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.
Assistant Rabbi: Adir Yolkut
Adir Yolkut received his rabbinic ordination from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, California in 2016. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Adir spent his college years at List College, the joint program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University where he received degrees in both American History and Talmud. Adir served as a staff member on Nativ, the Conservative movement's gap-year program in Israel where he also studied at the Conservative Yeshivah. His areas of interest lie in the cross-section of Talmud, Jewish law, and community organizing. He looks forward to helping people learn how to integrate these texts into their lives as a means to build strong and vibrant Jewish communities. In his spare time, Adir is an avid St. Louis sports fan, coffee drinker, always up for pickup sports game, and loves to theorize on Game of Thrones and anything pop culture related!
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!
Executive Director: David Goldstein
A Westchester County native, David Goldstein is WJC’s new Executive Director. David comes to WJC after serving in a variety of roles in the Jewish Community, most recently as the Assistant Executive Director of the Barry & Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside. David previously held positions with Young Judaea Global and in the Boston Jewish community at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston and Hebrew College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. David and his wife Melissa Braverman live in Riverdale and are the proud parents of two daughters: Ranya (16) and Adiella (9).
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 non-profits. Pat earned her BA cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and also studied at the Universita` per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.
Education Director and Congregation Program Coordinator: 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 joining WJC, she worked for three years as the Education 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 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.
Teen Engagement Director: Adam Bender
Adam was born and raised in a north suburb of Chicago, where he grew up involved in USY and the conservative movement. Adam participated in the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel following high school and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Finance in 2016. Adam was most recently the Engagement Director at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, MN, where he worked with youth programming and engagement with all ages toddler-young adult. Over the summer, Adam works with USY on Wheels where this past summer he was the group leader for USY on Wheels East. Adam loves to read, hike and is a huge Chicago sports fanatic.
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 Religious 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 the 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 interpersonal 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.