Temple Sinai Of Roslyn
Officers & Board of Trustees
2017 / 2018
Richard Evans, President
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it a warm inclusive environment for learning, worship and engagement.
My wife Vicki and I and our two children, Jordan and Robin and I first joined Temple Sinai in 2000. Jordan and Robin have both been educated at Temple Sinai since Nursery School. They have both been Bar and Bat Mitzvahed and Confirmed at Sinai as well.
I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2004, served as Chair of Social Action Committee for five years, Brotherhood President for two years, Executive Vice President for two years and currently serve as President.
I am a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser and Principal with Property Appraisal Services, Inc, a full service real estate appraisal firm.
I enjoy weight lifting, fitness, gardening, hiking and traveling to exotic locales including Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Iceland.
Michelle Golden, Executive Vice-President
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because here I have realized what being Jewish means to me. I have taken classes to learn Hebrew and was able to be a part of the Adult B’not Mitzvah in 2011…a moment of which I am very proud. Temple Sinai has provided my entire family with many opportunities for learning, spirituality and Tikkun Olam. We have made new and wonderful friends here; it’s a place we call home.
My husband Seth and I joined Temple Sinai in 2004. We became active in Temple life through our children’s participation in Religious school. Sarah just had her Bat Mitzvah in June, Rebecca will participate in Rabbi White’s confirmation class this coming year and Daniel will graduate from Hebrew High this spring. All three of our kids sang in the Junior Choir, participated in the Hevra program and attended JORTY, SORTY, Rosh Chodesh and J-Crew events and activities. Daniel and Rebecca were fortunate to be able to go to Israel this past spring and have travelled on many other temple trips. They will both be serving as vice-presidents on the SORTY board this year. Seth has been a valued member of the Temple board for many years serving as Membership co-chair and Brotherhood President. Our appreciation of the clergy and leadership fuels our desire to help create a warm welcoming home for all in our community.
My participation in Temple Sinai has been joyful and inspiring. I have been blessed with opportunities to give of myself but also to gain experience as a leader. Some of my roles include choir mom, Friend of a Friend President and serving on various committees and as a Vice President on the Temple Board. I am honored to be starting as Executive Vice-President on the Temple Board.
Lynn Fishkind, Vice-President
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because at Sinai I feel at peace, inspired and involved in a Jewish life shared with our wonderful, welcoming clergy and congregants. My family and I have truly made Sinai our Sinai and we are so glad we did. Our son attended religious school and became a Bar Mitzvah at Sinai. He was confirmed and graduated from our high school program. His first paying job was in the religious school office and he was so thrilled to get a salary! In 2008, for my 25th anniversary, Rabbi White traveled all the way to Massachusetts to officiate at my wedding. We love our Sinai!
My family joined Sinai in 1999 because Judaism and reform values are central in my life and I wanted my son brought up with these religious and cultural values. I became a member of the Board of Directors in 2007 and I recently became a vice president. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role in our congregation.
Through the years I have chaired a few committees. KULANU, which means All Of Us, is the GLBTQ awareness and inclusion committee. Mitzvah Day is our annual event centered on various projects that help people in need in and around Long Island. Our Education Committee, under the guidance of Cantor Elena Schwartz, has overseen our recently redesigned religious school program which successfully engages and educates today’s students. In addition, I had the pleasure of chairing the cantorial search committee which resulted in the hiring of our fabulous Cantor Sergei Schwartz.
I spent my professional career as a teacher and a school counselor. Since I retired I continue to be an activist involved in civil rights issues. I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Andrew Kraus, Vice President
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because of our wonderful Clergy, staff and friends, whom you can always count on for genuine support and guidance.
My wife Maribeth and I have been members and actively involved in the Temple since 2000. We initially became involved seeking a sense of community, which Temple Sinai quickly provided. We have a son, Scott, who is 30 and lives in Brooklyn.
I have been a Temple Vice President since 2014, a former President of Brotherhood, and was previously Co-Chair of Ushering and a member of Social Action.
I am recently retired from the New York State Common Retirement Fund, where I served as a Senior Real Estate Investment Officer. I’m somewhat of a history buff – most notably the Civil War (I was a re-enactor with a unit based in Old Bethpage for about 10 years) and Baseball. I love to read, walk, bicycle ride, eat and drink (especially fine Scotch with Rabbi White and Brotherhood), in moderation, of course!
Michael Shaffet, Treasurer
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it enables us to experience Judaism in a warm and welcoming environment.
My wife Betty and I together with our two daughters moved to East Hills 47 years ago and became members of Temple Sinai shortly thereafter. We were warmly welcomed by Rabbi Kahan who presided over many life cycle events including the Bat Mitzvahs of both of our children. The current Temple clergy led by Rabbi White has continued this welcoming and caring spirit, all of which has provided my family with a lasting connection to Judaism.
Almost 15 years ago I was asked to serve as Treasurer of Temple Sinai, a position I still hold. This has given me the opportunity to work with the clergy, officers and board members in making sure that our Temple's finances remain strong and that this institution that we all love will continue to provide a Jewish home for generations to come.
I am a CPA and spent many years in public accounting. I later became the Chief Financial Officer and later Chief Operating Officer of a worldwide diamond and jewelry company.
On a personal note, I enjoy tennis, and I go to 40 Met games a year!
Board of Trustees
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because of the people, the acceptance and friendship.
My wife Helen and I along with our daughters Emily and Rebecca have been members of Temple Sinai since September of 1998. We first joined Temple Sinai for my children’s Hebrew Education and fell in love with the Temple Sinai community immediately.
