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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.

 

 Pam Hanna (she/her)
 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@cbi 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 join her at CBI.

 

 Sarah Jew (she/her)
 Director of Community Engagement

 512-454-6806 x204

 Sarah Jew has worked at CBI, in one capacity   or another, since 2010. She taught 1st grade religious school for two years before she was hired as a part-time receptionist while she attended classes at Austin Community College. In 2015, Sarah took the role of Education Coordinator and in January of 2022 stepped in to be the Director of Community Engagement. She also catered many Shabbat dinners and B'nei Mitzvah receptions on the side. Sarah loves working at the synagogue she grew up attending, and is passionate about supporting the growth and change happening in the Austin Jewish community. Her hobbies include cooking (eating), lounging at the pool, and spending time with her husband Chase, daughter Audrey, and their dogs!

 

 Dawn Forman (she/her)
 Facilities Manager

 512-454-6806 x208

 Facilities Manager Dawn Forman joined CBI in  June 2002. She taught 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.

 

 Larry Johnson (he/him)
 Senior Custodian

 Larry Johnson grew up in Long Island, New   York. He worked as a community service aid   for  the Long Island Police Department before starting his 25+ year career as a custodian in public schools around New York and Texas. Larry lives in Manor with his wife Kim and they have four children and ten grandchildren, most of whom live nearby in Texas. Larry enjoys fishing and being on the water, and helping people whenever he has the chance.

 

 Dylan Besteiro (he/him)
 Bookkeeper

 Dylan Besteiro, 
a graduate of Texas State   University, previously served the National   Hispanic Institute as Director of Business and Finance. Prior to that he was their Admissions Director.In his free time, Dylan likes cooking and taking his dog Bella to the park.

 Trish Ivey (she/her)
 Executive Assistant to the Clergy
 512-454-6806 x214

 Trish Ivey serves CBI as the Executive   Assistant  to the Clergy. She brings her enthusiasm, caring nature and experience with managing different personalities to her role.  In her free time, Trish enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring the area with her husband Logan.

 

Carly Cera (she/her)
 Director of Youth Education and Engagement
 512-454-6806 x218

 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. Carly has a Master’s Degree in education and has taught school in both Israel and the U.S. Her goal at CBI is to build a strong community of students, parents and teachers who understand and live our Jewish values. Carly and her husband Ted are proud parents to two energetic, funny and loving boys who really feel at home at CBI–Cameron (2014) and Devon (2016).

 

 Lainey Komerofsky (she/her)
 Youth Education and Engagement Coordinator
 512-454-1589
 

 Lainey Komerofsky, CBI's new Youth Education   and Engagement Coordinator, graduated from the College of Charleston where she completed a double major in Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, as well as a minor in Sociology. Lainey was a camper, staff member, and unit head at URJ Greene Family Camp, and she was also an active member of NFTY-TOR, serving as regional president from 2017-2018. It was through these experiences that Lainey found comfort and belonging in the Jewish community. Through combined efforts in education and engagement, Lainey hopes to build and maintain that sense of community among our youth members at CBI, and she can't wait to get started!

 

 Jeni Pandolfi (she/her)
 cdc@cbi Director 
 512-371-0224 


Jeni Pandolfi holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She has over 15 years of experience in early childhood programs including public, private, and non-profit. Jeni's work uses an attachment-based, Reggio Emilia inspired approach that honors children as they develop through exploration, self-expression, and collaboration. This method has led her to develop resources, models, and supports to effectively improve quality, access, and opportunity for Texas families with young children.
She believes that children are infinitely capable, strong and powerful and should be valued for who they are now, not simply for who they will become. As an educator, her intention is to create environments where children are celebrated for creating their own world of wonder.
In her spare time, Jeni enjoys soul cycle, practicing yoga, and spending time with her son.

 

 Aaron Perchonok (he/him)
 cdc@cbi Educational Program Coordinator
 512-371-0224

 Aaron Perchonok is a native Houstonian and   grew up as an active member of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC where he worked in the gymnastics gym as a coach specializing in preschoolers, and taught at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood School. After moving to Austin, Aaron worked as Lead Educator in the Alonim room at the cdc@cbi. Aaron loves finding creative ways to engage in child-led learning, specifically using his longtime audio and video production hobby, and looks forward to being able to promote children's curiosity and learning throughout the cdc@cbi community as the Educational Program Coordinator.

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