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Our Staff

CBI’s dedicated staff is here for you. We are happy to answer any questions that you have.  Please click on the staff person’s name to send an email or call us at one of the numbers below.

Carly Cera
Director of Youth Education and Engagement
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Carly Cera serves CBI as our Director of Youth Education and Engagement. She grew up in Austin and at CBI, staying connected long after graduation. After serving on the full-time staff for the past five years as Director of Community Engagement and Youth Group Advisor, she is really looking forward to taking on this new role. Through the merging of youth engagement with education, Carly hopes to help build a strong community of students, parents and teachers who know and live Jewish values. Carly has a Master’s Degree in education and has taught school in both Israel and the U.S. Carly and her husband Ted are proud parents to two young, energetic, funny and loving boys who really feel at home at CBI–Cameron (2014) and Devon (2016).

Pam Hanna
Director of Membership Services
512-454-6806 x203

Pamela Hanna grew up in the Houston area but has lived in Austin since 1993. She started working at Beth Israel in July 2006. Pam likes working at CBI because “I get to see the CDC kids every day which is fun – especially the children learning to walk.” She also loves that every day at CBI, she gets to assist members that she has formed friendships with.  Aside from her daily work at CBI, it makes her feel good to shop for baked goods and cookies for Onegs, help set up and prepare for upcoming programs, working the door for the Annual Gala, or greeting members and guests at High Holy Day Services. Every year, Pam has begun to look forward to the community and the rituals that she gets to be a part of, such as the Passover seder and hearing the shofar.  Since she started working at CBI she has become married and had a son who occasionally joins her at CBI.

Harold Wilensky
Interim Executive Director
Director of Community Engagement

512-454-6806 x204

After a 37-year career in the software business, Harold Wilensky, a longtime member of CBI, has joined our staff as Director of Community Engagement. In this role he wants to focus on improving how we serve our members and reaching out to the unaffiliated Jewish community. Harold has been a member of several CBI committees over the years. He served on the Board of Trustees for five years, two of which were as VP of Worship. Harold and his wife Lauren have 3 adult children, two of whom are in the tech industry and one who is a journalist for a Jewish newspaper. Harold and Lauren enjoy live music and trying out new restaurants.

Dawn Forman
Facilities Manager

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Facilities Manager Dawn Forman joined CBI in June 2002. She teaches in our religious school, has served on many committees and boards as well as being a past Sisterhood President. As a handywoman and subcontractor she enjoys using her skills to repair, build, paint, and create projects around CBI that include the memorial yahrzeit walls and the Confirmation photo display walls where she loves to point out her children Bair, Baxter, Bailey and Blaze.

Sarah Jew
Education Coordinator


Sarah Jew is the Education Coordinator at Congregation Beth Israel. Sarah has worked at CBI for 8 years, beginning as a 1st grade religious school teacher before she was hired as office staff. Sarah celebrated consecration, became Bat Mitzvah, and was confirmed at CBI! She loves working at the synagogue she grew up at and is passionate about supporting the growth of our youngest Jewish learners. Sarah says the best part of her job is getting to know people of all ages in the community over time and building strong relationships with them.


Tony Davila
Senior Custodian

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CBI’s longest-serving employee is Tony Davila. Tony has managed physical operations at Beth Israel since 1991.  As Senior Custodian, he sets up all events, including onegs, weddings, and bar and bat mitzvahs. He works Sundays through Thursdays, so he can be available during Sunday religious school.

Zoe Miller
CDC Executive Director

Zoe Miller has been heavily involved in Jewish Early Childhood education for several years. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education/Liberal Arts and a Master’s in Teaching and English from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the CDC, Zoe was the curriculum director at Shalom Austin’s Early Childhood Program.

Rebecca Taute
CDC Assistant Director

Rebecca Taute grew up at Beth Israel and is an alumna of our education program. Becca attended high school in Israel and she brings a great deal of enthusiasm and love of children to her job.

Tiffany Primus
CDC Assistant Director, Curriculum and Compliance

Tiffany Primus has been involved with early childhood education for last eleven years in both teaching roles and as administration. She has a BA in Special Education from Liberty University and her Directors license for the state of Texas. She has been teaching at the CDC for the last three years and is very excited to be a member of this wonderful team at the CDC.

Trish Ivey
Executive Assistant to the Clergy
512-454-6806 x214

Trish Ivey serves CBI as the Executive Assistant to the Clergy.  Trish and her husband, Logan, recently relocated from Santa Rosa, CA to the Great State of Texas.  As “empty nesters”; they felt this was a good time to move and experience living in a different place.  Trish has family here and has always felt like Texas was her home.  Their daughter, Katelyn, is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Marketing.  In their spare time, Trish and Logan enjoy exploring the Austin Area, wine tasting, and hanging out with family and friends.

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