Board

Jonathan Fried, President

Over more than three decades of membership, Jonathan Fried has been privileged to enjoy many simchas at CBE including his bar mitzvah, both of his daughters’ baby namings and b’nai mitzvot. He was first elected to the board in 2008 and has served on the Executive Committee and as Vice President for Nominations and Governance. He also served on the Yachad, Capital Campaign, and Ritual committees, and was a core member of the Mishkan Initiative. Since May 2011, Jonathan has been the General Counsel at the William F. Ryan Community Health Network, which provides affordable high-quality medical services to culturally diverse communities throughout Manhattan. He graduated from NYU Law School in 1997, and earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1989. He has been a Park Slope resident since kindergarten, attending P.S. 321, P.S. 107, I.S. 88 and Stuyvesant High School along the way. He lives in the South Slope with his wife and daughters.

Rob Raich, Executive Vice President

Rob Raich has been a Trustee at CBE since 2010 and is currently the Executive Vice President and Chair of the Development Committee, after several years as Treasurer. He co-founded Spears Abacus in 2007 where he serves as President, and functions as a portfolio manager, research analyst, and client advisor. Rob received a B.S. in accountancy from Arizona State University in 1992, his C.P.A. in 1994, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1998. Rob lives in Park Slope with his wife, who is also an active volunteer at CBE, and their two daughters, who are Yachad students.

Jennifer Ford, Vice President

Jennifer Ford and her husband have been members of CBE since 2007. Both their children attended the ECC and are now in Yachad. Jennifer chairs the Membership Committee and is the lay leader of an effort to make CBE more “audaciously hospitable.” She also serves on the Yachad Committee, working to plan the future of the program. Jennifer received her doctorate in clinical psychology and has been a pediatric psychologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since 2001. Her primary research and clinical focus is on survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers and their families.

Kathleen Henkel Raphael, Vice President

Kathy and her family have lived in Park Slope since 1984, when she and her husband joined CBE. They have always been strong financial supporters of CBE and have been involved in many programs. Their son became a bar mitzvah at CBE and also worked as a CBE camp counselor. Recently, Kathy retired as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources for Metlife.

Rosalee Lovett, Vice President

Rosalee and her husband have been members of CBE since 1987. Their children became b’nai mitzvot and were confirmed at CBE. Their grandson now attends the ECC. Rosalee has a long history of service to CBE. She has served on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Religious School, Day School, and Membership Committees and co-chaired the 140th anniversary event. She has served on a number of CBE Search Committees. She also helped launch the Sefer Torah Project. Rosalee spent more than 30 years on the business side of the publishing and information industry. She is retired from The Nielsen Company, where she was Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Louis Mintz, Vice President

Lou and his wife are both native New Yorkers who met in Telluride, CO. They became members of CBE shortly after moving to Park Slope in 1998. Their three children all attended CBE’s Early Childhood Center and Yachad. As a board member, Lou has served on CBE’s Journey Home Capital Campaign Committee, House Committee and Executive Director Search Committee. Lou is a Partner at J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle market private equity manager; he joined the firm in 1997 and has been a principal investor for more than two decades. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University where he received his B.A. in economics and public policy studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His professional experience also includes five years as a developer and project manager for the successful renovation of Telluride, Colorado’s historic landmark railroad district.

John Horowitz, Treasurer

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 are in Yachad. His wife served on the Yachad Committee. Professionally, John runs a commercial real estate brokerage firm and is well-versed in evaluating real estate, working with various contractors and tradesmen, and understanding the real estate financing market. He has also spent a number of years practicing corporate law at a major Manhattan firm.

Tomer Inbar, Secretary

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.

Trustees

David Axinn

David and his family have been members of CBE since 2001. David serves on the Nominations Committee and is an enthusiastic participant in the temple’s educational and volunteer opportunities. He has lived his entire life in New York City. On summer weekends, he sneaks up to Putnam Valley, New York, where his father officiates as de facto Rabbi of Temple Israel. David is a lawyer and compliance professional at Millennium Management, a large investment fund manager, and has previously served in various posts within New York State government, including eight years as an assistant attorney general.

Cindy Caplan

Cindy Caplan was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to New York in 1999 after graduating from McGill law school. Cindy and her husband moved to Park Slope in 2003, and CBE has played a central role in helping them build a community in Brooklyn. They sent their two daughters to the ECC and Yachad and they have collectively sat on various CBE committees, including the Development, Finance, and Governance Committees. Professionally, Cindy is an employment lawyer. Cindy provides pro bono legal counsel to CBE and other non-profit organizations.

Rachel Geballe

Rachel and her husband joined CBE in 2008 and have been active members of both Altshul and the larger CBE community, from Shir L’Shabbat to the ECC to Keshet to community-wide celebrations. Rachel is a staff attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services, working with Brooklyn homeowners in foreclosure or at risk for foreclosure who are fighting to save their homes with fair and affordable financing.