A few years later, I joined the Brotherhood, and my appreciation for the warmth and friendship grew stronger. I now have the pleasure of being a Temple Sinai Trustee and have the great honor to stand on the bema with Rabbi White, Rabbi Gordon and the Cantors Schwartz.
As an Avaya business partner, I design, sell and maintain Business Communications Systems, providing voice and data solutions that help businesses grow and remain competitive.
Some of my interests are running, which I do almost every day at the Roslyn High School track. I participate in many of the Village of East Hills and Roslyn School District activities, as well as helping with my Fairfield Park Civic Association.
I am interested in antiques including old radios and cameras. I have a rare collectible Vintage 1979 Beetle convertible which has been restored to its original condition.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because my family and I feel welcome and valued.
I joined Temple Sinai in 2011 after being invited to a friend’s Bat-Mitzvah. Growing up in a conservative temple, I never considered joining a reform temple. But after experiencing Temple Sinai, Rabbi White and the warmth that was pulsing through the room, I knew it was the right place for my family.
Throughout the years of our membership, Temple Sinai has given our family so much. The care and commitment that went into preparing my son Jonathan for his Bar Mitzvah this past March was absolutely amazing. The teen programs were nothing short of transformative for my daughter Alexis, who will be entering her senior year at Jericho High School this year. I joined Temple Sinai hoping for the best, but now I stay at Temple Sinai knowing I have the best!
Throughout my life I have worked in a few different careers, retail, real estate, stockbroker, but it wasn't until I was in my thirties that I found my passion...children. At 37 years old with a 3 year old daughter and one on the way, I decided to go back to school. Two years later I received my Masters of Education from Fordham University. I worked passionately for 11 years as a pre-school teacher and really loved it.
I am an avid skier, hiker, nature lover, and reader.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because, here, I feel a sense of community. Connectedness, acceptance, inclusion, and support are words I would use to describe my experience at Temple Sinai, and, more importantly, they are part of my interpretation of being Jewish. When I need an ear for listening or have difficult decisions to consider, I look to my community at Temple Sinai. For these reasons and more, it has been extremely important for me to give back.
My husband, Ken, and I joined Temple Sinai in 2010, when my children were in the nursery school. I immediately became involved with the Nursery committee. Now, I serve on the Education committee. My children drive our experience at Temple Sinai. They have their own relationships with the clergy and educators, and they want to be here. Within the temple’s walls, I am an involved parent, an advocate for my children and our community, and I have developed deep friendships that are meaningful and rewarding.
Outside of Temple Sinai, I have a busy professional life. I work as a career counselor, speak frequently on career issues, teach professional development courses, and am an author of a career textbook.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it is a second home. It becomes a peaceful way station during the turbulent week. It is a place where I am welcomed by our clergy and fellow congregants and can fulfill my needs to work and help others.
I have been a member since 1987 and always enjoyed being at the Temple. I recently was elected President of the Brotherhood. Through my involvement with Brotherhood I was asked to become a Trustee of the Temple. It is with great joy and a sense of pride that I wear the badge as a Trustee of Temple Sinai.
My wife, two daughters and I moved to Roslyn in 1987. My wife grew up at Temple Sinai. Her parents were married in the Rabbi's study in 1965. In 1976 we were married in Temple Sinai; in 2006 Rabbi White performed the marriage my older daughter. Her daughter, Danielle was named in Temple in November 2014. So you see Temple Sinai is really our second home filled with wonderful memories, great milestones and many friends.
I enjoy my family, golf (I had to say family first) and all types of outdoors activities and am one of the Principals of a Retained Executive Search Firm with primary offices in Manhattan.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because I identify with Reform Judaism and it is my Reform Temple. Being President of Friend of a Friend Chaverot and a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai provides me with the opportunity to give back to my Temple Family.
Reform Judaism has been part of my life since childhood. Growing up, my parents were avid Temple supporters. I was Bat Mitzvahed and Confirmed at Temple Sholom of Floral Park, and we were active members of Temple Emanuel of East Meadow for 17 years prior to moving to Roslyn Heights.
My husband Stuart and I were married at Temple Sinai and joining this congregation was a priority when we moved here. Our daughter Robin celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation at Temple Sinai.
As a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, I worked with Speech and Language Impaired children before starting my own consulting company that provided Communication Therapy for Autistic and Intellectually Disabled adults.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it has always been familiar and continues to be a home for our family.
My relationship with Temple Sinai goes back to high school when my parents joined the congregation. My brothers were bar mitzvahed here and my daughter Cara Greene participated from Nursery school and up. My mother enjoyed serving on the board and made lifelong friends here. A few years ago, my husband Joshua Greene and I traveled to Israel on temple trip led by Rabbi White. While on the trip we became acquainted with many active members of the congregation which reaffirmed the reason for our close ties to the Temple.
Professionally, I am the President and Owner of Fortunoff Jewelry. My career started there and after the family business was sold, I re-opened my own boutique and website, Fortunoff Jewelry on Old Country Road in Westbury. I enjoy the jewelry business and searching for new and unique pieces of jewelry that people will cherish and pass down through their family.
My outside interests are in the arts, women's issues, archeology and history. I support and serve on the boards of The Safe Center of Long Island, Mabou Mines Theatre Company and The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust testimony at Yale University.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is a place where both social and religious needs are fulfilled. It is a warm and caring community.
I have been a member of Temple Sinai since 2000 and have served as co-chair on the ushering committee for a number of years as well being a member of the religious affairs committee.
