Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan


Lisabeth Lobenthal, Executive Director, comes to us with many years of experience as a professional and lay leader in the Jewish world. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of University Synagogue in Los Angeles. She lived in Israel and earned a Master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service. She has experience in synagogue management, leadership development, fundraising, budgeting, supervision, programming and more. As a lay leader, she served as a mentor and on committees for the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California, Executive Vice President of Adat Shalom and a volunteer for Koreh L.A., a program designed to improve literacy for children.

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Mira Sussman, Director of Education, is a long-time member of Ann Arbor’s Jewish community. She believes whole-heartedly in the importance of building warm, joyful, well-informed, and inclusive Jewish communities. Mira grew up in Ann Arbor, attending Beth Israel Congregation and Hebrew Day School, as well as being involved in Jewish camping. Mira received her Bachelor’s degree in Jewish History from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College, also in LA. She has worked in a variety of religious school environments, and upon returning to Ann Arbor worked at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County for eight years in Employment and Refugee Resettlement Services. She is a founding member of Limmud Michigan and was co-chair of this annual day-long regional event of Jewish learning for the past two years. She and her husband Doron Yitzchaki moved back to Ann Arbor in 2005 after nine years in Los Angeles. They have three sons. Mira is dedicated to fostering positive and meaningful Jewish identities for young people. She probably knows the lyrics to the song you are trying to remember but is useless at sports trivia.

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