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Our Clergy, Staff and Board of Trustees

BMH-BJ Clergy

 Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky

  303-951-8225

  rabbi@bmh-bj.org

Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky was born in Philadelphia and received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. He began his rabbinic career at Baltimore’s Beth Tfiloh Congregagtion and then served Annapolis, MD’s Knesseth Israel Congregation. He spent 10 summers on the rabbinical staff of the B’nai B’rith Leadership Kallah in Starlight, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Chaitovsky also received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Rabbi Chaitovsky was the rabbi of BMH-BJ from 1995-2001 and returned to the synagogue and community he always loved in time for the Yamim Noraim in 2014 and then full-time at the start of 2015. During his years away, Rabbi Chaitovsky was the Senior Judaic Educator and then School Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life at the Shoshana Cardin High School, a pluralistic community school, in Baltimore.

A very popular and informative presenter, he has spoken to numerous teen and adult audiences around the world on a wide range of popular and scholarly topics. Rabbi Chaitovsky has extensive interest in Jewish ethics and contemporary society, and he is committed to the unity and diversity of the Jewish people. He also is an accomplished musician and an avid tennis player.

 

 Cantor Martin Goldstein

 303-951-8239

  cantormarty@bmh-bj.org

Cantor Martin Goldstein is a 7th generation Chazzan in his 44th year as a singer, educator, and clergy.  He began his time as the new Cantor at the BMH-BJ Congregation with the High Holy Days 5779. Cantor Marty, began his training at age 6 with his father, AH” Cantor Jacob Goldstein, who also served as Cantor of the BMH from 1970-72.  Cantor Marty also studied with several of the great Cantors of our time including Cantor Moshe Ganchoff and Cantor Leibele Waldman. 

Cantor Goldstein began his career singing with his parents Jack and Harriett Goldstein and 4 siblings as the Goldstein Family Singers. He continued his early training by singing in hotels such as Grossinger’s and Kutcher’s in the Catskill mountains as a choir boy and soloist. Cantor Goldstein was assistant conductor for the Shalom Singers during his choral training years in Boro Park, NY. Cantor Goldstein’s vocal training included time at Hunter College of the CUNY and at Manhattan School of Music in NYC and graduated from Empire State College of the SUNY. He began his career as a Cantor at age 19 with his first High Holidays in Del Rey Beach, Florida. Cantor Marty served 3 synagogues before coming the BMH-BJ. Temple Beth Chai in Hauppauge, New York, The Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, NY and 25 years at the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver.  Cantor Marty has trained hundreds of B’nai Mitzvah students during his career, as well as teaching various subjects in adult education. Among his favorites are Kabbalah and Jewish History.

Cantor Marty and his wife Eve have 4 children between them, Shayna, Jake, Rafi and Jack. 

 

  Cantor Joel I. Lichterman 

Cantor Emeritus     cantorjlichterman@gmail.com

South African born Joel Lichterman studied piano from age 5 with renowned concert pianist, Doris Lardner, becoming a recognized award-winning classical pianist, musical arranger and accompanist to internationally recognized Hazzanim whilst in his teens.

Nurtured and mentored in all aspects of synagogue craft, liturgy and Jewish music by his father, Cantor Jakub Lichterman z”l, a recognized European trained star Cantor, Joel received professional investiture from the Cantors Assembly (L.H. Miller School – JTS), New York. Studies in commerce and music continued at the University of Cape Town, University of South Africa (Pretoria), Royal Schools of Music (London), Trinity College (Dublin), and voice production with Professor Lloyd Strauss-Smith (Cape Town).  Under Joel’s direction his 50 member mixed voice Cape Town Jewish Choral Society (1979-1986), performed a varied repertoire of Jewish and secular music to much acclaim. Joel continues voice pedagogy with Dr. Cantor Ramon Tasat.

He became Senior Cantor to two of South Africa’s largest, prestigious synagogues, Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation and The Great Synagogue, South Africa’s “Mother” Synagogue.  

