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Our Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer continues in his role as spiritual leader of BJC - now in his 18th year.

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Our Program & Social Media Coordinator

Amy Kertesz  joins BJC as Program and Social Media Coordinator.  Amy's background is in marketing and communications,  having worked in the fashion industry for over 8 years, as part of the marketing teams for Etienne Aigner and Liz Claiborne, Inc.  In Miami, she served on the board of Women's March Miami as VP of Communications.  She also joined the Florida gubernatorial campaign of Andrew Gillum as a team leader, running the "Women for Gillum" social media platforms. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Amy and her family moved to Maryland almost 3 years ago from Miami. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology from Rutgers University, where she met her husband of 22 years, Kevin, who is always called “Mo” (short for Moshe). Amy and Mo have five amazing boys: Michael, Eli, Joshua, Daniel, and Joseph, ages 16 to 7. You may have seen her “15 minutes of fame” back in February 2021,  baking hamentashen for a Washington Jewish Week video.  []   

Our School Coordinator

Maran Gluckstein, BJC’s School Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Rochester and a Master’s in the same field from George Washington University with a concentration in Judaic Studies.  She was the Executive Director and Director of Education at Bethesda Jewish Congregation in Bethesda, MD for 26 years.  Since retiring in 2002, she has taught Hebrew and English for Speakers of Other Languages in a variety of settings. She was also active as an interviewer of survivors of the Holocaust from 1983 through 2000.  Since 1977, she has been a member of the alto section of Zemer Chai, The Jewish Chorale of the Nation’s Capital.


Our Membership & Administration Coordinator

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, joins the BJC staff to coordinate membership services, engagement and outreach, and to provide organizational and financial administration for the synagogue.  Elizabeth is a people person with a diverse set of skills and interests from program management and home organization to mediation. An avid reader, she has worked for Politics and Prose Bookstore managing books sales from house parties to team-run large events. She is also an experienced Mediator with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative dispute resolution industry. She is certified in Basic Mediation from Community Mediation Maryland focused in collaborative conflict resolution, parenting plan mediation.  Elizabeth, her husband Ralph, and her children Rachel and Aaron have been part of the BJC community for over 15 years from running special events to serving on the BJC's Board of Trustees.

Fri, November 26 2021 22 Kislev 5782