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.
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. Check out the ‘Cantor’s Corner’ here: http://tandv.org/worship/cantilations-and/ , and read more about Cantor Postman in these opinion responses to her leading High Holiday services and to her 2013 performance at the Cantors Assembly convention:
Executive Director, Esther Schwalb
Esther Schwalb started in August 2012 as our first Executive Director. She previously worked as a Senior Project Manager/Environmental Planning Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a consulting planning & engineering firm in New York. At the same time, she was active in her children’s schools and served in the lay leadership at the Park Slope Jewish Center for a decade, ultimately becoming president in 2010. During her term, she oversaw a capital campaign, a construction project, and fundraising efforts and supervised many other aspects of typical shul operation. Her managerial competence, good humor and compassion will serve us well as we move toward a more professional operation in support of our growing kehillah.
Rabbinic Intern, Yoni Dahlen
Yoni is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he is also studying toward an MA in Talmud. He is already making a positive impact on our dynamic 20s & 30s group.
JAHSS (Jack and Helen Somers Seniors), Susan Richter
Susan Richter, LCSW, joined our staff last January as the The Jack and Helen Somers Seniors (JAHSS) Program Coordinator with initialvfunds 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. In 2005, she was promoted to Director of DOROT Westchester when the organization expanded their services to Westchester County. Her work there includes program development, strategy, management, and fundraising. 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.
20′s & 30′s, Catherine Schwartz
Catherine is the program coordinator for our 20s & 30s group, which features monthly Friday night dinners, happy hours, volunteering opportunities, and more. She graduated with Honors from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a B.A. in Media and Communication and a minor in Jewish Studies. After serving in multiple leadership positions as a undergraduate, she transitioned into a full-time position with the Hillels of Westchester- first as an Engagement Associate and later as Program Director. As Program Director, she oversaw all programming and engagement on Hillel’s five Weschester campuses. Catherine is currently a first year student in NYU’s Wagner/Skirball MPA- MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. With a strong background in outreach, she is excited to be part of the T&V team, working on engaging more young adults in the greater Jewish community.
Board Chair: Jacqueline Berkowitz
President: Marianna Mott Newirth
Honorary Vice Presidents:
Dr. Milton Adesnik
Board of Trustees:
Honorary Chair: Dr. Hugh Pollack
Vice Chair: Helena Ross
Dr. Patricia Rosof
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