Executive Board 2016-2017
Pearl and Nathan moved to Roslyn in November 1983, with their sons Josh and Aaron. Josh was registered in Temple Beth Sholom's Early Childhood Center before they moved into the house. Pearl had heard from her new neighbors that it was the best Early Childhood Center in the area. She and Nathan were also attracted to Temple Beth Sholom by its egalitarian services, mixed seating and exciting programs. The years flew by, Josh earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Real Estate Development from NYU; he currently works in real estate with Nathan. Aaron earned a B.A. from Brown University and a Law Degree from Harvard. He worked as a Skadden Arps fellow for Legal Aid and is now clerking for a Federal Court Judge.
A retiree from the NYC Board of Education, Pearl has increased her already active volunteer involvement. As a committed member of Temple Beth Sholom, Pearl has chaired various committees from PTA Model Seders in the 80's to the Ground Breaking and Ribbon cutting ceremonies of our new ECC. 2012 marked her ninth year as chairperson of the Temple's Yom Hashoah Program. She presently co-chairs Malka's Fund for Life Long Learning and the Arthur Goldberg Social Action and Cultural Arts Fund. She served three years as VP of Education.
Since retiring, Pearl continues to be involved in education; serving as a leadership mentor for the Student Impact Team at Queensborough Community College, Chairperson for the Kupferberg Holocaust Center National Endowment for the Humanities Committee and co-chair of the Board of the Jewish Studies Center at Queens College. The education and well being of children remains her mission. In 2005 Pearl founded the Long Island Chapter of JAFCO, a children's village, caring for abused and neglected Jewish children. Its format is the only one of its type in the U.S. and under Pearl's leadership the Florida-based agency is now raising funds and awareness in the northeast while assessing the need for expansion of their services to the Northeast Jewish Community.
Rebecca Altman is a second generation member of TBS. Her parents, Marilyn and Barry Rubenstein, have been involved in TBS since they moved to Roslyn in 1976. Rebecca is a graduate of our Religious School and Hebrew High School. She travelled to Israel on USY Pilgrimage with her confirmation class. Rebecca became a Bat Mitzvah and was married at TBS to her husband, Michael in June 2000. Her children, Ryan (13) and Rachel (9) both attended the ECC and Religious School. Ryan will be beginning in Machon Beth Sholom in the fall.
Rebecca graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991 and received a Masters in Education degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. After teaching for 15 years Rebecca made the difficult decision to stay home with her 2 young children. While at home she became very active in her community and at TBS.
At TBS she has served as the PTA President of the ECC, Treasurer of the Religious School, PTA and VP of Membership of Sisterhood amongst other things. She served on the Board of Trustees, the Board of Education, Membership, Camp and Fundraising Committees. She served for 2 years as the Secretary on the Executive Board and 2 years as the Vice President of Education. . She has helped plan many enjoyable and successful events including the Disco and the Family Fun Festival, celebrating Temple Beth Sholom's 60th year. Outside of Temple Beth Sholom, she has served as PFA president of the elementary school, president of the Achot group of the Roslyn chapter of Hadassah and is currently co president of the Roslyn Middle School PFA.
Vice President of Education
Carrie Gordon grew up in Bellmore, New York. She graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in American Studies, and received a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she met her future husband, Harold. Carrie practiced in the field of bankruptcy law until she “retired” to stay at home with daughters Arielle and Amanda, who are now 18 and 21.
The Gordons moved to Flower Hill in 1997. They joined Temple Beth Sholom soon thereafter, and both Arielle and Amanda attended the Religious School, celebrated their bat mitzvahs at TBS, and graduated from Machon Beth Sholom. Carrie credits her involvement at TBS to her parents, who have been active in their synagogue, both of them having served in many capacities, including both serving as presidents.
Carrie first held positions in the Religious School PTA, and then became involved on a synagogue-wide level, having served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and as Chairperson of the Board of Education. She has also served as Education Chair for Mitzvah 613, and has been on the committee of several TBS fundraisers.
