Our Staff

Administrator of Finance and Membership

Justine Abel (she, her)

Justine Abel has long worked in the non-profit sector. In Boston, she developed a program to recruit college students to tutor elementary school students in afterschool programs; in New York, she ran an elementary school-based physical activity and social skill development program; in Chicago, she implemented anti-bias and diversity education initiatives in schools and community-based organizations. Justine also served in the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa, as an English as a Foreign Language teacher. In Baltimore, before working at Bolton Street Synagogue, she specialized in writing and editing grants and curricula for non-profit organizations.

Justine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/International Affairs from Colorado College and her Master of Arts degree in Education and International Development from the University of London’s Institute of Education.

Please reach out to Justine with questions regarding membership, finance, or donations.

Administrator of Communications, Events, and Facility

Monica Blum (she, her)

Monica Blum grew up in New Jersey and lived in Colorado for 10 years before settling in the Baltimore area about 20 years ago. She spent many years as a stay-at-home mom and returned to the workforce in 2010. For 7 ½ years, Monica worked at Har Sinai Congregation in various roles, including Director of Communications. She served as Har Sinai’s Temple Administrator for 3 ½ of those years. She spent the last 2 ½ years as the Executive Director of B’nai Shalom of Olney.

Monica has a BA in English. She is a graduate of the Darrell D. Friedman Institute’s L’Atid Leadership Program. She is a Senior Member of NATA (The National Association for Temple Administration) and served on the Editorial Board for the NATA Journal. Monica is very excited to take on her new role at Bolton Street Synagogue and to meet everyone in the community. She considers it a privilege to do meaningful work in the synagogue setting and looks forward to being part of a team that is inspired by Jewish values and a strong sense of community.

Monica enjoys writing, reading and cooking. More than anything, she loves spending quality time with her three amazing children, Sam, Sophie and Rachael, and with her long-time partner, Jeff.

Reach out to Monica with questions about events, programs, and communications.

Director of Education

Cory Hermann (she, her)

Cory Hermann came to Bolton Street Synagogue in 2020 to lead our growing religious school program. Cory has over 25 years experience as a director of education and as a family educator and youth director. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute, which is a joint program of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Cory lives in Owings Mills with her husband, Barak, and their three teen/adult boys, Jake, Zach, and Jonah. She is thrilled to be a part of Bolton Street Synagogue as an educator and brings her love of Jewish education, joy of song leading, and passion for working with families to the Bolton Street Synagogue community.