Samuel H. Weintraub
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Members Call-in Hours: Tues 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM; Wed 11 AM – 1 PM
Rabbi Weintraub serves as spiritual guide to over one thousand individuals within the Kane Street community and counsels people ages five to ninety-five. The Rabbi officiates at all life cycle events and generally provides educational and spiritual preparation before such passages as Bar/Bat Mitzvah and weddings. Since 1996 when he came to Kane Street, he has spearheaded several innovations, including a weekday/Shabbat Hebrew School curriculum, a “Synaplex” Shabbat series, the two-year Me’ah course on Jewish civilization with Hebrew College and a conversational Hebrew “Ulpan”.
The Rabbi teaches at many levels of learning. He visits our preschoolers and Hebrew School students. His adult education courses and workshops have covered topics ranging from “The Jewish Prophets” to “Jewish Sexual Ethics”. Passionate about aiding people’s entry into Jewish life, he has taught and sponsored over sixty converts to Judaism during his tenure at Kane Street. Each week he delivers a D’var Torah on Shabbat mornings that connects the Torah Portion to spiritual and ethical questions.
Tikkun Olam, the ethical repair of the world, is central to Rabbi Weintraub’s vision. He has led efforts to protest the genocide in Darfur, supported victims of terror and promoted dialogues among the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and African-American communities.
Apart from his congregational service, Rabbi Weintraub has served as a Hillel Director and organized outreach projects for intermarried couples. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Executive Director, Marla Cohen, who joined the synagogue staff in August of this year,has more than 20 years’ experience in Jewish communal services. A third generation Jewish community builder, Marla has worked in multiple agencies including residential Jewish summer camps, JCC’s, Hillel, Federation and synagogues, and cites, “My richest education came from my parents dinner table.”
A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Marla holds a B.A. in Jewish History. In addition to her wealth of Jewish programming and community building knowledge, Marla provides significant organizational management skills. She and her husband Salvador Mandry are proud to join the KSS community. You may contact Marla directly at email@example.com, or 718-875-1550 ext 102.
Director of Education & Family Programming
Rabbi Valerie Lieber oversees our Hebrew School, Shabbat and Holiday children’s services, Shabbat Club and Family Education programs. Valerie was selected for the position in the spring of 2008 because of her strengths as an educator and administrator. She has developed engaging Hebrew and Judaic curricula for grades K through 12 and led innovative family programs and services.
Rabbi Lieber received ordination at Hebrew Union College in 1995 and served as Rabbi-Educator at Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for seven years. Since then she served as Rabbi of Temple Israel of Jamaica in Queens for six years where she led the congregation through the Experiment in Congregational Education Re-Imagine program, a national project. Valerie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College.
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Peggy Geller joined Kane Street Kids as Director in September 2010, bringing with her over thirty years’ experience in early childhood education. Before coming to Kane Street, Peggy served for twelve years as Director of the Sephardic Community Center’s Playcare Center at Brooklyn College, where she oversaw a licensed preschool program for children ages two through five. She also directed the SCC’s summer, Sunday, and vacation programs, and wrote grants for and supervised their Universal Pre-K program. Prior to her time at the SCC, Peggy served as Teacher/Director at Manhattan’s 74th Street Magic preschool, and Director of Children’s Services as the Grand Street Settlement.
Peggy plays both piano and guitar, skills she brings into the classroom to share with students. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and Masters Degrees in Art History and Education, all from Hofstra University, with core education courses taken at Bank Street. She meets all City and State requirements necessary to lead our preschool.
Music Enrichment Director
Joey Weisenberg joined the Kane Street community in September 2007 in the new position of Music Enrichment Director. Joey leads various Shabbat Kabbalat and morning services each month and coordinates music programs for children and families. He is also available to develop Jewish music skills through private meetings and group workshops.
Joey graduated from Columbia University with a major in music theory and composition, and currently studies traditional Jewish nusach with Cantor Noah Schall. At age twelve, he began performing as a harmonica player and guitarist in blues bars in Milwaukee. He now performs as a mandolinist and guitarist with bands including Romashka, Zagnut Circus Orchestra, The Marija Krupoves Trio, Ansamble Mastika, The Amazing Frosen String Quartet, Michael Winograd’s Klezmer Outfit and his own ensembles. He has accompanied established artists such as Neshama Carlebach, Debbie Friedman, Henry Sapoznik, Yuri Yunakov, German Goldenstein and Gerard Edery. As a teacher, Joey leads his “Spontaneous Jewish Choir” workshops, teaches at institutions including Klez Kanada and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and gives private lessons.
Prior to joining Kane Street as Accounts Manager in 2011, Marsha Masters worked in the national office of Mogan David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross) as Accounts/Receivable Accounts Payable Coordinator for seven years. From 2000 to 2005, she served as head bookkeeper at Temple Shalom In Brooklyn . Born in the former Soviet Union, Marsha earned degrees in civil engineering and accounting, before she moved to the United States with her late husband Michael and son Max in 1997. She completed additional accounting training at the American Business Training Center. Her previous work experience at synagogues and non-profits make her a valuable member of our Kane Street Synagogue administrative team.
A graduate of Moscow External University of the Amenities with a BA in Business Management, Janet has 10 years of work experience as an administrative assistant and a bookkeeper assistant. Most recently she worked as an administrative assistant in the Physics Laboratory at Rockefeller University. As executive assistant at Kane Street Synagogue, Janet will work closely with our executive director and staff to put systems in place and provide strong administrative support to staff and volunteers.
“Having lived in Russia for the first 21 years of my life precluded me from practicing Judaism openly,” says Janet. “Even though I knew that my great-grandfather was a rabbi in a little shtetl in Ukraine, there was little left in my parents’ household to continue a tradition, except Jewish dishes prepared for holiday meals. Being able to work and learn the meaning and significance of Jewish rites in depth makes me that more eager to join the team. Bringing back to my family the knowledge and traditions lost over the years will be a great honor. My daughters Michele, 11, and Sarah, 14 months, and my Husband Yan Kallo will join me on this exciting journey.”
Our Facilities Manager, Robert Allen, joined the synagogue staff in January 2013. Robert has a strong background in several areas, including construction and project management, telephony and information technologies, technical sales, and facilities management. His career spans more than 25 years with half of that as an entrepreneur. Robert is also highly versed in renewable energy systems and technologies and is certified as a green associate with the US Green Building Council. In addition to his responsibilities as Facilities Manager, Robert serve as liaison for building rental requests; supervise our front desk welcome staff and will be the internal manager of future construction projects.
A graduate of Cornell University, Robert holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Business Management. Robert feels that the time spent at Cornell was one of the best investments he ever made because it prepared him to approach any difficult situation with a cool head and a scientist’s approach to problem solving. Robert is now a resident of Brooklyn after many years in Queens and is proud to be a vital part of the KSS community. You may contact Robert directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 718-875-1550 ext 122
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