Rabbi Steven Henkin

Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Steven Henkin is thrilled to be the rabbi at Temple Beth-El!  He has previously served as the rabbi at Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah and the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, MD.  A native of the Chicago suburbs (and lifelong Chicago sports fan), Rabbi Henkin received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. from Emory University, and was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles.  Rabbi Henkin brings with him a passion for building community, both within and outside the Jewish community, education both of children and adults, and making Judaism meaningful and relevant to the daily life of 21st Century Jews.  He loves music, exercise, cooking, and being outdoors.  He is excited to share his adventures with his wife, Orly, their children, Dinah and Noah, and their dog, Maccabee.

Check out this welcome message from a few members of the Temple Beth El team.
You can contact Rabbi Henkin at rabbihenkin@templebeth-el.net

Glynnis Levitt 

Chief Operating Officer

Email Glynnis at glevitt@templebeth-el.net

Margaret Norman

Director of Programming and Engagement

Margaret Norman is the Director of Programming and Engagement at Temple Beth El where she develops responsive programming, works on community engagement, and fosters collaborative partnerships. She also oversees the development of the Beth El Civil Rights Experience; a multimedia community history project exploring Jewish Birmingham and Civil Rights. Margaret received her BA in Individualized Study from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Food Systems and Public Policy, and is currently completing her MA in American Studies with UNC-Chapel Hill.  Before coming to Temple Beth El she worked across fields of food, education, and public history with organizations such as the the Jefferson County Memorial Project, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Margaret grew up in an interfaith family in Vermont, where she went to synagogue in a farmhouse and first developed the love for Jewish community that she brings to her work today.

Email Margaret at mnorman@templebeth-el.net

Howard Kaplan

Director of Member Services and Logistics

Howard comes to us with amazing computer and tech skills, experience with ShulCloud (so yes, he can get you set up and answer all your questions), website upkeep and design experience, years of volunteer service with many different organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Club (where he currently serves as vice-president of the Torch Awards).

He is highly organized; very detailed; has planned and implemented hundreds of events over the years; and he has a great attitude! If you have questions around ShulCloud, something that you notice around the temple that needs repair, or any other member service issue, start with Howard!

Email Howard at hkaplan@templebeth-el.net

Andrea May


Andrea comes to us after almost 27 years working for State Farm Insurance, where she spent most of her time in the Public Affairs and Learning & Development departments. She and her husband, Bo, and daughter, Gabrielle, moved to Birmingham from Florida in the summer of 2009. She says she’s here to stay, especially after her sister and brother-in-law moved up here to be closer to family.

Andrea loves staying busy, which TBE and our bookkeeping department happily provide! Andrea is a member of the J and is an avid runner, reader and shopper.

Email Andrea at bookkeeper@templebeth-el.net

Aryn Wallsh 


Email Aryn at volunteer@templebeth-el.net 

Bernard Axel

Temple Beth El Kitchens Head Chef

Contact our kitchens team at kitchens@templebeth-el.net 

Warren Collins

Temple Beth El Kitchens Assistant Manager

Contact our kitchens team at kitchens@templebeth-el.net 

Maurine Halpern

Interim Religious School Administrator

Email Maurine at mhalpern@majorpromotions.net

Nico Cuso

Maintenance Supervisor

Mandy Deavers

Temple Beth El Kitchens

Contact our kitchens team at kitchens@templebeth-el.net 

Lay Leadership

Naomi Ivker – President * 
Allen Halpern – Vice President *
Ronald Levitt – Treasurer * 
Steve Altmann- Secretary * 

Ronald Levitt – Immediate Past President 

Board Members

Keith Abrams (Foundation President)

Marsha Asman

Suzanne Bearman

Fred Benjamin

Scott Bloomston

Alex Grodner

Ellen Italiander

Jan Jaffe

Howard Kaplan (Men’s Club)

Dani Kahn-Krell

Alajandra Lopez

Arlene Redisch

Joshua Richman

Evan Rhodes

Ella Rosen (Sisterhood)

Esther Schuster

Robin Smith

Bernard Stern

Michael Sznajderman

Karen Weinrib