Staff Directory

Clergy

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Cantor & Music Director

Cantor Josh Breitzer

Rabbi

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Matthew Green

Rabbinic Intern

Evan Traylor

Cantorial Intern

Jordan Goldstein

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Rabbi Emerita of Union Temple

Rabbi Dr. Linda Henry Goodman

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Rabbi Rachel Timoner is grateful and proud to serve as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She is honored to stand with families at the moments of greatest joy and deepest sorrow in their lives, and she is delighted to be part of a flowering of creativity, community, learning, spirituality, and action at CBE.

Her initiatives in recent years include a weekly class designed to get to the heart and meaning of the prayer experience, a rabbinic conversation on antisemitism, a study series on systemic racism in America, a weekly class about peoplehood and nationalism, a sukkah about the refugee experience, a dialogue and study series on Israel, a revival of CBE’s youth group, a partnership with Antioch Baptist Church to address racism and antisemitism in Brooklyn, and a Dismantling Racism Team which was part of the successful campaigns to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility and to win bail reform in the State of New York. She helped to launch RAC-NY and Reform California, two statewide efforts to bring Reform Jewish values to bear on core issues of our times, such as immigration, affordable housing, and racial profiling. In November 2016, Rabbi Timoner, in cooperation with City Councilmember Brad Lander, co-founded #GetOrganizedBK in CBE’s sanctuary, so that over the next two years, ten thousand Brooklyn neighbors came together to resist autocracy and protect human rights. In May 2022, she gathered 55 women rabbis of all denominations to meet with the mayor to change the face of Jewish leadership in New York. On any given Shabbat, you’ll find Rabbi Timoner speaking about our purpose as Jews and human beings, the moral challenges of our times, the ways we need each other, and awakening to the spiritual aspect of our lives.

From 2009 to 2015, Rabbi Timoner served as Associate Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, where she was a teacher of Torah and helped to develop the Shabbat Morning Minyan, Community of Elders, Spirituality Workshop, and Community Organizing Leadership Team that took on public transportation and economic justice.

Previously, Rabbi Timoner raised funds to rebuild the San Francisco Women’s Building; worked to mitigate the harm of welfare reform in California; and founded two leadership programs and a peer hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

She is a graduate of Yale University, received s’micha from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and was a Rockefeller Next Generation Leadership Fellow and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Rabbi Timoner serves on the board of the New York Jewish Agenda, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the New York Board of Rabbis, the UJA-Federation of New York, Plaza Community Chapel, Community Help in Park Slope (CHiPS), and the International Council of the New Israel Fund. She is a T’ruah chavera and is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program and the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training. She is the author of Breath of Life: God as Spirit in Judaism.

Click here to view Rabbi Timoner’s past High Holy Days sermons.

Email:rtimoner@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x206

Cantor & Music Director

Cantor Josh Breitzer

Cantor Josh Breitzer (he/him) has joyfully served Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim since receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011. He leads the community through prayer and song, teaches chanting and ritual skills to people of all ages, and helps turn special moments into sacred occasions. After more than a decade of his innovative cantorial stewardship, CBE has become a beacon of dynamic, pluralistic ritual activity, attracting international attention and growing to over 1000 member units.

Named by The Forward in its “Soundtrack of Our Spirit” series as one of the best new Jewish music voices, Cantor Breitzer has sung at concert halls and synagogues across the country. He appears throughout the PBS documentary “The Four Sons And All Their Sons: A Passover Tale” and helped create the New York Festival of Song’s acclaimed cabaret “A Goyishe Christmas to You” in which he has performed every year since 2010. Among his most influential mentors were Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, Cantor Lawrence Avery, and Dr. Jack Gottlieb, whose artistic legacy Cantor Breitzer continues to preserve and promote.

Cantor Breitzer proudly hails from mid-Michigan and spent formative summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, later earning voice degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Committed to inspiring the next generation of Jewish music makers, he was the founding conductor of HaZamir Brooklyn, a chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir, and has been on faculty at multiple URJ summer camps. He has presented classes at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the Academy for Jewish Religion, and at the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam, Germany.

