Board Of Governors, 2019 – 2021

The Executive Directors who serve voluntarily on the NAASE Board of Governors bring together their experience and their commitment to the profession of synagogue management for the benefit of their colleagues in the field and the congregations of the Conservative Movement.

Each brings specific insights and unique strengths to the shared efforts of the Board, serving in various capacities simultaneously – some as committee chairs, others as special project managers, and others as consultants and liaisons to the Board at large.

Guided by the Association’s Constitution and mindful of the dynamic needs of Executive Directors scattered across the North American continent, the Board of Governors oversees the interrelated functioning of the committees and individuals who develop and sustain the diverse programming of the Association. Currently, twenty one Governors guide the professional association of over 300 members.

Position Name Synagogue Affiliation
President Fred Rothstein, FSA Neveh Shalom
Portland, OR
Senior Vice President for Programming Harvey M. Brenner, FSA, FTA Congregation Bnai Israel
Millburn, NJ
Vice President for Membership Richard Tannenbaum, FSA Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley
Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Vice President for Professional Development Randy Spiegel, FSA, ATz Beth Tzedec Congregation
Toronto, ON
Treasurer Matthew Halpern, FSA, ATz Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus
North Miami Beach, FL
Secretary David Polonsky, FSA Adas Israel Congregation
Washington, DC
Honorary President Susan Z. Kasper, FSA Tiferet Bet Israel
Blue Bell, PA

Board Members:

  • Doris Alter – Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto, ON
  • Lynne Balaban – Congregation B’nai Aviv, Weston, FL
  • Mark Block, FSA
  • Shelley Engel, FSA – Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD
  • Deb Finkelstein, FSA – Kol Shalom, Rockville, MD
  • Sheryl Goldman, FSA – Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tamah Kushner – Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Michael Linn
  • Shari Lipp-Levine – Congregation Beth El Zedeck, Indianapolis, IN
  • Marcie Platkin, FSA – North Shore Jewish Center, Port Jefferson Station, NY
  • Helene Santo – Congregation Or Zarua, New York, NY
  • Mitchell Weiss, FSA – Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa, FL
  • Lynne WeissMarshall

Our Past Presidents remain active as consultants to the Board of Governors, occasionally with several of them serving as ex-officio voting members of the Board of Governors, and as committee and special project chairpersons. They continue to represent NAASE with distinction, to several of our sister organizations.