Carla Byrnes

Carla heads our Worship Committee and was one of our first lay leaders. She also brings her experience from the Mifgash Musicale in Cincinnatti for both the  Shabbat and High Holy Days music programs and singing with the Pamlico Chorale and can often be found at services leading the singing in a cantorial role.

 Marsha Luhrs

Marsha has served as a lay leader since 2006 when she and her husband, Bob, joined Temple B'nai Sholem upon moving to the New Bern area from St. Louis, MO. She aims to share her love of Judaism -- including Jewish learning, spirituality and music -- when she leads services.
Her experiences in a 25-year career in the Jewish community of St. Louis -- at the Federation, Congregation Shaare Emeth, and the Midwest Region of the Reform Movement--as well as her long-time involvement in Torah study, adult Jewish education, singing in the temple choir, and having great rabbis as mentors, have shaped her as a lay leader. Marsha grew up on the North Shore of Boston where she attended Hebrew School and was confirmed at a liberal, conservative congregation.
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Stan Satz

Stan Satz has been a lay leader at Temple B'nai Sholem for about fifteen years. Also within that time span, he served as president of the temple for two consecutive terms. He was in the temple choir and has sung Kol Nidre at a few Yom Kippur services. For many years, he was also a member of the Craven Community chorus.
Most recently, Stan and his wife spent 10 weeks in Israel in both the Galilee and Jerusalem and has brought some of the Israeli synagogue practices into his worship services.


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Irving Joffee

Irv Joffee has been a lay leader since 2014.  Over the years he has been part of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist congregations.  Irv and his wife were both students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and worked in Israel for three years before returning to the US in 1975.  The Joffees came to New Bern from Huntington, NY, in 2013.


Brian Dodds

Brian started out in June 2012 co-leading with Larry Weiss to commemorate his first anniversary of conversion. He sees this as a continuation of the path he has selected and a wonderful oportunity to both study Torah and give back to the communitiy that so graciously embraced him.