As a dedicated instructor at the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Cantor Breitzer advises and coaches students and teaches courses on integrative repertoire for Shabbat and Yom Kippur. An alumnus of the Clergy Leadership Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, he strives to model in all his work how one might weave traditional and contemporary liturgical settings into a holistic, compelling prayer experience. His former cantorial interns have gone on to serve prominent communities throughout the progressive Jewish world.

Having volunteered for the American Conference of Cantors in several capacities since his own HUC student years, Cantor Breitzer was elected to the ACC board in 2015 and to the officer team in 2016. From 2016-2019 he was Vice President for Professional Development, External Policy and Placement, and from 2019-2022 he was Vice President for Member Relations and External Partnerships. In 2022, he was installed as Vice President for Internal Policy and Administration.

Together with his wife Donna and their children Jonah and Gideon, Cantor Breitzer makes a home in Park Slope. He relishes the city’s multitude of mass transit systems, doing the New York Times Sunday Crossword, and crafting puns of varying quality for his extremely tolerant family and friends.

 

Email:jbreitzer@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x270

Rabbi

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin is a rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim. She previously served as the rabbi of Union Temple, as a rabbi of Central Synagogue in Manhattan, and Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Boston. Before moving back to NYC, Rabbi Kolin was national Co-Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Just Congregations, then the community organizing arm of the Reform Movement, and lead organizer and a founder of Reform CA (now RAC-CA), a statewide campaign of Reform congregations to work for a more just and compassionate California. Rabbi Kolin is an Auburn Seminary Senior Fellow and is a contributing author to the Reform Movement’s book on social justice, Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Social Justice. She has served as an adjunct professor of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and as faculty at the Wexner Foundation. Rabbi Kolin grew up in NYC and lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Jocelyn, and their five year old daughter.

Email:skolin@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x241

Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Matthew Green

Matt Green has been at CBE since the fall of 2015 when he started here as our Rabbinic Intern, and now serves as our Associate Rabbi. He serves as the director of Brooklyn Jews, CBE’s community of young Brooklynites looking for connection to Jewish culture, time, and ritual. Matt has also spent his time at CBE teaching b’nei mitzvah students and teaching the 9th grade community organizing class. He frequently leads Shabbat services and officiates lifecycle events.

A born and raised Michigander, Matt holds a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan. After college, he worked as a Berman Fellow at Michigan Hillel. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he was a Tisch Fellow. In 2015, Matt won the Be Wise entrepreneurship competition at HUC for his project, Grindr Shabbat, now a part of Brooklyn Jews.

Matt is a fan of smoked fish, Yiddish literature, and Michigan microbrews. He lives in Park Slope.

Email:mgreen@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x256

Rabbinic Intern

Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor (he/him) is a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer. He is thrilled to be joining the incredible CBE community this year as rabbinic intern! Evan is a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a Tisch Fellow, and a Ko’ach Fellow, and currently serves on the boards of Encounter and JOIN For Justice, and in leadership roles for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, the Religious Action Center, and the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen. Prior to rabbinical school, he worked at the Union for Reform Judaism for several years creating new initiatives in college and young adult engagement. Originally from Oklahoma City, Evan graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. He is an alum of URJ Greene Family Camp and URJ Kutz Camp, and served as the North American President of NFTY, the Reform Jewish youth movement. Evan lives in the East Village with his fiancé Lindsey and their tiny dog, Ruby Nakia.

Cantorial Intern

Jordan Goldstein

From the very start, Jordan has always loved the experience of communal singing and singing together. Jordan’s connection with Jewish music began in their temple’s junior choir once upon a time, and even led them to continue studying and singing in choirs through college, where Jordan learned how to run and conduct choral ensembles, leading a tight-knit group in song. Jordan has spent many years songleading at URJ summer camps, and was mostly recently the Head Songleader at Eisner Camp up in Great Barrington, MA. Throughout the years, they’ve gotten to deepen their understanding of music, human relationships, and Judaism through a variety of experiences. Jordan has gone from studying Arabic and Hebrew within a Global Politics degree to performing in theatrical performances and even writing an original musical. Back in high school, Jordan had the opportunity to go to the Kutz Camp and spend two summers learning deeply about songleading and our folk tradition from some incredible mentors. It was there that the guitar strumming, song writing, and group singing clicked together—Jordan needed to be a cantor. Lo and behold, 8 years later, they are here doing what they love. Jordan cannot be more excited to help facilitate beautiful music-making and prayerful experiences with you, right in their neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider

Rabbi Gerald I. Weider was ordained in 1973 from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati Ohio. He served two congregations before coming to Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. His first congregation was Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Massachusetts where he served as the Assistant Rabbi. His second pulpit was Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington D.C. where he served as the Associate Rabbi.

