Beth El Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

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 email Deb at

Vice President – Herman Shelanski

Herman Shelanski retired as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy after 38 years of dedicated and honorable service. Throughout his career he has lead at many levels. His most significant and satisfying leadership experience was as the Captain in command of the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), a nuclear powered aircraft carrier during a wartime deployment. He finished his career as the Naval Inspector General. Originally from Wynnewood, PA, he is a second generation American descended from Lithuanian Jews. Herm has dedicated two Holocaust Torahs on two Aircraft Carriers and celebrated Judaism at sea and during his travels around the world. He is married to Patty, and they have two children, Alex and Gabby, both of whom were educated and Bar and Bat Mitvahed at Beth El. You can email Herman at

Vice President – Michael Barkan

Michael has been an active member of Congregation Beth El for over 40 years. He is married to his beautiful wife Sandi. They have three sons and eight grandchildren. Michael has been involved in the Hampton Roads business community his entire adult life and is currently managing member of Barkan Enterprises, a unique consulting practice dedicated to professionally supporting business development and marketing services to the US Defense, Federal, and commercial markets. Michael currently serves as the Chair of Beth El’s Education Committee. He is dedicated to supporting the Quality of Jewish education for all of Beth El’s school students. You can email Michael at

Immediate Past President

  • Linda Samuels


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


  • Jim Noonan-Sloan


  • Mark Kozak


  • Beth Berman

Gabbai Representative

  • Ina Mirman Leiderman

Sisterhood Representative

  • DeAnne Lindsey

Men’s Club Representative

  • Bill Nossen

Past Presidents’ Representative

  • Neil Rose

Board Members Ending 2024

  • Linda Bress
  • Sharon Debb
  • Scott Flax
  • David Kamer
  • Carol Smith
  • Jenefer Snyder

Board Members Ending 2025

  • David Cardon
  • Laura Gross
  • Aaron Kass
  • Erinn Portnoy
  • Rachel Shames
  • Stephanie Steerman

Board Members Ending 2026

  • Mark Delevie
  • Howard Gordon
  • Sharon Goretsky
  • Ron Lapping
  • Meryl Mulligan
  • Carin Simon