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Our clergy & staff

TINW's clergy, staff and board are here to help make sure everything is in place for a great experience.  Photos, bios and contact information for our clergy and staff are below to make connecting easy.  Always feel free call the Temple Office at 914.271.4705 if you have any trouble finding what you need. 

clergy bios & contact

RABBI JENNIFER JAECH 

rabbi@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x132

Rabbi Jennifer Jaech became the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in 2006. She is an insightful leader and gifted educator who interprets the complexity of contemporary American life through the prism of our Jewish history and traditions.  She enjoys teaching children and adults, both within our synagogue and in the broader community.

Rabbi Jaech is active in interfaith work in the community with an emphasis on social justice.   She is a former Co-Chair of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State and served on the Union for Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action and the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Committee on Justice, Peace and Civil Liberties.

Rabbi Jaech co-authored a recently published book: He’s All I Have:  Nurturing a Young Child through the Loss of a Loved One. She also published an essay in the Reform Jewish Quarterly (Winter 2011) entitled: “Don’t let that Horse Bite You:  Rabbinical Lessons Learned in the Riding Ring” and two articles about Temple Israel’s 2018 congregational civil rights journey in The Forward. A child’s book entitled An Accidental Angel is currently in production.

Rabbi Jaech previously served as Assistant Rabbi, Temple Educator, and Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel. She received her MA in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2002 and was ordained rabbi in 2003. While at HUC-JIR, she earned thirteen academic prizes in several disciplines, including history, liturgy, human relations and Hebrew. She completed her undergraduate education at The Evergreen State College, earning a BA with a concentration in American Studies in 1985.   Prior to coming to Temple Israel, Rabbi Jaech worked in higher education administration, government relations, and politics.

Rabbi Jaech lives with her husband, S. David Sperling, in Peekskill, NY.  Her grown son, Isaac Meyer, teaches high school in Seattle, WA.  Rabbi Jaech’s interests outside the Jewish community include horses, hiking, and Seahawks football.  Read Rabbi Jennifer Jaech's blog for more insight into her perspective or read some of her High Holy Day Sermons from prior years to see what she has been contemplating over time.

CANTOR LAUREN PHILLIPS FOGELMAN

cantor@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x127

Prior to joining TINW in July of 2018, our dynamic cantor, Cantor Phillips Fogelman, served Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT . She was ordained as cantor from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2013 and holds degrees from Tufts University and The Boston Conservatory.

Cantor Phillips Fogelman previously served as cantor at Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, WI, as well as student cantor at Union Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, NY. Highlights from her time in Milwaukee include founding the award-winning Sinai in the City program for young professionals, founding the Kol Simcha youth band, and singing the National Anthem at a Brewers game.

​In addition to being an accomplished prayer leader and musician, Cantor Phillips Fogelman has a diverse portfolio of expertise in many areas, including formal and informal education, B'nai Mitzvah preparation, pastoral counseling, and media relations. A dynamic and innovative educator, Cantor Phillips Fogelman has worked with teens and youth, leading international trips for the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY).  She also has experience with Clinical Pastoral Education at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she served as chaplain intern in the Breast Cancer and Gynecology Unit, helping patients cope through some of life's most difficult challenges.

Cantor Phillips Fogelman lives in Westchester with her husband Dan and their adorable young son, Alex.  She shares some of her thoughts on the Cantor's Blog and you can see some of her music and song here.

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, RABBI WENDY PEIN

educator@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x123

Rabbi Wendy Pein is our esteemed Director of Education.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and was ordained a rabbi by Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  Rabbi Pein began her career in 1997 as an assistant rabbi at Temple Israel of New Rochelle. Following that, Rabbi Pein became an instructor at the headquarters of the Union for Reform Judaism and simultaneously served as visiting rabbi at Temple Beth Israel in her home town of Scottsdale, AZ. Then came five years as associate rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, NY, before moving to Texas to become senior rabbi of Congregation Adat Chaverim, a 150-family synagogue in Plano.  More recently Rabbi Pein served the Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El (SSTTE), which appointed Rabbi Wendy D. Pein as its first Director of Congregational Learning.  Married with two children, Rabbi Pein now lives in Harrison, NY.  Rabbi Pein's blog chronicles her experiences as a Jewish educator.

RABBI EMERITA, HELENE FERRIS

rheleneferris@gmail.com

Rabbi Ferris is the first second-career female rabbi in Judaism.  Rabbi Ferris was ordained by the Reform Jewish seminary Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1981, and worked as an associate rabbi for Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York from 1981 until 1991.  From 1991 until her retirement in 2006 Ferris was the rabbi at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester.

Among her most well-known activities, on December 1, 1988, Ferris helped prepare a prayer service and read from the Torah at the Western Wall, along with over 70 other Jewish women. This was the first time in history Jewish women prayed together and read from the Torah together at the Western Wall.  Rabbi Ferris is a board member of the International Committee for Women of the Wall (ICWOW), which is a group working to give women the right to pray at the Western Wall, which is now illegal.