Carrie’s other volunteer work includes serving as President of the Roslyn Chapter of Hadassah, and on the boards of the Roslyn School District Parent Faculty Associations.
Vice President of Religious Affairs
Madeline was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to the United States in 1969, immediately after graduating high school and just a week after marrying David who was enrolled in the Physics PhD program at the University of Missouri. Upon David’s graduation, the couple moved with their daughter Rebecca to New Jersey, where David began teaching science at the Frisch High School in Paramus. In 1977, the family moved to Douglaston, New York where daughters Nora and Jennifer were born and Rebecca became a Bat Mitzvah at Marathon Jewish Center. The Yousefzadehs moved to Roslyn Harbor in 1984 and hortly after joined Temple Beth Sholom, where Nora and Jennifer attended TBS Nursery School, Hebrew School, Summer Day Camp and each became Bat Mitzvah. In fact, Jennifer was the last Bat Mitzvah and Rebecca was the final wedding that Rabbi Sternstein (z”l) officiated at before he left the pulpit.
For decades, TBS has been Madeline’s home away from home. She has been a committed and active member of TBS and Sisterhood. Madeline attended a Jewish school in Iran and TBS is where she continued her Jewish education by taking advantage of the wonderful Rabbinic seminars and other Sisterhood educational class offerings. In 1987, Madeline had her Bat Mitzvah on Sisterhood Shabbat. Madeline loves to actively participate in synagogue life, where she attends Shabbat services regularly, chants Torah and Haftarah, leads minyan, and has been Karyan and/or Shaliach Tzibur once a year during summer months. Madeline was the Kallat Torah Honoree for Simchat Torah.
Madeline has twice served as president of TBS Sisterhood, past president of the Ester Chapter of Hadassah, and Membership VP of Iranian Mothers Association (IMA). She has also served as Sisterhood’s VP of Membership, Programming, and Education. Madeline has served on the TBS Board of Trustees, Board of Education, and Religious Affairs Committee. She is a graduate of the ACE Program with a B.S. from Queens College, and is an active Real Estate Broker for three decades. Madeline is currently affiliated with Laffey Fine Homes in Greenvale.
David has served on the TBS Board of Trustees, attends Shabbat and morning minyan regularly, and serves as an usher and greeter during the High Holidays. He owns Dinette Furniture Center in Bayside, Queens. David and Madeline have traveled to Israel many times and were TBS Israel Bond Honorees in 2001. They are very proud of their three children.
Rebecca is an attorney, representing students of all ages in private and public school settings in matters related to special learning needs, student discipline, and bullying. She and her husband Sassan are the parents of four children and are active at Temple Israel of Great Neck, where Rebecca serves as an officer. Rebecca is also an officer of Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. (SHAI),the Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council, and on the Board of the Solomon Schechter Schools of Long Island.
Nora is a board certified radiologist, with a sub-specialty in musculoskeletal radiology. She is affiliated with Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Nora and her husband Avi are parents of two children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
Jennifer is a teacher with a BS from NYU and a Masters in Midrash from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She works as a Jewish educator in various capacities, including as a d’var torah instructor, coordinator of family education programming, classroom teacher, leader of tot Shabbat, and Junior Congregation. She and her husband Shawn are parents of two children and reside in Great Neck.
Vice President of Finance and Fundraising
Louis Naviasky's active participation in Synagogue life and the extended Jewish community is directly related to his family. His paternal and maternal grandparents were founders of Beth Tifillah in Baltimore, and Beth Shalom in Wilmington. Born and raised in Pikesville, Maryland, Louis' Jewish education included Bais Yackov nursery school, Religious School, and Bar Mitzvah training at Beth El in Baltimore. Following graduation from Pikesville High School, Louis attended University of Maryland, majoring in Government and Politics. He continued his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, majoring in business. Louis and his wife Jill were married in June 1985 and in 1988 they moved to East Hills, New York and joined Temple Beth Sholom. Jill and Louis have two children Tracy and Perry.
