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Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Edie Mino, Office Manager

Edie’s family joined the Beth David family in 1969.  She has celebrated many life cycles here with her family and continues to be involved in so many areas of our daily culture.  She started as the Temple Secretary in 2012 and was promoted to Office Manager in 2015.  She has brought a new culture to the Beth David office. 

Edie has been instrumental in creating and re-branding Beth David, our website, redesign of our beautiful foyer, and automating our office to function at a new level.  She has a positive outlook and is always looking above and beyond to help strengthen our office, our congregation and is always there when needed.  

 

Brooke Birdsall, Preschool Director

Brooke knew from an early age that working with toddlers and preschoolers was her passion.  Since 2004 she has been working with young children- either teaching gymnastics or in a classroom setting.  She earned her BA in Child Development from California State University Long Beach and immediately began working for Temple Beth David Early Childhood Learning Center

She began her career working in the Pre-K class, where she learned the importance of being prepared socially, emotionally, and academically for Kindergarten.  Brooke was honored to be promoted to Director in 2017 and move into the 3 year old classroom.

Brooke believes that parents and teachers should work as allies to make sure your child reaches their full potential.  She embraces the imperative need to create an environment that is filled with age appropriate materials and hands on activities. She encourages children to explore, build social skills, and develop motor skills through a curriculum that is fun and positive.

 

Sarah Gipoor, Jewish School Director

Sarah is a Beth David legacy. Her baby naming ceremony was officiated by Cantor Newman.  She started her education path at the Beth David Early Childhood Education Center in the early 1990’s, and went to Religious School from Kindergarten, to her Bat Mitzvah, and all the way through Confirmation with Rabbi Myers in 2005. Her Beth David roots run deep, and her fervor for Judaism, Israel, and education flourished from these roots. 

In 2019, Sarah began as the Director of Jewish Education at Beth David. In the same year, she also became a Leadership for Emerging Education Professionals (LEEP) Fellow at NewCAJE. Sarah utilizes the skills, techniques, data, and network she developed through her career to make the Beth David Jewish School a warm, engaging, educational, accepting, and fun place to learn about and practice Judaism.

 

Larry Matalon, B’nei Mitzvah Educator

Larry’s family joined Beth David in 1995.  In 1996, he was asked to start a Saturday morning minyan which continues to this day.  In 2000, he was asked to be the B’nei Mitzvah Educator and has prepared hundreds of our members for their ceremonies, including his own three children.   Larry works with students for six months, teaching them the Saturday morning prayers, blessings, Torah portion, and Haftarah portion.  It brings him great satisfaction to see and hear them lead the morning service after six months of hard work.  Larry feels that he is a big part in connecting students to Judaism in their young life.

 

 

Edie Mino, Office Manager  edie@templebethdavid.org 
Charlie Do, Temple Secretary & Maintenance  tbdavid@templebethdavid.org
Sarah Gipoor, Jewish School Director sarah@templebethdavid.org
Brooke Birdsall, Preschool Director brooke@templebethdavid.org
Larry Matalon, B’nei Mitzvah Educator larrymatalon@netscape.net
Mulu Harrison Kitchen Supervisor
Scott Whiteside Maintenance Supervisor

 

Office Hours
Monday  Closed
Tuesday – Thursday  9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 4pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 9am – 12pm (closed during the Summer)