Rabbi: Jeffrey T. Segelman
Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman has been the rabbi of the Westchester Jewish Center since 1987. Born and raised in Boston, he received bachelors’ degrees from Boston University and Boston Hebrew College. He earned his master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Before coming to WJC, he was the rabbi of the Wayne Conservative Congregation. He is married to Marla and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Cantor: Ethan Goldberg
Cantor Ethan Goldberg joined WJC in the Fall of 2014 after a musical odyssey that has taken him from Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where he has been the music director for seven years, to Brandeis University, where he graduated with a degree in music-voice performance and Judaic studies, to the Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is scheduled to graduate from in 2016. Cantor Goldberg is looking forward to leading our congregation with a shared musical vocabulary, allowing us all to feel part of one community - with a common repertoire and mood and musical feeling!
Assistant Rabbi: Loren Monosov
Rabbi Loren Monosov has returned to WJC as our assistant rabbi after receiving her rabbinic ordination and a masters with a concentration in Pastoral Care from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in May 2010. Rabbi Monosov previously taught in the WJC religious school, served as the synagogue’s rabbinic intern and was our Youth Director. She also has taught in a number of settings, including Camp Ramah Nyack and the Ivry Prozdor High School at JTS. Rabbi Monosov also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital, NY during rabbinical school. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University where she met her husband Jeremy. Rabbi Monosov is the proud parent of two daughters, Hannah Rebecca and Yael Keren.
Executive Director: Susan Lurie
Susan Lurie came to WJC in 2000 after holding professional positions in the Jewish community for more than fifteen years. She was a Jewish Community Center executive and previously held a national professional position at the Jewish Community Center Association of North America. Susan holds a BA in psychology and education and an MA in psychology. She is a long-time resident of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck area and feels right at home in the WJC community.
Early Childhood Director: Sabrina Landau
Sabrina Landau, originally from New Rochelle, NY, serves as the Early Childhood Director at WJC. She possesses years of experience in Jewish education and has worked as a Preschool Director, a Preschool Camp Director and a Consultant on learning and teaching at Early Childhood Centers across the country. Along with teaching and administrative skills, Sabrina brings creative talents - as a tap dancer, horseback riding instructor and theatrical director - to share with the children and families of the Westchester Jewish Center. She received her MA in Jewish Education from Touro College and completed the doctoral program at Azrieli Graduate School. Sabrina is a proud parent of three: Yaakov, Thommie and Goldie.
Director of Communications & Marketing: Pat Tinto
After an extensive career in government, politics and strategic communications in New York, Pat Tinto joined WJC as the Center’s first director of communications and marketing. Previously, Pat served as director of communications & marketing for Patricia Lynch Associates Inc. / PLA New York, a premier government affairs and media relations firm with offices in NYC, Albany, Buffalo and the Republic of Panama. Earlier in her career, Pat was a speechwriter for the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner under Governor Mario Cuomo, press officer for the Bronx Borough President and media relations director for a city-wide political campaign. She also has worked as an account executive for a public affairs firm where she led grassroots and media relations efforts for health care organizations, public benefit corporations and nonprofits. Pat earned her BA cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and also studied at the Universita` per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.
Education Director: Aleza Kulp
Aleza Kulp, originally from Margate, New Jersey, began working as the Education Director and Family Life Coordinator at WJC in 2001. Prior to her joining WJC she worked for three years as the Educational Director at a Conservative synagogue in New Jersey. Aleza received her MA in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary and has studied at Hebrew University. Aleza has also worked at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Programs in Israel. Aleza loves working with the youth and families of our congregation. Her goal for each child in our synagogue is that they embrace their own Jewish identity and enjoy being a part of our congregation. Aleza is a proud parent of her son Leor. Together, they love being a part of the WJC community!
Assistant Religious School Principal: Ziva Wagner
Ziva Wagner is originally from Staten Island, N.Y. She is excited to join the WJC in a new capacity as assistant principal of the Religious School. Ziva has taught in the Religious School for six years. She taught from 1999-2004 and again in 2013-2014. Ziva taught in the fifth and sixth grades. Ziva spent one year studying in Israel and then continued her studies at Stern College for women and Azrieli graduate school. She resides in Teaneck, N.J. with her husband and four children.
