Eric W. Bakerman joined Temple Beth Orr as its Executive Director in October 2017. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the temple and is responsible for the temple’s financial and operational management. Eric has been active in the South Florida Jewish community for almost twenty years and currently serves as a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) North American Board of Trustees.
Prior to becoming the executive director, Mr. Bakerman, a Certified Management Accountant, held executive positions in both private and publicly held companies and has been involved with several startups, mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Bakerman and his wife of more than 40 years, Earlene are the proud parents of Philip and Sara. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he was awarded both a BBA, cum laude, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. He is a member of FASTA (Florida Association of Synagogue and Temple Administrators) and NATA (National Association of Temple Administrators) as well as the Institute of Management Accountants.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Temple Beth Orr community. We have an outstanding staff committed to our mission to serve the Jewish community in Coral Springs and beyond. Our members are warm, caring and dedicated to the future of Temple Beth Orr for our children and grandchildren.”
Early Childhood Center Director
Eileen Kaplan has been in Early Childhood education for the past 30 years as a teacher, a director, a mentor, speaker and author. Most recently she has gone back into the classroom as a teacher to learn and understand firsthand the role of the teacher and the needs of the children. “I now believe I can do my job with keen sense of what is needed for the teacher, the student and the parent.”
She is passionate about the role that early childhood education has on the success of a child throughout his/her school progress. The early childhood educator lays down the foundation for the child to then grow and thrive. These days, young children are expected to know so much before they even enter kindergarten. Eileen believes that children are able to learn through hands on experiences and literature. Our focus will be emergent reading and math skills but our method will make the child want to achieve through doing.
Eileen recently published a children’s book, Adam and the Circuit Board, about a little boy with Asperger’s syndrome. She loves to do book readings in local libraries, bookstores and social interaction groups. She hopes through her book, children will become less afraid and more aware of the needs of other children.
Eileen writes: “I am thrilled to return to the staff of the Temple Beth Orr in the capacity of Early Childhood Director. Through this position, I hope to continue to build a strong sense of community with students, parents and teachers.”