In 1995, as Denver’s BMH-BJ Congregation Senior Hazzan, musical director, teacher and lecturer, “Cantor Joel” implemented his creative vision synthesizing traditional and contemporary liturgy and music. He founded and directed the formidable BMH-BJ Men's Choir, Kidz Korus and annual Shabbat Shira experience. Cantor Joel conceptualized and launched the monthly “Sunburst Shabbat Experience” attracting oversubscribed intergenerational attendance and participation. He spearheaded large-scale communal events featuring international artists like The Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir, Rami Kleinstein, The Adler Trio, Shlomo Gronich & The Sheba Choir, Naava Piatka‘s solo musical memoire “Better Don’t Talk”, and many others.

Cantor Joel is a consummate Bnei/Bnot mitzvah instructor. He also served for extended periods as BMH-BJ’s sole clergy as well as fundraiser extraordinaire. He continues a close personal and professional partnership with the synagogue and the greater Denver community, frequently returning to participate in or lead life cycle events.

In 2008, Hazzan Lichterman was honored with singing the National Anthem at the AIPAC Convention in Washington DC.  He is one of eight featured Hazzanim in the 2010 Cantors Assembly Academy nominated documentary, “100 Voices: A Journey Home”, directed by Mathew Asner and Danny Gold.

Becoming Interim Hazzan to Congregation Chizuk Amuno, Baltimore (2018-2020), he enjoys many fresh opportunities to connect and forge meaningful relationships with East Coast communities. In 2021, he presented the largest musical lecture program to date for the Cantor’s Assembly’s “Listening Room” series.

As the eldest son of Holocaust survivors Hazzan Lichterman is the 2023 featured speaker for the Howard County (MD) Jewish Federation Yom Hashoa Commemoration.

With a passion for travel “Cantor Joel” and his wife Elaine have designed and led numerous highly successful South African Jewish Heritage Tours.  

Joel and Elaine have two married sons and four wonderful grandchildren.

“His open door and hands-on approach to sharing his music and its meaning with audiences of all ages and backgrounds ensures that this Cantor is always on key”.

 

Cantor Zachary Kutner

  Cantor Emeritus

 

 

Synagogue Staff

 Ilene Rosen

  Executive Director

  303-951-8232  director@bmh-bj.org

 

  Jacqui Beckett

  President 2024



 

   Andy Schwartz

    Assistant Executive Director & Facilities Manager

  303-951-8227  facilities@bmh-bj.org

 

 Rachael Neustadt

  Clergy Assistant

  303-951-8231  clergyassist@bmh-bj.org

 

 Nora Jamieson

  Office Manager

  303-388-4203  njamieson@bmh-bj.org

 

 Emily Menkis

  Accounting

  303-951-8224  accounting@bmh-bj.org

 

BMH-BJ Preschool

 Lindsey Levin-Salamon

  Preschool Director

  303-388-7543  psdirector@bmhbjpreschool.org

Sheryl Last

Assistant Director

Facilities Team

Ramon // Adyette// Moshe

 

Mount Nebo Memorial Park

     Jay Siegel
Director, Mt. Nebo Memorial Park

303-951-8236  
info@mountnebocemetery.com

www.mountnebocemetery.com

2023-2024 BMH-BJ Board of Trustees                                                                                                        Jacqui Beckett, President 
Debbie Friedman, Vice President                                           
Ella Peterson, Vice President                                                                                                                                                                                  Van Troi Perozo, Vice President                                                                                                                                                                          Roxie Berkman, Vice President 
Stefan Sharkansky, Treasurer
Pending, Secretary   
Jeff Kline, Chairman of the Board


Jodi Cooper                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eric Drucker                                                                                                                                                                                                   Shelley Gold 
Dr. Fred Mechanik                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sid Methner
Jessica Mulverhill                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ben Streltzer

BMH-BJ Past Presidents
Edward N. Barad
Mark Boscoe
Barbara Burry 
Michael Engleberg
Richard Fleischman
Robert Friedman
Lawrence Gelfond
Jeff Kline 
H. Michael Miller
Jerry Rotenberg                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ilene Rosen
Daniel Woodrow

Mon, July 22 2024 16 Tammuz 5784