Leadership Team

Martin Levy

Rabbi Levy was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey and graduated from Amherst College. He attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem. He graduated from HUC-JIR with honors in 1980, completing his Master’s thesis on the political Zionism of Martin Buber. Rabbi Levy began his pulpit career at Temple Israel in St. Louis, and continued serving congregations in Texas. He was the spiritual leader of congregations in Galveston, Kingwood, and Clear Lake, Texas. In 2002 Rabbi Levy was invited to become the first full time rabbi for the Wood River Jewish community, the second largest Jewish congregation in Idaho. The WRJC, located in Ketchum, Idaho is a diverse community of Jews who created a strong relationship to the Episcopal Church in Ketchum. Under Rabbi Levy’s guidance, the congregation created a vibrant educational program, which developed adult education classes led by our Rabbi and leaders of the church. During his tenure at the Wood River Jewish Community, the congregation grew from sixty families to more than two hundred member units. Throughout his work with the Idaho community, Rabbi Levy established a successful endowment fund which contributed to the long term future of the congregation. In 2010, Rabbi Levy became the spiritual leader of Beit Tikva Congregation.

Rabbi Levy is involved in all aspects of congregational life, leading Shabbat services every Friday evening. He is the leader of our highly successful adult education program, and teaches our B’nai Mitzvah students. Rabbi Levy works with various inter-faith groups in the greater community, and teaches a topical book study class on Wednesday nights. The class is open to all members of the Santa Fe community.

In addition to Rabbi Levy’s rabbinical work, he also is an expert figure skater. He is probably the only active figure skating rabbi in the country! Besides coaching his skating students at Santa Fe’s Genoveva Chavez Community Center, he has also regularly competed in the Adult National Skating Championships. Rabbi Levy has previously served as a judge for the United States Figure Skating Association, and as a teenager, Rabbi Levy was a ranking skater on the East Coast. He became the director of the Amherst College skating program, which provided instruction for students from five surrounding colleges.

Throughout his rabbinical career, our Rabbi has been actively involved in creative writing and his essays and articles have appeared in Midstream, The New York Times, The American Rabbi, and Response magazine, as well as two full length anthologies. Rabbi Levy also taught Philosophy and World Religions at Kingwood College and the University of Houston. He is continuing his writing projects in Santa Fe.

Ephraim Herrera

Rabbi Levy was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey and graduated from Amherst College. He attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem. He graduated from HUC-JIR with honors in 1980, completing his Master’s thesis on the political Zionism of Martin Buber. Rabbi Levy began his pulpit career at Temple Israel in St. Louis, and continued serving congregations in Texas. He was the spiritual leader of congregations in Galveston, Kingwood, and Clear Lake, Texas. In 2002 Rabbi Levy was invited to become the first full time rabbi for the Wood River Jewish community, the second largest Jewish congregation in Idaho. The WRJC, located in Ketchum, Idaho is a diverse community of Jews who created a strong relationship to the Episcopal Church in Ketchum. Under Rabbi Levy’s guidance, the congregation created a vibrant educational program, which developed adult education classes led by our Rabbi and leaders of the church. During his tenure at the Wood River Jewish Community, the congregation grew from sixty families to more than two hundred member units. Throughout his work with the Idaho community, Rabbi Levy established a successful endowment fund which contributed to the long term future of the congregation. In 2010, Rabbi Levy became the spiritual leader of Beit Tikva Congregation.

Rabbi Levy is involved in all aspects of congregational life, leading Shabbat services every Friday evening. He is the leader of our highly successful adult education program, and teaches our B’nai Mitzvah students. Rabbi Levy works with various inter-faith groups in the greater community, and teaches a topical book study class on Wednesday nights. The class is open to all members of the Santa Fe community.

In addition to Rabbi Levy’s rabbinical work, he also is an expert figure skater. He is probably the only active figure skating rabbi in the country! Besides coaching his skating students at Santa Fe’s Genoveva Chavez Community Center, he has also regularly competed in the Adult National Skating Championships. Rabbi Levy has previously served as a judge for the United States Figure Skating Association, and as a teenager, Rabbi Levy was a ranking skater on the East Coast. He became the director of the Amherst College skating program, which provided instruction for students from five surrounding colleges.

Throughout his rabbinical career, our Rabbi has been actively involved in creative writing and his essays and articles have appeared in Midstream, The New York Times, The American Rabbi, and Response magazine, as well as two full length anthologies. Rabbi Levy also taught Philosophy and World Religions at Kingwood College and the University of Houston. He is continuing his writing projects in Santa Fe.

