Our Staff

At Central Synagogue

Excellence is not an act,
but a habit.”   -Aristotle

Central Synagogue employs 100+ full-time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including education, membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support. Led by Executive Director Marcia Caban, Central Synagogue hires only the best and brightest talent to deliver the highest quality service to our members. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence.


 


Officers and Trustees

 

 

Executive

Marcia Caban
Marcia Caban

Executive Director

Star Smith
Star Smith

Synagogue Administrative Assistant

Valerie Fischer
Valerie Fischer

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Lori Dubin
Lori Dubin

Special Projects Coordinator

 

 

Clergy Study

Angela W. Buchdahl
Angela W. Buchdahl

Senior Rabbi

Daniel  Mutlu
Daniel Mutlu

Senior Cantor

Ari S. Lorge
Ari S. Lorge

Rabbi

Peter J. Rubinstein
Peter J. Rubinstein

Rabbi Emeritus

Richard Botton
Richard Botton

Cantor Emeritus

Jennifer  Benrey
Jennifer Benrey

Summer Cantorial Intern

Carrie Connor
Carrie Connor

Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbi/Clergy Study Supervisor

Deena Plotka
Deena Plotka

Lifecycle Event Coordinator and Pastoral Care Coordinator

Keren Eckstein
Keren Eckstein

B’nei Mitzvah Program Manager/Part-Time LCLJ Educator

Laura Kim
Laura Kim

Shabbat, Holiday, and Music Coordinator

Jackie Pykon
Jackie Pykon

Dorot Social Worker

 

 

Adult Engagement

Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
Rabbi Nicole Auerbach

Director of Congregational Engagement

Rabbi Lori Koffman
Rabbi Lori Koffman

Director of Congregational Support and Adult Education

Lauren Dickel
Lauren Dickel

Adult Engagement Program Manager

Carolyn Roesler
Carolyn Roesler

Program Manager for Adult Education and Volunteerism

 

 

Center for Exploring Judaism

Rabbi Lisa Rubin
Rabbi Lisa Rubin

Director, Center for Exploring Judaism

Rabbi April Davis
Rabbi April Davis

Rabbi for Exploring Judaism

Lori Dubin
Lori Dubin

Special Projects Coordinator

 

 

Youth & Family Engagement

Rabbi Rebecca  Rosenthal
Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal

Director of Youth and Family Education

Amy Martin
Amy Martin

Director of Family Engagement

Naomi Kachel
Naomi Kachel

Family Engagement Coordinator & Director of Camp Central

Shira Kobren Wasserman
Shira Kobren Wasserman

Family Engagement Music Coordinator

Francesca Littman
Francesca Littman

Assistant to Director of Youth and Family Engagement

Erin Bouchard
Erin Bouchard

Family Engagement Consultant

 

 

LCLJ (K-12 Education)

Rabbi Rebecca  Rosenthal
Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal

Director of Youth and Family Education

Merissa Hochberg
Merissa Hochberg

Director of the Lese Center for Living Judaism

Rena Allen
Rena Allen

Director of Developmental Learning & Special Education

Frank Corso
Frank Corso

LCLJ Office Manager

Mirit Sands
Mirit Sands

Assistant Director of the LCLJ, Grades PreK-6

Amanda  Phillips
Amanda Phillips

Assistant Director of the LCLJ, Grades 7-12

 

 

Early Childhood

Cindy Grebow
Cindy Grebow

Director of Early Childhood Education

Sasha  Kopp
Sasha Kopp

Assistant Early Childhood Director

Rena Allen
Rena Allen

Director of Developmental Learning & Special Education

Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson

Early Childhood Department Administrator

Naomi Kachel
Naomi Kachel

Family Engagement Coordinator & Director of Camp Central

Tamar Davis
Tamar Davis

Central Tots Coordinator

Shira Kobren Wasserman
Shira Kobren Wasserman

Family Engagement Music Coordinator

Rachele Bodner
Rachele Bodner

Nursery School Teacher, Tapuzim (Orange Room)

Seka Bosanac-Popovic
Seka Bosanac-Popovic

Nursery School Teacher, Pilim (Silver Room)

Maryssa Brenner
Maryssa Brenner

Nursery School Teacher, Bananot (Yellow Room)

Jeni Byers
Jeni Byers

Nursery School Teacher, Rimonim (GoldRoom)

Elva Card
Elva Card

Nursery School Teacher, Bananot (Yellow Room)

Ashley Engelson
Ashley Engelson

Nursery School Teacher, Pilim (Silver Room)

Caryn Eschen
Caryn Eschen

Nursery School Teacher, Rimonim (Gold Room) and Parenting Educator

Stephanie Flugman
Stephanie Flugman

Nursery School Teacher, Keshetot (Rainbow Room)

Dalit Gurevich Perpinal
Dalit Gurevich Perpinal

Nursery School Teacher, Pilim (Silver Room)

Keri Hochman
Keri Hochman

Nursery School Teacher, Tapuzim (Orange Room)

Dara Kane
Dara Kane

Nursery School Teacher, Keshetot (Rainbow Room)

Jordana Kristel
Jordana Kristel

Nursery School Teacher, Rimonim (Gold Room)

Helene Lupion
Helene Lupion

Nursery School Teacher

Erika Steinberger
Erika Steinberger

Nursery School Teacher, Tutim (Red Room)

Sue Stiner
Sue Stiner

Nursery School Teacher, Bananot (Yellow Room)
Admissions Coordinator

Josie Taub
Josie Taub

Nursery School Teacher, Anavim (Purple Room)

Susy Wrizar
Susy Wrizar

Nursery School Teacher, Tzefardim (Green Room)

Bonnie Zucker
Bonnie Zucker

Nursery School Teacher, Tapuzim (Orange Room)

Barbara Tanenbaum
Barbara Tanenbaum

Librarian

Robert Appleton
Robert Appleton

Early Childhood Science Teacher

Joan Avallone
Joan Avallone

Occupational Therapist

Madeline Hoak
Madeline Hoak

Movement Teacher

Stephanie Rose
Stephanie Rose

Studio Teacher of Nature and Gardening

 

 

Development

Amanda Bernstein
Amanda Bernstein

Major Gifts & Research Associate

Anna Kosatka
Anna Kosatka

Executive Assistant/Development Associate

 

 

Membership

Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown

Director of Member Experience

Hallie Isquith
Hallie Isquith

Membership Coordinator

 

 

Operations & Events

Jeff Dorn
Jeff Dorn

Director of Operations and Facilities

Steve Weingord
Steve Weingord

Events Manager

Chelsey Linkens
Chelsey Linkens

Events Manager

 

 

Finance

Judy Zipkowitz
Judy Zipkowitz

Controller

Sherwin Sagawa
Sherwin Sagawa

Finance Manager

Lorraine Copeland
Lorraine Copeland

Senior Accountant

Wayne Linton
Wayne Linton

Accountant / Budget Analyst

Juneth Glasgow
Juneth Glasgow

Finance Associate

Avi Rozenfeld
Avi Rozenfeld

Finance Associate

 

 

Communications

Samantha Kessler
Samantha Kessler

Director of Communications

Yohanna Castellanos
Yohanna Castellanos

Communications Manager

 

 

Human Resources

Beth Clausen
Beth Clausen

Human Resources Director

Sharon Mann
Sharon Mann

Human Resources Associate

 

 

 

Music

David Strickland
David Strickland

Music Director

Jesse Lauter
Jesse Lauter

Audio/Visual Technical Manager

 

 

Technology

Claudio Girolami
Claudio Girolami

Director of Technology

Mike Nario
Mike Nario

Infrastructure Manager