For 28 years Rabbi Weider served as the Senior Rabbi at CBE. He joined Rabbi Eugene J. Sack in 1978, just as the Brownstone Revival movement hit Park Slope. Under his leadership, CBE grew to become the largest and most active Reform synagogues in Brooklyn.

Upon retirement from CBE in June 2006, Rabbi Weider assumed the position of Senior Rabbinic Consultant to the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America. In this role Rabbi Weider worked on the national level with over 1,000 rabbis (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox) who were members of the Rabbinic Cabinet. Rabbi Weider retired from this position in 2016.

Rabbi Weider and his wife Rosalie are parents of two sons, Avi and Alex Weider, and they are grandparents of triplets (two boys and a girl). Rabbi Weider and Rosalie continue to reside in Brooklyn, New York.

Rabbi Emerita of Union Temple

Rabbi Dr. Linda Henry Goodman

A native New Yorker, Rabbi Goodman came to Union Temple in 1992. She has long been a champion of women’s rights, outspokenly fighting to protect reproductive choice and health care access for women in New York State and throughout the country. She participates actively in the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, and serves on the Clergy Advisory Board of Concerned Clergy for Choice in Albany. In 2012, she was installed as the first woman to serve as President of The New York Board of Rabbis. For many years she has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and in July of 2016 became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of that Institute. She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, from which she also holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature, a Doctor of Ministry, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. She has served as Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of New York, as Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain at Adelphi University, and on the Jewish Studies faculties of Molloy College and the New York Theological Seminary. A talented musician, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Queens College and The Mannes College of Music (now renamed Mannes College the New School for Music after a move to The New School), earned an M.A. from Queens College, and taught at both schools as well as at SUNY Purchase. Music has always been a dominant source of her inspiration in life. She is married to Rabbi Stephen Wise Goodman, and they have an adult son, Philip.

Youth and Family

Director of Youth and Family Programs

Rabbi Molly Kane

Director of Early Childhood Center

Jacqueline Israel

Director of Yachad

Zach Rolf

Director of Camp and Afterschool Programming

Nick Tosh

Associate Director of the Early Childhood Center

Katie Browning

Assistant Director of Yachad

Jessica Moore

Assistant Director of Camp and Afterschool Programming

Ari Wasserman

Songleader

Debbie Brukman

ECC Admissions Coordinator & Art Studio Teacher

Tom Pnini

Teen Director, Music and T’filah Coordinator

Rose Snitz

Youth and Families Coordinator

Adva Zingher

ECC Department Coordinator

Caitlyn Bradley

Director of Youth and Family Programs

Rabbi Molly Kane

Rabbi Molly Kane is thrilled to be CBE’s new Director of Youth and Family Programs. Rabbi Kane most recently served for ten years as the Associate Rabbi-Educator at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. Rabbi Kane focuses on the full arc of childhood and family experiences and education — from birth through the teen years — bringing an overarching and integrated vision to oversee our world-class directors of the Early Childhood Center, Yachad, and Afterschool/Camps.

After graduating from Brandeis University, Rabbi Kane worked for five years as an informal Jewish educator in the Youth Department of the Union for Reform Judaism. During that time she served in leadership positions at the URJ Eisner Camp, the URJ Kutz Camp, and the NFTY in Israel summer program. She then earned an M.A. in nonprofit management from The New School University, went on to rabbinical school, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011. During her time at HUC-JIR she served as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Kolot Chayeinu and completed a summer residency as a chaplain at the University of California Medical Center. In 2017, Rabbi Kane completed a certificate in Jewish Spiritual Direction from HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Kane has roots in Chicago, Illinois, and Westport, Connecticut, and has lived in Park Slope since 2004. She travels to Israel often and is proud to have walked the Israel National Trail (shvil yisrael) in 2018. She enjoys writing and performing stand-up comedy and comedic songs, exercising in Prospect Park, drawing and painting, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Email:mkane@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x205

Director of Early Childhood Center

Jacqueline Israel

Jaci Israel is Director of CBE’s Early Childhood Center and has enjoyed a long relationship with CBE where she began her preschool teaching career in 1986. Since then she has coordinated Pre-K programs for several nonprofit agencies and initiated the Project Reach Youth’s Universal Pre-K Program. She has also worked extensively with elementary age students with learning disabilities as a teacher at the Mary McDowell Center and as an Orton Gillingham tutor. Jaci has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. Her proudest achievements by far are her son and daughter.

