Norma Gonzales, Temple Administrator

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Mrs. Gonzales, fourth generation Texan, has worked in Houston’s Jewish community for over 15 years. She began her Jewish career as the temple administrator at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, assistant to the senior rabbi and program director at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Mrs. Gonzales joined the staff at Beth El in 2017 and is married to Rudy Gonzales; they are the parents of eight children and grandparents of nine.


Erin Bersin, Finance Director

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Mrs. Bersin, a native of Colorado, has called Texas her home since 1998. She attended Southern Methodist University and earned a degree in Financial Accounting. After graduation, she moved to the Houston area and has been here ever since. She joined the temple staff in January 2017 and does an exceptional job at handling the accounts receivables/payables as well as all of the business functions for the temple. Mrs. Bersin is married to Michael Bersin, and they are proud parents of two daughters.


Jodi Buck, Director of Education

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Ms. Buck, a native Houstonian, graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in elementary education. She has held a variety of positions within Jewish programming and education as a children’s program coordinator at the Jewish Community Center, assistant director of education at Congregation Beth Israel, and the education director at Congregation Jewish Community North in Spring, Texas. In between the varied jobs in Jewish education, Ms. Buck also taught in public and private schools and worked in Israel at the Jewish Agency and the Israel Association of Community Centers. Ms. Buck joined the staff at Beth El in 2010.


Kacy Rodriguez, Preschool Director

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Mrs. Rodriguez, a native Houstonian, received her undergraduate degree in elementary education (specializing in early childhood) from The University of Houston.  She taught both Kindergarten and Pre-K at Beth El Preschool for the past 18 years, before becoming the director. Mrs. Rodriguez is married to Richard Rodriguez and they are proud parents of one son and two daughters.


Marilyn Gorel, Preschool Assistant

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Mrs. Gorel grew up in Laredo, Texas, and received a degree in business from the University of Texas. She has been with the preschool since 1994, first working as a preschool teacher and currently assists the Pre-school Director with the daily operations of the pre-school. Mrs. Gorel is married to Lance Gorel, and they are the proud parents of two girls.