Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Executive Director Wendy Steinberg
Director of Education
Preschool Director Paula Gorman
Youth Director Ellen Zieselman
Bookkeeper Jaclyn Gomez
Rabbinic Assistant Faith Norwick
Publications Coordinator Marcia Reifman
Office Administrator Ziva Gunther
Custodian Mike Chavez
Wendy Steinberg says," I am honored and excited to have been selected for the position of Executive Director for Temple Beth Shalom. I bring over 25 years of
leadership experience and much passion for the position.
My daughter and I have been temple members since 2009. The preschool was truly where our community grew. Both of us have made incredible
lifetime friends that we consider our Santa Fe family.
A little about myself:
I am originally from Montreal, Canada, and have lived in the States since 1992. My career started in Providence, Rhode Island, with Whole Foods Market and then took me to great cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Manhattan, and Santa Fe.
This year brings much celebration and change. The change of course is working with Temple Beth Shalom and our wonderful community. Truly I cannot tell you all how excited I am to start my position in June. The celebration is my daughter will be Bat mitzvah in August.
Faith Norwick, Adminstrative Assistant to Rabbi Neil, grew up in New York, in a “mostly on High Holy Days” family. When they did go to shul on Friday nights, it was to allow her dad, who was a lawyer, to argue with Rabbi Maurice Lamm about nearly everything.
Faith has been married to George Golub for 15 years. They met at an early age when their mothers were both members of The National Council of Jewish women, but it took 43 years for him to propose. Her mother would have been so happy that Faith finally ended up married to a nice Jewish boy.
In the meantime, Faith had an illustrious 18 year career as Senior Vice President, Director of Music, at the famed ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather. She retired at an early age, and has retired a couple of times since then. She doesn’t think retirement is all it’s cracked up to be.
Nevertheless, Faith is very lucky. When she moved back to Santa Fe after retiring from years of working for two wonderful rabbis and one great cantor in Port Washington, NY, she looked around for employment and was hired as an assistant to Rabbi Jenny in the TBS Preschool. She ran the school just in time for the position in the TBS office to open. What a perfect fit!
Administrative and Rabbinic Assistant
Publications Coordinator, Graphic Designer, Web Design and Managent
I’ve done a lot: stayed in school (as student and educator) as long as possible, travelled through Europe and overland to India (when you could,) lived and worked in small communities in New Mexico, sewed and lived in an 18ft. tipi, built a house, remodeled and landscaped others, dabbled in jewelry making, baked and sold 40,000 whole wheat donuts; basically choosing to explore what life brings, therefore living very frugally, but pretty free. It has included a cruel battle with cancer, and also a tentative new journey in life.
I was born into a non-practicing Jewish family, but somehow was infused with the cellular knowledge and deep connection with my Jewish heritage.
Here are some mundane facts:
Marcia Reifman (MFA, Photography, M.Ed. Art Education) is the retired department chair of Media Arts at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico, where she has twice been honored with the Teacher Excellence Award.
She also taught photography at the Santa Fe Workshops for 11 years, Photography and Spirituality at Ghost Ranch Conference Center, served as house manager for Photo New York, Photo LA, and Photo San Francisco, bringing over 20 years experience in the photography field, as a commercial and fine art photographer, educator, and designer.
And now she continues to teach and works as a freelance photographer and designer, and as web and publications designer at Temple Beth Shalom.
She continues to be passionate and committed to bringing clarity and ease to the world of digital imaging and clarity and ease to the world in general.
Ziva Gunther is excited to be a part of the TBS team. She has been an office administrator for various state agencies, as well as administrative assistant at the TBS preschool. She brings with her this professional experience, as well as years of personal experience of being involved with our community, both as a volunteer and a board member.
Ziva is married to Stephen Gunther, and has a BA in Religious Studies from the University of New Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, baking, watching movies, and going to hockey games. She is most proud of her contributions to previous Purim Spiels as well as her work on the newest TBS strategic plan.
Mike Chavez Custodian
Mike is the TBS employee that nobody knows. He is in and out of here every single day before anyone else arrives. If you thought that the tables and chairs appear and disappear by magic, then the magician’s name is Mike. Mike is a native Santa Fean. He has been married to his wife, Gina, for more than 40 years and has four daughters, 4 grandsons, and 2 granddaughters. Mike’s career began with a stint in the Army and a spell serving bench warrants for Judge Chavez. He was also a Santa Fe fireman for 15 years. For more than 30 years, he has been our incredibly loyal and reliable custodian, the kind that forgives us when we call him in a panic in the middle of the afternoon because we have forgotten to tell him that there was a major setup needed for the evening. You can’t buy that kind of dedication – you have to earn it. We are in his debt and we thank him for service above and beyond.
Jaclyn Gomez Bookkeeper
Bio coming soon.