Tracy attended our nursery and Religious Schools and Perry attended our Religious School and both attended Machon Beth Sholom. Louis has participated in the JTS Torah Institute of TBS to continue his own Jewish studies and continues to study with JTS in NYC. Louis and his wife Jill work for Bayard Advertising Agency, where Louis is the Chief Operating Officer.
Louis has been a member of the following committees: Religious Affairs, Finance, Professional and Staff Contract Negotiating, Camp and Endowment committees. As an officer he has served as Financial Secretary, Vice President of Finance and Fundraising, Secretary and was President of Temple Beth Sholom from 2009-2011. Louis established the TBS Annual Golf Classic and has chaired various Temple Journal Publications, twelve UJA dinners and was Co-Chair of our Early Childhood Center building and fundraising committee.
He is a member of the four A's, Newspaper Association of America and he currently Co-chairs UJA Federation North Shore Presidents Council. Previously Louis was involved with UJA's Marketing and Advertising Committee, UJA's Long Island Continuity and Grand Committee, as well as AIPAC's Young Leadership Group. Louis has been a member for many years at Glenhead Country Club and has resided in Roslyn Estates for the past 16 years.
Vice President of Programming
Steve was raised in New City, NY, graduated from Clarkstown HS North in 1977, Cornell University with BS with Distinction in Biological Sciences in 1981, and University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1985.
It was during his first year of Internal Medicine residency at Winthrop-University Hospital in 1985 where he met his future wife, Dr. Phyllis Fried. Steve was selected as “Intern of the Year” and “Resident of the Year” while at Winthrop, and then completed Gastroenterology fellowship training at the combined Griffin Hospital/Yale-New Haven Medical Center program in 1990. He moved back to Long Island in 1991 to join Dr. Perry Milman in GI private practice in Lake Success, and has since joined the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group. The author of thirteen GI publications, and voted “Outstanding Teacher” by housestaff at one of his affiliated hospitals, Steve is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
Steve and Phyllis moved to Roslyn in 1993 and joined Temple Beth Sholom soon thereafter. Both of their children, Rachel and Josh, attended Religious School at TBS from K-12, USY on Wheels, Camp Ramah Nyack as counselors, and were selected as TBS “Youths of the Year.” The Goldenbergs have twice travelled with other TBS families on Rabbi Lucas’ fabulous Israel trips. Steve has served as President of the Roslyn Pines Pool & Tennis Club, and has been a member of the TBS High Holiday Committee, Nominating Committee (including as Chairperson in 2014), and most recently, was Men’s Club President. Phyllis has also actively participated in multiple TBS leadership and outreach positions. Together, they pledge to continue their efforts to build and foster community at TBS.
Vice President of Membership
Ellen thinks of Temple Beth Sholom as a neighborhood treasure. She and her husband Paul joined the shul after sending their daughters, Melissa and Rebecca to the Early Childhood Center. She claims that when she arrived on the doorsteps of TBS she had no idea-not even a clue- what synagogues were all about, but quickly fell in love with the kehilah kedosha. Ellen has been a member of the Board of Trustees, the VP of Membership, and co-chair of the Chesed Committee.
A registered Dietitian, Ellen works in the Women's Health Center at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. As senior Health Educator, she teaches patients about prenatal and postpartum care.
On most Shabbat mornings, Ellen can be found on the left side of the sanctuary, which she affectionately refers to it as the "Deli section", because it is also home to our members the Bergers, the Franks, and the Freys. Come by anytime and she will be happy to show you her extensive sticker collection, which she keeps in her tallit bag and uses to entertain her younger friends.
Alan is continuing as a member of the Executive Board as TBS Treasurer, the role which he has held since 2003.
When not concentrating on the Temple’s finances he and his wife Sherrie (a member of the Sisterhood Executive Board) and their children Jill and Todd (TBS Religious School & Machon graduates) can be found packing Yom Hashoa candles, coordinating Defensive Driving courses, dishing out potato latkes, apple sauce or ices to our Hebrew school children or lending a helping hand where needed. In addition to the Executive Board, Alan also serves on the Camp Committee on the Men’s Club Executive Board and is a frequent usher at Shabbat services as well as a High Holiday Usher Captain.
