Our Lay Leaders

Our lay leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.  Because of that our services may differ from  each other each week depending on the person who is leading them.  Our congregation enjoys a variety in religioius experience.



Carla Byrnes

Carla heads our Worship Committee and was one of our first lay leaders. She also brings her experience from the Mifgash Musicale in Cincinnati for both the  Shabbat and High Holy Days music programs and singing with the Pamlico Chorale and can often be found at services leading the singing in a cantorial role.


Marsha Luhrs

Marsha has served as a lay leader since 2006 when she and her husband, Bob, joined Temple B’nai Sholem upon moving to the New Bern area from St. Louis, MO. She aims to share her love of Judaism — including Jewish learning, spirituality and music — when she leads services.
Her experiences in a 25-year career in the Jewish community of St. Louis — at the Federation, Congregation Shaare Emeth, and the Midwest Region of the Reform Movement–as well as her long-time involvement in Torah study, adult Jewish education, singing in the temple choir, and having great rabbis as mentors, have shaped her as a lay leader. Marsha grew up on the North Shore of Boston where she attended Hebrew School and was confirmed at a liberal, conservative congregation.


Mitch Lewis


Tom Amsler

 irv joffee

Irving Joffee

Irv Joffee has been a lay leader since 2014.  Over the years he has been part of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist congregations.  Irv and his wife were both students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and worked in Israel for three years before returning to the US in 1975.  The Joffees came to New Bern from Huntington, NY, in 2013.