Erin Felsen, Administrator
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Erin spent her childhood deeply involved in her Jewish community. She attended Jewish Day School, Middle and High School where she developed a passion for Judaism and Tikkun Olam. From her strong desire to give back to her community and help others, Erin spent five years working for a Jewish cemetery and mortuary as a Marketing and Community Outreach Manager.
Erin joined Bolton Street as synagogue Administrator in 2016 following a cross-country move to Baltimore, Maryland. She brings many years of marketing and management experience to the position, with a solid background in social media, strategy, event coordination, and organizational behavior and strong organizational and people skills alike.
Erin graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Business & Organizational Management. She is an active member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA), serves as a board member for the Jewish Cemetery Association of Baltimore, and co-chaired the Jewish Cemetery Association of North America annual conference. Erin lives in Reisterstown, MD with her fiance, Andy, their two dogs Izzy and Bernie, and their Russian Tortoise Wally.
Jillian Manko, Director of Education
Jillian Manko was born and raised in Baltimore and has always been drawn to her Jewish heritage. As a child she was active in Hebrew School and community wide volunteering opportunities. She decided to take the next step after High School and spent her first year of undergrad with American Jewish University in Israel volunteering, teaching, and falling in love with Israel more and more every day. Upon returning home to Baltimore, she knew she had to either make Aliyah or teach the beauty of our religion, culture, and love of all things Israel.
For the past ten years, Jillian has taught students from ages 1-99, tutored B’nai Mitzvah students, advised youth groups, and assisted in opening and teaching Hebrew Schools in areas with small Jewish populations. She enjoys reading Torah and especially teaching Torah. She has a passion for creating communities and bringing families together. Jillian believes in the importance of families following their own Jewish beliefs; that there is no wrong way to be Jewish.
Jillian graduated from Stevenson University with her B.S. in psychology. She loves meeting new people, traveling, trivia, playing sports, and she roots loud and proud for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Capitals. Her family includes her adorably brilliant girls, Talia and Stella, and her wonderful husband Gennady.