I am married to Caryn Selick and both of our children have attended and completed Hebrew school.
I have an MBA in finance and am employed as a pension actuary. But in my spare time, I like to play and watch sports, swim and spend time with family.
Leslie Hirsch, Legal Counsel
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it brings me closer to our heritage and our traditions and keeps me connected to our community.
My parents were very active in our synagogue when I was growing up. I want to follow in their footsteps and hopefully my children will follow in mine. I have been married for over 20 years to Doug Hirsch and have 2 sons; Evan who is 16 and Andrew who is 14.
My family has resided in Old Westbury since 1997 and we joined the temple in 2007.
I am an attorney and I work at a firm which my partner and I began together. We practice personal injury and medical malpractice primarily in the Bronx.
In my spare time, I like playing tennis and golf, working out, reading, cooking and traveling.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is my spiritual home and my “second home” (because I seem to spend so much time here!) I am a regular Saturday morning Minyan member; I study Hebrew and attend as many of the Adult Learning courses as I can during the year. And now I am proud to be a member of the Board of Trustees, hoping to make my Sinai even bigger and better.
My husband and I joined Temple Sinai shortly after we moved to Roslyn, 54 years ago. I am a fourth generation Reform Jew.
I became involved in Temple Sinai when our twin daughters attended nursery school here, as did their two younger sisters. We all attended Friday night services frequently and my daughters knew from the very beginning that this was a place to sit quietly and pay attention to the service. As they grew older they each became members of Junior Choir, went to Sunday school and were Bat Mitzvah, Confirmed and continued through high school here. Two of my daughters were married in the sanctuary.
One of my favorite projects was working on Project 613, writing our own Torah. I became an Adult Bat Mitzvah in 2007 and have continued studying Hebrew so that I can understand more of what I am reading. I volunteer for different projects and am often sitting in the library, stuffing envelopes or pasting on labels for the various mailings we send out. This a small way I feel I can “pay back” for all I get from this Temple.
Although I have a degree in fine art, my profession was raising a family, and later, working alongside my husband as his dental assistant. I remained in that job for twenty years until he retired and then I did too.
I love to paint in acrylic and oils and a few years ago, I took up stone sculpture. I love theater and I try to swim regularly at the JCC.
My Sinai is an integral part of my life, and always will be.
Michael Koblenz, Legal Counsel
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is my family’s Jewish home. I am very impressed with the Rabbis and Cantors who are dedicated and inspirational to the Community.
My wife Bonnie and I are very proud of the Jewish education our children Adam, Alexander and Elizabeth received at Temple Sinai.
I have been a board member at Temple Sinai for 14 years and serve as the Temple’s legal counsel.
As a partner in the law firm of Mound, Cotton, Wollan & Greengrass, my specialties include litigation and general corporate law; commodities, securities, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, director’s and officer’s liability cases, real estate, entertainment law, and regulatory matters.
I earned a B.A. at George Washington University in 1969, J.D. at American University and Washington College of Law in 1972 and an LL.M. at George Washington University National Law Center in 1974.
I have been the mayor of East Hills for the past 20 years; was a Trustee of Village of East Hills for 4 years before being elected as Mayor, and served two years as Deputy.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it is a place where I find comfort, diversity, friendship and prayer. Temple Sinai is my second home.
In 1980, I complained to the then Executive Director, Ed Cohen, about the behavior of the children attending services. He told me that if I wanted to make a change, I should get involved with the ushering committee. The rest is history.
As a child, in the 1950’s, I would come from Brooklyn to visit my Aunt and Uncle who belonged to Temple Sinai (they were one of the original members). When my wife Pam and I moved to Roslyn in 1978, naturally, we joined Temple Sinai.
Pam and I have four children, Robin, Andrea, Jason & Amanda who have given us eight grandchildren, Alexa, Max, Samantha, Julia, Lily, Mia, Sam and Jake.
By profession I have been an Insurance Broker since 1972 with our offices in Floral Park. Much of my free time is spent either doing woodworking, building furniture, plumbing and electrical work. I also enjoy running and have proudly completed 6 NYC Marathons including last year’s marathon when I was 71 years old.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because of the sense of peace I feel when I’m there. I became involved with Temple Sinai after going to an incredibly beautiful, and musical, Friday night service.
My husband and I have been Temple members for 19 years, first joining when our oldest son enrolled in the nursery school’s “Two’s” program. We live in Roslyn Heights with our 2 sons.
My professional career has largely been focused on Marketing, Strategic Planning and Business Management. I spent 19 years at Citibank, and am currently working for a financial services start up in Manhattan. I received my undergraduate and MBA degrees from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, yoga and traveling.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it is so warm and welcoming and there are many different ways in which the temple engages the community. There is truly something for everyone, and certainly for us.
My family and I joined Temple Sinai in 2012 when my son entered the 3rd grade. My husband Rob and I are the proud parents of Adam, age 11, and Eliza, age 7. I have served on Temple Sinai’s Auction Committee, The Interfaith Committee, and this past year served as Solicitation Committee Co-Chair for the Temple Auction.
In my professional career, I was a photo editor and art director for photography agencies including Getty Images. I was solely responsible for bringing a British Stock Photo Agency, Digital Vision, to the United States and establishing a creative presence for them, serving as Creative Acquisitions Manager and member of the company’s Executive Management Team.
