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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Meet Our Synagogue Leaders

Stephen Pomerantz


A member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation since 2004, Stephen Pomerantz has been a dedicated board member and executive committee member and officer since 2009.   Among his leadership efforts, he conceived of and co-chaired the Chizuk Amuno playground project, engaging hundreds of volunteers creating an exciting community-building experience and a wonderful playspace for our children. He co-chaired the Rabbi Search Committee that ultimately brought Rabbi Gruenberg to Chizuk Amuno.

Steve is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program.  In addition to his communal service work at Chizuk Amuno, Stephen has participated in multiple other area Jewish community boards and committees. 

Steve is a Radiologist at Advanced Radiology and lives in Reisterstown with his wife Leslie and their three children, Miriam, Aaron and Shira, all B’nei Mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno and all Krieger Schechter Day School graduates.

Bob Hallock

Vice President for Member Engagement

A member of Chizuk Amuno for almost 20 years, Bob has been a Board member since 2012.  A graduate of the Chizuk Amuno’s Shoshanna Cardin Leadership Program, he co-chaired the Congregational Life Committee, co-chaired the Luv2Learn and Laser Lights events, co-chaired the Playground Project Communications efforts, spearheaded the 2013 Strategic Working Groups project, created the Chizuk Amuno Community Choir, participated in the Kabbalat Service music services, and most recently has been a member of the Rabbi and Hazzan Search Committees.

Bob is currently on the Board of the Institute of Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). He is a retired attorney and business executive, with a background in marketing and sales development.

Bob lives in Baltimore City with his wife, Fritzi, and they have 3 children, Steve, Amanda and Charlie.  Both Amanda and Charlie attended Krieger Schechter Day School and celebrated their B’nei Mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Jonny Lewis

Vice President for Development

Bio to Come.

Sarah Manekin

VP for Education

With family ties stretching back generations, Sarah grew up at Chizuk Amuno and was bat mitzvahed and married in the main sanctuary. A historian by training, Sarah taught at the high school and college level before transitioning to her current role as Director of Research and Publications at the Abell Foundation in Baltimore. Sarah and her husband, Ari Abramson, are the parents of current or former students at Goldsmith Early Childhood Center, Krieger Schechter Day School and Rosenbloom Religious School. They regularly attended the Family Service with their kids and are active members of the Chizuk Amuno community.

Jeff Snyder

VP for Religious Life

Bio to Come.

Josh Wolf

VP for Administration

Bio to Come.

Beth Perlman


Bio to Come.

Rena Lapidus


A member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation since 2002, Rena has been an active member on various committees including Gemilut Hasadim, Purim Carnival and the Israel Committee. When her children were younger, she was active on the PAs of KSDS and a long time ago, GECC. She joined the Board in 2017. Most recently, she played an active role in the Hazzan Search Committee.

Rena is a Cancer Researcher at University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Greenebaum Cancer Center. She lives in Pikesville with her husband Ari, two sons in their early 20’s, Jacob and Ben and their assortment of cats and dog. Both Jacob and Ben are alumnae of GECCC, KSDS and had B’nei Mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno.

Board of Trustees

  • Lawrence Amsterdam
  • Heather Cohen
  • Jamie Cohen
  • Alissa Abramson-Densky
  • Anna Davis
  • Jacob Hodes
  • Rena Lapidus
  • Jonny Lewis
  • Richard Matz
  • Sarah Manekin
  • Richard Reaven
  • Andrew Sandler
  • Jeffrey Snyder
  • Joshua Wolf

Committee Chairs (in formation)

  • Michelle Clay – Rosenbloom Religious School & Teen Programs
  • Emily Hackner – Goldsmith Early Childhood Center
  • Jodi Moskowitz – Krieger Schechter Day School Chair
  • Jenny Gamliel – Krieger Schechter Day School Vice Chair
  • Sarah Manekin – Educational Cabinet
  • Jonny Lewis and Mindy Rosen – Membership/Congregational Engagement
  • Jeff Snyder – Religious Life
  • Jody Harburger – Stulman Center for Adult Learning
  • Dorothy Gold – Gemilut Hasadim
  • Gil Abramson – Personnel Committee; Legal Counsel
  • Linda Katz – Museum & Cultural Arts
  • Richard Matz – Cemetery
  • Samuel Moskowitz – Foundation President
  • Jason A. Blavatt – Nominating
  • Sanford Schreiber – Foundation Legal Counsel, Parliamentarian