Susan Canning has been working as program director at Temple Beth-El since August 2000. She coordinates most of the programs held at the temple including adult education, scholars in residence, the Jewish film festival, Shabbat dinners and more. As of July 2009, Susan took on the additional role of bookkeeper of the temple.
In January 2014 Susan transitioned once again to Director of Operations & Programs. As a full time employee she divides up her time between coordinating operations of the synagogue office and facilities, bookkeeping duties and programming. After 14 years at TBE, Susan brings a great deal of experience to this position.
Susan grew up in central New Jersey, where she was active in Young Judaea, a youth group sponsored by Hadassah. Following High School she took a year off to attend Young Judaea's Yearcourse in Israel program, which reinforced her love of Israel. Susan met her husband Todd while attending graduate school at Bard College. They live in Poughkeepsie with their two children.