I have been extremely active with charitable and outreach efforts within the community, including the SJJCC Auction Committee, and as a member of the JCC’s Marketing & PR Committee. I have been very active over the years raising significant amounts of money and soliciting donations for organizations such as: Baby Buggy, Cohen Children’s Medical Center, The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, The Roslyn Trinity CoOp, and Go With Courage.
In recent years, I have been a freelance photo editor, art director and proofreader, and now serve as Marketing Director for Intuistic LLC. I am also in the process of setting up a fashion line with my daughter Eliza called FRNG wear. We just launched our first product, the FRNG Sac.
I consider myself a spiritual person and enjoy reading spiritual books in my spare time. I feel a special connection with the temple and consider it my spiritual home.
I look forward to becoming more involved with the Temple going forward.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it works to fulfill the Jewish goal of Tikun Olam. The Torah encourages us to make this world a better place, but one individual alone can only do so much. Through working together in a supportive Jewish environment, we can accomplish great things. Rabbi White has been our senior Rabbi for over 15 years, and during this time he has led our congregation forward with wise guidance and love.
I have been a Temple member since 1999, initially joining to provide my children with a good Reform Jewish education. My participation in the Temple has included serving on the Membership Committee, being involved with the women’s group, Friend of a Friend, and volunteering at various events. From 2013-2015, I was privileged to be the secretary for Temple Board meetings.
I grew up in Flushing, Queens, and like most of my friends attended Queens College, where I majored in Education. I completed a Master’s in Education with a specialty in Media at Lehman College. For many years, my passion was dance, and I was lucky to have the opportunity to perform with an Off-Off Broadway dance company for one season.
I taught in Queens until retiring from teaching a few years ago. Now I enjoy tutoring part-time as well as traveling and keeping physically active. In 2009, I moved from Roslyn to Great Neck, and although I am no longer 10 minutes away from Temple Sinai, it is definitely worth the trip.
Liz Wiener Neale
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because… It's my "home away from home."
I am a third-generation member. My grandparents were members of the temple and my parents joined when they moved to Roslyn. When my husband and I moved here, we became members ourselves.
Temple Sinai has always been part of my life. My mom was President and my dad was very involved in Brotherhood. I volunteered at the Temple for community service during high school and I know what a wonderful place it is, so it wasn't a question of "why" to get involved and join the board, it was only a matter of time until I did.
Professionally, I am a public relations and marketing consultant. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because of the tremendously talented and dedicated clergy that serve the spiritual and educational needs of our local Jewish community coupled with the commitment of the professional staff, leadership, and countless volunteers that make the Temple and its programs such a success.
I was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. After settling in Denver, CO, my family moved to Fort Lee, NJ. I attended Tufts University, studied abroad at Oxford, and graduated with honors with a BA in Economics and International Relations.
I was also fortunate to meet my wife Lisa at Tufts. After graduation, Lisa and I moved to New York City and were married five years later. We moved to Roslyn in August 2004 with our daughter Mia, and have since added two boys, Benjamin and Jordan to the mix.
I have been a member of Temple Sinai for five years. This is my third year as a member of the Board of Trustees. I serve as Co-Chair of the Religious Affairs Committee as well as on the Finance Committee. My wife volunteers as Co-Chair of the Auction Committee.
During the week, I am Co-Founder and Managing Partner at my downtown NYC investment firm, RMR Wealth Management, where I work with families, foundations, and corporations, providing them with customized investment management and financial advisory services.
On the weekends, I am active with my kids' sports commitments both as a coach and a fan. In my “free time”, I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, and the occasional round of golf.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it has been my “home away from home” since I was a little kid. I feel so close to it that I even proposed to my wife, Ilissa, in the sanctuary!
I have been part of the Temple Sinai family literally since I was born. My grandparents joined the synagogue in its early years, and my dad served as its president while I was in Hebrew school. I always loved the Temple, but it wasn’t until after law school that I began to get involved in more meaningful ways when I founded Sinai in the City and joined the board.
I got involved for three main reasons:
- The temple has always felt like a “home” to me, and I love giving back to a community that has given me so much
- I feel a deep sense of connection to our faith each time I come to the Temple, which is very spiritually rewarding and gives me a sense of purpose
- Rabbi White and the Temple leadership have created a culture of inclusiveness and progress that fulfills our sacred obligation to seek tikkun olam, and I want to be part of it
After practicing law in the city, I traded in my suit and tie for a t-shirt and jeans to co-found a local farm-to-table business called OurHarvest (www.ourharvest.com). We bring all-natural, farm-fresh food directly to communities across Long Island and NYC (including Roslyn) at fair prices while helping farmers and fighting hunger at the same time. I’ve also dabbled in writing.
My outside interests include hopelessly rooting for the Mets, Jets and Islanders (but I’m a believer!); reading books; playing guitar; visiting museums; and spending time with family, friends and my wife.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is a welcoming community and offers a service where one can pause from their workweek and reflect on spiritual themes. The musical contributions by the Cantors at Temple Sinai make the services more enjoyable and meaningful.
I reside in Roslyn with my wife, Stacey, and daughter, Sydney, who recently had her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sinai.
My family has been members for five years. Although I attended Yeshiva as a child and was raised in a Conservative home, I have always been interested in the Reform movement and their commitment to tolerance and social activism. After high school I spent a year in Israel at Kibbutz Gesher Haziv with the Habonim Labor Zionist Youth Movement.
For the past twenty years, I have served on the Board of the Anne Frank Center and recently brought an exhibit to Temple Sinai. The Anne Frank exhibit was well received and used as a docent training program and Mitzvah project to teach the story of the Dutch Resistance during the Holocaust.
