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BMH-BJ Clergy

 Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky


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


Cantor Martin Goldstein is a 7th generation Chazzan in his 40th year as a singer, educator, and clergy.  He begins 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. Cantor Marty 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. They are all honored and excited to begin a new journey in this wonderful community.


  Cantor Joel Lichterman 

Cantor Emeritus

Cantor Joel Lichterman was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and is a second-generation son of Holocaust survivors.  He studied piano with renowned concert pianist, Doris Lardner, and received his formal secular musical education through the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, and the Royal Schools of Music, London, England.  His specialties include piano, composition, and choral conducting.

Cantor Lichterman studied voice production in South Africa with Professor Lloyd Strauss-Smith and developed a keen interest in the performance of Handel’s Oratoria.

He was mentored in all aspects of Synagogue Music and Liturgy by his late father, Cantor Jakub Lichterman, himself a European trained star Cantor and Holocaust survivor, and received his professional investiture from Cantor’s Assembly (J.L. Miller School at the Jewish Theological Seminary) in New York, U.S.A.

He led the Cape Town Jewish Choral Society from 1979-1986, a mixed choir of some 50 voices, which performed a wide repertoire of Jewish and secular music, to considerable acclaim.

Prior to assuming the position of Cantor at Denver’s BMH-BJ Congregation in 1995, he was Cantor in Cape Town to two of South Africa’s largest and most prestigious synagogues. Cantor Lichterman appears in concerts in the United States, South Africa and England.  He continues to create innovative programs whose wide appeal heightens awareness of Jewish music across many communities.  Together with his wife Elaine, he is at the forefront in promoting and spreading contemporary Israeli music throughout the U.S.A.


Cantor Zachary Kutner

  Cantor Emeritus



Synagogue Staff

 Ilene Rosen

  Executive Director



 Jerry Rotenberg




 Andy Schwartz

  Assistant Executive Director & Facilities Manager



 Rachael Neustadt

  Clergy Assistant



 Nora Jamieson

  Office Manager


 Emily Menkis




BMH-BJ Preschool

 Lindsey Levin-Salamon

  Preschool Director


Sheryl Last

Assistant Director

Facilities Team


  Simcha // Ramon // Adyette



Mount Nebo Memorial Park

  Jay Siegel

  Director, Mt. Nebo Memorial Park


2020-2021 BMH-BJ Board of Trustees
Jerry Rotenberg, President
Debbie Friedman, Vice President
Ella Peterson, Vice President
Pending, Treasurer
Jaqui Beckett, Secretary   
Jeff Kline, Chairman of the Board

Bobbie Parris                                                                                                                                                                       
Gary Saltzman
Roxie Berkman
Michael Joshua
Jim Korn
Jodi Cooper
Pam Wolf
Shaul Gabbay
Van Troi Perozo
Jessica Mulverhill

BMH-BJ Past Presidents

Edward N. Barad
Mark Boscoe
Barbara Burry 
Bernice Dinner z"l
Michael Engleberg
Richard Fleischman
Robert Friedman
Lawrence Gelfond
Jeff Kline 
H. Michael Miller
Ilene Rosen
David Suson z"l
Arden Wandel z"l
Daniel Woodrow

Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783