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.
After 24 years in the Chicago area, and a Midwesterner until 2020, Carol moved West to join the staff at CBI and to be close to family. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN and spent her childhood through college years in Central and Northeast Iowa. Carol has had a diverse professional career, including work in…
Rabbi Robin (Hoffman) Foonberg 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…
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.
Emily Fischer is the Youth Director for Congregation Bʼnai Israel. She brings a youthful perspective backed by experience in Jewish Early Childhood Education to the position.
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 the bookkeeper at CBI in 2007 and in 2015 was promoted to Operations Manager.
Eric Van Raalte joined CBI in 2019 as the Operations Specialist. He grew up at Temple Beth Tikvah where he was an active volunteer, teacher for their Hebrew School and served on the board as Publicity VP.
Amy Robinson Katz is a Cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and is working toward ordination as Hazzanit. An accomplished musician, songwriter and choir leader, Amy is a frequent Sh’lichat Tzibbur at CBI Coastal, and leads PrayerSong and Hal’lu.