Director of Teen Engagement: Shoshi Rosenbaum
In July 2015, Shoshi Rosenbaum joined the Westchester Jewish Center to serve as the first Director of Teen Engagement. In filling the newly created position, she moved to Mamaroneck from Manhattan, where she was the Student Hazzan at B’nai Jeshurun (BJ). Shoshi is scheduled to graduate in 2016 from the cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to her cantorial studies, Shoshi directed the teen program at BJ, and she studied teen education at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Shoshi graduated from Barnard College and JTS, where she founded and directed the Jewish women’s a cappella group, S’madar. She used to spend her summers working at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. In Shoshi’s spare time, she enjoys ukulele, Zumba, and playing with her dog.
Librarian: Arlene Ratzabi
Arlene joined the Westchester Jewish Center as the Librarian in February 2007. Arlene began her library career in Israel after completing her Master's in Library Science at Columbia University. She spent ten years as a professional librarian in Israel, first as a Periodicals Librarian at the National and University Library in Jerusalem, and then as the Acquisitions Librarian at the Central Library of Agricultural Science in Rehovot. After moving back to New York, she built upon her library background to begin a new career as an Executive Recruiter with a boutique recruiting firm. Through the years, Arlene became very involved with her synagogue in Queens and decided that she would like to return to the Jewish community in a professional capacity and joined the staff of the Westchester Jewish Center.
Superintendent: Jose Luis Fonseca
Jose Luis Fonseca began working at WJC in May 1989 and WJC could not function without him and his staff. In addition to his own family, which includes three children, Jose Luis enjoys being part of the larger WJC family. Jose Luis was born in Mexico and the community recently celebrated his becoming a U.S. citizen. WJC's excellent custodial staff keeps our building and premises clean and in working order. They are always available to help teachers, staff, and congregants.
Office Manager: Naomi Kauffman
Naomi Kauffman joined the WJC staff in 2006 bringing an extensive background in paralegal and office management services. As Office Manager, Naomi utilizes her expertise in technology, website management and social media to help coordinate office systems, the synagogue calendar and internal and external communications. With her support, all members of the community are able to access information about WJC programs and services using systems that are cutting edge and user-friendly. Naomi lives in Larchmont and is the mother of Jessica and Samantha.
Administrative Assistant: Rosie Aronin
Rosie Aronin joined the WJC administrative support staff in 2012. She has worked in the Jewish community for close to 25 years, including 17 years at a synagogue in Northern Westchester, and as a Hebrew School teacher in Washington, D.C. She holds an undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and has studied Jewish Education at the graduate level. Rosie continues to pursue Jewish learning in informal settings. Rosie and her husband Simon live in White Plains, and have three grown children.
Main Office Secretary: Kim Lewis
Kim Lewis has worked at WJC since 1991. She is the secretary for the main office, where congregants and visitors will be greeted by her smiling face and friendly voice. She has served as the Relgious School secretary as well as secretary to the clergy and the Youth Department. Because of her tenure in the office, Kim also helps serve as institutional memory for WJC. Kim is married to her college sweetheart and has three boys.
Early Childhood Secretary: Sandy Fenton
Sandy joined the WJC family in October 2014. A Brooklyn NY native, Sandy and her family moved to Mount Kisco in 1996. After an 18 year career in Dental Hygiene, Sandy spent five years as a stay-at-home mom. Seeking a better work-life balance, Sandy became a licensed real estate broker and ran an active business for 17 years. Sandy also worked part-time at a premier health club dealing with member services issues and acquired the administrative and inter-personal skills that make her such a valued addition to WJC. Sandy and her husband are the proud parents of a 23 year old son who is pursuing graduate studies while working with autistic and learning disabled children.
Religious School Secretary: Eileen Fortuna
Eileen Fortuna joined the WJC community in1992, bringing with her a wealth of experience in early childhood education. Currently WJC’s religious school secretary and early childhood summer camp director, Eileen previously worked as a Pre-K teacher, assistant director, early childhood instructional specialist, college supervisor in the early childhood graduate program at Lehman College. Eileen received her MS in early childhood education from Lehman College. She lives in Larchmont with her husband, and is Mom to Anthony and Jaclyn.
Bookkeeper: Millie Briceno
Millie Briceno joined WJC as its bookkeeper in November 2003. Prior to coming to WJC, she was the bookkeeper at Excell Home Fashions for over 39 years. She brings her outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail and enjoys working at WJC. Millie is a mother and a grandmother and she has a son who serves in the US Military.