Who’s Who at Temple Emanuel

TE Board of Directors 2017-18

President: Alan Kliger, president@templeemanuel-gnh.org First Vice President: Robin Levine-Ritterman Second Vice President: Vlad Katsovich Secretary: Lewis Shaffer, secretary@templeemanuel-gnh.org Treasurer: Lenny Farber, treasurer@templeemanuel-gnh.org Assistant Treasurer: Matt Nierenberg, treasurer@templeemanuel-gnh.org Board of Directors Barbara Berkowitz Marilyn Fischman David Korman Steve Rivkin Howard Schachter Michael Shanbrom Rise Siegel Bruce Spiewak Mark Weber Melissa Perkal, Past President Susan Pinsky Bleeks, Sisterhood Representative more

Jodi Harris, Religious School Director

I was born in New Haven and moved to Bloomfield CT as a baby, where I attended Yeshiva of Hartford before attending public schools. My socially progressive parents and Orthodox grandparents helped shape my Jewish identity and I embraced the concept of Tikkun Olam at a very early age. I received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Connecticut College, but the pull of Boston’s big business in the Reagan era caused me to abandon the idea of social work. Once I was back in Connecticut raising my family, I became very involved in volunteering not only for Temple Beth David, but also for numerous “good works” […] more

High Holy Day Cantorial Soloists Laurel Shader and Anna Zonderman

Laurel Shader, a member of Temple Emanuel since 1985, has been a High Holy Day cantorial soloist at TE since 1996. She has also been the music director/arranger for the Temple Emanuel house band since its debut in the fall of 2009. By day, Laurel is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Fair Haven Community Health Center. She lives in Orange with her husband, Jon Zonderman, and is the mother of two musical young adults, Anna and Jacob Zonderman. Anna Zonderman has been a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel since 2004. She also leads the children’s High […] more

Cantorial Soloist at Bnei Mitzvah services – Susan Pinsky Bleeks

Susan Pinsky Bleeks has spent her entire adult life involved in her twin passions of Jewish Education and Music. She & her husband Tom joined Temple Emanuel in 1979 and within a few years she started teaching at the Religious School. Two years later, she became the Education Director of the school – a role she maintained for the next 25 years until June 2009. In 1996, she was asked to be a Cantorial Soloist for the High Holidays, as well as Soloist for the Bnai Mitzvah services. While she retired from singing at the High Holidays in 2005, she […] more

Rabbi Michael Farbman

Born in Vitebsk, Belarus, Rabbi Farbman received his semicha (rabbinic ordination) at the Leo Baeck College, Reform Rabbinical Seminary in London. From 2001 to 2004, Rabbi Farbman served West London Synagogue of British Jews in London, UK  as Assistant Rabbi. Serendipitously, Rabbi Farbman’s friend and mentor in London was Rabbi Mark Winer, the former Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in its early, formative years! Rabbi Farbman holds a  B.A. and M.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies. From 2004 to 2007 Rabbi Michael Farbman returned to Russia and helped build Sha’arei Shalom Progressive Jewish Community in  St. Petersburg, Russia.  The story of Sha’arei Shalom and its success is […] more