Professionally, I own a small business and serve on the Board of a company in the biotechnology industry.
For fun, I enjoy spending time with my family, bicycling and playing piano.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because of all the new relationships I've made over the past 20 years. The people I've met have made a positive impact on my life.
Warren and I have been married for 28 years (after dating for 6 years…a little afraid of commitment!). We have 3 children; Zach, in his 2nd year at Fordham Law, Nikki who will be graduating The University of Tampa in May and Perri, who is starting the University of Delaware. Warren and I will be empty nesters which is bittersweet for us. Believe it or not I'll really miss all the games, concerts and meetings at school!
We joined Temple Sinai in 1996 when Zach started Hebrew school. All my children have been Bar Mitzvahed by Rabbi White, continued on and graduated Hebrew High. All 3 of them were very involved during their high school years. Zach and Nikki were both on the Sorty board. Perri, along with her friend Allie, created Hand in Hand, a Hebrew High program that meets with children from the DHS homeless shelters twice a month.
I have been involved in "Friend of a Friend" since its inception and for the past 7 years have been the treasurer. Mitzvah Day is my passion and working along with Rabbi Gordon on this project has been such a great experience.
Warren and I own FIRST HAND TICKETS, a ticket broker company for all sports, theater and concerts locally and internationally.
In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and play throughout the year at Shelter Rock Tennis club.
Temple Sinai is My Sinai because it is where I belong. When I moved to Roslyn 11 years ago, I didn’t realize I would find my new home…not where I live in The Summit, but at Temple Sinai.
In the years leading up to my son Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah, I was inspired by Rabbi White’s tremendous wisdom, leadership and passion, along with the spirt and dedication of the entire Temple staff. I became a regular volunteer usher, joined the Brotherhood and got involved in Temple activities. I love being a part of the Temple Sinai community and am thrilled to be on the Board.
Professionally, I am a partner in two Long Island businesses…Creative Travel International, a full-service corporate and leisure travel agency, and Summer Study Programs, a leader in pre-college summer programs for high school students.
In my free time, I love going to the theater, sporting events and concerts, and most of all, I love to travel. I have been to all 50 of the United States and approximately 30 countries on 4 continents…I’m slowly working on the rest.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it's my home away from home, a place that's ways open armed and welcoming to everything and everyone.
I was born in London, England where my parents were founding members of the first United-Orthodox shul in the town of Bushy Heath Hertfordshire. When I was 9, we immigrated to The United States and settled in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1996, I moved to New York City where I met my husband Jon.
In the summer of 2013, my husband and I, along with our daughters Cydney, Jessica, and Lyla moved to Old Westbury. Looking for a Temple to continue my daughter’s Jewish education was a top priority. When I was introduced to Temple Sinai, I immediately felt at home. I was drawn to the Temple and have taken an active role since we joined.
I co-chair the nursery school, serve on Temple Sinai’s auction committee, and am honored to have been nominated for a position on the board. I look forward to celebrating many Mitzvahs with my Temple Sinai Family.
Hospital for Special Surgery and Epidermolysis Bullosa Foundation are two charities I actively support. I serve on the Wheatley Schools PTA committees, enjoy playing tennis, and perform in local theater groups.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because the clergy is welcoming, caring and supportive in both good times and challenging moments. Rabbi White and Rabbi Gordon inspire me with their knowledge, dedication and insights, and the Cantors Sergei and Elena Schwartz soothe my soul with their beautiful voices. I always enjoy the Friday night services.
My family joined Temple Sinai in 1999. Our son attended Hebrew School, became a Bar Mitzvah and graduated from Hebrew High. Temple Sinai is our home away from home.
I have always enjoyed attending the numerous social, religious, charitable and educational activities offered. I continue to participate in the Book Club, Mitzvah Day, the Women’s Intergenerational Seder and Wine, Women and Wisdom. I have always been impressed with the hard work and time commitment of the various temple members as they bring timely and important events to Sinai. I look forward to my collaboration with temple leaders and committee members as the new president of Friend of a Friend.
I am retired now, but I began my career as a Teacher of the Hearing Impaired at Lexington School for the Deaf. I became certified as a speech pathologist while working at the New York League for the Hard of Hearing. My next job was at Scarsdale High School where I worked as a teacher of the Hearing impaired and a speech pathologist, eventually becoming the department chairperson of special education.
During my free time I enjoy reading, yoga, going to the beach and playing golf.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because when I walk through the doors, the rest of the world is left behind and I know that I’m in a place where I can be myself and be welcomed unconditionally.
I joined Temple Sinai in 1989. I became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2013. After many years devoting my non-work time to various civic and educational causes, I felt it was time to serve and give back to Temple Sinai. In addition to serving on the Board, I enjoy singing in the adult community choir. I have found working with Cantors Sergei Schwartz and Elena Schwartz to be immensely rewarding. I have also applied my musical abilities to helping write the Purim spiel for the past two years, which is a great deal of fun.
In the secular world, I am an attorney with a practice limited to transactional real estate matters.
When I am not working, either at my profession or for the Temple, I enjoy golf, reading and playing the piano.
Honorary Trustees (Past Presidents)
Ilene Barshay, Legal Counsel
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is my home away from home. My family joined more than 40 years ago because our then two year old twin boys (and not yet born daughter) were ready to register for classes and for nursery school. Today, those children themselves are the parents of children who range in age from 3 to 19.
