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Lauren Marks-Cabañas, Executive Director
Lauren Marks-Cabañas has worked in the field of non-profit synagogue administration for over 20 years, having served for over 13 years at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Florida, and 2 years at Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom in Miami, Florida, before she joined our staff at Adath Israel as the Executive Director in 2015. 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 clergy, Executive 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 who is 14. Their son, Brett, attends college in Pennsylvania as a student-athlete playing baseball for Cairn University.
You can reach Lauren Marks-Cabañas at: (610) 934-1903 | [email protected]
Laurie Purcell, Director of Early Childhood Education
Laurie Purcell brings over 30 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. She is passionate about the importance of a quality early childhood education program and is committed to providing this for families in our community.
Laurie and her husband Jeff reside in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They have two grown children. Matt is an Industrial Engineer who resides in Winter Garden, Florida and Emily is a Chemical Engineer who lives in Morristown, New Jersey.
You can reach Laurie Purcell at: (610) 934-1920 | [email protected]
Na'ama Yarden, Director of Community Education
Na’ama Yarden is a third generation Sabra. She was born in Kibbutz Ein Hashofet (“KEH”), in the Megido region of Israel, where her grandparents were among its founders. Na’ama has been a passionate and devoted educator for over 25 years in Israel and then in the USA. Na’ama earned her B.Ed. in Special Education (Seminar Hakibbutzim, Tel Aviv) in 1990, and was an elementary school teacher at the kibbutz school for 3 years. Na’ama then spent two years in New York City working at the Heschel School, developing the Special Needs Program in Hebrew. After returning to Israel, she earned a Certificate in Preschool Management, Guidance & Pedagogical Counseling (Seminar Hakibbutzim) and assumed the roles of Director of an Early Childhood Center and counselor at KEH and the Megido region. Upon arriving back in the U.S. in 2000, she became a Jewish Studies teacher at Perelman Jewish Day School, where she remained for 17 years. After earning her M.A. in Jewish Education, Administration and Judaic studies (Gratz College) in 2008, she also served as the Education Director of Congregation Or Shalom for the past 7 years.
Na’ama has been an active member of this area’s Israeli community. As a devoted Jewish educator committed to connecting students, teachers and parents to Judaism and Israel, she established a unique program for Israeli children who live in the Greater Philadelphia region. This “Kachol Lavan” (Blue and White) educational program has drawn students throughout the area, giving them the opportunity to study Judaism and Hebrew in Hebrew.
Na’ama is very excited to join the Adath Israel leadership team to help create a vibrant educational program for all students of all ages. She hopes that as Director of Community Education, she will leverage her extensive teaching experience, passion for Jewish education, and her administrative and organizational skills, for the benefit of the Adath Israel community. She plans to bring creativity, an open mind, and a sensitive heart to her work, creating a rewarding program for children and adults whose needs comprise a wide spectrum of learning styles and interests. Na’ama lives in Wynnewood, and is the proud mother of three children, ages 18, 21, and 25.
You can reach Na’ama Yarden at: (610) 934-1912 | [email protected]
Julia Campbell, Program and Marketing Coordinator
Julia Campbell comes to Adath Israel from the Jewish Relief Agency, the largest provider of food assistance to Jewish families in need in the Greater Philadelphia region. After participating in Birthright Israel with the University of Pennsylvania Hillel in January of 2015, Julia was inspired to pursue a career within the Jewish community. She has a strong background in writing, communications, and volunteer management. Julia welcomes the opportunity to further the best interests of Adath Israel’s members and the congregation as a whole.
Julia holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Lafayette College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society and received merit awards from the English and Music departments. As a student, she led the College Writing Program as a Mentor Writing Associate. She also led several music department ensembles as a flutist. Julia lives in Plymouth Meeting.
You can reach Julia Campbell 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]
Sara Beth Levine, Bookeeper
(610) 934-1907 | [email protected]
Marcia Schulman, Administrative Assistant
(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]
Michelle Camperson, School Receptionist
Shawn Cuff, Supervisor
(610) 934-1910 | [email protected]
Lay Leadership - Officers
David Steinman, President
Pam Lashner, First Vice President
Lenore Asbel, VP Administration
Terri Hartman, VP Programming
Howard Rosenblatt, VP Education - ECLC
Meredith Krain, VP Education - Makom
Robert Salvin, VP Finance
Beth Schonberger, VP Membership
Susan Baren-Pearson, Secretary/Board Liaison
Elliott Miller, Immediate Past President