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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Professional Staff

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Rabbi

Samuel H. Weintraub

Members Call-in Hours: Tues 10:15am – 12:15pm; Wed 11:00am – 1:00pm

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”. Read full bio →

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Executive Director

Mickey Dobbs

Before coming to Kane Street, Mickey Dobbs was at the Yale Alumni Association, where he was Director for Clubs and Associations, working with Yale’s alumni groups in New York City and the West Coast. Prior to Yale, Mickey worked for various FinTech start up companies in New York City as CFO and Chief Compliance Officer.

Before his Wall Street career, Mickey worked in the Jewish community, founding HIV/AIDS services for FEGS (Jewish Community Services of Long Island), heading up Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Graduate Student Center, teaching at various Hebrew schools in Connecticut, New York, and Philadelphia, and serving as Chair of the American Friends of the Jerusalem Open House.

Mickey is Co-President of Yale GALA, Yale’s LGBTQ Alumni Association, and Treasurer of Gerard and Kelly, a performing arts organization based in NYC. His passion is in the arts and he has produced various concerts and ballets in the USA, Montreal, Italy, and Pakistan.

He received his BA in Judaic Studies from Yale University, MA in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work.

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Director of Education & Family Programming

Rabbi Valerie Lieber

Rabbi Valerie Lieber oversees the Hebrew School, Shabbat and Holiday children’s services, Shabbat Club and Family Education programs at Kane Street. Valerie began working with our community in the summer of 2008 and quickly exhibited her strengths as an educator and administrator.

Valerie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and a month later was immersed in rabbinical study in Jerusalem. Rabbi Lieber received ordination at Hebrew Union College in New York in 1995. She served as Rabbi-Educator at Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for seven years. She then became the spiritual leader 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 exploring congregational education. Rabbi Lieber has published chapters and articles in anthologies including The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, an award-winning volume published in 2007.

Though she was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, she has lived with her partner, Leah Kooperman, in Park Slope since 1993. She considers Brooklyn one of the great Jewish holy lands. You can sometimes see her riding around Brooklyn on her bicycle or her motor scooter. She’d love you to wave and shout hello.

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Preschool Director

Rivka Seeman

Rivka has over 20 years of experience in education. Previously, she was head teacher at the Tompkins Hall Nursery School and Childcare Center at Columbia University, where she spent nearly ten years in the classroom. Previously, Rivka served for several years as interim director at the World Cup Nursery School in Chappaqua, where she managed an early childhood program with over 300 students and 60 employees. She also has experience in the Jewish camping community and as a teacher in a gan (preschool) in Jerusalem. Rivka earned her Masters in Education from Hunter College and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College.

Rivka is committed to a school that is filled with joy and infused with Jewish and ethical values. In partnership with our teaching staff, she builds upon the familiar rhythms of the curriculum and the daily activities that our children love. Rivka believes that children have an inherent drive to develop mastery over their world, that play is the joyful pursuit of that mastery and that an educator’s role is to provide children with opportunities and gentle guidance to support them in their work of self-development.

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Engagement Director

Rabbi Jason Gitlin

Rabbi Jason works to deepen the experiences of young families and other community members, offering personal outreach, integrating people into congregational life, and supporting community building and learning efforts. Experiences or initiatives he has partnered with synagogue members to create and/or lead include our Mini Minyan, Shul is Cool Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat Learners’ Service, Book Club, Kane Street Walkers, Our Jewish Life Discussion Group, Pirkei Avot Community Study, and various holiday celebrations.

Prior to joining Kane Street, Rabbi Jason directed a program in experiential learning and congregational education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (where he was ordained). He began his career as a reporter and editor in the Jewish and general press and then worked as a director in communications and interfaith affairs at UJA-Federation of New York for several years. He has an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, with a concentration on Israel and American Jewry, a BA in journalism from the University of Colorado, and has been a fellow in the Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership and at Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva.

An avid walker, you may otherwise see him exploring city neighborhoods by foot or enjoying Brooklyn beaches and culture with his wife Laureve and daughter Rose.

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Liturgical Director

Cantor Sarah Myerson

Cantor Sarah Myerson has served a variety of Jewish communities in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island, New York. Previously, she served as the cantor of Congregation Beth Ohr in Bellmore/Massapequa, New York, and Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill (Boston), Massachusetts.

She was invested as a cantor by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, conferred with Diploma of Hazzan and Master of Sacred Music. As a cantorial student, she interned at Beth Shalom Oceanside Jewish Center in Oceanside, New York, and at Kehillat Netzach Israel in Ashkelon, Israel. She received her Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree, honors first class, from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia. Cantor Sarah continues to write and perform new compositions, especially in Yiddish and Hebrew, and has developed a profile as a musician, speaker, educator and Yiddish dance teacher and leader. She is also an avid rock climber.

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Finance Support Specialist

William Waldman

Our Finance Support Specialist supports the Executive Director, and the Finance, Fundraising, and Communications Committees.

William Waldman has worked in hospitality finance over the last eight years, most recently for Fig and Olive restaurants. Prior to that he was in industrial distribution finance. William has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting from SUNY at Stony Brook and he is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. He is a Brooklyn native with interests in photography and cooking and has done community work with City Harvest-Union Square Food Rescue.

Administrative Assistant

Erica Southward

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Hebrew School & Family Programming Administrative Assistant

Priscilla Murphy

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Welcome Desk and Security

Trevor Malcolm
Gerald Bertrand

Custodial Staff

Nestor Restrepo
Pedro Sanchez
Yvette Simmons
Quadasia Precious Gardner
Takeisha Bethea

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