Rabbi Howard J. Goldsmith
Rabbi Howard J. Goldsmith was born and raised in the New York area. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. After a few years of human resources consulting work with Sibson & Company, Howard attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) from which he received rabbinic ordination in May 2007. While at HUC he served a wide range of communities including: Eisner Camp, the Laramie Jewish Community Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Temple Emanu-El of the City of New York, the Israel Religious Action Center, Syracuse University Hillel and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. HUC awarded him the Aaron & Margery Levenstein Prize in Human Relations, the Sarah & Samuel Chernick Memorial Prize in Halakhic Literature, and the Temple Emanu-El (Dallas) Prize in Liturgy & Spirituality.
After ordination, Rabbi Goldsmith served as the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York where he was involved in all areas of synagogue life. In addition to regular pulpit and life-cycle responsibilities, he led Emanu-El’s first ever family trip to Israel, brought Emanu-El to the cutting edge of programming for those in their 20s and 30s, helped to reinvigorate the Religious School and developed new models for family worship.
Rabbi Goldsmith was a member of Synagogue 3000’s Emergent Sacred Communities Working Group with other dynamic young rabbinic leaders from all different streams of Judaism. He serves as a Rabbinic Advisor and Maven-in-the-Making for Storahtelling, a Torah through arts organization. Rabbi Goldsmith co-chairs Cornell Hillel’s Jewish Student Life Advisory Council.
Rabbi Goldsmith’s hobbies include cycling, hiking, skiing, cooking, wine, listening to music and kayaking. He and his wife, Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith, live in New Rochelle, New York with their children Lev (age 4) and Talia (age 2).
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Rabbi Daniel S. Wolk
Rabbi Daniel S. Wolk was our congregation leader from 1967 to 2010. A graduate of Brown University and The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), he emulates his father, Rabbi Samuel Wolk, who served in Albany, New York, in a tradition of dynamic and committed leadership. Warm, friendly and approachable, Rabbi Wolk is an ardent traveler, amateur archaeologist and author. His commitment to both the congregation and community is testified to by his tenure in our pulpit and as a teacher of Old Testament Bible at The School of The Holy Child since 1973, where he has been honored on numerous occasions. Rabbi Wolk is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).
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Cantor Meredith Stone
Cantor Meredith Stone brings her magnificent voice to all of our worship experiences. She has been with the congregation since 1985. During her long tenure Cantor Stone has made many special contributions to the life of the congregation in addition to her usual duties of leading worship, teaching and directing choirs. These include the creation of a vibrant women’s study group with annual retreats, creative initiatives in worship, and years of innovative musical programs. A graduate of Brown University, she received a Master’s Degree in voice from the University of Southern California and a Master’s of Sacred Music Degree from Hebrew Union College, where she was also invested as Cantor. In 2011 Cantor Stone was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College.
Cantor Stone is an accomplished soprano with a broad range of professional credits as soloist in opera and oratorio. Among them are her operatic debut with the Baltimore Opera in The Magic Flute, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Anchorage Symphony. She received fellowships to the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and was a prizewinner in several vocal competitions including the Bel Canto Foundation National Opera Competition.
Cantor Stone is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, the School of Sacred Music Alumni Association, and Kol Hazzanim, a consortium of colleagues in Westchester, NY. She is also a co-facilitator of a midlife women cantors discussion group. She can be heard on several recordings of Jewish music including Evening, Morning and Noon: The Sacred Music of Jack Gottlieb. She lives in New York City with her husband, Martin and daughters, Mirit and Lila. Contact Cantor Stone at email@example.com or 914-967-4382 x19.
Chase Foster is a third-year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College in New York. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. Before entering HUC, Chase worked as the Director of Youth Activities at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ. He was a committee member of the URJ’s Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning, and was a Leadership Team member for the newly founded Reform Youth Professionals’ Association. Chase has extensive experiences in Reform Jewish youth programming, and considers it his passion and life’s work. He grew up at the URJ’s Goldman Union Camp Institute, was President of his youth group at Wise Temple in Cincinnati, and was an active participant in NFTY’s Ohio Valley region. While in college, he became the youth group advisor at Temple Israel in West Lafayette, IN, and a leader in Alpha Epsilon Pi, KESHER: the URJ’s College Division, and Purdue’s Hillel Student Board. He has been a staff member for seven summers at GUCI, including two as a unit head and the past two summers as Program Director. Chase worked last year at Temple Shaaray Tefilla in Manhattan, teaching Religious School and as a part of their Masa Family Program.
Chase will be co-teaching our 6th grade Mi Ani program, in our Monday Night Program, directing the Religious School Madrichim, leading Shabbat Services, and serving in other roles including adult education. To contact him, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Allen, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester’s new Executive Director, joined our staff after serving congregations in Brookline, MA and Pittsburgh, PA. His role as a senior staff member is similar to that of a Chief Operating Officer of a corporation. As Scott has said, he handles all of the “non-clergy, non-educational, non-programatic” things that are necessary to keep CEW functioning smoothly in it’s beautifully redesigned new space. Scott believes a major part of his job, other than making and implementing day-to-day administrative decisions, is to act as a Relationship/Client Services Manager for the congregation’s members. He is looking forward to meeting the community and engaging on all levels with congregants.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Virginia. His previous career was in the financial services industry for the better part of 38 years. Scott is married to Rae-ann, lives in Norwalk, CT and is proud to share with her being parents to 5 sons and 3 grandchildren. Contact Scott Allen at email@example.com 914-967-4382 x18.
The Religious Educator
Marcie Aiuvalasit was educated in a “Classical Reform” congregation on Long Island. From the time she can remember, she has always wanted to be a teacher. As a student at Adelphi University, she began teaching religious school and has never stopped. She earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Boston College and taught in two Reform congregations in the Boston area. Wherever she found herself, she found a temple in which to apply her talents at teaching. Marcie came to Congregation Emanu-El in 1987, as our Director of Religious Education. Her dynamic spirit, love of Judaism and commitment to community has enabled her to establish an outstanding educational experience for our children. Marcie has a certificate as a Family Educator from the Board of Jewish Education and completed the two year Leadership Institute conducted by Hebrew Union College and The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is an active member of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE).
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The Program and Youth Director
Jane Dubro has been our Director of Youth Activities and an educator for our 7th-9th graders for the last 24 years. Jane majored in Psychology and minored in Holocaust studies at SUNY Stony Brook. She has done work with Facing History and Ourselves, Hillel, UJA, and NYU Jewish Culture Foundation. She serves on the Education Committee of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center. Jane is very proud of our Youth Group program’s emphasis on social action. As an educator she is constantly challenging her own teaching style to enhance her students’ learning experience. As Program Director, she engages our entire community in meaningful and engaging Jewish experiences. Jane lives in New Rochelle with her husband, Alan. They have two sons Jared & Alex.
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