Rabbi Ferris supports the inclusion of lesbian and gay Jews in religious life. In 1986 she organized a conference on lesbian and gay Jews in New York City.  In 1989 she presided over a same-sex wedding ceremony for Ileen Kaufman and Jan Catalfumo; few rabbis would officiate such a ceremony in those days.

In 2007 Letty Cottin Pogrebin chose her as one of "The Other Fifty Top Rabbis in America."  She has written for Reform Judaism magazine and her Letter to the Editor, Female Prisoners and #MeToo was published in The New York Times in 2018.

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE, S. DAVID SPERLING

davidsperling1@me.com

Dr. S. David Sperling serves as Professor of Bible and holds the Rabbi Julian Morgenstern Chair in Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Among his scholarly interests are the religion of ancient Israel, the history of modern Jewish biblical scholarship and comparative Semitic languages.

Dr. Sperling earned his BA at Brooklyn College, was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Semitic Languages from Columbia University. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Sperling taught at SUNY-Stony Brook and then at Barnard College. He has served as visiting professor at New York University, Syracuse University, The College of William and Mary, and The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Among his publications are the books, Ve-Eileh Divrei David: Essays in Semitics, Hebrew Bible and History of Biblical Scholarship, Students of the Covenant (a history of modern Jewish biblical scholarship in America) and The Original Torah: The Political Intent of the Bible’s Writers. He was the editor of the Bible division of the revised Encyclopaedia Judaica (2007) to which he contributed some 145 articles. Dr. Sperling also served as consulting editor to The Haftarah Commentary by Rabbi Gunther Plaut and Rabbi Chaim Stern, as well as to the new URJ Torah Commentary. His current project is a book on the Hallel Psalms (Psalm 113-118).

Dr. Sperling is married to Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Senior Rabbi of TINW.

Staff Bios & contact

TEMPLE ADMINISTRATOR, ROBIN SAFAROWIC

robin@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x121

Robin Safarowic is the Temple Administrator at TINW and the right person to call with almost any question you may have about our Temple.  Robin has served TINW for 18 years in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility and complexity.  Prior to her time at TINW, Robin raised her three sons.  She lives in Putnam County with her husband of 38 years.

EDUCATION COORDINATOR, ROBERTA ROBINSON

roberta@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x122

Roberta Robinson has been a member of TINW for 23 years and has worked here for the past six years, so she know the ins and outs. Roberta holds a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and before working at TINW she was a grant writer for a number of organizations. Roberta now enjoys acting in local productions in her spare time and whipping up something delicious for us to nibble on. She lives in Westchester County with her husband, Howard, and a very needy dog named Biggie.

 

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR, SANDRA GOLDSTEIN

sandy@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x126

Sandy Goldstein has the challenging job of making sure all aspects of our financial life at TINW run smoothly.  Sandy has a BA from Brandeis, an MBA from Cornell and is a CPA. Prior to joining the Temple staff in 2016, she had over 20 years of experience in the financial sector in a variety of financial-related roles (including, among other responsibilities, auditing, financial reporting, and implementing financial information systems).

Sandy and her family have been members of Temple Israel since 1999 – her two children became b’nai mitzvah in our community and stayed involved through their graduation from high school. Sandy is active in the Temple’s Sisterhood and currently serves as its Treasurer. She and her husband live in Yorktown Heights. Please feel free to contact her with any questions about your financial obligations. She is typically in the office Tuesdays through Thursdays.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,
MICHELLE MINOFF

michelle@tinw.org
914.271.4705 x124

Michelle Minoff is in charge of engaging with you!  If you are interested in getting involved with TINW, drop her a line and she'll help you out!  Before joining TINW Michelle's work experience included a number of positions in marketing and advertising at multi-media publishers like Conde Nast where she led the digital marketing efforts of The New Yorker, Wired and Vanity Fair.  Most recently she has worked as an independent marketing consultant and served on the executive boards of the Croton Free Library, J-Baby and Young Judea's Camp Sprout Westchester.  Click on this link to start a promotions request for a TINW event.

After growing up in Croton, Michelle received her BA from Brandeis University and her MBA farther afield at the University of Southern California before coming full circle and settling in Croton with her husband and two children.

 

SUPERINTENDENT, RUBEN CORREA

Ruben Correa keeps us running smoothly!  Whether it's a light fixture that needs repair, a meeting that needs a quick turn over or burgers that need grilling, Ruben's the man!  His work ethic is unrivaled as evidenced in our neat building and landscaped exterior.  Thank him the next time you see him!

 

 

 

 

CUSTODIAN, BOB HAYES

Bob Hayes is often on our super early and super late shifts.  He helps make sure all of our events are expertly set up and cleaned up as well as lots and lots of other responsibilities that make our daily lives here more pleasant.  Say "hi" the next time you see him!

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