Ellie Klein Named Religious School Director of Congregation Beth Emeth

Congregation Beth Emeth (CBE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellie Klein as Religious School Director. Her appointment comes as the current Religious School Director, Ita Mandel, retired in June after more than 30 years of outstanding service at CBE. Klein began her new role at CBE June 5.

“CBE is a thriving Jewish congregation in western Fairfax County, and our Religious School needs a director prepared to help maintain the high-quality, innovative programs we are known for” said CBE President Fran Besalel. “Our senior leadership and members of the search committee were unanimous in the choice of Ellie Klein, who has extensive experience and fresh ideas that will serve our students and their families well in years to come.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the education team at Congregation Beth Emeth, and look forward to getting to know our students and their families through learning and celebrating together,” said Klein. “My favorite part of working in religious schools and synagogues is experiencing the ideas, music, arts, history, rituals and fun activities that help students and families learn about Jewish life. I have been welcomed warmly by professional staff, Board members and the larger congregation. Warmth is a hallmark of this community gem.”

Klein brings broad and deep experience in Jewish education, having taught and held educational administration roles in Jewish schools and camps in cities across the United States. Ellie earned master’s degrees in both Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and in Jewish Professional Leadership. She was the Samuel and Florence Melton Fellow in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. She has a B.A. in English, and Secondary Education certification from The State University of New York College at Geneseo.


Congregation Beth Emeth is a welcoming, egalitarian Conservative Jewish Congregation located at 12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon, VA serving Northern Virginia. With nearly 400 families, Congregation Beth Emeth is “just the right-size”—large enough to meet the spiritual, educational, and social needs of members while preserving the warmth of a close-knit community. To learn more, visit bethemeth.org.

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