Jodi Buck

Director of Education and Youth

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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 for Community Centers.

✡ Ms. Buck joined the staff at Beth El in 2010.


Kacy Rodriguez

Congregation Beth El 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 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 pre-school since 1994, first working as a pre-school 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.