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Our Staff

David Goldstein, Executive Director

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).

Ann Pardes, Early Childhood Director

Ann brings over 30 years of Early Childhood experience, both in New York and Florida. She is currently the Director of the WJC of Mamaroneck ECC and is excited to bring her passion for working with young children and their families to WJC. Ann holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Elementary Education from Manhattanville College. As a consummate learner, Ann is dedicated to professional development, for both herself and her staff, in order to bring the most current and innovative best practices into the classroom. She has spent the majority of her career working in Jewish Early Childhood settings and is committed to developmentally appropriate, exploratory and child-centered learning.

Aleza Kulp, Education Director & Congregation Program Coordinator

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!

Ziva Wagner, Assistant Religious School Principal

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.

Adam Bender, Director of Teen Engagement

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. Previously, Adam served as the Engagement Director at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, MN, where he worked with youth programming and engagement for all ages— toddler-young adult. During the summer prior to joining WJC, Adam worked with USY on Wheels where he was the group leader for USY on Wheels East. Adam loves to read, hike, and is a huge Chicago sports fanatic.

Kate Schlientz
Editorial Services Director

Arlene Ratzabi

Alexandra Paisley
Communications Assistant

Rosie Aronin
Administrative Assistant

Kim Lewis
Administrative Assistant

Sandy Fenton
Early Childhood Secretary

Eileen Fortuna
Religious School Secretary

Millie Briceno

Jose Luis Fonseca

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