Our Rabbi, Officers & Staff

Come meet our Rabbi, officers, and staff!

Rabbi: Arthur Flicker

Rabbi Arthur Flicker

Rabbi Flicker was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Northwestern University, with an MA in Jewish History from the Ohio State University, Rabbi Flicker was ordained by Rabbi Rueben Luckens in 1990.

Prior to coming to Congregation B'nai Israel, Rabbi Flicker served congregations in Tyler, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Columbus, Ohio. He always been active in community affairs, having been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award by the Cincinnati Baptist Ministers Conference.

In Albuquerque, Rabbi Flicker has served on the board of the Samaritan Council, the Public Safety Partnership, the Governor’s Homeland Security Religious Advisory Taskforce and as a Chaplain for the Albuquerque Police Department.

A former public school teacher and coach, business owner and synagogue administrator, Rabbi Flicker brings a unique collection of skills to the rabbinate. Partnering with volunteers within  the congregation, Rabbi Flicker has brought diverse services and programming to our community. He has also encourage the participation of members of all ages in our religious services.

Rabbi Flicker is married to Linda. They are blessed with two sons, Aaron and Ben. 

Board of Trustees

Meetings of the Congregation B'nai Israel Board of Trustees are open to all members in good standing.  Board of Trustees meetings take place regularly on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The meetings take place in the Social Hall, and generally last about one hour. 

Co-President: Bill Hochheiser

Bill Hochheiser

Congregation B'nai Israel's Co-President Bill Hochheiser is from Connecticut. Furthermore (via LinkedIn), Bill is an environmental scientist specializing in technical, environmental, and regulatory issues related to all facets of energy development. He has over 35 years of diverse experience that includes work in government and consulting. His work has primarily involved research and analysis on the potential environmental impacts of oil and gas development, including impacts to surface water, ground water, air, land, and wildlife.

Co-President: Robert Lewis

Richard, not Robert, Lewis

Congregation B'nai Israel's Co-President Robert Lewis was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Englewood, NJ.  Robert is a mariage, family, and child therapist who works with the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque as a clinician / mediator. Robert serves as Chairperson of the Ritual Committee, and is a member of the Long Range Planning and Programming and Event Planning Committees. Robert has also served as President of the Men's Club.

Past President: Harvey Buchalter

Harvey Buchalter

Congregation B'nai Israel's Past President Harvey Buchalter was born and raised in the Bronx.  A former Albuquerque Public School teacher, he is a native Yiddish speaker and active Yiddish translator.  Harvey is also an established runner and sculptor with a strong Albuquerque following.

Additional Board Members

 Congregation B'nai Israel's Board Members also include:

  • Recording Secretary: TBD
  • Financial Secretary: David Blacher
  • Treasurer: Jimmy Tran
  • Parliamentarian: Keith Harvie
  • Past President: Harvey Buchalter
  • Men's Club President: Luis Mejia-Huazo
  • Sisterhood President: Ellen Satz
  • Member at Large: Oz Baca

 Committee Chairs

 Congregation B'nai Israel's Committee Chairs include:

  • Long Range Planning: Holly Shipp Buchanan
  • Personnel: Holly Shipp Buchanan
  • Education: Sarah Egelman
  • Ways & Means: Harvey Buchalter
  • Dues & Assessments: David Blacher
  • Arts Judaica: Luis Mejia-Huazo
  • Ritual: Martin Sherman
  • Membership: Rifka Wine
  • House: Rick Hammer
  • Kitchen: Chris Buchalter
  • Shofar Editor: Bryan Bobrick

Office Manager: Anna Alexander

Anna Alexander has joined us as Office Manager.  

Her hours are 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Vice President Tobias Flatow will serve as her supervisor.

Alan Chodorow will continue to work in the office for a while to help with the transition.  

Please stop in and introduce yourself to Anna, and help her learn the ropes at Congregation B'nai Israel


Congregation B'nai Israel

Congregation B'nai Israel     4401 Indian School Road NE     Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110     office@bnaiisrael-nm.org     (505) 266-0155