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The Community Synagogue Staff
 

Executive Director

Director of
Congregational Education

Director of the Early Childhood Center

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

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

Anna Cassar
516-883-3144 Ext. 314  
acassar@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

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Assistant Director of the
Early Childhood Center

Education Office Manager

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

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

   

Assistant Director of
Religious Education

 
 

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

 

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Facilities Manager

Engagement Associate

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.  She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for four years where she enjoyed hiking the mountains and walking the trails.  Since returning to New York, she provided Administrative support at corporate accounting firms in NYC and for the past six years she worked for 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.  Jean also feels fortunate to be considered a member of the entire office and synagogue staff and is a strong believer in teamwork.

When not working she enjoys reading, ancient history, astronomy, and 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 recipes, singing, attending Broadway shows, and sports. 

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Education Team

Shari Isserles
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 18 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 as a member of the faculty where her son is now 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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Anna Cassar
Director of the Early Childhood Center

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


With more than 30 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education, Anna Cassar is delighted to join the team at The Community Synagogue.  Prior to joining Community, Anna was the Early Childhood Director at Sam Field Commonpoint in Queens.  Anna worked at Temple Beth El of Great Neck for 29 years in various capacities and was the Summer Program Director for 22 years. She was an integral part of the program achieving NAEYC accreditation and ongoing reaccreditation.

Anna attended Hofstra University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and two Master’s degrees, one in Elementary Education and the other in Early Childhood Special Education.

Anna resides on Long Island where she has lived since she was 12. Born in Santa Monica, California, she believes her west coast roots inspire her perspective and flexible spirit. She is the mother of 2 boys; both young adults. They provide her a source of abundant pride that fuels her daily efforts.

Anna is truly passionate about Early Childhood Education and loves working closely with families, teachers and the children. She is thrilled to join the ECC team and looks forward to creating sacred connections.

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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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Susan Freire
Education Office Manager

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

 

Sue Freire was promoted to Education Office Manager after serving nine years as Administrative Assistant of both our Early Childhood Center and Religious School. Before coming to The Community Synagogue Sue worked as the administrator of another faith-based preschool. Sue always has a smile and is always willing to help you with all of your Early Childhood Center and Religious School questions and needs.

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Orly Danialian
Assistant Director of Religious Education

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


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 and currently lives on Long Island with her husband and three kids. She has been a part of The Community Synagogue family since 2001 where she started as a Religious School teacher. She currently helps to manage the Religious School by working closely with teachers, parents and students. Orly loves to get involved creating new and exciting curriculum and special programs. Her creativity and energy helps make our school a vibrant learning community for all.

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Ted Dzyr
Facilities Manager

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

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Lindsay Ganci
Engagement Associate

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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