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Meet Our Staff



Executive Director

Devorah Brous joined BTEE in February 2023.  She has two children and is an urban homesteader. Prior to working at BTEE, she was the Founding Executive Director for two Jewish environmental nonprofits, Bustan and Netiya.

Check out her TEDx talk about the Sabbatical: We're burning out. What can we glean from nature to regenerate?

ECC Director

Matthew Kennedy joined the BTEE family in February 2022 and brings with him nearly 20 years of ECE experience in the field. He loves playing music and being silly with the kids.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members" 

-Coretta Scott King

Hebrew School Director

Jon Weinberg is an Educator, filmmaker, actor and father (not necessarily in that order). Jon has worked in Jewish Education with many organizations and congregations throughout the country including BTEE, Congregation Shir Ha Ma'alot, Temple Judea, Silver Lake Independent JCC, Camp Harlam in Pennsylvania, Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire, the Lev Children's Museum in Florida, and as a teaching artist with LA based Theatre Dybbuk. Jon has appeared as an actor on stage, film, TV and the occasional Doctor Who audio drama. Jon has also directed and produced films, commercials, and several music videos. His award-winning feature film, Funeral Day, is available on all the usual streaming platforms. Jon received a degree in theater from the University of British Columbia, and continued his training at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Jon is also the author of the award winning photography & poetry book A Calm Position.

PS. If his daughter asks, please tell her he listed being a Dad first!

Office Staff

Office Coordinator

Gabriela Katz joined our team in May 2023, with the general responsibilities to oversee the day-to-day community-wide operations of the synagogue, Early Childhood Center and Hebrew School.  

Among other experiences, she has a decade of experience working in hospice care where she proved adept at communicating with and leading groups of diverse individuals during times of extreme stress.

You may also recognize Gabriela as a parent of an ECC student.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting the Downtown LA Flower Mart or trying out new recipes!


Hannah Gere has been with BTEE since 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a mother of two small humans and one perpetually hungry dog. She is a lover of baking, coffee, nature, and puns.


Facilities Manager

Eric Hernandez

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