Email:jisrael@cbebk.org

Phone:718-499-6208 x4

Director of Yachad

Zach Rolf

Zach has been involved in Jewish engagement, education, and staff development for more than 15 years, and he is excited to build on that experience in joining the CBE team and serving our Brooklyn community. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR, and is an alum of the Wexner Field Fellowship.

Zach began his career as an elementary school teacher in the New York City public schools. For over a decade, including during his time as a school teacher, he spent every summer working at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA, ultimately serving as the Assistant Director of their day camp for many years. Zach joined Central Synagogue in 2009 as a full-time educator and subsequently served as Director of Youth Engagement and Director of the Religious School. During this time, he was awarded the Young Pioneer Award from The Jewish Education Project.

In 2016, Zach took on the role of Director of Learning & Engagement at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO, where he supervised the directors of all education and engagement programming, including the nursery school, K-12 religious school, youth & adult engagement, and Shwayder Camp. In 2019, Zach returned to Central Synagogue to serve as Chief of Staff.

Zach grew up in Great Barrington, MA and prefers taking Route 22 to the Taconic when driving up to the Berkshires. He and his wife, Hadley, live in Windsor Terrace with their daughter Lulu. In his spare time Zach enjoys cooking, exploring the city’s parks with his family, taking in live music, and a good farmer’s market.

Email:zrolf@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x112

Director of Camp and Afterschool Programming

Nick Tosh

Nick joins CBE after many years in the JCC world, most recently working with the JCC Association of North America as part of the organizing team for the JCC Maccabi Games. Before that, Nick was the Director of Camp, Enrichment, and Teen Engagement at the Shorefront YM-YWHA in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He also spent time at the Austin JCC as the Assistant Camp Director/Director of Teen Programs. Nick started his career as a Middle School Athletic Director and Afterschool Director at PS/IS 276 in Battery Park City, also working with Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources and New Country Day Camp.

Nick is a NYC native who spent his middle school and high school years in Park Slope, and is a proud graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and currently lives in Crown Heights. Nick is very excited to have the opportunity to work in the neighborhood that he spent his formative years, and to build on the incredible legacy of CBE’s youth programming.

Email:ntosh@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x282

Associate Director of the Early Childhood Center

Katie Browning

Katie Browning has been with the ECC for the past three years as the Early Childhood Consultant, coaching teachers around curriculum development, supporting team partnerships and developing strategies to support students’ learning at the ECC. She has an extensive background in preschool education, as a classroom teacher and as a special educator. Katie began her teaching career at the Little Room program at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School as a classroom teacher and after completing her master’s degree in Special Education, she joined the staff at Rivendell in 1996 as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT). As a SEIT, she lent her special education expertise to classroom teachers and families while working to support students in a variety of preschool settings, including the ECC. Katie’s work over the years has also included the provision of workshops to teachers and parents, carrying out educational evaluations, and private tutoring. Katie is married, with 21-year-old twins, and has lived in Brooklyn for 38 years. She is very excited to return in her new role as Associate Director.

Email:kbrowning@cbebk.org

Phone:718-499-6208 x2

Assistant Director of Yachad

Jessica Moore

Assistant Director of Camp and Afterschool Programming

Ari Wasserman

Email:awasserman@cbebk.org

Phone:718-499-6208 x264

Songleader

Debbie Brukman

ECC Admissions Coordinator & Art Studio Teacher

Tom Pnini

Tom Pnini is our ECC Admissions Coordinator and Art Studio Teacher. Tom runs our “Cardboard Studio”, a classroom that has been completely transformed into an interactive art studio for kids to explore their creative side without limits. Our preschool students work with Tom in the Cardboard Studio as part of their curriculum.

Outside of the ECC, Tom is a successful artist. He creates time-based works and large-scale installations. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto, Moscow, and Israel. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Hamidrasha College (2008) and an Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design at the New School (2010).

