Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan


Elliot Sorkin, the Executive Director, oversees the operations of the Synagogue and works closely with the Board of Directors. His door is always open. Elliot received his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from UCLA. He worked for Tamarack Camps as the Program Director and Director of Administration for 21 years previous to joining the professional staff at Beth Israel Congregation in 1998. He has a fondness for marching bands, contemporary Celtic and Jewish music, military memoirs in Hebrew and English, walking and bike riding. Elliot and his wife Bonnie, have one son, Lee.

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Sarah Klein is elated to join Beth Israel as the new Program Director. Sarah recently graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Jewish Studies. In the future, Sarah aspires to become a Rabbi. Before joining Beth Israel in 2017, Sarah worked in the Jewish community interning, teaching, and program planning. She has worked in Jewish communities with ages ranging from one to one hundred and is extremely excited to use her diverse experiences to bring engaging, fun, and meaningful programs to Beth Israel. Sarah currently lives in West Bloomfield, where she was born and raised. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, spending time with her dogs, and playing the string bass. Sarah is eager to get to know the Beth Israel community. Feel free to reach out to her to grab coffee and chat!

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Mira Sussman, Interim Religious School Director, 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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