Sarah was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Georgia as well as the Dual Masters Program of the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. From USC she received her MSW with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration, and from HUC-JIR she received an MA in Jewish Communal Service.
After finishing her training, Sarah was the Director of Membership and Community Development at Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA. She was responsible for all administrative and programming functions of the membership department of one of the country’s largest Reform synagogues (over 3000 families and $40 million budget). She also created and managed the programming, leadership structure and vision for a nationally recognized affiliation program for the 20s and 30s community (over 400 members under the age of 32). Sarah then served as the Director of Membership and Community Development at Temple Chai in Phoenix, Arizona before coming to Tampa Bay, where she has worked as the Director of Marketing and Development for Tampa Jewish Family Services.
Growing up, Sarah was an active member of NFTY and attended Camp Coleman, Kutz Camp and traveled to Israel for a summer with NFTY. As an adult her connection to the Union for Reform Judaism continued and grew stronger. During her time at Stephen S. Wise Temple and Temple Chai, she was involved with the regional and national URJ offices. She worked with the Department of Outreach and Membership, where she sat on some of its planning committees and task forces, most recently as the 20s and 30s liaison on their national Commission. She is currently an active member of NATA (National Association for Temple Administration).
Sarah is energetic and enthusiastic with a record of success in increasing and retaining membership, program management, project implementation, community development, marketing, managing budgets, and fundraising. One of her passions is in building relationships and working on teams with staff, lay leadership and clients.
Sarah has been with Temple Beth-El since the summer of 2010. Since starting her work here, she has been embraced by the entire community. Sarah views herself as part of a wonderful team of members and staff who strive everyday to continue Beth-El’s tradition of warmth and excellence.
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