Rabbi Laurence Sebert
Since becoming T&V’s head Rabbi in 1991, Rabbi Sebert has engaged and inspired his congregants to climb the ladder of Jewish commitment. He inspires through his warm personality and non-judgmental style as well as the power of his intellect and his creative approach to the study and practice of modern Conservative Judaism. A rock and roll drummer, Rabbi Sebert is beloved by the community as someone who never takes himself too seriously, but takes people very seriously. He has the rare capacity to make each person feel special and validated, and to help and inspire them to find their own way to a more committed Jewish life, sometimes in small, yet important steps. He can be reached at email@example.com or 212 677 8090 x23.
Cantor Shayna Postman
Cantor Shayna Postman has been Hazzan and choir director since 1998. A featured singer at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Mann Auditorium in Israel, Carnegie Hall, and at the White House, she uses her beautiful voice to transport our members and to inspire them to sing out together in prayer in ever more active and participatory services. She directs T&V’s synagogue choir, which is featured at our annual concert and at High Holiday and select Shabbat and Festival services. Her passion for Jewish engagement through Jewish music extends to our Hebrew School students and even the youngest members of our synagogue community, as she teaches them the joyful melodies of our tradition while encouraging them to embrace their Jewish identities and explore their musical talents. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2121 677 8090 x25.
Check out the ‘Cantor’s Corner’ here: http://tandv.org/worship/cantilations-and/ , and read more about Cantor Postman in these opinion pieces:Review in Australian Jewish News http://cantorjackmendelson.com/brava-due-diva-chazzente/
Photo Credit: Scott Newirth/17 to the 6th Media
Executive Director, Esther Schwalb
Esther Schwalb became T&V’s Executive Director in late 2012 and has been organizing and professionalizing the place ever since. Previously, she worked as a Senior Project Manager/Environmental Planning Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international consulting planning & engineering firm in New York. Additionally, she was active in her children’s schools for many years and served in the lay leadership at the Park Slope Jewish Center over the course of a decade, ultimately serving as president from 2010 to 2012. During her term, she oversaw a capital campaign, a construction project, and fundraising efforts and supervised many other aspects of typical shul operation. Esther is happy to tell you all about T&V, discuss membership dues or Hebrew School tuition arrangements, guide your gift planning, or help you plan a party, so don’t hesitate to contact her at email@example.com or 212 677 8090 x20.
Photo Credit: Scott Newirth/17 to the 6th Media
Hebrew School Principal, Nina Loftspring
Nina Loftspring joined the T&V Team as our Hebrew School Principal in July 2015. Her formative years in Cincinnati, Ohio, were spent in a Jewish Day School which served a blend of Conservative & Orthodox families. At Indiana University she triple-majored in Jewish Studies, History, and Non-Profit Management. She then went on to earn a Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and has since focused her career on curriculum development, Holocaust education and teacher training. Most recently, Nina served as B’nai Jeshurun’s Assistant Director of Education for Curriculum and Learning. We are confident that our Hebrew School will thrive and grow in her fully capable hands. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 677 8090 x24.
Read about Nina in the Town & Village Newspaper: http://town-village.com/2015/08/21/town-village-school-welcomes-new-principal/
Bronwen Mullin is a playwright, composer, educator and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She earned her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College (2006) in Theater and Religious Studies and was an Arts Fellow from 2008-2011 in Musical Theater Composition at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Bronwen is the co-founder of MetaPhys-Ed, a gymnasium for the multi-media exegesis of Jewish texts with performance artist/director Jesse Freedman. She has become an integral part of the T&V family, most notably leading creative Learner’s services (aka “Prayer for the People”) and coordinating the new (as of 2015) Artists Beit Midrash at T&V- a dynamic arts initiative that explored Pirkei Avot this past year. She can be reached at email@example.com.
JAHSS (Jack and Helen Somers Seniors), Susan Richter
Susan Richter, LCSW, joined our staff in early 2012 as the The Jack and Helen Somers Seniors (JAHSS) Program Coordinator with initial funds generously donated by the Somers’ children. It’s been rewarding for all of us to connect better with our seniors and help them stay connected to synagogue life. We are currently working on expanding the program to serve more of their interests and welcome your ideas and participation. Susan has worked in the field of aging since 2000 when she was hired by DOROT as the director of a NORC, a naturally occurring retirement community on the Upper West Side. For several years she was Director of DOROT Westchester when the organization expanded their services to Westchester County. Susan is now the Clinical Supervisor at Hudson Guild, a prominent social service agency in Chelsea, providing wide range of support services to people of all ages and situations. Susan received her Master’s Degree in social work from NYU and studied further at the William Alanson White Institute. She is also a certified child/adolescent psychotherapist. Susan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth & Family Engagement Coordinator, Julia Lustig
Julia Lustig is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a BS in Management and a certificate in Jewish Studies. Expressed in her lifelong, active involvement in various Jewish organizations and many summers spent as both a camper and counselor at Camp Ramah Darom, she has always had a deep passion for Jewish education. After graduating from Indiana, she moved to New York to pursue her MA through the Davidson School of Education at JTS while simultaneously working for UJA-Federation of New York in the Capital Gifts and Special Initiatives Department. She is extremely excited to be starting the next step of her career as a preschool teacher at the JCC and T&V’s Youth & Family Coordinator in just a few weeks! You can reach Julia at email@example.com.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
President: J. Cynthia Weber
Treasurer: Yakov Zvi
Associate Treasurer: Andrew Koopman
Financial Secretary: Rick Yaffe
Secretary: Jennifer Karan
Honorary Vice Presidents:
Dr. Milton Adesnik
Board of Trustees:
Chair: Dr. Louise S. Sherby
Vice Chair: Mark Berger
Honorary Chair: Naomi Abraham
William K. Gross
Dr. A. Herbert Fedder*
Mortimer S. Schofield*
Morris S. Gottesman*
Joseph S. Karp*
Seymour J. Beder
Dr. Lewis S. Freedman
Dr. Hugh I. Pollack
Beth M. Mann
Carol J. Green
Dr. Roselyn Kolodny
Jacqueline E. Berkowitz
Dr. Louise S. Sherby
Marianna Mott Newirth