Meet our Executive Board

Executive Board

Warren Sufrin

President

Warren Sufrin has lived in Pittsburgh for most of his life.  After graduating high school in three years, he lived on a kibbutz in Israel for six months where he learned Hebrew and worked.  He then attended Boston University, graduating with a business degree in management information systems.  During his junior year, he again went to Israel, attending Hebrew University.

Warren worked in the information systems field for over 30 years.  He also is an owner of Twin Property Solutions – a real estate business, involved in rentals and in improving neighborhoods by renovating run-down houses.

Warren met his wife, Adele, at the Pittsburgh JCC in 1985.  They were married in 1987 and now have two sets of adult twin girls, Ilana and Rena, and Leah and Dana.

Warren is an active blood donor, having given over 120 pints of blood over the years.  He has also run blood drives at Beth El multiple times, and hopes you’ll join him next time!

Warren has been involved in volunteer activities in the Pittsburgh community for many years.  Most recently, he served as co-president of the Men’s Club at Beth El Congregation and has been the synagogue’s Recording Secretary, VP of Fundraising, VP of Education, VP of Administration and Executive VP.  He is a former President of Bnai Zion, Pittsburgh Region and served on Bnai Zion’s national board.  He is the former Campaign Chairman and Board Chair of the Tri-State Region of Israel Bonds.  Warren also served on the board of Camp Ramah in Canada.  And Warren has been active in the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, having served on their Board of Delegates and on their Overseas Funding Committee.  Finally, Warren served as past Regional President of Tri-State Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC), the umbrella organization for our own Men’s Club, and served as a member of the international executive committee for FJMC.

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Susie Seletz

Executive VP

Susie Seletz was raised at Beth El and after thirty years away, is delighted to have returned to her home shul. During these years, she and her husband, Carl, lived in London for ten years, where their two daughters were born, as well as New York, San Francisco, and most recently Columbus. Each move was made immeasurably easier and more rewarding by having become active in synagogue life.

Professionally, Susie worked in the consumer products field, for Clairol and Procter & Gamble, before embarking on a second career in the culinary world.  She is presently a culinary instructor for 412 Food Rescue.

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David Sirota

Financial VP

David and his wife joined the Beth El family upon the birth of their son in 2008. He has served as Treasurer and is currently Beth El’s Financial VP and member of the Executive Board. He also has served on the Board of Trustees. When not volunteering at Beth El or assisting with his son’s sports and after-school activities, David is an independent Organizational Change Consultant.

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Geri Recht

Fundraising VP

Geri and her husband Steve have been members of Beth El since 1994 when they were expecting their first child.  Since then Geri and her family of 5 have used Beth El for all family life cycle events including baby naming, nursery school, religious school, b’nai mitzvahs, and shiva services.

Geri has served on the Board for BENS nursery school including President, served on the Board of Trustees, and as a volunteer for a variety of events over the years.

When Geri isn’t at Beth El, she is an Account Director for Willis Towers Watson where she has worked for 25 years as an actuary and Consultant.

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Stacey Reibach

Volunteerism VP

Stacey Reibach and her family have lived in the Pittsburgh area since 2000.  She grew up in south Georgia and attended college in Virginia, where she met her husband, Andy.  Prior to Pittsburgh, they also lived in Texas, Colorado and North Carolina. Stacey was a stay at home mom for many years but eventually returned to the work force as Sales and Marketing Manager for the South Hills JCC in 2010.  From there, she accepted a position on the staff of Sen. Matt Smith. She currently holds the role of District Director for Sen. Guy Reschenthaler.

Stacey is open about her conversion to Judaism (20 years ago) and is always happy to answer any questions about interfaith marriage/parenting and related issues.  Stacey and Andy joined Beth El in 2002, around the arrival of Rabbi Alex and Rabbi Amy…perfect timing! She served two terms as Vice President of Membership, one term as Vice President of Fundraising, has been on the Board of Trustees for the past few years, served a term on the nominating committee, co-chaired Purim baskets for several years, and co-chairs Empty Bowls – South Hills edition.  She has also served on the Hillel JUC Board, the South Hills Jewish Advisory committee,  the Diller Teen Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Jewish Family and Community Services board, the South Hills Interfaith Movement board and on the Mt. Lebanon Economic Development Council.

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Bill Spatz

Treasurer

Bill Spatz is a native of the South Hills. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon and now lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Helena, their sons Danny, Zack and Benny, and their dogs Teddy and Atticus. Bill has been active in the Pittsburgh and South Hills Jewish community for many years. He served as chair of the Jewish Federation’s Maimonides Society and Young Adult Division. He is currently chair of the South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh’s community council. Bill has served on Beth El’s Board of Trustees and also serves as Beth El’s Youth Commissioner. His greatest hope is to help strengthen his children’s Jewish community, so it will always be a part of them.

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Beth Pomerantz

Financial Secretary

Beth Pomerantz has been a lifelong Pittsburgher with strong attachments to Beth El. Her grandmother Mary Miller was among the youngest of the Mothers’ Club that founded Beth El, and someone in her family has always belonged to the shul. While Beth prefers ‘being a worker bee,’ she has chaired several projects and is an essential part of keeping the shul’s office running smoothly. Upon her retirement from the Mt. Lebanon school district, she worked bingo here at Beth El all evening long, every Tuesday. Beth has also served as Secretary of Sisterhood and the Women’s League Regional Newsletter Editor. She is presently Beth El’s Financial Secretary, Book of Remembrance Chair, Gift Shop Chair, Morning Minyanaire and is responsible for the creation and distribution of shul emails. When asked about her positions at Beth El over the years, Beth replied, “Oy! Too many hats, so please feel free to jump in and lend a hand. We’d love to have you join us.“

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