This year’s Annual Meeting of the Membership will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM. in the Social Hall.

At this time, the slate of Trustees and Officers will be submitted for election by the Board. The slate of nominees was submitted by the Nominating and Governance Committee on April 29, 2019 and approved by the Board of Trustees on such date. You may view the slate below.

We hope all members will join us.

Meeting Agenda

D’var Torah
Welcome and Reflections
Slate and Election of Officers and Trustees
President’s Report
Finance Report
Executive Director’s Report
Rabbi’s Report
Installation of Board of Trustees and Officers
Moment of Remembrance
Slate of Trustees and Officers

I. Proposed Trustees

Class of 2022

Cindy Caplan
Jack Frishberg
Barbara Grossman
Joanna Pressman
Rob Raich
Esta Bigler*
Jeremy Schwartz*

Class of 2021

Neil Corwin*
Jonathan Spear*

*New Board Candidate

Continuing Trustees
Rachel Geballe
Randi Jaffe
Gale Kaufman
Danielle Mindlin
Jonathan Rosen
Molly Silberberg
Marc Sternberg

II. Proposed Officers

Rob Raich: President
Jennifer Ford: Executive Vice President
John Horowitz: Vice President
Lisa Lieberman: Vice President
Lou Mintz: Vice President
Jack Frishberg: Treasurer
Tomer Inbar: Secretary

III. New Trustee Bios

Esta Bigler

Esta Bigler and her husband Charlie have been members of CBE for more than 30 years. Their children became b’nai mitzvot and were confirmed at CBE. Esta has a long history of service to CBE. She has served on the Board of Trustees as a member and as a Vice President and as a member and chair of the Religious School and Nominating Committees. She has also served on Search, Kehillah and Finance Committees. Esta, a labor and employment lawyer is an extension faculty member at the Cornell ILR School. She directs the Labor and Employment Law Program and its Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative at ILR.

Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz and his husband joined CBE in 2018, having been part of Brooklyn Jews for the broader CBE community for several years. Jeremy is an active participant in CBE’s weekly torah study classes and the Lunch & Learn series, and he often attends Friday night services. Professionally, Jeremy is a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Park Slope. He is also an Adjunct Instructor and training consultant at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Jeremy and his husband live in Park Slope.

Neil Corwin

Neil Corwin and his wife, Margery Cooper, have lived in Park Slope since 1988 and have been members of CBE since 1998. They have two children, Emily (27) and Matt (24), who both attended Hebrew school and had their b’nai mitzvahs at CBE. Most recently, Neil has served on the committee that led to Matt Green’s selection as Assistant Rabbi and as a facilitator during the Israel education series. In 2019, he began serving on the Governance Committee. Neil is an attorney who graduated from Amherst College in 1981 and NYU School of Law in 1985. He is currently the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He joined that office in 1995 and has served as a “line” Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division, Chief of Civil Rights, and Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. In his current role, which he assumed in 2013, he oversees his office’s hiring and recruitment of attorneys. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he worked for the New York City Law Department in its Affirmative Litigation Division. Neil is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and a volunteer mediator at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Jonathan Spear

Jonathan Spear grew up in Queens, NY and has lived his entire life in New York except for a few years in Chicago and a few years in Stamford, CT. He and his wife Lisa Cowan have been living in Brooklyn since about 1998. They were founding members of Brooklyn Jews, and joined CBE in 2010 when their son started Yachad. They have celebrated both children’s b’nei mitzvahs with the community. He is a regular at Saturday morning and holiday services. Jonathan has been involved on the Ritual Committee that he now leads, and on search committees. Jonathan’s career has been in education, as a teacher, school administrator, and as co-Founder of Generation Schools Network, supported the launch of new schools and coaching of teachers and principals in existing schools; he now works as a consultant. He has served on the board of schools and other non-profits. He received a BA from the University of Chicago and a Masters from the Bank Street College of Education.

Proxy form
Every member of the Congregation is entitled to vote by proxy on any matter on which such member is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. To be valid, a proxy must be executed in writing by the member conferring the same and shall not be given to any person other than a member of the Congregation.

Proxy Form