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Our Leadership




Board of Trustees

Honorary Board

Past Presidents

Rabbi Laurence Sebert

Rabbi Larry SebertSince 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

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: , and read more about Cantor Postman in these opinion pieces:

Review in Australian Jewish News

Photo Credit: Scott Newirth/17 to the 6th Media


Executive Director, Esther Schwalb

Esther Schwalb started in late 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 serves us well as we move toward a more professional operation to support our growing kehillah.

Photo Credit: Scott Newirth/17 to the 6th Media


Rabbinic Intern, Bronwen Mullin

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.



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, Cali Hersh

T&V is excited to welcome another new addition to our staff - Cali Hersh, our new Young Adult Program Coordinator. Cali comes to us from the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, where she was the Manager of their Young Professionals Organization. She is originally from New York City, but fled the cold weather to attend Tulane University. She graduated early in December 2008 with two undergraduate degrees in Political Science – International Relations and Communications. She then received her Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on International Security and Development from Griffith University in Australia. After surfing in Australia, trekking the Himalayas in India, volunteering with Tibetan refugees, and beginning her professional career in New Orleans, she is happy to settle back into life in New York. She is thrilled to bring her enthusiasm and experience to our Synagogue, and hopes to help other Jews become active and engaged within the community. You can reach Cali at


Board Chair: Dr. Louise S. Sherby

President:    Marianna Mott Newirth

Read Marianna Mott Newirth’s 2014 Kol Nidre Address


Vice Presidents:

Leon Ashner

Sanford Cohen

Janett Edelberg

David Pasteelnick


Yakov Zvi

Associate Treasurer:

Andrew Koopman

Financial Secretary:

Stephen Smith


Amy Lorowitz

Honorary Vice Presidents:

Dr. Milton Adesnik

Sharon Steinberg

Board of Trustees:

Chair: Dr. Louise S. Sherby

Honorary Chair: Dr. Hugh Pollack

Vice Chair: Jacqueline Berkowitz

Junior Bazzey

Mark Berger

Joshua Bronstein

Victoria Friedman

William Gross

Sarah Gurwitz

David Issroff

Daniel Labovitz

Steve Nesselroth

Eric Stern

Robert Winograd

Rick Yaffe



Honorary Board

Abby-Gail Adler

Beatrice Beder

Helen Grayson

Claire Zuckerman

Past Presidents

Harold Levine

Dr. A. Herbert Fedder*

Mortimer S. Schofield*

I.E. Abrams*

Sylvan Freeman*

Bertram Field*

Locke Grayson*

Howard Dressner*

Morris S. Gottesman*

Joseph S. Karp*

George Bosin*

George Shenitz*

Seymour J. Beder

Irving Heisler*

Florence Friedman

Samuel Ehrenpreis*

Justin Colten*

Dr. Lewis S. Freedman

William Huebsch

Dr. Hugh I. Pollack

Howard Rubin

Beth M. Mann

Fred Karp

Carol J. Green

Dr. Roselyn Kolodny

Jacqueline E. Berkowitz

Helena Ross

Dr. Louise S. Sherby

* Deceased