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Tess Goldblatt,
Executive Director

Tess comes to us from Newport News, where she previously served as Administrator at Rodef Sholom Temple. Indicative of Tess’ skills, talents, and dedication is the fact that she started as a religious school teacher at RST. She rose to become the congregation’s Education Director and eventually, its Administrator. Our search committee was very impressed with Tess’ accomplishments in her 7 years as RST’s Administrator which included extensive teamwork to construct their new temple building. Tess began her career as an Army paratrooper which may contribute to her strong sense of ownership, mission-driven focus on execution, detailed planning, and an immensely personable approach. Tess and her husband Rick raised two children, Annie and Josh, both now grown. Annie and her husband recently completed their graduate studies, and the newlyweds find themselves in a covidly-interrupted transition. Josh is a paramedic firefighter in Williamsburg. Tess started on June 29 on a limited basis. Faith’s last day is July 21, at which time Tess will assume her duties as Executive Director. If you haven’t already, you will see her soon at various Beth-El functions on Zoom. Tess can be reached by email at or call 804.355.3564 ext. 104.


Norma Fiedler,

Norma has been with Temple Beth-El since 2007.  In addition to her daily wrangling of the Rabbi’s schedule, she handles important details such as yahrzeits, donations, blessing requests, unveilings, use of the mikvah, and even dinner reservations, all while remembering every congregant’s name. Email Norma at or call  (804) 355-3564 ext. 100.


Abby Miller,
Office Assistant

Abby joined us in late 2020 as a part-time office assistant. A graduate of Washington and Lee with a BA in Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Abby brings us multiple years of experience working as an office assistant to the Director and Assistant Director of Dining Services during college. From her first day, Abby jumped in to provide vital support functions while we followed COVID protocols within the staff, including the school. She also will join Cantor Rosenblatt in the work of our Caring Crews. For additional work outside of her 25 hours a week with us, Abby tutors Richmond students and volunteers at the Richmond Animal League. Send an email to and say hello!

Ramona Brand, Director of Youth Learning

Ramona joined us in 2016. She has been an educator since 1983, working in theater-arts education, public schools, Jewish Day Schools, and supplemental religious schools. After having earned a BA in Theater and English from Hamilton College in 1981 and a Masters of Education from Lesley University in 1983, her professional experience has spanned Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia.  Ramona uses her dual background to intertwine creativity with educational content and is committed to a whole child/experiential approach to education. Ramona believes that Jewish education for the 21st century needs to connect students to the world outside the Jewish classroom in ways that are both relevant and authentic. In 2015 she was named the winner of the national Natalia Twersky Award, given to educators who exemplify the creative use of primary sources to incorporate the voices and stories of Jewish women into their teaching. In 2017 she was recognized with the Jewish Federation President’s Award for her service to Jewish Education in the Richmond Community. Ramona is a member of the Richmond Council for Jewish Education and the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. 
For more information about the Brown Religious School and the Nesiyah Program, email Ramona or call (804) 355-3564 ext. 111.


Josephine Harris, Facilities Supervisor

Josephine has served Temple Beth-El for over 40 years.  In addition to making sure all Temple events run smoothly, she is also the “Chief Cook and Bottlewasher.”  If you have questions about the logistics of your event, including special dietary needs, call Josephine at (804) 355-3564 ext. 107.


Krista Fidlow, Communications & Publicity

Krista joined Temple Beth-El in 2013.   With a degree in Visual Communications and Photography, she has worked at graphic design firms in Baltimore and Los Angeles as well as doing freelance photography.  While keeping the Temple Calendar up-to-date and managing the Shulcloud database, she compiles all event information and delivers it in the form of a website, email news, a shabbat handout, and the bimonthly bulletin. If you would like to submit an item to be publicized, or if you have a question about your online member account, email Krista .

Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyyar 5781