It has been my privilege and honor to be able to give as much as I can to my Temple Family because it has given so much support to my family. But time passes quickly and I find myself a past President of the Temple, a former member of many search committees, including the search for Executive Director, Cantors, Educators and Assistant Rabbis. In fact, I co-chaired the committee which ultimately selected Rabbi White to be our inspirational Senior Rabbi. Our clergy, who are wonderful, offer guidance and support; and make Temple Sinai a place where congregants feel welcome and engaged. My role as counsel and honorary trustee has changed little over the years and I continue to provide legal expertise and advice when asked.
My professional career was dedicated to the practice of public interest law. I was a Professor at Touro Law School, serving as an editor of Touro’s Law Review and Chairman of the school’s Jewish Program Committee. I received the Touro Law School’s Paul Marks Public Interest Award on two occassions.
For 15 years, I served as a member of New York’s Law Guardian Advisory Committee, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department which appoints Law Guardians and sets standards for lawyers who represent children involved in Family Court proceedings. I authored "The Implications of the Constitution's Religion Clauses on New York Family Law".
As a Community activist, I continue to volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Safe Center of Long Island, formerly known as Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I spend my spare time with my fabulous husband, 3 spectacular children and 7 adorable grandchildren.
I am so proud of my family and my Temple Family.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it spans the generations and is the essence of Reform Judaism.
I joined Temple Sinai because of its great Nursery and Religious Schools and because of the outstanding Clergy and lay leadership. I got involved because I made so many wonderful friends who were already involved and I wanted to join them in helping the Temple fulfill its mission.
I served as Temple Sinai Brotherhood President from 1995-1998 and as Temple President from 2005-2007. During my tenure as President, Temple Sinai of successfully completed the largest renovation and building project in its history.
I have been married for over 32 years to Lisa Berman, an accomplished actress and singer in community theatre on Long Island. We are the proud parents of Jeremy, Rebecca and Ben.
I am currently the Receiver of Taxes in the Town of North Hempstead. I grew up in Lawrence, NY and have been a resident of Roslyn Heights and a member of the Temple since 1988.
I love the Mets and college football and I always root for Penn State and Northwestern.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is a home away from home; there when you need it, want it, and are looking for solace. It is a place to feel connected.
Temple Sinai is an integral part of my life. I have been active on the Religious School committee, Adult Education, and was a founding member of the Chai Society. Most recently, I had the privilege of serving as President of the Temple. It was very rewarding to see the Temple grow and help make Temple Sinai an even more engaging community, with services, programming and educational opportunities relevant to each and every congregant.
My wife Marjorie and I were married by Rabbi Kahan, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sinai and senior Rabbi of the congregation for eighteen years. Our children became B’nei Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple Sinai. Our family includes Jennifer and her son, Paul, Steven and his wife Diana, and their two children, Zelda and Spencer. Margie’s parents, Bobby and Ed Steiner, have been members of Temple Sinai for more than 52 years.
In my professional life, I publish educational materials for public, charter, and private schools and educational institutions. I have worked with educational publishers, school districts, and financial groups and assessed and instructed students with learning and reading disabilities. I have authored several series of educational materials and have been a keynote speaker and presenter at many international, national, state, and local organizations and school systems.
For the past several years I have been at RALLY! Education, LLC, an educational publishing company, which addresses standards-based, classroom-focused assessment and instructional materials for schools, both in print and electronic forms.
I love to read, enjoy politics, go to theater, and participate in watching my grandkids play sports. I do other things as well as long as they are fun and make me laugh.
Irwin A. Cantor
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is an association which has given me deep pleasure and contentment and for me, is a “relationship made in heaven”. I know I will maintain my relationship with the Temple and my Temple friends through the balance of my life.
I joined Temple Sinai about 47 years ago. It never occurred to me not to join a Temple when I moved to Roslyn. After reviewing the possibilities, I saw that Temple Sinai was an easy choice. It seemed to possess the characteristics to satisfy each member of my family and indeed, it did. We all benefitted in so many ways that I cannot visualize my life without Temple Sinai.
When the Temple needed a new treasurer, and my wife, God bless her soul, volunteered me for the position.
In my working life, I was the senior partner of a CPA firm, ultimately sold the practice and became a professional trustee, executor and investment advisor.
But my real love is to vacation with my grandchildren and my companion.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because I love sharing sacred moments with my Temple Community.
My wife Ann and I joined the Temple in the summer of 2001, and have never looked back. We have become active members of the Temple along with our children Aaron and Sara. I have recently taken the position of President of Temple Sinai and consider it to be a privilege to work towards the betterment of our Temple family.
I became more involved as a volunteer after my father’s death from cancer in 2003. I was already engaged in community leadership roles within the Village of East Hills and believed that my skills could be useful within the Temple community that helped me through his passing. I’ve served the Temple as Brotherhood president, and committee lead for marketing, membership and administration. I served as Vice President for four years prior to becoming president.
Since 2013, I have been the Director of Marketing Information & Insights for Astoria Bank here on Long Island, after creating and leading innovative marketing analytics teams for Citibank for a number of years. I have extensive experience in consumer financial services.
My outside interests include family and photography and I take lots of pictures on family outings and vacations!
I take my civic responsibility seriously and have been president of my civic association, a member of the Park at East Hills Oversight committee and other volunteer programs within the Village of East Hills.
I am on the corporate board for the Long Island Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and am proud to have completed six half marathons around the country while raising valuable funds and awareness for the mission of the CCFA.
Dr. Steven Goodman
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it provides our entire family with a sense of belonging and joy and is a constant source of strength, spirituality and Jewish learning.
