November 21, 2017  |  3 Kislev 5778
About us

Executive Board 2017-2018

 

Rebecca Altman 3

 

Rebecca Altman

President

 

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 (15) and Rachel (11) both attended the ECC and Religious School. Ryan is currently a student in Machon Beth Sholom.

 
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, 2 years as the Vice President of Education and 2 years as executive vice president. 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 and Roslyn Middle School and president of the Achot group of the Roslyn chapter of Hadassah. She looks forward to being President of Temple Beth Sholom for the next 2 years.

michael schor

 

Michael Schor

Executive Vice-President 

 

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.

 

carrie gordonCarrie Gordon 
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 and Harold are the proud parents of daughters Arielle and Amanda, who are now 19 and 22.

 

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.

 
Carrie has 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.

Madeline Yousefzadeh

 

Madeline Yousefzadeh

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 shortly 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. 

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Morty Schaja 

Vice President of Finance and Fundraising

 

Morty and his family have been members of TBS since they moved to Long Island over 20 years ago. In addition to TBS, where Morty served as Financial Secretary for many years, Morty and his wife, Rebecca, are active board members with a number of other Jewish organizations including Solomon Schechter, Birthright Israel and the JCC. 

 

Morty holds a Physics degree from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia. Morty began his career as an economic consultant and spent the last 30 years as an executive in the asset management industry. He is currently the CEO of RiverPark Funds, a firm he co-founded, with $4 billion in assets under management.

 

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Ellen Walk
Vice President of Programming 

 

Ellen thinks of Temple Beth Sholom as a neighborhood treasure. She claims that when she arrived on the doorsteps of TBS almost 30 years ago to look for a nursery school for her daughter, she had no idea - not even a clue - what synagogues were all about.

Looking back, she now acknowledges that enrolling their daughters Melissa and Rebecca in the TBS nursery school was one of the best decisions she and her husband Paul ever made. Those same two daughters went on to graduate from our Religious School and Machon, to became registered nurses, and, on the TBS bima, each to marry a husband named David.

Yes, joining TBS set Ellen on a new path of her Jewish journey, connecting her to a kehilla kedosha – our scared community - and leading her to become a member of the TBS Board of Trustees, the VP of Membership and of Religious Affairs, a co-chair of the Chesed Committee, a regular minyan participant, and involving her in scores of synagogue activities.

With degrees in nutrition from the University of Michigan (Go Blue) and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ellen has spent her career working as a health educator. She has taught nutrition in schools and community centers, trained physicians to help their patients quit smoking, and most recently conducts programs for prenatal patients at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Her favorite project there, partnering with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, has been helping pregnant teens write lullabies for their babies.

On most Shabbat mornings, Ellen can be found in shul shomering, ushering, or kibbitzing. Each week she looks forward to welcoming visitors and guests as they enter our building, but she has to admit that her very favorite visitor is her 2-yr old granddaughter, Hayley Noa, who loves coming to shul just as much as Ellen does. 

Debbie Dubowsky

 

Debbie Dubowsky

Vice President of Membership 

 

Debbie Dubowsky is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts and moved to Roslyn when she married Dr Jay Dubowsky in 2003. She is the mother of twins, Evan and Shaun, 9 years old, who are graduates of the ECC and are now part of the religious school.

 
Debbie is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine and New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. After graduation, she worked as an Emergency Room physician and then enrolled in the Cardiology Fellowship program at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. She worked in a private practice before meeting her husband Jay, and moving to Long Island.  She now works as a cardiologist at the Mount Sinai Long Island Doctors Medical Group in Huntington, NY.

 
She has been active at TBS as a former co-president of the ECC parent’s association, Co-President of the Religious School PTA, Board of Trustees and the UJA committee. She is also active in Cub scouts, Pack 267, based at Temple Beth Sholom. In their Free time, The Dubowskys like to spend time with family and friends, Sail on their sailboat, Paradox 4, and travel to different parts of the United States and the world.

 

Alan Goldstein

Treasurer 

 

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, 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.

 

louis naviasky

 

Louis Naviasky

Financial Secretary 

 

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.

 

lewis bartellLewis Bartell

Secretary

 

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 more than 15 years he has been fortunate to study every third Tuesday, with TBS friends in the Rabbi's study group. Founded originally with Rabbi Adam Feldman, 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.

 

Over the past seven years Lewis has served as Financial Secretary, VP of Programming as well as Secretary. He 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.