Barbara Grossman

Barbara and her husband have been members of CBE for more than 30 years. Their children all attended religious school at CBE and became b’nei mitzvot with the congregation. As Chair of the Development Committee, Barbara oversaw the Journey Home/Capital Campaign to restore the sanctuary and temple house. Barbara is a native of Philadelphia, a graduate of Bard College (B.A.) and the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa (M.F.A.). After a career in book publishing, she works now as a volunteer, with a focus on development. She is a Trustee of Bard College, and has served on the Boards of the Berkeley Carroll School and the Feminist Press.

Randi Jaffe

An active member of CBE since 1984, she has served as a Trustee, Chaired two women’s seders, and Co-Chaired the Youth Committee. She has also served on the Ritual, Early Childhood, and Religious School Committees and the Worship Task Force, organized fundraisers, and co-founded the first Rosh Chodesh study group. She was Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, a nearby Reform temple, for six years, and of Ansche Chesed, a bustling Conservative congregation on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for three years. She also worked at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU Hillel. Randi graduated from Barnard College with an A.B. in writing and literature, and from Columbia University with an M.A. in English literature. She and her husband are both native New Yorkers. They have two sons, both of whom became b’nai mitzvot and were confirmed at CBE.

Gale Kaufman

Gale and her husband have been members of CBE since 2000, when their eldest son started in the ECC. Both sons attended Yachad, Noar, CBE After School, and became b’nai mitzvot at CBE. Gale served on the Search Committee that recommended Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein to direct the Yachad program. She also served on the Yachad Committee for many years and, briefly, on the Finance Committee. Gale is a Managing Director at Duvernay + Brooks, an affordable housing development and real estate finance firm. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Gale has established and served on the boards of many not-for-profit housing corporations and was Mayor Bloomberg’s appointee to the Rent Guidelines Board for a four-year term. Gale was also Co-President of the PTA at Bard High School Early College Queens for two years. Since November 2016, Gale has been a very active participant with #GetOrganizedBK, serving on the Facilitator’s Committee and in one of the Working Groups, Indivisible Nation BK.

Lisa Lieberman

Lisa and her family have been members of CBE for 15 years. She served as Co-Chair of the ECC Committee when her two daughters were in school there. She was a Vice President of the congregation from 2007-2011, working on human resources and building and grounds related issues. She also sat on several Nominating Committees and Executive Director Search Committees.

Muriel Malka

A French national, Muriel moved to New York with her California-born husband in 1998. In 2005 they moved to Park Slope with their three young children and joined CBE. From Friday night services to weekly Yachad classes and after-school activities, CBE has been an important part of the family’s life since then. Professionally, Muriel is the Head of mergers and Acquisitions for Advance Publications, a privately held Media company based in New York City, which includes the Conde Nast international group of magazines (New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ etc.), local newspapers, cable and broadband distribution company Brighthouse and an interest in Discovery Communications. Prior to Advance, she was at NBC Universal and Merrill Lynch.

Danielle Mindlin

Danielle and her husband joined CBE in 2011, and since then CBE has become a central part of their lives. Their daughters attended the ECC’s dual-language program and Yachad. A Manhattan native, Danielle Mindlin moved to Brooklyn in 2003. She is a litigator at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where her practice spans a broad range of civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. She also maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on civil rights cases. Danielle received a J.D. from New York University and an A.B. from Brown. In between earning her degrees, Danielle lived in Berlin, where she studied and wrote about Jewish life in contemporary Germany. She has also led tours at the Tenement Museum in New York City.

Joanna Pressman

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.

Jonathan Rosen

Jonathan has lived in Park Slope since 2001. He and his wife and their two children have been CBE members since 2012. Jonathan joined the CBE Development Committee in 2016 and is a proud Yachad parent. Jonathan is a Principal and Co-Founder of BerlinRosen, a national public relations, strategic communications and digital creative firm of more than 100 professionals in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. At BerlinRosen, Jonathan heads up the firm’s strategic communications, crisis and media relations practices, serving as a senior communications strategist and advisor to major companies, organizations and candidates throughout the country. Jonathan is a graduate of NYU School of Law and serves on the Board of the Federal Defenders of NY – the federal public defender service for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY.

Carol Shuchman

Carol and her husband have been members of CBE for more than 20 years. Their three children became b’nai mitzvot at CBE and the youngest was a CBE camp counselor for several years. Carol has Chaired the CBE Chesed Committee and Co-Chaired the CBE Homeless Shelter. Carol is a real estate professional focused on how green initiatives can make properties and organizations more sustainable and cost effective. She has managed and leased office, retail, and lab space for large institutions (including the Port Authority of NY & NJ, Columbia University, & the Federal Reserve Bank of NY). As the first Director of Sustainability at the NY Fed, she developed and implemented an organization-wide sustainability program including initiatives, metrics, best practices, education and cross-functional teams.

Life Trustees

George Harris
Lyn Hill
Jules Hirsh
David Kasakove
Norman Levy
Charles Nathan
Donna M. Rosenthal Kolar, z”l
Paul Levy, z”l