Staff Photos by Jake Rubman
Sarah Glassman – Executive Director
Sarah is driven by the desire to create community and her passions in equity and justice programs. Sarah has served in the non-profit sector as well as in higher education; throughout her diverse roles she has sought to create relationship-rooted anti-oppression programs which were inclusive and innovative. Sarah’s experince includes the roles of Victim Advocate and Director of Development and Communications at HOPE Works, a community non-profit serving survivors of sexual violence in Chittenden County, as well as Senior Admissions Counselor and Coordinator of Alumni Outreach at the University of Vermont. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Sociology, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Vermont and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Sarah is looking forward to applying her passion for creativity, innovation and social justice to the OZ community!
Outside of her role at OZ, Sarah enjoys working out (lifting weights and being upside down especially), walking her dog, hiking with her spouse, Em and, trying to replicate her grandma’s Jewish cooking (admittedly, not as well!).
Raul Guevara – Facilities Manager
Raul has been with the synagogue over 25 years. Prior to his work at OZ he owned his own bus touring business in Guatemala. As the Facilities Manager for the synagogue, Raul’s responsibilities range from daily maintenance of the facility and grounds, serving on the House Committee, managing the kitchen, and serving on the Capital Campaign Construction oversight committee to managing the coordination of life cycle events and holiday events. He also delights in the children of Ohavi Zedek and makes time during Hebrew School hours to help with snacks, play or the invariable need for bandaids or a caring listener. The b’nai mitzvot often mentions him during their speeches with great appreciation for his care and wisdom. He lives with his wife Kathy Guevara in Hinesburg. They have three daughters, two son in laws, five granddaughters, and two grandsons. Email [email protected]
Naomi Barell – Hebrew School Principal
Naomi has traveled a long and windy road to her position as Hebrew School principal here at OZ. After getting her degree in Jewish history at Barnard, she moved to Israel where she worked in a myriad of jobs – graphic designer, photographer, breakfast cook, barrista and government licensed tour guide. She returned to the states and made her way to Burlington where she had a couple of kids and started teaching. She has taught in many different grades and was on the Hebrew School Committee for a couple of years. As principal, she wants to promote a sense of community amongst the kids and their families in the school. She believes in making our ancient history and traditions more relevant and accessible to kids. Naomi lives with her partner Jade and their four children. In her spare time, she tends to her farmstead of chickens, sheep, turkeys and a llama. Email [email protected]
Karen Robair – Shalom Shuk Manager
Karen was born and raised in Burlington. She has worked in Nursing, Insurance Specialist, Forensic Banking and Retail. She enjoys volunteering at local shelters and Coaching Little League. She has 3 beautiful children and enjoys cooking and baking with her husband Gary. They live in the new northend of Burlington and to them family is everything. A simple life is an easy life. Email [email protected]