I had the honor of being President of Temple Sinai from 1994-1996 where my family and I have been active members for 30 years.
My wife Sheri and I have been married for 45 years and we currently reside in Port Washington. Sheri is a social worker, and past president of Temple Sinai’s Sisterhood. Our two children, Seth and Rebecca, grew up at Temple Sinai. Our grandson Jack attends the Temple Sinai Nursery school, and we hope that our granddaughter Jenna follows his lead!
I have an MA in Psychology as well as Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Prior to my retirement in 2013, I spent 50 years of service at the Samuel Field YM&YWHA. Over my tenure, I held almost every conceivable role in the agency from Camp and After School Counselor, to Program Director, Assistant Director and Executive Director. From 1994-2014, I served as the Y’s Executive Vice President and CEO.
I have taken on many leadership roles in the broader Jewish community and have served on and chaired many important committees and task forces for UJA-Federation of New York.
Now that I am retired, I have some time to enjoy my family and community. I love to read and learn, spend time with friends and help Temple Sinai and our wonderful congregation in any way that I can.
Barbara M. Kessler
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it has helped guide me on my Jewish journey, providing comfort, community, learning, spirituality and opportunities to give back as those needs have evolved throughout each stage of my adult life. Temple Sinai has been there for me and for my family and has helped each of us develop our own relationship to Judaism and synagogue life.
My husband and I joined Temple Sinai back in 1984 when my first child was ready to go to Nursery School. We were not necessarily looking for a Jewish pre-school. We wanted a place where children could be children, where their creativity was nurtured, where learning took place through play and where we got the right vibe. When I was interviewing the Nursery School Director (way before our wonderful Debbie came to Temple Sinai), one of the teachers came into the Nursery School Director’s Office. She was warm, friendly and covered in paint. When the then Director asked her why she looked the way she did, the teacher replied, “We are painting!” I loved that response and a place where playfulness was valued. I signed up immediately and never looked back.
I first became involved with Temple Sinai about 5 years later. By that time my son was in Sinai’s Religious School and my daughter was in Temple Sinai’s Nursery School. We found the school programs to be good but we really did not have a community at Sinai. My father died suddenly between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I had no idea about what to do. Although it was early in the morning and the Temple was not yet open, I called the Temple. Within 5 minutes, the then Executive Director called me back and said, “Mamala, I am so sorry. Don’t worry. We will help and be here for you.” They were and have continued to be there for us throughout the years of our lives.
I became more involved at that point so I could give back to the community that gave so generously to us. I have co-chaired the Education and Adult Education Committees, participated in Mitzvah Days and served two terms on the Temple Board. I joined the Executive Board in 2006 and served as Temple President from 2009-2011. Being President of Temple Sinai was one of the most meaningful things that I have done in my life so far.
I was an attorney and business woman for 25+ years when I realized that I wanted to do something else that was more meaningful to me personally. I retired from law and went back to school to receive training as a life and career coach. I use my skills to assist professional women who are at a career crossroads and are ready to take their “next step”--whether they’re trying to grow as a leader, seeking a promotion, changing careers or companies, or considering a return to the workplace.
I still participate in a number of non-profit organizations and love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy walking on the beach, in the forest or around the neighborhood, gardening and cooking. Most of all, I can’t wait to start sharing the joys of life and laughter with my baby granddaughter, Talia.
Richard C. Laskey
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because, like the original Sinai, it is for me a place of revelation, reconnection, rumination and rejoicing. Though I am the great-grandson of an Orthodox rabbi, I was raised on Long Island in the Reform tradition and am comfortable with the traditions and tenets of progressive Judaism.
I first became personally involved in Temple life when I began attending the Saturday morning Minyan (Torah study) shortly after my younger son became a bar mitzvah. I suppose I could say that I have attended the minyan religiously since 1993.
Because someone asked me personally, I became involved in social action, working as a Mitzvah Day captain at the first annual Mitzvah Day and a couple of years later, with Amy Kula, becoming the Mitzvah Day leaders. We did that for more than five years.
I “represented” the Minyan on the Assistant Rabbi (ARab) search committee in 2000 and, shortly thereafter, was elected to the Board of Trustees. I served as Temple President from 2007-09.
Now, as a retiree, I devote a substantial number of hours to representing Temple Sinai on the “Strategy Committee” of Long Island CAN (Congregations, Associations & Neighborhoods), a faith-based community organizing affiliate of Industrial Areas Foundation.
I am an active member of the Steering Committee of Reform Jewish Voice of New York, the statewide lobbying arm of the Reform movement. I utilize my significant lobbying experience as a representative of the NYS District Attorney’s Association during my thirty-plus years as a state prosecutor.
I also find the time to assist my wife, Abbie, a retired middle school English teacher, who teaches a ten-week course on Holocaust & Jewish Resistance to Temple Sinai’s 6th graders and their parents.
I enjoy exploring our world, in general - and the Jewish world, in particular - through travel, hiking and reading.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is my place of peace and learning and it is where our children received their wonderful Jewish educations.
I have been a member of Temple Sinai since the early 70’s and served as President from 1981 to 1983.
I graduated from Ohio State University in 1955, and immediately started working in the apparel industry. I was in my own business for more than 35 years, and travelled all over the world. In 1972 my family and I moved to Hong Kong, and during those two years, my oldest son became a Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue built by the Sassoon family.
I returned to New York in 1974. In 1991 I joined Jones New York Apparel Group, and in 2001 became executive Vice President of manufacturing. I retired in 2005. Two years later I became a consultant for Ralph Lauren for a year. I am currently doing consulting work for various apparel companies.
