Beth El Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

President – Alex Pomerantz

Alex Pomerantz has always had a passion for helping the Jewish community. Originally from Maryland, Alex moved to the Tidewater area in 1993 and was actively involved as a lay leader in the Tidewater Jewish community for 19 years. In 2011, Alex turned his passion into a career as a Jewish professional. Alex has put his passion to work for the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and now directs that passion and efforts to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) as the Director of Virginia. Alex’s other passion is to help make Beth El the best it can be. As President of Beth El Alex does everything he can to move Beth El in the right direction for its members and the community. Please feel free to contact Alex with any questions you have. You can reach him by email at

1st Vice President – Deborah Segaloff

Deborah (Deb) Bernstein Segaloff was born and raised in the Meadowbrook Terrace neighborhood of Norfolk, nicknamed Little Israel in the 1970s and 80s. As a young child, she attended the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater on Thompkins Lane and was active in many Jewish youth organizations. Deb has worked as a Jewish professional and lay leader for over 25 years, including past president of the Hebrew Academy and past chairman of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Deb also served on the Council of Human Rights for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2 terms. Deb enjoys her family—daughters Sabine and Emma and her husband Peter, as well as painting, cooking, walking, reading, and her involvement with Beth El. She values and appreciates the warmth and caring of the Beth El community.  You can reach Deb at

2nd Vice President – Barbara Rossen

Barbara Rossen grew up in Norfolk. When her family arrived here from California, they went to B’nai Israel in order to be with her grandparents, who were members there. Although two of her brothers had their Bar Mitzvahs there, Barbara used to sneak over to Beth El during the holidays to be with her cousin. As a girl she was not expected or encouraged to study for a Bat Mitzvah. After the “gentrification of Ghent”, her Grandparents moved from 19th Street and her family joined Beth El. When she first married in 1974, she and her husband became members of Beth El. Her two sons and her daughter attended Beth El Religious school and each celebrated their B’nai Mitzvot at Beth El. Barbara studied and finally became a Bat Mitzvah with an adult class of 10 in 2008. She has served as Sisterhood Co-President and is currently our 5th grade Religious School Teacher.  You can email Barbara at

3rd Vice President – Eric Mazur

Eric Michael Mazur, Ph.D., is the Gloria & David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, professor of religious studies, and the Religion, Law, & Politics Fellow of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of various books, chapters, articles, and encyclopedia entries on issues related to religion and American law, religion and popular culture, and American Judaism. He has been quoted in more than a dozen newspapers and news Web sites, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Baltimore Jewish Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, TV Guide, the Washington Post, and XM Radio, as well as newspapers in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Before completing his doctoral work, Eric served as a public interest lobbyist in Washington, D.C., where his portfolio included issues related to civil rights and the separation of church and state. Eric grew up in Newport News and graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A., 1987; M.A. 1989). He is married and the father of two.  You can email Eric at

Immediate Past President

  • Linda Samuels


  • Avraham Ashkenazi
  • Clay Barr
  • Marvin Friedberg
  • Steven Gordon
  • Stuart Held
  • Jerry Kantor
  • Jay Kossman
  • Jody Wagner


  • Bernie Grablowsky


  • Mark Kozak


  • Beth Berman

Gabbai Representative

  • Ina Mirman Leiderman

Sisterhood Representative

  • Carol Smith

Men’s Club President

  • Howard Horwitz

Past Presidents’ Representative

  • Neil Rose

Board Members ending 2021

  • Eric Anderson
  • Linda Bress
  • David Karner
  • Carol Smith
  • Jenefer Snyder
  • Burle Stromberg

Board Members ending 2022

  • Brad Bangel
  • Laura Gross
  • Aaron Kass
  • Herm Shelanski
  • Megan Zuckerman

Board Members ending 2023

  • Michael Barkan
  • Howard Gordon
  • Michael Katz
  • Meryl Mulligan
  • Carin Simon
  • Jim Noonan-Sloan
  • Lonnie Slone