Alan is a CPA and consultant specializing in business practices. Alan earned his MBA in Taxation from St. John’s University and also has an advanced degree from CW Post College in School Business Administration.
Lewis was born and raised in Brooklyn where he began his Jewish education by attending the Yeshivah of Flatbush through high school. Following high school Lewis earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and a law degree from Cardozo School of Law. He provides legal counsel to a wide range of individual and business clients and maintains his practice, the Law Office of Lewis A. Bartell in Garden City.
Susan and Lewis moved into the Roslyn community in 1997 and immediately made Beth Sholom their home. Along with Solomon Schechter Day School from which Max (HS '12), Gillian (MS ’10) and Mollie (MS '12) graduated, North Shore Hebrew Academy High School Gillian (HS '14) Mollie (HS '16), and United Synagogue Youth programs, Beth Sholom is where they are empowering their children to be the future of the Jewish people. All three are at home at TBS having attended the Early Childhood Center, Pre-K, Beth Sholom Day Camp, regularly attending Shabbat and Yom Tov services and have become B'nai Mitzvah here (even Lewis' mother Sheila became a Bat Mitzvah at TBS).
Beth Sholom has also been the place where Lewis has continued his Jewish education. For the past 15 years he has been fortunate to study every third Tuesday, with nine TBS friends in the Rabbi's study group. Founded originally with Rabbi Adam Feldman, it has been led for the last ten years by Rabbi Lucas. Lewis treasures this time spent in Jewish learning and sees it as a great example of how Jewish learning must never stop. Lewis also treasures his opportunity to participate as a lay leader by leading Torah, Haftorahs and in past Tikkun Leyl programs on Shavuot.
Lewis serves as a member of the House, Legal and Constitution committees where he brings his legal expertise to bear (even when it is not asked for). Lewis, along with Max, Gillian and Mollie can frequently be heard reading the Torah on Shabbat and Yom Tov. Lewis is also a supporter of the Men's Club and serves as a High Holiday Usher Captain.
Michael was raised in Woodmere, NY, attending Congregation Sons of Israel as a "regular". It was there that Michael developed his love of Jewish music and liturgy and received training as a Torah Reader, Shofar Blower and Shaliach Tzibur. Throughout his childhood and young adulthood, Michael was a fixture on the bima reading Torah and leading High Holiday Services. Michael received his Jewish education at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway and later at Yeshivah of Flatbush High School in Brooklyn. Following high school, Michael earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Michael is presently a principal and Executive Vice President of the Treeline Companies, a real estate investment and management firm located in Garden City, New York. Michael is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and is a frequent speaker to professional groups on a variety of legal and real estate investment related topics.
Michael and his wife Rachel moved into the Roslyn community in 2001 and became members of TBS shortly thereafter. Michael and Rachel's three children, Talia, Arielle, and Noah all completed their pre-school education at Temple Beth Sholom's Early Childhood Center and attended camp for many summers at Beth Sholom Day Camp. Michael and Rachel's children have continued their path in Jewish education by attending the Schechter School of Long Island and by being regular faces at Shabbat and Holiday services at TBS, Mini Minyan and Mishpacha Minyan. Rachel has been an active member of TBS, serving on the Board of Education, the ECC Parents' Association and numerous planning committees for special events at TBS, including the event chair for the Mitzvah 613 project. Rachel is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Schechter School of Long Island.
At Temple Beth Sholom, Michael has continued his personal tradition of participating in services, reading Torah, blowing Shofar and acting as Shomer at Shabbat and Holiday services. Michael has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the past several years and has served on many committees at TBS, including search committees for our Assistant Rabbis, The Strategic Planning Committee, The House Committee, The Ritual Music Committee, and The Religious Affairs Committee. Michael is looking forward to continuing as an active member of TBS for years to come and to continue on the Executive Board as VP of Religious Affairs.