Elisheva Herrera

President

Elisheva is originally from the midwest. She lived and studied in a Rav Kook yeshiva in Jerusalem once upon a time. She has a degree in Economics with a minor in Music from Tufts University and has tutored many subjects including four languages, economics, and math. Elisheva has taught yoga, tai chi, aqua aerobics, and aqua pilates.

Elisheva is the creator of HeartMoves™, a system of transformation facilitating Connection, Creativity, and Vision. She is also the creator of Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming,™ the 1st life empowering mindfulness app using drum rhythms to help you access your own inner guidance system, meditate, and shift your vibe. Elisheva offers heart wisdom, peace, and tools for joy formation via lectures, performances, classes, and various platforms for the voice through her business, Happy People Happy Planet.

Elisheva loves combining her various talents in her service to the community as President of the Board.

Robert Gear

Vice President

Robert has taught EFL in nine countries: the UK, USA, Japan, Mexico, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Finland — and briefly in Iran.

Robert and his wife, Jolene met in Mexico City and were married in 1979. Together they have written six textbooks in the EFL field, five of them with Cambridge University Press. Robert has also published roughly 50 short stories and articles at New English Review. He is currently writing a quasi-dystopian novel – quasi in that it has an open and somewhat ‘happy’ ending.
Robert has two children and one grandchild so far and has lived in Santa Fe for about five years.

Carlos Duno

Treasurer

Carlos, originally from Mexico City is an Exit Planner, Coach, and Consultant. Carlos has lived in Santa Fe for close to 30 years with his wife, Barbara. A dog lover, he is on the Board of Espanola Humane Society and volunteers at the Santa Fe Shelter.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sheila Bicoll

Past President

Sheila Bicoll, the proud mother of two grown children, Adam and Jessica, has been a member of Beit Tikva for over 20 years. Her professional life included teacher, office manager for several entities, photographer and model. She grew up in Detroit, attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University earning an MA and BA. She was wife to Norton Bicoll for 48 loving years.

Kaycee Canter-Levy

Board Member

Kaycee moved to Santa Fe in 2011 and has been a member of CBT ever since. She is presently the Chair of the Security and Marketing Committees and is charged with promoting special events with the Santa Fe New Mexican. She is responsible for a substantial upgrade in security recently. Kaycee is an Estate Planning Paralegal and member of the State Bar of New Mexico. Her favorite role is being our Rebbetzin since meeting our Rabbi at Rosh Hashanah on her first year here, resulting in a seven year marriage so far!

Barbara Marigold Dolloff

Board Member

Barbara Dolloff has lived in New Mexico since 1960. She has two sons and ten grandkids. Barbara was in the art gallery business for 40 years. She is still weaving garments, rugs, and tapestries. Barbara loves hiking in the mountains and foraging for mushrooms.

Clarke Fountain

Board Member

Clarke grew up in North Carolina (mostly in Raleigh) and has moved many times, having lived in Boston, San Francisco, and Michigan before coming to Santa Fe. Along the way, he picked up an MA in Buddhist Studies, worked for a Buddhist publisher, worked in various computer support jobs and currently works as a Procurement Specialist for the State of New Mexico. Clarke’s interests, aside from things Jewish, include history, English poetry and literature, and more. Clarke has studied Tibetan, French, Spanish and biblical Hebrew. He frequently contributes his writings to CBT’s weekly updates and quarterly newsletters.

Ashri Gyorgi

Board Member

Ashri Gyorgi, a physicist turned writer/screenwriter, grew up in Russian Caucasus and studied in Moscow University. She currently teaches Physics and Maths at local colleges. Don’t engage with her on the topics of Lost Tribes as well as ancient Mesopotamian history, or she’ll chew your ear off.

Joel Schneider

Board Member

Joel Schneider is a retired physician with an MD from University of Michigan with
General and Cardiothoracic Surgery from University of Virginia.
He is currently an Airline Transport Pilot in both airplanes and helicopters.

Donna Secular

Board Member

Donna is originally from New York, and moved to the Santa Fe area in 2006. She is an accountant and has had her own business since 1990. Donna is a former professional skater and former competitive ballroom dancer. She is an animal lover, with 10 cats and dogs. Donna is married and lives on a small ranch on the Pecos River.

Dirk Wassner

Board Member

Dirk Wassner was born and raised in Chicago. He attended MacMurray College, then University of Iowa College of Medicine, Graduated in ’72, and did his surgical internship and residency at Indiana University, Indianapolis, then chief residency at The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, under Henry Heimlich, z’l. Dirk practiced in Illinois for roughly 25 years before he moved to New Mexico, where he now does Locum Tenens surgical jobs. Dirk also had a 21-year Army career, culminating in an early deployment to Afghanistan in 2002, where he kindled the first Hanukkiah in a long, long time!