Meet Our Staff

Administrative and Office Staff

Steve Hecht

Executive Director

Steve Hecht, FSA, Beth El’s Executive Director has been at Beth El since 1999. 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 since 1978 and have two children (Adam, Dana), a daughter-in law (Jessie), a granddaughter (Sydney), and a grand-dog (Kramer).

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Nicole Mezare

Program & Communications Director

Nicole Mezare provides programming support and expertise for non-profits in Pittsburgh. She has developed and implemented unique and engaging programs per the initiatives she has worked with as a program director, concert musician and college educator, having held positions with Temple Sinai, Jewish Community Center and Carnegie Mellon University. Nicole moved to Pittsburgh in 2001 after pursuing graduate work in San Francisco, CA and completed her Master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, running, hiking and skiing. Nicole and her husband live in Squirrel Hill with their two sons.

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Debbie Goldberg

Bookkeeper

Debbie Goldberg, Beth El’s bookkeeper, has been at Beth El since 1995. 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 since 1980 and have 3 children; Sara, Jeremy (married to Lisa Milner) and Mo (married to Seth Harris), and two grandchildren.

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Leslie Gura

Administrative Assistant

Leslie Gura, Administrative Assistant, has been at Beth El since 2008. 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 since 1971 and they have a daughter, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

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Redefining Trash and Moving Away from the Curb

Redefining trash and moving away from the curb.  That has been the theme at my house as the years have passed and we put less trash and recycling out for collection. Why? The amount of waste humans produce is astonishing and not sustainable. Many communities, my own included, have been aghast at the recent reduction in…

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On Grief

The following is the text of Rabbi Amy’s 2018 Yom Kippur sermon: A few months ago, I was out for dinner with my book club.  At the end of the meal, along with the check, the waitress gave us a handful of wrapped sesame candies.  One of my friends said with a wistful smile, I…

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Spiegel Religious School Update

Our kids have been busy participating in many fun programs and events! On February 4, our Chaverim students participated in the annual World Wide Wrap. Synagogues from all over the world take part in this one-time-a-year-event, held on Super Bowl Sunday. Rabbi Alex taught students and parents how to put on tefillin, and students had…

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