Our Rabbi, Staff and Board of Directors work as a team to bring celebration, engagement and wholeness to our congregation and the community.
Rabbi Elie Spitz has served as CBI’s spiritual leader since 1988. A graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University of Law, Rabbi Spitz has authored three books, serves on the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement, and is a national teacher on spirituality and Jewish Law.
Sandy Klein has been the Executive Director at Congregation B’nai Israel since 2001. Sandy holds a master’s degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Public Administration (MPA).
Rabbi Robin Hoffman has been the Director of Education at CBI since 2011 after beginning her career as a Jewish Educator in 1995.
Sharon Alkin has been in the field of Early Childhood for the past thirty years. She is a graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a degree in Education, and received her Early Childhood Education credential from Saddleback College. She has been a PreK teacher at Congregation B’nai Israel Child Development Center…
Barbara has been the Youth Director and Advisor at CBI since 1995. Prior to joining the CBI staff she worked as Youth Advisor for seven years at Temple Beth Emet in Anaheim. Under Barbara’s leadership, the CBI USY Chapter has won many awards.
Ana Cottle joined CBI as Operations Specialist in 2014. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 2012 majoring in Comparative Literature, with a minor in Jewish Studies.
Helene Coulter first joined CBI as a congregant in 1997 and in 2002 started teaching at the religious school. Already an active volunteer for CBI in the office, Helene became bookkeeper at CBI in November of 2007 and in 2015 was promoted to Operations Manager. Helene likes sipping Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain…
Nancy Cedar joined the CBI Child Development Center as the Administrative Assistant in May, 2000. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from California State University Fullerton majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. She has also served as CBI’s VP of Education.
Ariel is CBI’s rabbinic intern for the 2015/2016 year. He is a rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of the American Jewish University. In addition, Ariel is earning an MBA at the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, also at the American Jewish University.
Amy Robinson Katz is a Cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and is working toward ordination as Hazzanit in 2017. An accomplished musician, songwriter and choir leader, Amy is a frequent Sh’lichat Tzibbur at CBI Coastal, and leads PrayerSong and Hal’lu.