Rob Raich, President
Rob Raich has been a Trustee at CBE since 2010 and is currently the board President. 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.
John Horowitz, Executive Vice 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.
Jennifer Ford, Vice President
Jennifer Ford and her husband have been active members of CBE since 2007. Both of their children attended the ECC and Yachad. Jennifer is a clinical psychologist, and after 17 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is now a Professor of Psychology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her primary research and clinical focus is on survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers and their families. Jennifer received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Jennifer lives in Park Slope with her husband and their two children.
Lisa Lieberman, Vice President
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.
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.
Jack Frishberg, Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.