A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

Professional Staff


Marty is an experienced Jewish communal executive with an extensive history of service to the community. His most recent position was as CEO of ORT America, a national fundraising organization supporting over 250 Jewish schools around the world. He served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federations of North Americas’ Network of Independent Communities working with 300 small Jewish Federations from Texas to Alaska. Previously Marty directed the Jewish Federations of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien Connecticut and the Jewish Federation of North Jersey. He was the professional leader of the Rosenthal YM-YWHA in Pleasantville and the JCC of Yonkers and the River Towns. In the early part of his career he worked as a clinician providing therapeutic help to families and children, and ran group homes for adults with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. He holds a MSW degree from Yeshiva University and a Not for Profit Management Certificate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Marty lives in Riverdale with his wife Debbie who is a senior geriatrics social worker. His two children and their spouses all work for the Jewish community as well. 

Contact Marty Greenberg at 914-948-2800 ext. 119.




Schwartz.Lisa_8813_TouchedUp500pxLisa Schwartz joined the Temple Israel Center professional staff in 2010 after teaching for fifteen years at the Solomon Schechter School in Rockland County. She has spent most of her life in the field of Jewish education, her passion, in both formal and informal settings, including camps and schools. 

Lisa served as the Assistant Director of Education, before becoming Principal of the Religious School in 2011. 

She is a graduate of SUNY Albany and Iona College, where she received her M.A. Degree in Education. 

Lisa and her family spent ten years living in Israel, at Kibbutz Lotan and Yahel, before relocating to Rockland County, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.

Contact Lisa Schwartz at (914) 948-2800 ext.122.



Goldstick.Patty_8680_TouchedUp500pxPatty Goldstick, the Director of the Temple Israel Center Nursery School since 2011, has a M.A. Degree from the Bank Street College of Education. Most recently, she was Director of Kulanu, a supplemental Hebrew High School in Stamford, CT. Before Kulanu, she worked as a Special Educator in dozens of Nursery schools throughout Westchester and the Bronx, helping children with special needs reach their goals and supporting their families and classroom teachers in the process.

Patty has also worked in the Jewish world for over 15 years and has a strong Judaic background. She is a founding member and former Executive Director of Congregation Tehillah in Riverdale, NY. She was also instrumental in the revitalization of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan,  where she served as the Director of Family & Youth Activities and then as Director of Programming & Volunteers.

Contact Patty Goldstick at 914-948-2800 ext. 126.



Steinhart.Michelle_8852_TouchedUp500pxMichelle has been working in Jewish Education and Jewish Special Education for over twenty years, teaching in day schools and synagogue schools, serving as a counselor in summer camps, and as an advisor in youth groups. She has been at T.I.C. since 1998.
Michelle graduated Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women with a B.A. Degree in Education and an Associate’s Degree in Judaic Studies. Michelle went on to earn her M.A. degree in Special Education at Hunter College, specializing in Learning Disorders and Behavior Disorders.  Michelle has led professional development sessions for the T.I.C. staff, Board of Jewish Education and MATAN.  In addition, Michelle serves as a MATAN mentor for Educational Directors looking to bring inclusion and awareness to their synagogue schools.   Michelle is a 2002 recipient of the Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.  Michelle and her husband Yaakov live in Rockland County with their four children, Avi, Shaina, Shael and Shaya.  

Contact Michelle Steinhart at 914-948-2800 ext.145.



Avi joins Temple Israel Center after nearly a dozen years in Jerusalem, where he was CEO of Best Buddies Israel and Director of International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. Before that, Avi spent many years as a teacher and senior administrator in Jewish schools and camps across the U.S. Avi has an M.S. in Administrative Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. He is presently working on his PhD in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College  At TIC, he oversees youth and family programming, services and educational experiences for Shabbat and holidays. He also creates connections and deepens engagement with both our Shorashim and day school families.

Contact Avi Marcovitz at 914-948-2800 ext. 113.




Before coming to Temple Israel Center, Melissa spent three years in Hong Kong serving as Cantor and Programming Associate for the United Jewish Congregation. There, she planned and coordinated youth programs, taught teens and pre-teens, led trips across the region and managed their presence on social media. Prior to that, Melissa worked in youth-focused positions in synagogues and other Jewish-related organizations in the the New York and Arizona areas.

Contact Melissa Berman at 914-948-2800 ext. 153.