John Horowitz, President
Since moving to Park Slope in 2002, John and his family have been involved with CBE. His younger son attended the ECC, and both of his children completed their Jewish education at CBE. His wife, Teri, has served on various committees including development, Yachad and Chesed. Professionally, John is a senior executive with a commercial real estate brokerage firm. He is well-versed in evaluating real estate, working with various contractors and tradesmen, and understanding the real estate financing market. He also spent a number of years practicing corporate law at a major Manhattan firm.
Leslie Lewin, Executive Vice President
Originally from Boston, Leslie and her husband Nick moved to Brooklyn in 2007 and became involved with Brooklyn Jews before joining CBE in 2010. Both of their children attended ECC–where some of their most meaningful friendships were formed–and are current Yachad students. Leslie currently chairs the Yachad Parent Committee. She has spent the past two decades working at Seeds of Peace, a global nonprofit focused on leadership development and conflict resolution, serving the past decade as Executive Director. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Jonathan Gertman, Vice President
Jonathan joined CBE following the combination with Union Temple and is thrilled to be part of the future of CBE. Having grown up in Shaker Heights Ohio as a “clergy kid”, he now lives in Park Slope with his wife, Zoe, and their adopted schnauzer-terrier Babka. Professionally, Jonathan leads The NRP Group’s New York City office, originating and overseeing market rate and affordable development. He is responsible for the company’s development efforts in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Jonathan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, from which he holds a degree in Urban Studies with a minor in Urban Real Estate from the Wharton School of Business. He has served as a past president of the Young Leadership division of the Jewish National Fund, former member of the Young Leadership board of the Conference of Presidents, and is a member of the board of the Enterprise Community Partners Gotham Society as well as Neighbors Together, a Brooklyn based food bank.
Tomer Inbar, Vice President
Tomer lives in Park Slope with his wife and their three children, all of whom are active and involved in life at CBE. Since joining the congregation in 2009, CBE has become a central and consistent part of their lives. Tomer was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s in Japanese literature from Cornell University and a J.D. and LL.M in tax from New York University. Professionally, Tomer is a partner with the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, where his practice focuses on representing tax-exempt organizations, including many religious organizations. He has served on a number of boards of nonprofit organizations.
Lisa Lieberman, Vice President
Lisa and her family have been members of CBE for over 20 years. Her volunteer service at CBE began as co-chair of the ECC Committee, when her two, now-grown, daughters were in school there. As a Vice President of the congregation, Lisa supports human resource related projects and has headed up several leadership search committees. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and holds M.B.A./M.P.H. degrees from Columbia University. Lisa is a hospital executive and has spent much of her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she has held positions in outpatient operations, large scale strategic project management and development, and most recently as Senior Director, Supply Chain and Sustaining Care Services Operations.
Aaron Miller, Treasurer
Aaron and his wife Rachel have been active members of CBE since being welcomed through Shir L’Shabbat in 2016. They have three children, all of whom are either currently enrolled or attended ECC. Aaron has served on the ECC Committee and Finance Committee and as a volunteer for CBE’s Respite Shelter. He grew up attending Temple Hesed in Scranton, PA and is a proud alum of URJ’s Camp Harlam. Professionally, Aaron is Senior Counsel at Broadridge Financial Solutions and a graduate of Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Tsinghua University.
Joanna Pressman, Secretary
Joanna grew up in Manhattan and has been a Park Slope resident since 2004. Joanna serves on CBE’s Nominating and Governance Committee. She, her husband, and their daughter (a Yachad student) have been CBE members since 2013. Joanna is the General Counsel of the Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. At Robin Hood, Joanna advises the staff and board on a wide range of legal matters affecting the organization, including corporate governance, employment, intellectual property and business contracts. Prior to joining Robin Hood, Joanna worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Joanna received a J.D. from New York University and an A.B. from Harvard.
The Board of Trustees works with CBE’s clergy and staff leadership to manage CBE’s affairs and steward our future. Our board meets every month from September through June.
Board members are selected by the Nominating Committee and elected at the Annual Meeting in June. CBE’s Board of Trustees has a group of standing committees designed to support CBE’s operations and expand and train lay leadership. These leadership committees are board led, and have specific responsibilities and goals. Our current standing board-led committees are Buildings, Children and Family, Development, Finance, Membership and Engagement, Nominations and Government, and Ritual. If you are interested in learning more about any of these committees or about lay leadership at CBE, contact Maribeth Batcha, Director of Membership and Engagement by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt has lived in Brooklyn since 2006 and currently resides in Prospect Heights with his wife and daughter. His family joined Union Temple in 2019 and are regular participants in Shir L’Shabbat at CBE. Matt spent many happy summers at URJ Eisner Camp, and has been a youth educator at congregations in Washington, Albany and Brooklyn. Professionally, he serves as director of communication and policy for a New York State Senator, where he crafts messaging and strategy to advance an ambitious legislative agenda. Matt sits on the leadership committee of the Brooklyn Eagles (the Brooklyn Public Library’s group for young professionals) and is president of his co-op board. Born and raised in Manhattan, Matt attended public schools and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He holds a BA from George Washington University and an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Robin, her husband, and her son have been CBE members for about 14 years. She is a Co-Chair of CBE’s Dismantling Racism Team (DRT), a DRT representative to the Brooklyn Justice Advocacy Coalition, a CBE Ritual Committee member, a Shabbat morning services regular, and a past Yachad Parent Committee member. Her son became a bar mitzvah after attending the ECC, After School Program, CBE Elementary Day Camp, and Yachad. Robin has been a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase since 2013. Earlier in her career, she was New York State’s Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice; an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief/Acting Chief of Appeals in the Southern District of New York Criminal Division; and a litigator at two international law firms. Her awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service and the New York City Bar Association Stimson Medal for outstanding career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She graduated from Columbia Law School and Cornell University. Robin has engaged in pro bono legal work throughout her career, most recently representing an asylum seeker in immigration proceedings, and previously served on the board of a non-profit organization.
