Our Staff

​​David Rothenberg: Executive Director

David and his wife Lorraine have been members of Congregation Beth El for fifteen years. Their children, Isaac and Isabella, were b'nai mitzvah at Beth El. Isabella is a counselor at Camp Kee Tov. David was born in Chicago, grew up in Southern California, and was a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Ahavat Shalom. He attended Hebrew High School at Temple Judea, where he played the role of Will Parker in an all-Hebrew version of Oklahoma!  The Los Angeles Times described the musical quality of his stand-out performance of "Everything's Up to Date in Kansas City" as "OK". Professionally, David has served in a variety of management positions helping mission-driven organizations adapt, grow and succeed.  David was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for National Progress, the non-profit organization that publishes Mother Jones Magazine.  David also served as the Executive Director of Playworks, a national youth services organization dedicated to improving the health & well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Before embarking on a career in non-profit management, David was the president and CEO of Nolo Press, the nation’s largest and most trusted provider of legal tools and information for consumers and small business. David began his career with global public accounting and consulting firm Deloitte, LLP where he worked with companies in the consumer finance, healthcare, and entertainment fields, in addition to serving nonprofit and government clientele. David studied marketing and accounting at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley with his wonderful wife Lorraine and their two usually amazing children.

Jodi Gladstone: Director, Early Childhood Education

Jodi Gladstone has been teaching young children for over 20 years. She is currently the Director and Jewish Resource Specialist at Beth El Nursery School. Jodi has been a member of the BENS staff for 10 years. She has taught in the 3 year old and four year old classrooms as well as the Kindergarten class of Kadima. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2003, Jodi was the Artist in Residence for Pinat Shorashim, a hands on learning center and biblical park located at Kibbutz Gezer in Israel. There she created curriculum and community art experiences for children, teens, families and educators based on nature and Torah. She enjoys combining her love of art, nature and Judaism to make meaningful and memorable educational experiences for children and their families.
Jodi holds a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and attended the WUJS post-Graduate Institute, in Arad, Israel in 1994 where she studied Hebrew and Judaism. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Institute (JECELI). She received her Jewish Early Childhood Education certification from Gratz College. Jodi has won the Diller Education Award in Early Childhood Education (ECE), an annual award recognizing excellence in Jewish educational programming. Jodi has been a nature and art materials workshop presenter at Jewish ECE conferences nationwide. She can be found dancing and making whimsical works of art in her spare time. She lives with her husband, Gordon and their two sons, Gefen and Nitzan.

​Beckett Sheeder: Camp Kee Tov & Youth Director

It was widely believed that when Beckett walked off into the sunset on Family Night back in 2016 it was the last we would see of him. But oh were we wrong… the fuzzy milk, Eric Schoen song sessions and the chance to spend a couple more summers with all his amazing friends was just too much for him to pass up. He packed up his car with all his earthly possessions, said goodbye to Louisiana, and sped back to Berkeley as fast as legally allowed (80mph on the highway in Texas…). 

Beckett is no stranger to CKT, having been introduced to the ruach as a little Habonimer back in 1998. He loved camp as a camper but found his true calling in 2007 when he joined the greatest group of camp counselors this universe has ever seen. In his eleven years on staff, including five years as a PD, Beckett has had the opportunity to work in Rishonim, Habonim, Mapilim and Gesher and cannot be more excited to begin his reign as Director.



​Juliet Spear Gardner: BENS Administrator

Juliet grew up and became a Bat Mitzvah at Beth El and was a camper then counselor in Camp Kee Tov. She completed her B.A. at Columbia University, and got her teaching credential at Mills College. She has taught students of all ages in public and supplementary Jewish education and served as the Director of Education at Temple Beth Torah in Fremont. Previously, she worked as the Clergy Assistant for Beth El. She is the coordinator for Chug Mishpacha, Beth El's Saturday Family School and teaches in Kadima. She is also a BENS parent! In her spare time she likes to cook, craft (someday I’ll finish my first quilt), and develop family costumes. She is excited to be back on the admin staff at Beth El!


​Emily Yerlick: Gan Shemesh Coodinator

After becoming bat mitzvah at Congregation Beth El, attending countless summers as a Camp Kee Tov camper, counselor and director, Emily is thrilled to be working on the Beth El Nursery School (BENS) team! Early Childhood Education has always been a passion of hers, and she is beyond excited to get to work with the youngest members of our growing community, helping them discover the beauty and wonder of their surroundings, their relationships and Judaism. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in General Biology and Education from UC San Diego in 2010, completed her ECE units in 2019 and participated Alternative Jewish Resource Specialist with the Jewish Community Federation during the 2019/20 school year. Additionally, she supports ECE Director, Jodi Gladstone, in all Early Childhood Engagement events and planning!

Outside of work, you can find Emily participating in Tribe events at Congregation Beth El, hiking throughout Tilden with her husband (another Beth El native and Camp Kee Tov alum!) and their doggo, Riley. She loves to cook, gather with her friends and family and enjoy the Westbrae Biergarten whenever possible!!

Ashleigh Rubinsky: Membership Accounts Coordinator

Over the past 10 years, Ashleigh has worked in and supported Jewish organizations in the Bay Area, most of that time providing operational and administrative support to early care and education and Jewish summer camp programs. Her professional passion extends from her personal values of supporting families with small children and the rich Jewish communities she grew-up in. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ashleigh holds a B.A. from UCLA.


Sam Tick-Raker: Youth and Family Education Assistant

Sam Tick-Raker just graduated UC Davis in June 2019 with a major in Psychology and a minor in History. He grew up in San Francisco attending Congregation Emanu-El, as well as Brandeis Hillel Day School for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Sam also participated in the Diller Teen Fellows program as both a fellow and a junior counselor, and had an internship last summer at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. He is an avid hiker, cook, and tennis player.