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PSJC CLERGY

Rabbi Carie Carter
Rabbi Carter joined PSJC in 2000. She received her ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, having studied both in Jerusalem and at the University of Judaism. Prior to beginning her position at PSJC, Rabbi Carter served for three years as Director of Cleveland Metro Hillel and Assistant Executive Director of Cleveland Hillel. She was also Auxiliary Rabbi at Park Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in Cleveland. Rabbi Carter has extensive experience with informal Jewish education, having spent many years as an educator at Jewish summer camps and youth programs.

Rabbi Carter is dedicated to promoting the inclusion of women within the public story of the Jewish people. She has lectured often on this subject and has facilitated numerous creative rituals around women’s lifecycle and holiday observances. Rabbi Carter has also been involved in inter-religious dialogue, social justice work and ethical questions regarding the implications of technology.

Inspired by her extensive experience, Rabbi Carter is committed to finding ways to engage and excite those who are searching for meaning in Judaism. With an understanding that no single path is right for everyone, she strives to provide “many roads to the palace” of Jewish living. She is committed to building an inclusive Jewish community in which exploration and creativity are encouraged, and where the dignity of every human being is honored and celebrated. A native Midwesterner, Rabbi Carter is thrilled to call Brooklyn home, and can often be found wandering through Prospect Park with her partner Eden, their daughter Noa, and dog, Tali.  

Rabbi Carter is happy to meet with people seeking rabbinic guidance or counsel or questions about PSJC. Please feel free to contact her at 718.768.1453, or send email by clicking on the Rabbi’s name highlighted above.


Judy Ribnick, C.S.W., M.A.
Cantor

Judy’s love of music was cultivated west of the Hudson in Minneapolis, where she studied voice. PSJC Cantor Ribnick has served as High Holiday cantor for 34 consecutive years, including 24 years at the piano and was deeply immersed inclarinet, synagogue and Jewish communal life. Her interest in the Jewish community led her to the Jewish Theological Seminary and to Columbia University where she obtained Masters degrees in Jewish Studies and Social Work. She has worked full-time at DOROT, inc., a New York City-based agency serving the elderly, for more than 32 years, where she is Director of Community Services. After hours, Judy cantors monthly at PSJC and periodically at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. She lends her voice and clarinet to other Shabbat, holiday and lifecycle events. Judy is a member of Romemu and Congregation Beth Simchat Torah and is delighted to be part of the PSJC community. Judy and her spouse, Diane, live in Manhattan.
 

PSJC Professional Staff

 Piper Panzeri
 Synagogue Administrator                                                                                                                                                                       
Piper Panzeri joined the PSJC administrative staff in August of 2019. Her background includes executive leadership, education,   marketing, communication, and program management. Piper’s career has spanned nonprofit economic and community   development, administration and faculty at boarding and day prep schools in the Northeast, and outdoor and international   education. Piper was most recently the Executive Director of Gardiner Main Street in Maine, an accredited subsidiary of the   National Main Street Center, an organization committed to strengthening communities through preservation-based economic   development in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. One of her most rewarding experiences was as Director of Marketing and Communications at Congregation Micah, a thriving Reform synagogue in Nashviile, Tennessee. She is delighted to now serve the PSJC community.

 Aileen Heiman, MJEd, MAJS
 Director of Youth Education & Family Programming
Aileen has been working in the field of Jewish education since shortly after her own Bat Mitzvah. She holds a BA in Psychology  from Goucher College, as well as an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Aileen came to PSJC with a broad background in progressive Jewish education, including serving as a houseparent at a Jewish boarding school, curriculum development for supplementary programs, implementing an informal Jewish learning programming on a college campus, and directing the children’s program for the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute. In addition to directing the Hebrew School, Aileen works with the Family Programming committee, the Shaarei Mitzvah (pre-B’nai mitzvah) program, and leads a family education Shabbat program bi-weekly at PSJC.

Patrick Francis
Facilities Manager
Patrick Francis joined the PSJC staff as the Facilities Manager in April of 2013 after completing a degree in HVAC and Facilities Management at the Technical Career Institute in New York. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, he moved to the US and later joined the Navy. Patrick served our country proudly for 25 years. He has truly enjoyed becoming “a part of the family.” He is the father of 3 and a grandfather of 2. You will see him on Shabbat and all other major events, so please take a moment to introduce yourself. 

PSJC Board of Trustees

Officers
David Tepper, President
Julie Weintraub, First Vice President
Pam Kaplan, Second Vice President
Yair Reiner, Treasurer
Mona Schnitzler, Financial Secretary
Renanit Levy, Recording Secretary

Officers
Jeremy Gruber
Susana Honig
Lena Katsnelson
Grace Kerr
Ben Krull
Josh Spiro

Naomi Sunshine
Elizabeth Wollman
Gary Zelko

 

Board President, David Tepper
My wife, Jennifer Bernstein, and I have been members of PSJC for about eighteen years. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, I am a proud member of the expat community of Midwestern Reform Jews who have found a home in Brooklyn and at PSJC. Both our kids were students in the Hebrew School, and we celebrated the bat mitzvah of our daughter, Lee, in 2016, and of our son, Isaac, in 2018. I have served several years on the Hebrew School Committee, and, as an architect, I am a veteran of one PSJC master plan and three major building projects. I joined the Board as a trustee in 2017, focusing primarily on the recent construction; for the past two years I have served as Vice-President, continuing to work on building issues as well as financial sustainability. PSJC is very much at the center of our family life, and I am grateful for the community, ritual, and meaning that we have found here. I look forward to continuing to serve PSJC and to work with the membership and staff to strengthen our community and our organization.

 

PSJC Hebrew School & Youth Programming Staff
                            2019 - 2020 / 5780

Shorashim (Pre-K): Laura Baron
Kitah Gan (K): Stephen Figurasmith
Kitah Aleph (1st): Lucy Snyder
Kitah Bet (2nd): Rachel Goldin
Kitah Gimel (3rd): Ariella Edvy
Kitah Dalet (4th): Eve Kummer-Landau
Kitah Hey (5th): Rabbi Josh Minkin & Rachel Kaplan
Kitah Vav (6th): Rikki Klein
Kitah Zayin (7th):  Michael Faccini

 


 

Havurat Shabbat: Shayna Goodman & Norman Charnick-Zeitlin
Learning & Hebrew Specialist: Cheryl Cash-Linietsky
Music Specialist: Izzy Keiffer
Shinshinit: Yuval Habibi

Madrichim: Delilah Shapiro, Paulina Dunn, Talia Goldstein, Sari Klainberg, Alex Weintraub, Pearl Marks, Eliza Gandel, Banjo Sande, Ruby Spector


Youth and Teen Coordinator: Ethan Blake
Tot Shabbat Leader / Rosh Tefillah: 
Mini-Minyan Leader: 
Junior Congregation Leader: Helene Santo

 

PSJC Facilities Team

Henry Alarcon
Tyrone Allen

Sun, July 5 2020 13 Tammuz 5780