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.”
Director of Religious School and Youth
Scott has been a religious school
teacher and youth group advisor for nearly 20 years. He grew up in Philadelphia and moved to South Florida in 2006. Scott began his career path as a Judaic Educator and then expanded his Jewish professional career into Youth Engagement. He is an avid sports fan, always cheering on the Sixers, Phillies, Eagles, and Temple Owls, his alma mater, where he received his degree in Judaic Studies.
Scott is very excited to be a part of the present and future, as an integral piece in the education of our youth at Temple Beth Orr. Scott is joined by his wife, Brooke, and their daughter, Bari. Bari has been a student in the Temple Beth Orr Kuhn Early Childhood Center since she was 3 months old.
Naomi’s formal education in early childhood began at Temple University. She holds a National Childhood Development Associate Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Management. The combination of early childhood, social services and management classes provided her with a wealth of knowledge to prepare for her position as an early childhood director.
Naomi’s journey into the field of Early Childhood Education began with an internship at Temple University working at the university’s child development center. After spending some time as a stay at home mom for her three children, she began teaching when her youngest child was in Synagogue preschool. Over the years she has taught Mommy and Me, 2’s, 3’s, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrichment which included a full Hebrew enrichment program.
Naomi has worked as a camp and early learning center director in both the secular and Judaic setting since 2000. She has also served as a provider consultant and trainer which allowed her the opporutnity to visit child care centers and offer directors action plans for improving the quality of child care.
She has extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia Early Childhood model. This model is based on the principals of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. She enjoys incorporating the philosophies of this model into the Kuhn Early Childhood Center.
The early childhood environment should be a “home away from home” for our children and their families. “I look forward to collaborating with all of you to provide your child with a warm, loving, educational and high quality environment that will become my new home away from home.”