Meet Executive Director Elaine Levine

Elaine Levine has been chosen as the new executive director of Congregation Beth Shalom. In reference to her new position, Levine said, “I am so happy to be part of this vibrant community.” Levine has worked for more than 20 years as a professional in Jewish communal settings, mostly in a synagogue environment.

Her focus is working to make sure that needs of the congregants are met, whether they are educational, cultural, social or financial. She was educated in New York and received a degree in early childhood education. After working as preschool teacher, Levine was offered the position of school director at a Jewish institution in Long Island, NY, which she held until she moved south. During her tenure as director, she was credited with writing kindergarten curriculum for state licensing.

Shortly after moving to South Carolina, Levine became the executive director of Synagogue Emanu-El of Charleston. Ordained as a hospital chaplain in 1998, she served the Trident Hospital System of South Carolina as volunteer hospital clergy for two years.

In 2001 she moved to Florida to become the executive director of Beth Ahm Israel in Cooper City, FL She is a member of NAASE, FASTA, and past president of the American Cancer Society.

Levine is married to Terry Levine and is the mother of two adult daughters and one Persian cat named Coco Blu.