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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.

Ken Davidson
Executive Director

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Ken Davidson, our Executive Director, is a seasoned executive in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors with more than 15 years’ experience in synagogue management. Throughout his career as a mission-driven executive leader, he has developed a track record of transforming non-profits by modernizing operations, growing revenues, and elevating member experience. Ken is passionate about supporting Jewish organizations and helping members strengthen their connections to Judaism and the Jewish community. Personally, Ken has a reputation as a “servant leader” who focuses on building relationships within organizations in support of communal goals. He loves helping members and will always make time on his calendar for congregants who wish to visit or chat. Ken has served on the boards of numerous Jewish communal organizations and is a Senior Member of the National Association for Temple Administration. Raised on Long Island, Ken and his wife Susan have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters who reside in North Carolina.

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. Carly served on the full-time staff for the past five years as Director of Community Engagement and Youth Group Advisor. 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
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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
Director of Community Engagement

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After a 37-year career in the software business, Harold Wilensky, a longtime member of CBI, 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. Member PEP-RJ

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.


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
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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 Human Development & Family Science.  In their spare time, Trish and Logan enjoy exploring the Austin Area, wine tasting, and hanging out with family and friends.

Jason Taper
Social Justice Coordinator

University of Texas graduate Jason Taper jointly serves Congregation Beth Israel and Temple Beth Shalom as our Social Justice Coordinator. Jason is a native Texan and a proud NFTY-TOR and Texas Hillel alum, having served on the board of both groups. Jason will work with both CBI and Temple Beth Shalom to connect the Reform Jewish community of Austin in all of our social justice efforts. Additionally, he will work closely with each congregation to amplify and elevate our individual social justice work. 

Dylan Besteiro

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.

Larry Johnson
Senior Custodian

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Larry Johnson, a native of New York, has worked as a custodian for 25 years in several school districts in both New York and Texas.

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