Welcome to Benjamin Gorelick, Bet Ha’am’s new Executive Director! We hope that you will join us in welcoming Benjamin at a special Oneg on Friday, March 24 after the 7:30 PM Shabbat Worship service. Benjamin shares his own words of welcome below:
Dear Bet Ha’am Community,
I hope this finds you well.
My name is Benjamin Gorelick and I’m the new Executive Director here at Bet Ha’am. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself:
For the past 11 years, I have been the Executive Director of an accredited, 4-year trade school for Mountain Guides based out of Alaska, with branches in Chile and Spain. I was with the school from the beginning and helped it flourish and grow from 6 students in the first year to hundreds when I left.
When I tell people that I work(ed) as a Mountain Guide, they’ll often picture me and my students set against towering, snow covered peaks, enduring blizzards, or hauling ourselves up the sides of cliffs. I did those things, but guiding was always much more about the relationships I had with people: my students, my co-instructors, and with myself.
Guiding is a deeply human endeavor. At its core, it’s about empathy, courage, humility, beauty, and candor. It’s about caring deeply for yourself, your client, and your work. It just happens that you need to be those things, to be human, while dangling from the end of a rope.
Guiding is about people, and people are what’s important.
I came to Bet Ha’am because it, too, is a people job. Here, I have found a new family that I can be a part of and help to make stronger. I have the opportunity to influence the community in which I live and work, and to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to truly make a difference in people’s lives. That I’m able to do those things while giving back to the Jewish community – I was raised in a reform Jewish congregation myself – seems a bit of providence.
I’m privileged to bring nearly two decades of expertise to Bet Ha’am. Certainly, I look forward to the opportunity to bring vision, leadership, camaraderie, and expertise to the congregation.
But most importantly, I’m bringing a passion for the people I work with and work for.
I look forward to meeting all of you soon. My office is always open.