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Norma Gonzales, Administrator or

Norma, fourth generation Texan, has worked in Houston’s Jewish community for over 15 years. She began her Jewish career as the temple administrator at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, assistant to the senior rabbi and program director at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Norma joined the staff at Beth El in 2017 and is married to Rudy; they are the parents of eight children and grandparents of ten.


Erin Bersin, Finance Director

Erin, a native of Colorado, has called Texas her home since 1998. She attended Southern Methodist University and earned a degree in Financial Accounting. After graduation, she moved to the Houston area and has been here ever since. She joined the temple staff in January 2017 and does an exceptional job at handling the accounts receivables/payables as well as all of the business functions for the temple. Erin is married to Michael, and they are proud parents of two daughters.


Michele Croft, Director of Education

Michele, a former New Englander, has called Texas her home since 1988.  She attended the University of Vermont where she earned a degree in Elementary Education.  She has her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in reading.  Michele has been teaching for over 30 years.  During this time, she has taught preschoolers through high school age students.  Michele is married to her husband Wayne, and are the proud parents of two grown sons.  They have been  members of Congregation Beth El since 1991.  She has taught in the religious all ages and is now the Interim Religious School Director.  


Kacy Rodriguez, Preschool Director

Kacy, a native Houstonian, received her undergraduate degree in elementary education (specializing in early childhood) from The University of Houston.  She taught both Kindergarten and Pre-K and is now in her current position at Beth El Preschool for the past 23 years.  Kacy is married to Richard, and they are proud parents of one son and two daughters.


Marilyn Gorel, Preschool Assistant

Marilyn grew up in Laredo, Texas, and received a degree in business from the University of Texas in Austin in Business Administration. This is Marilyn's 25th year with the Beth El Preschool and has had many roles throughout the years.  She currently assists the Pre-school Director with the daily operations of the pre-school. Marilyn is married to Lance, and they are the proud parents of two daughters.

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