Bet Am Shalom Synagogue is a vibrant, egalitarian, Reconstructionist congregation of families and individuals from diverse backgrounds, bound together by a shared belief in a thoughtful and progressive approach to Judaism. With a deep respect for tradition, they seek to evolve as the world around them evolves. The creative spirit of our members fuels their community as together they learn, share lifecycle events, support each other, and commit to tikkun olam. Visit them here >

SPARK Team Members

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Barbara H. Aloni is currently the Executive Vice President at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, NY, where she has been a member since 1995, along with her husband, David, and their three children. She previously served a number of terms on the Bet Am Shalom School Board including serving as School Board Chair. Barbara is also a member of the Westchester 1 Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Professionally, she is a Disability and Productivity Consultant with Standard Insurance Company’s Workplace Possibilities Program in the area of Group Life and Disability Insurance. In this role she promotes, develops and oversees stay at work, return to work, and ADAAA services for employers. She joined The Standard in 2002 and has been in the insurance industry since 1996. In addition to her insurance experience, Barbara worked for a Jewish non-profit organization and in human resources. Barbara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Fordham University. She studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Bet Berl College in Israel. She is a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS).

Barbara H. Aloni

Team Leader

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Rabbi Lester Bronstein has served Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains NY since 1989. He is president of the New York Board of Rabbis and a board member of the UJA-Federation of NY.

Rabbi Lester Bronstein


I joined Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in 1974, filling many roles - most recently, as chair of the Board of Trustees, and currently chair of the nominating committee, and co-chair of our Future Vision Task Force. As president (1987-1989) I was involved in two rabbinic search committees, and in the first expansion of our building. I initiated our widely-recognized Judaica Craft show and chaired it for 20 years. My Jewish professional career was at AJC (American Jewish Committee), serving as executive director in Westchester for 7 years, and 14 years as national director of AJC’s Belfer Center for American Pluralism. I also served on the National and NY boards of the JRF (Jewish Reconstructionist Federation). Prior to AJC, I worked for 18 years as a space planner and interior architect. I graduated of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with both B.A. and B.A. (Hons.) degrees.

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Marisa Jackson is currently a teacher of Kindergarten and First grade at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains where she has been a member since 2003 along with her husband and three children. She has served as School Board chair as well a board member and chair of a number of committees including the Tikkun Olam chevra and our Shorashim chevra that runs a program for families with young children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University as well as a Master’s degree in Teaching Reading from Bank Street College of Education.

Marisa Jackson

Not pictured: Rabbi Michael Goldman