My wife, Mary and I live in Port Washington. We share six children and eleven grandchildren.
I have been an avid fly fisherman for most of my life. I enjoy Opera, theatre, classical music, Chinese cooking, travel, and reading.
Daniel S. Reich
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it is where I feel at home.
My family joined Temple Sinai when I was a child, and I became a Bar Mitzvah here. I was inspired to become active in my Jewish community after competing in the 1973 Maccabiah Games in Israel and because I feel strongly about Jewish continuity. I wanted to make a difference.
I am in the textile industry, in a business started in 1899 by my great-grandfather. I enjoy my family, travel and following my favorite sports teams.
David M. Schwartz
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because we are a caring community that has a unified voice in ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people on Long Island. We have proven to be the connective force of all religions and we bridge the gap in order for all people of every faith to live together as neighbors in peace. Temple Sinai serves as a refuge for people on an emotional and spiritual and religious level but also served as a physical refuge during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene for our community members who were cold and needed a place to go.
My wife Heather and I, along with our daughters Courtney and Brooke joined Temple Sinai in 2003. I immediately connected with Rabbi White, who is both dynamic and insightful. My interest in having “Big Speakers” lecture to our community led me to join the Adult Ed committee early on. After serving as Vice-President and Executive Vice-President, I was elected President of Temple Sinai in 2011.
Some of the highlights of my presidency included hiring Cantor Sergei Schwartz, Rabbi Andrew Gordon as Associate Rabbi and Elena Schwartz as Education Director. We replaced the organ with a beautiful new baby grand piano and tore out the old sound system with a new state of the art system. We hosted President Bill Clinton as our Distinguished Lecturer to a sellout crowd of 1800 people.
By profession, I am an attorney concentrating in Litigation and Lobbying/Government Affairs, and am a co-founding Partner at Gotham Government Relations and Communication. As a regular guest legal commentator for the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Headline News, WABC News, WPIX News, Fox Morning Show, Tru TV and for the ESPN morning show, I offer my legal analysis and expert opinion on criminal cases, political issues, constitutional issues and civil cases.
My interests are in family, politics, and sports …Go Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Islanders!
Carol Biener Weinstock
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because I grew up in the Temple Sinai culture. Friday nights were special because the family all went to Shabbat Services. The Temple has had a profound influence on my life as my parents; Martin and Phyllis Biener were founding members of my “Second Home”. It literally became my second home during my tenure as President. I helped raise millions of dollars for the Temple’s construction and new renovation which included a new catering hall, kitchen, interior design, nursery school additions and the Feinstein Educational Center.
My husband Stanley and I have 3 wonderful children and 6 fantastic grandchildren. Our daughter Caryn and her husband live in California but their heart is here at Temple Sinai. Our sons Jason and Andrew and their wives have followed in our footsteps of calling Temple Sinai their home. They have all been named at Temple Sinai and have gone through the entire educational program successfully.
Jason and Andrew have followed their grandfather’s 50 year tradition of blowing the shofar. Each year, the great Tikah Gedolah gets stronger as their commitment to Temple Sinai grows. Their grandfather’s influence has been profound and I am proud of my 93 year old Dad who still lifts the Torah on Yom Kippur.
My husband and I own a family business; Biener Audi which was started in 1929 by my grandfather. We have all enjoyed many adventures in the automobile business including racing cars at Roosevelt Raceway.
I have many unusual interests, including building our country dining room table. What does a nice Jewish girl get for Mother’s Day? An electric table saw! I also enjoy snow skiing, roller blading and playing with my grandkids…the greatest gift of all.
Howard J. Weisler
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it has provided a Jewish “home away from home” for the past thirty seven years for Marilyn, me and our son Adam and daughter Erica. The Temple has been there for us through the happy times and provided the necessary support and solace during the sad times. Through our Temple Sinai affiliation, we have established some wonderful long term friendships.
We moved to Roslyn Heights from Queens with two young children and were looking for a synagogue that would encourage family participation and be welcoming. After we visited a few neighboring synagogues, our "hands down" decision was to join Temple Sinai.
Our family regularly attended Sabbath services and soon established relationships with the Temple's clergy and leadership. I was invited to join a committee. I served on many other committees, became a Temple officer, and ultimately, had the honor to serve as the Temple's President from 1993 to 1995. After my Presidency, I have continued to remain active as an honorary trustee, serving as the Chair of the Temple's House and Building which oversaw the recent expansion and modernization of our Temple's facilities.
I am the proud grandfather of Rachel almost seven and Leah almost 5. My wife Marilyn (my bride of 50 years plus) and I are thrilled that our children have enrolled both of our granddaughters at Rodeph Shalom Day school where they are getting a wonderful Jewish and Secular education.
I am an attorney by education, but have been involved in my own business for the past 46 years.
Temple Sinai is my Sinai because it afforded me the opportunity to be its President and immerse myself in its caring and loving activities and traditions.
My parents were members of Temple Sinai while I was growing up and when I moved back to Roslyn, my husband Hank and I were quick to join. My children Liz and Andrew went to Nursery school as well as religious school and learned to love the Temple as much as we all do. When it was time to choose a nursery school for my grandchildren, Temple Sinai was the obvious choice.
Many members of my family belong to the Temple. We feel very close to the Rabbis, Cantors and Professional staff.
I was fortunate to serve as the Temple's president from 2001-2003 and today I remain engaged as an Honorary Trustee of the Board of Directors.