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The Community Synagogue Staff
 

Executive Director

Director of
Congregational Education

 ECC Director

Jeff Rembrandt
516-883-3144 Ext. 311
jrembrandt@commsyn.org

Shari Isserles
516-883-3144 Ext. 318
shari@commsyn.org

Jen Schiffer
516-883-3144 Ext. 314
jschiffer@commsyn.org

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Assistant to the Clergy

Office Manager

Jean Gatz
516-883-3144 Ext. 328
jgatz@commsyn.org

Annette Rosalia
516-883-3144 Ext. 322
arosalia@commsyn.org

   

Controller

Communications Associate

Phyllis Zuckerbrot
516-883-3144 Ext. 312
pzuckerbrot@commsyn.org

Allison Merims
516-883-3144  Ext. 336
amerims@commsyn.org

   

Administrative Assistant

Fara Delplato
516-883-3144 Ext. 310
fdelplato@commsyn.org

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Assistant Director of the
Early Childhood Center

Assistant Director of
Education

Liad Zayit
516-883-3144 Ext. 313
lzayit@commsyn.org

Orly Danialian
516-883-3144  Ext. 358  
orly@commsyn.org

   

Education Office Manager

Susan Freire
516-883-3144  Ext. 316  
relschool@commsyn.org

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Facilities Manager

Associate Director of Engagement

Ted Dzyr
 516-883-3144 Ext. 349  
tdzyr@commsyn.org

Lindsay Ganci
516-883-3144 Ext. 330  
lganci@commsyn.org


Administration Team

Jeff Rembrandt
Executive Director

516-883-3144 Ext. 311 
jrembrandt@commsyn.org


Jeff grew up in Cleveland Ohio. He received his BA in Rhetoric from Kent State University and an MSW from The University of Cincinnati, with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration.

His professional, non-profit experience has primarily been in Jewish Community Centers in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and as the Regional Director for Women’s American ORT.

Jeff joined The Community Synagogue staff in 2017 as our Executive Director and is proud to be part of the team that keeps our Reform Synagogue growing and thriving. His office door is always open and he is looking forward to meeting everyone. He would love to have you stop by and say hello when you are in the building.

Jeff lives in Port Washington with his wife, Rabbi Rachel Rembrandt, and their two cats. They are the proud parents of 3 grown children; Jason who lives in Denver, Colorado, Micah who lives in Brooklyn, and Hannah who as a traveling Speech Language Pathologist is constantly moving around.

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Jean Gatz
Assistant to the Clergy

516-883-3144 Ext. 328
jgatz@commsyn.org


Jean grew up in Woodhaven, New York.  For most of her career, she provided Administrative support at corporate accounting firms in NYC. Before joining The Community Synagogue, she worked for six years at a Long Island based Special Education software firm.

Jean feels blessed in her current position as the Assistant to the Clergy and enjoys providing for all of the clergy’s daily needs, as well as assisting the congregants with any questions or needs they may have. 

When not working she enjoys reading, ancient history, astronomy, and science fiction and she is an avid animal lover.  She lives in Merrick with her partner Andrea.

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Annette Rosalia
Office Manager

516-883-3144 Ext. 322  
arosalia@commsyn.org

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Phyllis Zuckerbrot
Controller

516-883-3144 Ext. 312  
pzuckerbrot@commsyn.org


She is an active member of Temple Am Echad in Lynbrook, where she is currently the Sisterhood President and was previously Sisterhood Vice President, Social Action co-chair and Youth Committee chairperson.  

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Allison Merims
Communications Associate

516-883-3144  Ext. 336 
amerims@commsyn.org


Allison Merims grew up in Cary, North Carolina. She has slowly moved her way up the East Coast before finding her home here in Port Washington and at The Community Synagogue. When not working, Allison loves trying new vegan recipes, tending to her garden, singing, and supporting her favorite sports teams – the Carolina Hurricanes and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. 

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Fara Delplato
Administrative Assistant

516-883-3144  Ext. 310
fdelplato@commsyn.org


Fara grew up in Flushing, NY. After graduating from SUNY Brockport, she began her career in the music industry which she spent many years before switching careers to the hotel industry working in corporate sales. Her last few years have been spent as a manager in the storage industry before joining The Community Synagogue in June 2022.

She currently lives in Whitestone and has two children, a son and a daughter. Her daughter is currently in graduate school to become a marine biologist and her son will be attending college in the fall to start his studies in sports management. Her interests include learning Russian, listening to music and watching documentaries.

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Education Team

Shari Isserles, RJE
Director of Congregational Education 

516-883-3144 Ext. 318  
shari@commsyn.org


Shari Isserles has served as the Director of Education at The Community Synagogue for the past 17 years.  She received her Masters of Religious Education (M.A.R.E.) degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion after doing her undergraduate studies at Boston University.  Before joining our staff, she served as RS Director at Temple Beth David of Commack.

Shari has extensive experience in Jewish educational leadership, educational development and engagement.  She has a breadth of experience with kids of all ages from our youngest learners to our adult learners.  Shari strives to keep our synagogue on the cutting edge of Jewish education and has brought many innovative programs to our learners, including the FLAME (Family Learning & Mitzvah Education) Program, Hebrew Through Movement, Parent/Child cooking workshops and various Tikkun Olam projects. In addition to her congregational work, Shari serves as a Vice President of the Association for Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). 

Shari has always had a strong connection to Jewish camping.  She grew up as a camper and later spent many summers as a staff member at the URJ Eisner Camp.  She continues to spend time at camp where her husband Paul is the Director and their son is a 3rd generation camper.

