- SANDY SILVERSTEIN, Interim Executive Director
- NANCY PARKES, Director of Congregational Learning
- LISA SCHWARTZ, Director of Shorashim Religious School
- PATTY GOLDSTICK, Nursery School Director
- MICHELLE STEINHART, Director of Inclusion
- MARCEY WAGNER, Director of Youth & Family Education
- MATAN GLAZER, Community Educator
- AMY ROSENBAUM, Community Educator
- JESSICA COHEN, Community Educator
SANDY SILVERSTEIN, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sandy has a broad background in Jewish communal service. Prior to joining TIC he was Executive Director of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, CA, Executive Director of Temple Israel in Westport, CT, and he was the Assistant Executive Vice President of United Jewish Federation of MetroWest in Whippany, N.J. He also served as Executive Director of JCC MetroWest; Executive Director of the YM-YWHA of Bergen County, N.J.; Executive Director of the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Boston; and was on the National Staff of United Synagogue Youth.
Sandy holds a Masters of Social Work from New York University, and a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota.
A member of NATA - the National Association for Temple Administration - Sandy has also served as a consultant to Jewish organizations. His professional presentations have included "Cost Containment in Jewish Community Centers," "Energy Conservation" and "Managing Your Accounts Receivables.”
A native of Minnesota, Sandy and his wife Meryl have two adult sons, Stephen (married to Alla) and Howard (married to Jess), and two grandchildren, Miles & Skylar. Sandy and Meryl make their home in Trumbull, CT.
It is anticipated that Sandy will be with our community for approximately the next three months, during which time he will be available to support and assist our community in whatever ways are needed.
Contact Sandy Silverstein at 914-948-2800 ext. 119.
NANCY PARKES, DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING
Nancy Parkes is a graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), earning her M.A. degree in Jewish Studies and Education in the William Davidson School of Education. She has been involved in Jewish education since 2000, as both a student and teacher.
Nancy joined Temple Israel Center in 2007 and served as the Director of Education from 2009 to 2012. Nancy assumed the new role of Director of Congregational Learning in 2011. She has initiated many programs at Temple Israel Center, including pilot programs in grades K-3, and a new bold model in Havurat Torah, Temple Israel Center's high school. Nancy is one of the teachers in Havurat Torah along with other members of the professional staff and clergy. Nancy also serves as a mentor for first year graduate students in the William Davidson School of Education at JTS.
In 2001, Nancy combined her passion for Israel and her love for tennis when she represented the United States and competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel bringing home three medals.
She is the originator of a variety of local, national, and international fundraising events including the Time/LIFE Photo Exhibitions for Israel Bonds, the "Yad L'Yad" program in the United States and Israel, and the Dasberg, Joseph, Ramon Scholarship Fund for Tel Aviv University. She is also the co-author of "The Little Torah's Trip to Space," a children's book about the Torah that Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, took to space.
Nancy is a member of the Board of the Trustees for the William Davidson School of Education of JTS and is a committee member of the Consortium for the Future of the Jewish Family.
Nancy currently lives in Rockland County with her husband, Michael, and her three children, Rachel, Adam, and Sarah.
Contact Nancy Parkes at 914-948-2800 ext. 143.
LISA SCHWARTZ, DIRECTOR OF SHORASHIM RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
Lisa 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.
PATTY GOLDSTICK, NURSERY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Patty 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.
MICHELLE STEINHART, DIRECTOR OF INCLUSION
Michelle 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 Steinshart at 914-948-2800 ext.145.
MAtan glazer, COMMUNITY EDUCATOR
Matan is excited to be joining the TIC educational team. He grew up and was educated in Israel, where he also served in the IDF. He now lives in Manhattan with his wife, Katie, and their cat, Raven. He holds a B.A. in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology and Jewish History from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is working toward an M.S. in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University.
Previously, Matan taught Judaic Studies, and prayer, and coordinated community service projects at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York. He has also served as a counselor and leadership trainer for NOAM - the Masorti Youth Movement in Israel, and as a tefillah/prayer coordinator for children with special needs at Camp Ramah in the Poconos.
Contact Matan at 914-948-2800 ext.153 or by email.
Amy Rosenbaum formally joined the Temple Israel Center education team as a Community Educator in 2013 after spending a year at T.I.C. as a JTS intern. Amy has taught at Camp Ramah-Nyack for six summers, creating innovative, engaging learning experiences for children from kindergarten through 8th grades.
Amy grew up in Philadelphia and North Carolina. She earned a B.A. in English and a Ph.D in Modern Jewish Thought at Northwestern University, and an MA in Jewish Education from JTS where she was a Jim Joseph Fellow, a Brown Fellow, and recipient of the Lisa and James Schlesinger Prize. At Northwestern and SUNY-Purchase, she taught courses in Jewish history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the history of Jewish-Christian relations. Amy was the assistant director for interreligious affairs in the national office of the American Jewish Committee.
Amy and her husband Dan live in New Rochelle with their daughter Gracie.
Contact Amy at 914-948-2800 ext. 154 or by email.
jessica cohen, community educator
Jessica Cohen joined the TIC professional staff as a Community Educator in 2015. She has worked in synagogue education for nine years as a teacher for children from 2nd grade through high school. She has been working as a Principal Researcher and Educator on The Narrative Project since 2013, facilitating workshops to help Jewish educators incorporate personal narrative work into their teaching.
Jessica grew up in Memphis, TN, and currently lives in Manhattan. She earned a BA in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and an MA in Jewish Education from JTS.