GinaF2Gina Friday has been Temple Administrator since February 2007. In the time that she has held this position, she has become such an “institution,” it’s hard to imagine Temple Beth Or without her. Gina’s incredible organizational and people skills have been honed by years in both public and private sectors. A native of Selma, Alabama, she moved to the Montgomery area in the 1980’s. She and her husband Jack enjoy their country life style. A nature lover, Gina is particularly fond of the migrating hummingbird population and has been known to have as many as 60 hummingbirds visiting her feeders at the height of the season.

 

KerryKerry Bleiberg, Religion School Co-Principal, graduated from The University of Central Florida with a BS in Elementary Education. She was a Public School Teacher in Orange County, FL for many years, and is thrilled to be a Co-Principal of the Rabbi Elliot L. Stevens Kol Ami Religion School.
Jeff McKinney, Religion School Co-Principal, has been a teacher at Kol Ami for five years. He is a USAF veteran and holds a paralegal certification from Jacksonville State University. Jeff is excited to serve as co-principal of the Rabbi Elliot L. Stevens Kol Ami Religion School for this upcoming year.

 

Linda2Linda Rosen Smith, our L’Chaim League Director, is a native of Montgomery who grew up attending Agudath Israel Synagogue, where she taught Sunday School for six years, and was principal for three. She was very active in USY, has also served on various Sisterhood committees, and been very active in Hadassah, serving several positions, including co-president for three years. She attended the University of Alabama and AUM. She started working at Rosen Jewelry Company before she could read, and the business remains a major part of her life. She married Jimmy in 1975, and has one child, Abbie.

 

Taylor2Rebecca Barrineau Taylor (Becky), our music director, is also the Director of Music Ministries at Church of the Ascension, an Episcopal congregation with close ties to Temple Beth Or. She earned a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance & Choral Conducting at the University of Alabama, and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Florida State University. She served as accompanist and, beginning in 2002, as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale, retiring in 2014. Other musical and artistic involvement has been with numerous local arts and civic organizations. She is married to baritone Bill Taylor, who is a vital member of both the Temple Choir and the Ascension Choir, and has a son, Patrick Padgett, a musician living in Denver, Colorado.

CottonMarlonHeadshotSMarlon Cotton, Maintenance, has been with us since December 2009.