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Lynda Abraham-Braff, President
Bill Spatz, Executive VP
Barry Friedman, Administrative VP
Lauren Boczkowski, Education VP
Andrew Baram, Financial VP
Blair Preiser, Membership VP
Cindy Platto, Fundraising VP
Margie Stang, Volunteerism VP
Beth Pomerantz, Financial Secretary
Neal Ash, Asst Financial Secretary
David Sirota, Treasurer
Michele Rosenberg, Assistant Treasurer
Vered Cohen, Recording Secretary
Meet our current Board of Trustees


Lynda Abraham-Braff and her family (Dexter, Pamela & Sharyn) have been members of Beth El since 1994. Most recently, she held the position of president of Beth El’s Sisterhood. Lynda has served on the nominating committee, is currently the special needs coordinator and teacher for the religious school, chaired many Beth El events, and works as a volunteer in different programs in the shul. She is also the co-chair of Judaic Arts for Central Great Lakes Region of Womens League for Conservative Judaism. Lynda has been in the Pittsburgh area since 1986 and was originally from Philadelphia. She received her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and her MEd in Special Education from Penn State University. Lynda is a Special Education teacher for Wesley High School; a special needs program. She also volunteers with Wesley Family Services. Lynda and Dexter’s girls attended Beth El’s Religious School and completed their post-Bat Mitzvah studies through high school with SAJAS/JSite. Sharyn also received her teaching certificate through the Gratz program. Pamela received her PhD in Marine Science from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Sharyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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Executive VP

Bill Spatz is a native of the South Hills. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon and now lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Helena, their sons Danny, Zack and Benny, and their dogs Teddy and Atticus. Bill has been active in the Pittsburgh and South Hills Jewish community for many years. He served as chair of the Jewish Federation’s Maimonides Society and Young Adult Division. He is currently chair of the South Hills Jewish Pittsburgh’s community council. Bill has served on Beth El’s Board of Trustees and also serves as Beth El’s Youth Commissioner. His greatest hope is to help strengthen his children’s Jewish community, so it will always be a part of them.

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Administrative VP

Barry Friedman and his family have been members of Beth El for over 30 years. Barry has lived in Mt. Lebanon for most of the last 50 years and has previously served on the Beth El board as well as other non-profit organizations.  Barry practices intellectual property law in Pittsburgh.  You can find him most mornings at weekday minyan.

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