Laura was born and raised in Milan, Italy. After attending the Jewish Day School in Milan, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, Laura moved to the United States in 1984 when she married her French husband, Arié. They settled immediately in Foster City, where they have raised their two children, Daniel, 22 and Nicole 17. Before joining the CBJ team, she worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for an Italian company in Mountain View, for Xerox in Palo Alto in the Translation and Localization services, and as a translator and language instructor for various organizations. Laura has enjoyed working as a bookkeeper at Congregation Beth Jacob since May 2005.
Director, Beth Jacob Preschool
Ann Cauterucci is the founding Director of the Beth Jacob Preschool. Her 30 years in Jewish Early Childhood Education include 20 years at Ta’Enna Preschool at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, where she taught and ultimately directed the program. Ann has led numerous teacher-training workshops both locally and nationally, and coordinated a Mentor Teacher program for Palo Alto Community Child Care. She was the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education award in 2003.
Gary Geller joined Congregation Beth Jacob in 2015. At Beth Jacob, Gary is responsible for all aspects of the synagogue’s operations and development, including membership management, finance, communications, and administrative support.
Hue Truong joined the staff of Congregation Beth Jacob as full-time Custodian in 2008. Hue worked for many years at the First Congregational Church in Redwood City, and his relationship with them has spanned more than 25 years. Hue courageously came to this country to start a new life, and since that time he has proved himself to be a dedicated, hard working person with a generous spirit. Hue’s hiring filled a genuine need at CBJ for an on-staff custodian who could be on site with us at our busiest times. You will see him here on Shabbat, during religious school, and at most of our special events.
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