Professional Staff

Staff : Michele Heller 

Michele Heller has been running our synagogue since 1998 with the formal title of Executive Director since 2002.


Staff : Mindy Citera 

Mindy Citera PhotoMindy (Bailin) Citera has been the director of Bet Torah Nursery School since 2001 and has been a teacher in the religious school since 1995. She holds a Master's degree in elementary education from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from SUNYAlbany.  She has taught at the college, high school, middle school and elementary school levels, as well as pre-school and parenting classes.  Mindy is the author of Around New York City with Kids, a Fodor’s Guide published by Random House. She has also written for numerous parenting magazines and newspapers over the last 30 years on parenting, education and children’s health. Mindy began teaching at her childhood synagogue in Bellmore, New York in 1970 and has worked in youth groups, religious schools, day schools, camps, and preschools in Long Island, Albany, Buffalo, Boston, Virginia, and Chappaqua before coming to Bet Torah.  Mindy and her husband, Jerry, are the proud parents of Michael, an L.A.-based stand-up comic, Jenn, a New York City-based Events Planner and Rachel, enrolled at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.









Staff : Gina Fass,  Director of Education for the Religious School 

With over 20 years of experience in Jewish education, Gina Fass joined the staff of Bet Torah as the Director of Education for the Religious School in July 2016.  She holds dual Master's degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and is a graduate of the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship.  Prior to joining Bet Torah, Gina served as a director of education at synagogues and Jewish camps in Minnesota, California and Connecticut.  She has also taught high school and middle school Jewish Studies at Day Schools in Houston and Stamford.  She has also directed youth programs, a community Hebrew High, and inclusion programs for Jewish teens with special needs.  A world traveler, Gina has lived in cities across the United States, in France, and in Israel. She and her husband Jonathan, are the proud parents of Michal and Erez and live in Stamford.








Staff: Rabbi Lori Koffman, Director of Community Engagement and Learning 

'Director of Community Engagement and Learning' is quite a long title, and I suspect that most of you are probably wondering what exactly a 'Director of Community Engagement and Learning' IS? As I see it, my job is to help strengthen Bet Torah's mission of being an "exceptionally welcoming and inclusive, truly caring and Hamish" community "dedicated to the value of Jewish learning at all ages," by finding more ways for some of you to engage and feel connected. Read more...

Rabbi Koffman had a somewhat non-traditional path to becoming a rabbi. Prior to entering the Jewish Theological Seminary's (JTS) rabbinical school from which she was ordained in 2010, Rabbi Koffman spent 19 years working in Private Equity, and was a co-founder of the private equity firm Solera Capital. Read more...








Staff: Loen Amer, Director of Youth Engagement

Loen has been an experiential Jewish educator working with teens since she was one herself. Before joining the Bet Torah family, she was the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for Ramah Israel. As an educator on Long Island, Loen worked with teens at two Conservative congregations: Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, where she was a teacher and Youth Director for five years, and the Woodbury Jewish Center where she was Youth Director for three years. She was the Wohl Family Engagement Coordinator at the Hillel at Hofstra University, and also volunteered as the Education Coordinator for the Rakevet Division of MENTY USY. Loen has a voracious love for lifelong Jewish learning, and most recently studied Torah le’shmah, Torah for its own sake, at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. She has also studied at Gratz College, Columbia University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Loen lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side and enjoys baking and reading.