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Peter Ehrenberg – President (1 year for 2nd term)*
Judy Gallent – Assistant Treasurer (1 year for 5th term)*
Stacy Kanter – Treasurer (1 year for 6th term)*
Andrea Kretchmer – Vice President (1 year for 9th term)*
Cara Lown – Vice President (1 year for 2nd term)**
David Markus – Vice President (1 year for 10th term)*
Denise Sobel – Vice President (1 year for 4th term)***
Martin Flumenbaum – Co-Chair of the CRS Board of Trustees (1 year for 4th term)****
Rob Steinman – Co-Chair of the CRS Board of Trustees (1 year for 2nd term)****
* Continues as a Trustee during her/his newly elected one year term as an officer.
** Also elected as a Trustee for 3 years for her 2nd term
*** Also elected as a Trustee for 3 years for her 3rd term
**** Trustee for life as a Past President
Jason grew up at CRS, becoming a member when his family joined the synagogue when he was six. He has participated in CRUsTY, our Israel exchange programs, and taught in our after-school programs. Jason became a founding member of Tribe, our initiative for millennials, and was a Tribe board member for 5 years.
He has most recently served as a valued member of the Rabbinic Search Committee, where he provided thoughtful insights. Among other responsibilities on the committee, he facilitated a group of millennial congregants who interviewed rabbinic candidates. Jason will be the CRS board’s first RSS alumnus and will provide valuable perspective on rising generations.
Joli has been involved with a myriad of CRS activities and initiatives. She has served on the membership committee and communications committee, and helped shape the process for our first CRS website facelift in 2008.
An active Religious School parent, she is a member of the Education Committee and provides strategic insights and guidance, and has personally recruited several families to join CRS. Her experience in communications and fundraising with JFNA and UJA will be especially valuable to CRS.
Robin Kranich has actively participated in committees, small advisory groups, and projects at CRS. She was a co-chair of the 175th anniversary celebration and is a key member of the small taskforce that is helping Rabbi Spratt transition into his role as Senior Rabbi.
An RSS parent, she is passionate about how we continue to align the mission and values of RSS and CRS. As EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at Gartner, her experience in organizational design, leadership development, strategic planning, and best practices in human resources will be an asset to our board.
Ben Spratt serves as the Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan and the Rabbi in Residence of Rodeph Sholom School. He will become Senior Rabbi of CRS in July 2021.
Ben Spratt serves as the Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan and the Rabbi in Residence of Rodeph Sholom School. He will become Senior Rabbi of CRS in July 2021. His Jewish journey took him through the Orthodox, Reconstructionist, and Renewal worlds; ordained in 2008 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of the Conservative movement, and now serving as a Reform rabbi, Ben’s passion continues to be shaping community beyond existent boundaries. In 2009, Ben helped found Shireinu, an inclusion initiative for Jewish families with special needs, that now serves as a spiritual model for synagogues and churches around the world. Shireinu continues to receive prominent write-ups in the New York Times, The Jewish Week, Autism Speaks, Huffington Post, Jewish Journal, and Times of Israel, and received numerous awards and grants including the Exemplar Award for Inclusion. Ben serves as co-chair of Inclusion and Disability Awareness for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. In 2014, in partnership with Rabbi Josh Stanton of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Ben co-founded Tribe, a joint initiative to engage Jewish Millennials through grassroots leadership and a community of empowerment. Ben served as the co-editor of a special symposium edition of the Reform Jewish Quarterly journal on Millennial Engagement in the spring of 2017, and sparked the New Day Fellowship to foster connection between Muslim and Jewish Millennials. In 2016, Ben partnered with Cantor Shayna De Lowe to reimagine the future of a large legacy congregation, and planted the seeds of Minyan, a Jewish small-group based approach to human flourishing through connection.
Deborah Goldberg joins us from Congregation Beth Tikvah in Columbus, Ohio, where she serves as rabbinic intern. Her year-long capstone project was a curriculum entitled, “Exploring Emotions in the Bible: A Curriculum for Jewish Teenagers” and she was honored with the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize for best sermon delivered during the academic year. She will be ordained in May.
Prior to enrolling at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Deborah worked as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC, and as the teen programs coordinator at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago. Raised in Chicagoland, she graduated with college honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied history and political science. Deborah is looking forward to moving to NYC with her recently adopted beagle, Kelly.
Stefano Iacono has served as the Student Cantor of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, NY for the past four years. As a composer, Stefano has set Hebrew texts to music in hopes of celebrating the diversity of Jewish expression in worship and ritual by drawing upon various genres and traditions.
At Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Stefano explored how lived experiences influence our understanding of scripture in his thesis, “Finding Favor In the Eyes of Pharaoh: A Gay Reading of Joseph,” an exegetical work drawing from mystical teachings of the Zohar. He will be ordained in May.
A native of San Antonio, Stefano earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio, graduating summa cum laude with a love of literature and theory. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Alex.
The overall revenue for CRS (including the Synagogue as submitted by the Synagogue Budget Committee and approved by the Synagogue Board of Trustees; and the Rodeph Sholom School as submitted by the Rodeph Sholom School Finance Committee and approved by the Rodeph Sholom School Board of Directors) for the coming year amounts to $32,588,437. Projected expenses are $32,384,707, which includes a contingency of $708,197. This results in a surplus of $203,730, all of which is earmarked for Capital Expenditures.