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Clergy


Rabbi Eric Solomon and Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon are the clergy and spiritual leaders of our congregation. 

Rabbi Eric Solomon 
erics@bethmeyer.org  

He’s an athlete, a die-hard Terps fan, a chocolate fanatic, an interfaith advocate, a husband, a father, and our rabbi! 

Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Maryland, Rabbi Eric was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion after six years of rabbinical studies in both Israel and New York City. During his time abroad, Rabbi Eric studied rabbinic literature at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and The Shalom Hartman Institute and participated in the Senior Educators program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

After finishing schoolwork, Rabbi Eric served as the 4th Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinical Fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan. In 2005, Rabbi Eric was admitted to the Rabbinical Assembly and assumed the pulpit here at Beth Meyer Synagogue. Over his tenure, Rabbi Eric is proud to have: 

• Co-Founded the North Carolina Jewish Clergy Association (NCJCA)
• Served as Vice Chair of the Mayor of Raleigh’s Commission for Compassion and member of the City of Raleigh’s Human Relations Commission.
• Co-chaired T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights  
• Served as a rabbinic mentor for the Clergy Leadership Incubator 
• Become a Goodman Fellow after completion of Leadership Triangle’s Regional Program 
• Developed his spiritual practice with teachers from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality 
• Volunteered on the boards of Urban Ministries of Wake County and Uniting NC 
• Traveled to Ghana and Guatemala on missions with American Jewish World Service as a Global Justice Fellow 

Today, Rabbi Eric co-chairs NCJCA and is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow with The Shalom Hartman Institute. For a taste of his teachings, click here

Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon 
jsolomon@bethmeyer.org 

A leading authority in the field of Jewish pastoral counseling, Rabbi Jennifer “Jenny” Solomon compassionately inspires our members as they navigate Jewish journeys. Closely attuned to people’s emotional and psychological needs, Rabbi Jenny blends her expertise in counseling, innovative spiritual practice, and Jewish text and ritual to teach and guide our congregation. 

Raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, was ordained by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and obtained a doctorate in counseling from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. She studied extensively in Israel, during which she was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Even today, Rabbi Jenny stays connected to The Wexner Foundation as an active alumna and visiting faculty member. 

At the heart of Rabbi Jenny’s rabbinate is soulful contemplative practice, which she hones in the company of the Hevraya, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) community. Rabbi Jenny’s ties to IJS are numerous — she is an alumna of their Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training and Clergy Cohort programs, guest teaches guided meditation sits for practitioners, and volunteers on its Board of Directors. 

Rabbi Jenny is the founding director and rabbinic supervisor of Libi Eir (Awakened Heart): The Wendy Brown Community Mikveh, where all Jews are welcomed to mark sacred transitions in their lives with a modern sensibility and ancient Jewish wisdom. In this role, she collaborated to launch Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, a movement with international ambitions to make mikveh immersions possible for everyone in the Jewish community. 

Rabbi Jenny has recorded two musical works — Tefilot HaLev (Prayers of the Heart) and Shira!, a compilation of songs for young children — and written many articles on mikveh, parenting, and Jewish contemplative practice. The proud mother of Meirav, Adi, and Natan, Rabbi Jenny enjoys long-distance running, strengthening and relaxing with yoga, and cooking for people who are going through hard times. For a taste of her teachings, click here.

Professionals


Christine Baker 
Catering & Kitchen Coordinator 

christineb@bethmeyer.org 
Ask me about: Main Building Kitchen, kiddush lunches, catering 

Crystal Bass 
Assistant Director of Beth Meyer Preschool 

crystalb@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: Beth Meyer Preschool — enrollment forms, student records, childcare plans 

Sarah Beall 
Facilities Coordinator & Clergy Assistant 

sarahb@bethmeyer.org 
Ask me about: meetings with Rabbi Eric, B-Mitzvah, conversionbuilding rentals

Carole Eagle 
Director of Member Services
 
carolee@bethmeyer.org 
Ask me about: membership, gifts and payments, ShulCloud 

Rabbi Michael Eisenstein 
Ritual Coordinator 

michaele@bethmeyer.org 
Ask me about: ritual volunteering, Yahrzeit plaques, kashrut

Lauren Isaacs 
Communications Manager 

laureni@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: the Weekly Email, social media, special publications

Cathy Kaplan 
Director of Religious School & Family Programs 

cathyk@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: Naomi & Ken Kramer Religious School, family and youth engagement, Alice & Daniel Satisky Education Building 

Rebecca Krantz 
Director of Beth Meyer Preschool 

preschool@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: Beth Meyer Preschool — policy, tuition, enrollment 

Ana Pugatch 
Program Manager 

anap@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: event planning and registration, room reservations 

Steve Sheriff 
Facilities Manager

Jonathan Wertheim 
Executive Director 

jonathanw@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: governance, planning and policy, troubleshooting  

Kim Wicksel 
Youth Programs Advisor 

kimberlyw@bethmeyer.org  
Ask me about: Beth Meyer USY, Kadima

Board of Trustees


Beth Meyer Synagogue is expertly steered by the Board of Trustees, a team of vision-driven volunteer leaders responsible for our business and affairs. Drawing on their experiences as community members, Trustees represent our best interests as they oversee the organization and move us towards a sustainable future. Be sure to say hello as you spot them at programs and prayer services — they welcome your feedback and creative input.  

Steve Katz, President
Steve Hammel, Vice President of Organizational Health
Sherry Shapiro, Vice President of Jewish Living and Learning
Brian Orol, Treasurer
Rick Kane, Secretary

Matt Altman
Sandi Bouchard
Alan King
Suzanne Kirschbaum
Bonnie Leach
Benjamin Pollack
Keith Satisky, Immediate Past President
Sharyn Shapiro
Shana Silverstein
Sadie Weiner
Phil Weinstein

RESOURCES


Below is a resource library to facilitate member participation in our governance. Rick Kane, Secretary of the Congregation, is available to answer your questions — email him here

• 2022-06-13 Constitution and By-Laws
• 2023-24 Schedule of Board of Trustees Meetings (yes, members can attend these!) 
• 2024-04-03 Minutes, Board of Trustees Meeting
• 2023-06-07 Minutes, Annual Meeting of Beth Meyer Synagogue

Sun, June 16 2024 10 Sivan 5784