Program Administrator, assisting with the logistics behind the program calendar and communications for the synagogue. Her scope of experience ranges from working in various Jewish educational settings (day school, religious school and Hebrew high school), Jewish Federation, JCCs, the Rutgers Jewish Experience, and various trips to Israel over the course of her life. Amanda was honored at the Jewish Educators Assembly in 2010 for the 20/20 conference, "The Future is Clear", for being among the twenty chosen young Jewish adults in the Philadelphia area showing excellence in the Jewish professional field. She was an advisory board member for Hazon, the Jewish Food movement in Philadelphia, was co-president of the Student Governing Board at Gratz College, and has been a Zumba Fitness Instructor since January of 2012. Amanda and her husband Daniel live in Merion Station.

You can reach Amanda Israel at: 610-934-1905 | [email protected] 

Terri Caldas, Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Terri holds a Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education.  She comes to Adath Israel with over 25 years of teaching experience with an emphasis on children ages 3 months to 3 years of age and over 10 years of camp programming.    Terri’s background includes developing and teaching parenting center classes and creative arts. Terri resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.  

You can reach Terri Caldas at 610-934-1920 |[email protected]

Administrative Offices

Sara Beth Levine, Bookeeper

610-934-1907 | [email protected]

Marcia Schulman, Administrative Assistant/Interim School Coordinator

610-934-1904 | [email protected]

Susan Neidich, Clergy Assistant

610-934-1906 | [email protected]

Barbara Sharofsky, School Registrar/Administrative Assistant

610-934-1914 | [email protected]

Morgan Neff, School Receptionist

610-934-1911 | [email protected]



Shawn Cuff, Supervisor

610-934-1910 | [email protected] 

Lay Leadership - Officers

Elliott Miller, President 

Email:  [email protected] 


David Steinman, First Vice President

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Pam Lashner, VP Administration

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Terry Bovarnick, VP Education

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Lenore Asbel, VP Programming

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Marcy Weitz, VP Finance

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Karen Averill, VP Membership

Email:  [email protected]

Robert Salvin, Secretary

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Rhonda Karp, Treasurer

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Joe Singer, Immediate Past President

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Barry Katz

Ellan Bernstein

Randi Grauman

Debbie Gross Kurtz

Shelby Simmons