Teen Director, Music and T’filah Coordinator

Rose Snitz

Rose Snitz (she/her) brings over a decade of experience as a songleader, worship leader, and educator in a diverse range of spaces and events. She has also spent numerous years working as a productivity coach and managerial consultant to create organizational systems and more. She attributes the foundation of who she is as a person and leader to her involvement within the URJ Camping and Youth Programs. She has participated, led, presented, and helped run conferences for Jewish musicians, clergy, educators, and—most importantly—teens. Rose spends her free time trying to catch the best sunsets, seeking the city’s greatest matzah ball soup, and perfecting her at-home Iced Aroma recipe. 

Email:rsnitz@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x105

Youth and Families Coordinator

Adva Zingher

Adva has been a Brooklynite for 8 years having moved here from Westborough, MA. She attended school at University of Hartford and has worked previously at Kane Street Synagogue under Rabbi Valerie Lieber. Adva is excited to join the Yachad team and help CBE families learn all about their Jewish heritage and community!

Email:azingher@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x100

ECC Department Coordinator

Caitlyn Bradley

Caitlyn Bradley is the Department Coordinator for the Early Childhood Center. She began working at CBE in 2008 as an extended day helper in the ECC. Caitlyn then moved to the CBE KIDS Afterschool Program where she worked as a counselor and an administrative assistant. She finally came full circle and started working in the ECC again in 2016. Caitlyn was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis College in 2013.

Email:cbradley@cbebk.org

Phone:718-499-6208 x1

Administration

Executive Director

Mark Flaxer

Director of Advancement

Karen Gerwin

Director of Member Services and Engagement

Maribeth Batcha

Director of Operations

Larry Estevez

Small Groups and Community Engagement Specialist

Rabbi Jason Gitlin

Lead Administrator

Nate Jaffe

Executive Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Lisi

B'nei Mitzvah and Administrative Coordinator

Beth Mirahver

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Mara Sandroff

Events and Development Coordinator

Amelia Kahaney

Executive Director

Mark Flaxer

Mark Flaxer joins us from South Florida, where he was an interim executive director at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. While there, he helped set them up for future success in their key areas of board development, financialstewardship, streamlined technology, and the challenges of the pandemic. His previous executive director roles were at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach and Temple Emanu-el in Atlanta. Each of these synagogues has its unique size, budget, demographic, and challenges, which gave Mark the ex-perience of overseeing multiple facilities, varied programming, creative fundraising, small and large schools, clergy transitions, staff development, and security and weather crises. Before his career in synagogue management, Mark was in the for-profit worldin Atlanta for over 25 years. He was the vice president of sales for a large in-ternational company and subsequently owned several of his own businesses,including a sports-management company dedicated to developing lacrosse athletes, coaches and programs throughout the metro Atlanta area. (Fun fact: Mark is a certified youth lacrosse coach and referee!)Mark celebrates his 30th anniversary this year with his wife, Staci. They have two daughters, Abby and Janine.

Email:mflaxer@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x204

Director of Advancement

Karen Gerwin

Prior to joining the staff at CBE, Karen spent five years as a Consulting Editor for TueNight, a website for women over 40, producing their weekly newsletter and live events, managing their social media accounts, moderating their Facebook group, and cultivating new writers. She spent the first part of her career working in the publishing industry as a literary agent.

Karen and her husband Michael moved to Park Slope in 1996. They have raised their son and daughter here — from the ECC years through B’nei Mitzvah and Chazakah — and feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this warm and loving community.

Email:kgerwin@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x276

Director of Member Services and Engagement

Maribeth Batcha

Email:mbatcha@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x214

Director of Operations

Larry Estevez

Email:lestevez@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x265

Small Groups and Community Engagement Specialist

Rabbi Jason Gitlin

Rabbi Jason Gitlin steps into a new CBE position that works to weave community members into small groups that can draw them toward one another and Jewish life. He most recently served for five years as Kane Street Synagogue’s Engagement Director.

Jason began his career as a news reporter, editor, and columnist, was a communications and interfaith affairs director at UJA-Federation of New York for several years, and then pursued the rabbinate. After ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he directed the Seminary’s ReFrame program for experiential Jewish education. He has an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, a BA in journalism from the University of Colorado, a certificate from the Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, and was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva.

