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

Beatrice Balfour, Gan Shalom Preschool Director
Holding dual-citizenship, Dr. Beatrice Balfour grew up in Italy and came to the U.S. to attend U.C. Berkeley. Her passion for progressive pedagogies, particularly the so-called ‘Reggio Emilia approach,’  led her to obtain a Ph.D in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cambridge. She has taught early childhood education at the University level and was a project manager for the creation of an experimental school in Ecuador. For Beatrice, Gan Shalom’s progressive educational methodologies are filled with the beauty and richness of the Jewish curriculum and culture. Dr. Balfour is honored to be part of Gan Shalom’s special, welcoming, and inclusive community! Learn more about our Gan Shalom Preschool here.  Beatrice can be reached at

Joelle Yzquierdo, Shul and Preschool Administrator
Since 2004, Joelle has ensured that the congregation’s religious, educational, cultural and social programming runs smoothly. Joelle can be reached at (510) 843-5246 or

Executive Committee

Issy Kipnis

1st Vice President
Daniel Magid

2nd Vice President
Carol Cunradi

Ori Kanefsky

Miriam Barrere

Members at Large
Katrin Arefy
Joshua Ladon
Jodie Morgan
Noah Nathan
Rachel Perl
Irene Resnikoff
Eric Seder
Chaim Stauber
Philip Tendler

Gan Representative
Ben Rose

Sisterhood Representative
Susie Marcus

Past President
Leslie Valas