Shari, her husband Paul and son Michael live here in Port Washington.  Outside of her professional life, Shari most enjoys spending time with family and friends.  She also loves chocolate, the NY Mets and binge watching episodes of The West Wing.

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Jen Schiffer
ECC Director

516-883-3144 Ext. 314
jschiffer@commsyn.org


With over 15 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education, Jen is thrilled to be “coming home” to TCS.  She began her teaching career working in both public and private schools, in New Jersey, New York City, and most recently, here on Long Island.  Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jen served as our ECC Assistant Director, as well as our Summer Camp Director. After a two-year hiatus where she served as Director of Temple Beth Sholom’s Early Childhood Center in Roslyn Heights, Jen returns to the ECC, bringing with her an in depth-knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice, an understanding of the best ways to teach Jewish values and traditions, as well as a passion for leadership.

Jen’s goal is to bring families together at the ECC to help foster meaningful connections, creating a kehillah kedoshah (sacred community), amongst each and every person in the school, including the amazing ECC staff that she is honored to lead. For Jen, every voice matters, and as she often says, “if I don’t know, I can’t help.”

Jen is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Master’s degree in teaching Spanish and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. A lifelong learner, Jen went on to add an additional Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education to complete her resume.

Jen lives here in Port Washington with her husband, Michael, and their sons, Jonah and Nathan. When she’s not at the ECC, Jen can be found on the baseball field where she serves as the “mom-a-ger” for her son’s Legends baseball team, or in the kitchen cooking or baking. Her specialty is making rainbow challah on Shabbat. As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home,” and Jen is honored to be back “home “with her TCS family.

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Liad Zayit
Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Center

516-883-3144 Ext. 313
lzayit@commsyn.org


Over the past two years, Liad has worked at the ECC as an Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K Program. While serving this role, she supervised children, evaluated their performance with regarding to their social, emotional and cognitive development, and provided them with support throughout the day. Liad also created classroom materials, organized data and participated in Parent Teacher Conferences. She is proficient in progressive ECE philosophies, various teaching approaches and has substantial experience both as an educator and office administrator. Prior to her professional positions, Liad served as a camp counselor at The Community Synagogue Summer Program for 8 years and volunteered at our Religious School as a Teacher's Assistant. Liad is dedicated to supporting families and colleagues as we continue to navigate our Early Childhood Center to excellence. 

Liad has been devoted to Early Childhood Education since graduating with honors from Roslyn High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in Communications & Public Relations with a minor in Early Childhood Psychology. Liad also holds a NYS Child Development Associate accreditation (CDA) and is proficient in all I.T. Office programs. In addition to her work commitments, Liad regularly volunteers as a reading specialist. 

 

Born and raised on Long Island to Israeli parents, Liad is the middle of three siblings. She is fluent in Hebrew and has strong connections with Israel where both her parents were born and still have extensive family there. Liad loves to cook, travel and go on walks with her husband Alec and their dog, Leo. 

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Orly Danialian
Assistant Director of Education

516-883-3144  Ext. 358  
orly@commsyn.org


Orly Danialian serves as The Community Synagogue’s Assistant Director of Education. Orly was a teacher in our program for many years before joining our full-time team, so she brings a wealth of classroom experience to her work. You can often find Orly overseeing our Hebrew program, working with our teachers or kvelling over our students' progress in their Hebrew studies. Orly loves to get involved in creating new and exciting curriculum and programs. Her creativity and energy helps to make our school a vibrant learning community for all.

Orly grew up in Israel and served in the IDF for two years. She came to the United States in 1995 where she met her husband David. She & David currently live on Long Island with their three wonderful children.

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Susan Freire
Education Office Manager

516-883-3144  Ext. 316  
relschool@commsyn.org

 

Sue Freire has worked as the Education Office Manager for over 20 years in both the Early Childhood Center and the Religious School.

In the ECC, she coordinates many programs including Early Drop Off, After School Programs, Grown Up and Me, and yearly registration.  In the Religious School, she is available in the office for staff and students to assist with their day. Sue truly enjoys watching our students growing and learning as toddlers in the ECC through bar/bat mitzvah in the Religious School.

Sue has been married to Bob for over 40 years and has two grown sons, Matt and Tim.  She enjoys cooking, traveling in coastal areas and reading.

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Ted Dzyr
Facilities Manager

516-883-3144 Ext. 349  
tdzyr@commsyn.org

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Lindsay Ganci
Associate Director of Engagement

516-883-3144 Ext. 330  
lganci@commsyn.org


Lindsay grew up in Westchester, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Muhlenberg College, and then attended Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received a Masters degree in English Education.  Lindsay has also earned a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2017 Lindsay was selected to be one of 24 fellows of the UJA-Federation's Ruskay Institute for Jewish professional leaders. In 2016, Lindsay was selected to be a participant in the Paideia Paradigm Program with Jewish professionals from the US, Europe and Israel. In 2015, Lindsay was a recipient of The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award, and has published articles in the URJ's Journal For Youth Engagement.

In her first 10 years at The Community Synagogue, Lindsay created the thriving program that POWTY is today, engaging more than 250 youth and teen participants in our POWTY Youth Programs each year. In her role as Associate Director of Education, Lindsay develops, implements and oversees the educational programming for 7-12th graders at The Community Synagogue. She also directs the Mindful Leadership Institute, an exciting, all new program designed for Jewish young adults ages 18-25. 

Lindsay truly loves working with the wonderful families of The Community Synagogue, and developing strong relationships with the members of our congregational family. 

Lindsay lives in Port Washington with her husband, Alec, her daughters Ruby and Jayne and their dog, Latke.

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