Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change

Administrative Staff

Leon J. Silverberg, Executive Director

Leon J. Silverberg has been the Executive Director of Temple Israel since the summer of 2009.  He joined Temple Israel after having served for nineteen years as Executive Director of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck.  He spent the first fifteen years of his professional career as a health administrator at two major medical centers in New York City as well as working in two agencies for the City of New York.  He has served in leadership positions in both local and national synagogue administrator associations having chaired one national convention as well as having delivered presentations on various aspects of synagogue operations at many others.  Leon holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from CCNY and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Baruch College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  His greatest source of pride comes from his two daughters, Sarah, an environmental attorney and Julia, an MBA who works for the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership.  

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Who's Who in the TIGN Office?

Marie Contento has been at Beth HaGan for 20 years.  She is the assistant to Rachel Mathless, Director of Beth HaGan.  Marie is the first person you will speak with or meet when inquiring about the Nursery School.  She tours the school with prospective parents, describes the very unique and Judaic program offered, and readily answers all their questions and helps to ease concerns regarding their children.  Marie works very closely with Rachel in handling all aspects of Beth HaGan from setting up classes, organizing special event programs, scheduling enrichment classes, and working with the staff and their necessary requirements.  Her office is always busy with parents, teachers and children, to which she plays the role of doctor, mother, psychiatrist, mentor, and facilitator with humor, kindness, warmth and love.

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Jodi Engel, Rabbi Schweber's assistant/Adminatrative Assistant. She has worked at Temple Israel for about 7 years. Her responsibilities include running the congregation’s mailroom and processing donations made to various funds and responding to each with a thank you letter. She is also the accounts receivable clerk, handling all incoming payments to Temple Israel.  She coordinates shiva arrangements, notifying the Pastoral Committee and Yad B' Yad and alerting members who conduct the minyan at shiva homes. Jodi very much enjoys her diverse position at Temple Israel.

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Karel Tanenbaum is the administrative assistant to Rabbi Roth Director of Congregational Schools. Her focus is on all matters related to the Religious School and family programming.  Karel came to us from the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn.  Prior to that, she spent many years in the customer service field.  Karel resides in Queens with her husband and son.  She enjoys working with Temple Israel families, faculty and children of the religious school, and being a part of the TIGN extended family.

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Angela Jones, the office staff’s senior member, has held almost every position during her 16 years as an employee of Temple Israel. She currently oversees most communications with the congregation.  Among her many responsibilities, she is the office liaison to The Voice, seeing to it that regularly appearing feature and informational stories are presented.  Angela also prepares the shabbat service leaflet, pulpit announcements made by the president during shabbat services, and yahrzeit announcements made by the Rabbi during the service. In addition, she maintains the synagogue website, sends e-mails to the membership, manages the TIGN social media and prepares the colorful posters and flyers for publicity. During the High Holy Days she prepares the In Memoriam book and sends out membership honors announcements.  Angela likes working at Temple Israel because of the family environment.

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Lynda Kralstein, Temple Israel’s Controller, has over 20 year of Finance and Accounting experience, having worked for Pricewaterhouse Coppers and First Data.  She has an MBA in Accounting from Hofstra University and a B.A. in English from Widener University.  Lynda is responsible for billing, payables, receivables, financial reporting and financial planning and analysis.  When she is not at work Lynda enjoys spending time with her family and in her garden.

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Jennifer Marks is the newest addition to the Temple Israel administrative staff. As the receptionist, she is responsible for handling scheduling, coordinating set-ups for events and updating the online calendar. Jennifer will also be answering phone calls, replying to e-mails, preparing press releases and taking care of any other administrative tasks. She has lived in the Great Neck area for most of her life, and looks forward to becoming a part of the Temple Israel community. 

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Kathy Recckia joined the Temple Israel office in April of 2002.  Since then she has held a series of increasingly responsible positions and currently serves as administrative assistant to Rabbi Stecker and Cantor Frieder and as the secretary for the Waxman High School and Youth House.  Kathy is heavily involved in special annual projects, such as ticket sales for the Temple Israel Players, printing of tickets and working with clergy for the High Holy Day services, the Journal Dinner Dance, Golf Outing, Lulav and Etrog sales for Sukkot, and Chametz sales for Passover.  In addition, she also helps to coordinate the scheduling of B’nai Mitzvah and synagogue member Auf Rufs and baby namings.  She likes her job, and enjoys the spiritual atmosphere of a shul.

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Marion Stein joined Temple Israel of Great Neck in November 2004 as Assistant to the Executive Director.  Marion enjoys her very diversified position.  She is involved in handling High Holiday seating, the journal for the Dinner Dance and coordinating holiday and congregational dinners.  Marion also manages the office on a daily basis.  Marion lives in Syosset and has two daughters, Beverly and Amy.

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