An avid city walker, amateur naturalist, and Pirkei Avot devotee, Rabbi Gitlin was also a founding member of Brooklyn Jews. He is thrilled to help make CBE be a place where everyone can find their way and their people.

Email:jgitlin@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x273

Lead Administrator

Nate Jaffe

Nate Jaffe joined the CBE team in August 2018. Before coming to CBE, he graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in Theater and Communications/Media Studies.

Throughout his life, Nate has been heavily involved in Reform Judaism. He is a proud alum of URJ Eisner Camp, where he spent 14 consecutive summers as a camper and staff member, and of NFTY-Northeast. Nate is proud and grateful to continue his journey at CBE.

Email:njaffe@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x234

Executive Administrative Assistant

Kimberly Lisi

Kimberly Lisi joined CBE in May 2021 with the merger of Union Temple, where she worked in the preschool and temple offices since 2011. Prior to that she spent 20+ years working for magazine publishers, including Time Inc, Conde Nast, and Rodale Press. Kimberly has a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and lives across the park in Lefferts Manor with her husband, daughter, mother, rabbit and two dogs.

Email:klisi@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x235

B'nei Mitzvah and Administrative Coordinator

Beth Mirahver

Prior to joining CBE, Beth spent four years with Congregation Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Upper East Side as a receptionist, membership assistant, and communications assistant. Outside of temple life, Beth is a professional musician and teaching artist offering private lessons in voice and piano to young musicians throughout the city. As CBE’s B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator, she is delighted to work with our youth and families as they navigate the B’nei Mitzvah process and prepare for this meaningful Jewish milestone.

Beth graduated from the Hartt School of Music in 2016 with a B.M. each in Voice Performance and Music Education; in 2021 she earned an M.M. in Voice from The New School’s Mannes School of Music as well as a graduate minor in Creative Community Development. Along with her partner Steve and their many houseplants, Beth is a proud Brooklynite and thrilled to be a part of the CBE community.

Email:bmirahver@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x226

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Mara Sandroff

Prior to CBE, Mara worked in marketing and development at Lead Guitar, a music education nonprofit. She has also worked at many publishing companies, including as a social media administrator at Oxford University Press. Originally from Tucson, Arizona and southwest Michigan, Mara is thrilled to blend her love of nonprofit marketing and progressive Judaism and to tell the diverse stories of the congregation and community.

Outside of work, Mara is a prolific fiction writer, critic, and essayist, and she will soon earn her MFA in creative writing from NYU. She holds a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently working on a novel that explores Jewish identity, intergenerational storytelling, and a young girl’s coming-of-age in a world that is (possibly) coming to an end.

Email:msandroff@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x243

Events and Development Coordinator

Amelia Kahaney

Email:akahaney@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x280

Finance

Finance Director

Judy Rubin

Finance Manager

Tamisha Rappaport

Finance & Membership Administrative Assistant

Felicia Santos

Accountant and Payroll Manager

Shameela Singh

Finance Director

Judy Rubin

Judy Rubin has been the Director of Finance at CBE since 2015. In this capacity she oversees CBE’s financial systems; including payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. Judy comes to us from the 92nd Street Y, where she served as Controller . Prior to that Judy was an Audit Manager at the NYC Comptroller’s Office.

Originally from Brooklyn NY, Judy received a B.S. in accounting from Brooklyn College in 1985. She received her Certified Public Accounting License in 1990.

Judy currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Woodbury, NY.

Email:jrubin@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x202

Finance Manager

Tamisha Rappaport

Email:tarappaport@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x203

Finance & Membership Administrative Assistant

Felicia Santos

Felicia Santos joined the CBE team in 2018 and works as the Administrative Assistant for Finance & Membership. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Felicia received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management from the New York Institute of Technology. Her constant show of commitment and hard work has gained her recognition by the staff as a “jack of all trades” and a dedicated team player.

Email:fsantos@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x288

Accountant and Payroll Manager

Shameela Singh

Email:ssingh@cbebk.org

Phone:(718) 768-3814 x201

Facilities

Facilities Manager

Sixto Marte

Lenworth “Marcus” Wilson

Vernon Williams

Facilities Manager

Sixto Marte

Lenworth “Marcus” Wilson

Vernon Williams