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 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.
Lisa Lieberman, Executive 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.
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 Boerum Hill with his fiancé 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’nei mitzvot 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.
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 joined the CBE Covid Council and Philanthropy and Engagement Committees in 2020 and is a proud Yachad parent. She is the Co-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 the Co-Chair of 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.
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.
Gale and her family have been members of CBE since 2000. Her sons attended the ECC, Yachad, HS torah study, and became b’nei mitzvot at CBE. Gale served on the Yachad parent committee for many years, was a founding member of Get Organized BK and Indivisible Nation BK, and is now helping to coordinate CBE’s internal anti-racism work. Gale is a Managing Director at Duvernay + Brooks, an affordable housing development and real estate finance firm. She was previously a senior executive at the NYC Housing Partnership and has served on numerous affordable housing-related not-for-profit boards of directors. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Molly is an active member of Brooklyn Jews and Friday
night service attendee. She served on the Assistant Rabbi search committee and is currently a member of the Ritual Committee. Molly is the Humanities Manager at BAM, where she organizes discussions and classes to provide context for BAM’s productions along with literary and ideas-based programming.
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.
Marc Sternberg and his wife joined Congregation Beth Elohim in 2010 when they moved to Brooklyn. All three of their children attended the ECC program and now participate in Yachad. Marc currently serves as co-chair of CBE’s rabbi-educator campaign. Marc is the national director of the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 Education Program. He moved to New York City in 1995 to teach public school in the Bronx. Since then he has served as a high school principal, and then deputy chancellor at the New York City Department of Education and senior advisor in the mayor’s office. Marc earned a B.A from Princeton and a joint MBA and Masters in Education from Harvard, and served as a 2009-2010 White House Fellow.