Meet Our Staff

Administrative and Office Staff

Steve Hecht

Executive Director

Steve Hecht, FSA, Beth El’s Executive Director has been at Beth El for just over 16 years. He manages the support staff and maintains a close working relationship with Rabbi Alex and Rabbi Amy, the Executive leadership, and the Board of Trustees. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Economics, Steve spent several years in retail management and in operations experience, and soon earned an FSA (Fellow in Synagogue Administration). Through the years, Steve has been extremely active in the national organization, North American Association of Synagogue Executives (N.A.A.S.E.). He has served six years on the N.A.A.S.E.’s Board of Governors as its National Membership Chair, been an instructor at two conferences, published in their journal, co-chaired the national strategic plan and served as the ritual chair at two conferences. Steve and his wife Lynn have been married for 37 years and have two children (Adam, Dana), a daughter-in law (Jessie), a grand-dog (Kramer), and a 19 year old cat (Sammy).

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Nicole Mezare

Program & Communications Director

Nicole Mezare is a Program Management Consultant with experience combining community outreach, strategic planning and leadership to effectively produce Jewish, educational, arts and fundraising programs. She has developed unique, innovative and engaging programs to bring out the various interests of the communities she has worked with as a program director, concert musician and college educator. She has recently held the position of Program Director at Temple Sinai, prior to the birth of her second son. Nicole also worked for the JCC and Carnegie Mellon University, where she also received her master’s degree. She moved to Pittsburgh 14 years ago, after pursuing graduate work in San Francisco, CA and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, running, hiking and skiing. She currently lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband Roi and two sons, Ben and Eitan.

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Debbie Goldberg


Debbie Goldberg, Beth El’s bookkeeper, has been at Beth El over 20 years. She manages our entire accounting cycle, working closely with our Financial VP. Debbie is a graduate of Robert Morris University and holds a BSBA in Accounting. On Tuesday nights, you’ll often find Deb working at Beth El’s Bingo, our largest fundraiser. Deb and her husband Harold have been married 35 years and have 3 children; Sara, Jeremy (married to Lisa Milner) and Mo (married to Seth Harris).

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Leslie Gura

Administrative Assistant

Leslie Gura, Administrative Assistant, has been at Beth El for 7 years. She works closely with Steve Hecht, Rabbi Alex, members of the Congregation, and is currently the Editor of the KOL. After graduating from Robert Morris with an Associate of Science Degree in Secretarial Science, Leslie worked for Fortune 500 companies including American Express and Gulf Oil Corporation. Leslie and her husband David have been married for 44 years and they have one child (Leigh), a son-in-law (Christopher), and two granddaughters (Isabella and Genevieve.)

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Elizabeth Stork

Catering Coordinator

Elizabeth Stork, Ph.D., is the Catering Coordinator at Beth El. Besides bringing food to life and reinvigorating the food services at Beth El, she is a full-time professor of Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University with degrees in sociology and social work/non-profit administration. She travels (for food), reads (about food), gardens, and cares passionately about food, its role in communities, quality and nutritional value, and production from farm to table. She owned the food and catering business for a golf club in Georgia prior to earning her masters’ degrees and Ph.D. at Pitt. She also serves as an area chair for the International Leadership Association and conducts research on leadership and women. She has four grown daughters and one granddaughter, all food enthusiasts, who live out west, and cares for her 92-year-old master-bridge-player father in Upper St. Clair.

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