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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
Ellen Brickman, President
David Tepper, First Vice President
Pam Kaplan, Second Vice President
Peter Holmes, Treasurer
Samantha Slarskey, Financial Secretary
Renanit Levy, Recording Secretary

Trustees
Sarah Josephson
Lena Katsnelson
Grace Kerr
Ben Krull
Yair Reiner
Dina Serber
Ellen Simon
Julie Weintraub
Elizabeth Wollman

 

Board President, Ellen Brickman 
I have been a member of PSJC ever since I moved to the neighborhood in 1992. In my pre-parenting days, I served on the Board for a number of years as Trustee, Recording Secretary, First Vice President and Acting President. I have also chaired the Avodah Committee (twice) and am a regular Torah reader, but may be best known at PSJC as “the Kotel lady” who distributes red strings and blessings at the synagogue’s now-annual Israel Day. I live in Park Slope.  My daughter Shoshie, who grew up at PSJC and worked as a madricha (assistant teacher) at the Hebrew School, is a sophomore at the University of Albany. In my “other life,” I am a social psychologist who works as a trial strategy consultant.

 

PSJC Hebrew School & Youth Programming Staff
                            2018 - 2019 / 5779

Shorashim (Pre-K): Laura Baron
Kitah Gan (K): Abe Morrison
Kitah Aleph (1st): Lucy Snyder
Kitah Bet (2nd): Noam Wisenberg
Kitah Gimel (3rd): Ariella Edvy
Kitah Dalet (4th): Eve Kummer-Landau & Eden Bareket 
Kitah Hey (5th): Izzy Kieffer & Rabbi Josh Minkin
Kitah Vav (6th): Tsiviya Miller & Ben Feidler & Cantor Sarah Myerson
Kitah Zayin (7th):  Ilana Levinson


 

Havurat Shabbat: Abe Morrison & Tsivya Miller
Learning & Hebrew Specialist: Cheryl Cash-Linietsky
Art Specialist: Maya Baran
Music Specialist: Izzy Keiffer
Shinshinit: Michal Amit

Madrichim: Delilah Shapiro (Shorashim & Gan), Jonathan Singer (Aleph), Paulina Dunn (Bet), Talia Goldstein (Gimel), Natan Birnbaum (Gimel), Sari Klainberg (Havurat Shabbat), Naomi Ulman (Havurat Shabbat), Micah Fisher (Dalet & Vav), Abie Meyerson (Dalet & Hey), Ryan Weintraub (Dalet), Alex Weintraub (Hey), Shayna Klainberg (Hey), Lee Tepper (Vav), Adina Minkin (Zayin)


Youth and Teen Coordinator: Tzionah Miller
Tot Shabbat Leader / Rosh Tefillah: Abe Morrison
Mini-Minyan Leader: Mira Bucherman
Junior Congregation Leader: Helene Santo

PSJC Facilities Team

Angelica Robbins
Sherrod Charles
Donna Wong

Wed, September 18 2019 18 Elul 5779