Marcia Newfeld, Executive Director
Marcia has been in the field for more than 28 years. She served as Beth Sholom’s executive director from 1992 to 2004 and, during part of her tenure, as director of the Beth Sholom Day School and head of the Early Childhood Center. After an eight-year hiatus, during which she served as executive director at two other Maryland synagogues, Marcia returned to Beth Sholom in June 2011.
Marcia is the heart of Beth Sholom. She is integral to the day-to-day business of running the congregation, interacts with congregants on a daily basis, coordinates life cycle events and even volunteers for bingo.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Monmouth College in Illinois, and has done graduate work in administrative management at The George Washington University and in school administration at Hood College in Frederick. In 2002, Marcia completed a fellowship in synagogue administration.
Marcia lives in the Frederick area with her husband, Peter. They have two grown children and one adorable grandson.
Janet Potash, Administrative Assistant
Following a long string of diverse positions, including as a photographer’s assistant with a traveling mobile photo studio and as office manager for the local Frederick Keys baseball team, Janet was lured by Marcia Newfeld from her position at the neighboring YMCA to become Beth Sholom’s administrative assistant. She has held this position for nearly 20 years—there must be something special about Beth Sholom!
Janet is the first voice and face to welcome members and visitors to Beth Sholom. Her duties are too numerous and varied to enumerate here, but the list always ends with “and other duties as assigned by the executive director.”
The Potash family first joined Beth Sholom in 1965, when Janet's husband, Marty, moved to Frederick with his family at age 14. Janet’s and Marty's two children, Andy and Meredith, grew up at Beth Sholom and now have children of their own. Janet has a great love for Beth Sholom and, in addition to working in the office, she volunteers at Bingo—the synagogue’s most important fund-raiser—every Sunday and Monday evening.