Meet Our Staff

Norman Einhorn, Director of LMAHH, is currently the Director of Engagement and Programming at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA. Norman started as a Hebrew School teacher at Har Zion in September, 1986 and hasn’t looked back since.

 

He has served as the principal of the Har Zion High School of Jewish Studies, leader of Junior Congregation, Middle School teacher, Adult Education teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor.

Norman is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, which led to his 30 year stint as founder and president of Unique Video Concepts. He and his best friend Steve Goldberg (also knows as the Sunday Director of LMAHH) also founded Unique Entertainment, a multi-media game show, which has entertained for thousands of contestants from summer camps and colleges to Hebrew Schools and birthday parties.

 

Norman’s passion has been providing a productive, positive and worthwhile Jewish education for our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students - and heading up the phenomenal LMAHH dream team has been amazing!

Harold Messinger is Hazzan (prayer leader) at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley. Harold has been teaching teens of all ages since the early 90’s when he lived in Israel and worked for Ramah and USY year-long programs as an advisor. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Hazzan Harold worked full time at Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Barrack) here on the Main Line and then later at the Austin Jewish Academy in Austin, Texas. He moved back to Philly in 2005 to train to become a Cantor and has been at Beth Am Israel since 2006.

 

He has a passion for music and prayer of all kinds, including a new venture called, “The Interfaith Music Project of Philadelphia”, a multi-faith performance group building bridges and relationships through music, prayer and dialogue.  He loves connecting teen to Israel, their Judaism and to prayer and spirituality, and strives to help teens find their own Jewish identity in the post-Bnai Mitzvah years. Finally Harold is obsessed with Hummus and is grateful to live in the second best city in the world for outstanding Hummus (outside of the Promised Land) and he is excited to pursue his very own HummusQuest this fall! Looking forward to a new year at LMAHH! 

A Philadelphian through and through, Rabbi Andy Markowitz grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, attended Akiba Hebrew Academy and graduated from Temple University with distinction.

Rabbi Andy received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017. While studying for ordination, he earned his MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School of Education.  Throughout Rabbi Markowitz’s tenure in Rabbinical School, he had the privilege of serving as an eved hashem, a communal servant, in a variety of settings.  He interned at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, CT while simultaneously working as campus Rabbi at the Hillel of the University of Hartford.  Rabbi Markowitz spent his final three years at JTS serving Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ as Director of Youth Engagement and Rabbinic Intern.  Additionally, he had the privilege to spend a summer working as a hospital chaplain at Summit Medical Center in Summit, NJ in the oncology unit.

Most recently, Rabbi Markowitz served as Associate Rabbi/Director of Spiritual Programming at Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles - an inpatient Jewish addiction treatment facility and synagogue that combines the best practices of a traditional rehab with Jewish spirituality.  He is certain that his finely honed skills of pastoral care and spiritual counseling will translate seamlessly into the congregational setting.

An inspiring educator, Rabbi Andy spent ten summers working, learning, and growing at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. His time at Ramah has had a profound impact on how Rabbi Andy understands the role that environment and relationships play in successful Jewish educational experiences.  More importantly, he met his wife, Michelle (who grew up in Lower Merion), while working at Ramah in 2007.  They married in 2012.

Rabbi Andy is excited to be joining the LMAHH team for the 2020-2021 academic year. He loves learning with and from teens — and can’t wait to teach each LMAHH-nik how to “WOW” their friends and family with their very own balloon Animals

 

Rabbi Markowitz lives in Bala Cynwyd with his amazing wife, Michelle and their two sons, Simcha Ariel and Sasson Rafael. 

You can contact Rabbi Andy at amarkowitz@adathisrael.org.

Lisa Richman is currently the Education Director at Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El.  She was a Judaic Studies teacher at Perelman Jewish Day School and the Education Director at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.  She’s done extensive work in the fields of formal and informal education and has a background in both general and Jewish studies.

David Ackerman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, PA where he teaches Torah, plays guitar, and works with others to build up a sacred community rich in learning, spirituality and kindness. Educated at Princeton University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, David has served as Assistant Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, Rabbi at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, PA, and as Rabbi for National Outreach at the JTS. David and Nomi Shapiro are the grateful parents of Josh (27), Elijah (24) and Rosie (15). 

Leo Fuhrman is the Education Director at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley. Leo was born in Argentina and made Aliyah in 1990. He ran the national Counselor Training Program in the Conservative youth movement, NOAM. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and English Linguistics from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and in 2015 he moved to Boston to attend the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, where he received an MBA and Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership. He lives in Yardley, PA with his wife and daughter.

Steve Goldberg has had a long career in both secular and Jewish education. Steve first started teaching at Beth Tikvah B’Nai Jesherun in 1984. Steve then made the big move to the Main Line, and started teaching at Har Zion in 1986 along with his best friend of over forty years, Norman Einhorn (AKA - LMAHH Director). Steve teamed up with Norman to become Co-Principals of Har Zion Hebrew High School in 2004, and remained in that position until the creation of LMAHH in 2017. Steve’s passion for Jewish Education and working with Jewish teens is as strong as ever, and is the perfect compliment to his day job!

 

During the day, Steve works as an elementary school teacher in the Upper Dublin School District, and will be beginning his 29th year as a fourth grade teacher at Jarrettown Elementary School. When not in the classroom, Steve loves spending time with his wife Jami, and two children, Eden and Sam, (both of whom are proud LMAHH students), and his two dogs, Syd and Kugel. Steve also has a strong passion for cheering on his beloved Philly sports teams, and has been an Eagles season ticket holder since the late 70’s! 

Also on staff:

Sara Chernov

CONTACT

Norman Einhorn, Director of LMAHH

T: 610-476-0387

E: neinhorn.lmahh@gmail.com