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Staff Spotlight - Alexa Baer

01/18/2023 11:00:00 AM


Alan Bergman

“I love working in a synagogue,” Alexa Baer proclaimed. The expression on her face fully matched the enthusiasm of her statement as she ticked off some of the perks of working in the office at Bet Torah.

“Not only do I get paid time off on the Jewish holidays, which I really appreciate, but I have the rabbis available to me to answer any questions about the holidays or other topics about Judaism,” she explained. She added that she interfaces most often, professionally and personally, with Rabbi Sacks, with whom she meets weekly to discuss calendar items.   “Working here has helped me reconnect with Judaism through an adult lens,” she said.


Alexa began her Bet Torah career in March of 2022 as a temporary hire, replacing Ilana, who was out on maternity leave. This transitioned into a permanent position by summer’s end when she stepped into the role of Bet Torah program coordinator. Her present responsibilities include working on the synagogue’s website, public relations, advertising, event coordination, and some communications duties. She’s also the person who magically moves the editor’s weekly blog posts from his computer to this website!


Alexa explained that her educational background, especially the social media aspect of it, helped prepare her for her current position at Bet Torah. She graduated from Elon University in 2020, where she double-majored in journalism and history and minored in the classics. Prior to starting at the synagogue, she worked for a temp agency doing data entry and as a substitute teacher in a technical school in Stamford, Connecticut.


Stamford is also Alexa’s hometown. She said that because her great love and passion for that city, she’d been compared to the Leslie Knope character on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. (Knope is a non-stop supporter of the fictional town of Pawnee.) Alexa grew up in a biracial family in Stamford with a younger brother and all her grandparents nearby. The family has been members of Temple Beth El, a Conservative congregation in Stamford. “I find myself comparing Beth El to Bet Torah, and it’s interesting to note the similarities and differences,” she said.


When not working, Alexa often finds herself immersed in a book. She loves reading, everything from fiction to history to memoirs. “I view reading as entertainment and a way to learn,” Alexa explained. She also misses playing softball and field hockey and hopes to soon return to both.

Sat, January 28 2023 6 Shevat 5783