Esta Bigler and her husband Charlie have been members of CBE for more than 30 years. Their children became b’nei 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.
Neil Corwin and his wife, Margery Cooper, have been members of CBE since 1998. They have two adult children, Emily and Matt, who both attended Hebrew school and had their b’nei mitzvot at CBE. Most recently, Neil has served on the membership and engagement committee and the governance committee. He is also part of the “core team” seeking to grow CBE’s relationship with the Antioch Baptist Church community. Neil is an attorney who graduated from Amherst College and NYU School of Law. He is currently the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He has served in that office 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, 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.
Jack Frishberg has been a member of CBE for over 20 years and a member of the finance committee for over 10 years. Jack received a B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1984. Professionally Jack has over 30 years of banking experience. He lives in Park Slope with his two daughters both of whom attended Yachad and Hazakah and were B’nei Mitzvah at CBE. His wife, Leslie, is also an active member at CBE.
Ariella has lived in Brooklyn since 2006. She and her husband and their two daughters have been CBE members since 2007. Ariella has served on the CBE Covid Council and Philanthropy and Engagement Committees and co-chairs the Union Temple House Steering Committee. She is Partner and Founder of a private equity firm specializing in medical devices, InnovaHealth Partners, based in New York. Ariella is also on the Board of Trustees at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn where she is on the Finance Committee. Ariella received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. She went on to receive an M.B.A. from the Wharton School with a concentration in Health Care Management and an M.D. from the School of Medicine.
Rebecca is a native Brooklynite and almost a lifetime member of CBE. Having grown up at CBE, she attended the ECC, camps, after school, Hebrew School and youth group and also became bat mitzvah and was confirmed at CBE. While in graduate school, Rebecca taught Hebrew School, Academy and was the BESTY advisor. Rebecca volunteers on several committees, including Yachad and helping to support Shir L’Shabbat. Rebecca and her husband Eyal live in Ditmas Park with their two daughters, one is an ECC alumna and a current Yachad student and the other will be attending the ECC. Rebecca graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Near Eastern studies and Comparative Literature and has a MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Modern Jewish Literature. Professionally, Rebecca is an Executive Vice President at Toby & Company, a kids and baby accessories company.
Doris joined CBE as a Union Temple legacy member in 2021. As a member of the Union Temple community for forty plus years, Doris served on many committees (Ritual, Adult Education, Nominating, Rabbinic Search), was a trustee, secretary and then, from 2004 to 2011 president of the congregation. She was married and became a b’nei mitzvah at the temple. Doris was a teacher, a guidance counselor and then a supervisor and administrator of pupil personnel services for the NYC Department of Education. As a retiree, Doris has focused her volunteer activities on voter registration and food banks.
Tamar Renaud (French, Swiss, Brazilian) and her husband, Iain Levine (English, Irish) decided to drop some roots after years of global wanderings and confused national identity, finding their home at CBE in 2011. They have two children, Maya and Liam, who studied in Yachad and became madrichim. Tamar co-leads the Ritual Committee and a monthly havdalah in the park, was on the CBE COVID Council, and loves learning through CBE, be it on anti-racism, Israel, or anti-Judaism. Professionally, Tamar has spent her career in public health, and has worked with the UN, NYU-Langone, the NYC health department, and non-profit organizations, including one that she co-founded in Thailand.
Debbie lives in Park Slope with her husband Jonathan and two children. They have been members of CBE since 2013, though they were regular attendees at Shir L’Shabbat two years prior. Currently, Debbie is the chair of the Chesed Care Package Team. She has worked in senior executive roles in New York City and State government for two decades managing major agencies, policy portfolios and legislative issues. Previously, Debbie served as the Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor and as Chief of Staff at the New York City Office of Management and Budget. Prior to her work at the Mayor’s office, Debbie served as a senior staffer in the New York State Assembly, the New York City Council’s Health Committee and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. She also serves on the Foundation Board of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Debbie holds a B.A. from Washington University.
A born and raised New Yorker, Molly joined CBE in 2017 after becoming involved with the synagogue through Brooklyn Jews and the voter registration trip to North Carolina in summer 2016. She served on the Assistant Rabbi search committee, was a member of the Ritual Committee, was co-chair of the Philanthropy and Engagement Committee, and now is the co-chair of the Membership and Engagement Committee. Molly is the Associate Director of Humanities at BAM, where she organizes engagement programs for the work on BAM’s stages along with literary and ideas-based programming. She lives in Prospect Heights with her husband Zach.
Andrea was born in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. She is a 3rd generation Jewish Brooklynite on her Mom’s side, and a first-generation American on her Dad’s side. Since 1999 she has lived in Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, where she now resides. Andrea and her husband Mike have two children; the oldest began attending religious school at Union Temple in 2018. Andrea’s professional work is in education, spanning over 20 years of administrative experience in K-12 and higher education, non-profit organizations, and public agencies. Andrea’s career includes service at the New York City Department of Education developing a strategic vision and policy agenda for increasing postsecondary access and success for New York City public school students. In her current role as CUNY’s University Dean for K-16 Initiatives, Andrea supports partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) to help ensure that entering undergraduates are prepared for success. Andrea holds an Ed.D. in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in education from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
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 mitzvah 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.