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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Meet Our Synagogue Leaders

Stephen Pomerantz, M.D.


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

As a lifelong member of Chizuk Amuno, Jonny attended our Hebrew School, had his Bar Mitzvah and was married on our bimah, and sang in the synagogue choir for 42 years.  He recently served on committees for the playground build and the Rabbi search, co-chaired the membership committee and Rabbi Wechsler’s 20th Anniversary celebration.

In the community he has served on the board of the Jewish Community Center where he co-chaired the teen, membership, camp committees and technology task force, and chaired the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.  He has participated in several committees and task forces for The Associated, including the areas of camping and technology.  As a board member of the Jewish Volunteer Connection he chaired the teen committee that managed leadership programs including the Diller Teen Fellows program. 

Professionally he is currently a database programmer/consultant and formerly the owner/director of Camp Holiday Day Camp.  He lives in Pikesville with his wife Hillary.  Their sons Shawn and Kevin, now in graduate school, both attended the Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center and the Kreiger Schechter Day School, and celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs at Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

Sarah Manekin

Vice President 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

Vice President for Religious Life

Jeff’s family have been members of Chizuk Amuno since 1993. Their initial affiliation was through Krieger Schechter Day School. Jeff has served in various positions in the Brotherhood including President. He is a Chizuk Amuno board member, served on the Hazzan Search and Ritual Committees, and currently serves as Vice President of Religious Life.

Jeff is an Information Technology Consultant who currently specializes in intelligent transportation systems. He has served in executive positions in several companies as well as President of a company he founded.

Jeff is married to Barbara and has two children, Jonathan and Rebecca. Jonathan is a graduate of Krieger Schechter Day School and Rebecca is a teacher in the Goldsmith Early Childhood Center. Barbara had her adult Bat Mitzvah and both children had their Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno.

Joshua Wolf

Vice President for Administration

Josh has been involved at Chizuk Amuno since his children began attending Goldsmith, starting in 2001. Since then he has been a board member, led a lecture on the Golden Age of Spain at Luv2Learn, and chaired the Organizational Committee in 2018. Josh has been an educator for twenty-six years, teaching Spanish and coaching varsity basketball at the Park School. In 2011 he became the middle school principal at Park, where he loves to engage with–and learn from–students, parents, and teachers. Josh received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He and Vanina have three children, Noë, Jacob, and Daniel, and have enjoyed celebrating many simchas at Chizuk Amuno with family, friends, and the wonderful clergy.

Beth Perlman


Beth S. Perlman has held numerous executive roles in the public and private sectors.  Currently she is a VP and Program Director at Gartner advising IT executives in companies of over $10B in revenue.  

Ms. Perlman moved to Baltimore to join Constellation Energy where she served as the Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Senior Vice President.  Ms. Perlman was responsible for information technology, human resources, supply chain, real estate, and business continuity activities, as well as serving as Chairman of an energy consulting and services subsidiary.

Ms. Perlman’s previous experience also includes: Chief Information Officer of Live! Casino & Hotel, Interim Chief Information Officer Maryland State Department of Education, Managing Director of an energy software consulting business and 13 years in financial services.

In addition to her role as Treasurer of Chizuk Amuno, Ms. Perlman serves on the Technion Board of Governors, and the boards of United Way of Central Maryland and the Fuel Fund of Maryland. 

A New York native, Ms. Perlman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and finance from Syracuse University.

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

  • Rachel Abrams
  • Alissa Abramson-Densky
  • Lawrence Amsterdam
  • Jeffrey Blavatt
  • Heather Cohen
  • Jaime Cohen
  • Anna Davis
  • Jacob Hodes
  • Amanda Levine
  • Samuel Moskowitz
  • Richard Reaven, M.D.
  • Barbara Scott
  • Harel Turkel

Committee Chairs (in formation)

  • Alissa Abramson-Densky – Communications Chair
  • Lawrence Amsterdam – Culture & Engagement Co-Chair
  • Donna Balinkie – KSDS Co-Vice Chair
  • Heather Cohen – Culture & Engagement Co-Chair
  • Jenny Gamliel – Krieger Schechter Day School Chair
  • Emily Hackner – Goldsmith Early Childhood Center Chair
  • Jody Harburger – Stulman Center for Adult Learning Chair
  • Natalie Hendler – RRS & Teen Programs Chair
  • Andrea Lieber – KSDS Co-Vice Chair
  • Sandra G. Moffet – Nominating Chair
  • Samuel Moskowitz – Foundation President
  • Jeff Snyder – Religious Life Chair
  • Joshua Wolf – Personnel Committee Chair
  • Robert Wolf – Cemeteries Chair