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Our Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer continues in his role as spiritual leader of BJC - now in his 21st year.

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Synagogue Director

Geryl Baer joins BJC as the new Synagogue Director. She coordinates membership services, engagement and outreach, manages the religious school, and provides organizational and financial administration for the synagogue. Geryl has worked in the Jewish community since 2004 in multiple organizations such as synagogues, Hillel, Federation, and Jewish Family and Children Services. Geryl has Masters degrees in Jewish Communal Service and in Business Administration from Baltimore Hebrew University and University of Baltimore, respectively, and a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.

Geryl currently lives in Bethesda with her husband Louis and her children.

Program & Social Media Director

Amy Kertesz  is the Program and Social Media Coordinator at BJC.  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 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.   

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.


Sun, May 29 2022 28 Iyyar 5782