Maharat Victoria Sutton, Director of Education and Community Engagement
In the summer of 2014, we welcomed Maharat Victoria Sutton to the CBI Family. In her capacity as Director of Education and Community Engagement, Maharat Victoria teaches adult education classes, directs and supervises our Shabbat youth education program, works closely with our Community Building Team in helping to foster closer relationships between members of our CBI Family, and as importantly, helps support the pastoral and programmatic work of our rabbi. Maharat Victoria can be reached at

Laura Lipman, Gan Shalom Preschool DirectorLaura
Laura came to teaching at the Gan in a roundabout way. Her children attended Gan Shalom, after which she became a Hebrew school teacher, then a public school teacher, and then the much beloved director of the Gan. For Laura, Torah comes alive each day at Gan Shalom in learning about the lives of parents, teachers and young children. Laura has been with our preschool since 2007. Learn more about our Gan Shalom Preschool here.  Laura can be reached at

Joelle Yzquierdo, Shul and Preschool Administrator
Joelle has spent the last 12 years ensuring that the congregation’s religious, educational, cultural and social programming runs smoothly. Joelle can be reached at (510) 843-5246 or

Avia CohenNCSY director for Northern California, facilitates programming where teens can bond with other Jewish teens, create relationships with Jewish role models, and participate in programming such as Shabbatons, chavruta sessions, and Jewish summer camps. Avia can be reached at

Tere GustavoTere Nativitas & Gustavo Rios, Custodial Staff.
We have been working in Congregation Beth Israel since 2012. We like to see the synagogue very organized and clean, so that every one feels comfortable and happy. We are grateful to be a part of this community and hope to continue working here for many years to come.



Executive Committee

Leslie Valas

1st Vice President
Sara Darmoni

2nd Vice President
Daniel Magid

Ben Rose

Miriam Barrere

Members at Large
Katrin Arefy
Carol Cunradi
Benjamin Epstein
Joshua Ladon
Issy Kipnis
Lois Marcus
Ester Chaya (Sara) Miranda
Jodie Morgan
Rachel Perl
Marti Zedeck

Gan Representative
Ben Rose

Sisterhood Representative
Susie Marcus

Past President
Irene Resnikoff