Wall of Honor: Celebrating Women Presidents of Orthodox Synagogues

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Name Orthodox Congregation City, State Term of Service Rabbi During Term 
Barbara Budnitz Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 1988-2000  
Rebecca Landes Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 2010-2012  
Lois Marcus Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 2012-2014  
Denise Resnikoff Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 2002-2004  
Joan Sopher Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 1975-1978  
Katy Tornheim Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 1973-1974  
Leslie Valas Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 2006-2008  
Maxine Winer Congregation Beth Israel  Berkeley, CA 1986-1988,
1992-1993
 
Leslie Khan Knesseth Israel Congregation Birmingham, AL 2012- Rabbi Eytan Yammer
Elaine Schiller Ahavath Achim Bridgeport, CT 2012-  
Dr. Barbara Tuckel Ahavath Achim Bridgeport, CT 2012-  
Deborah Spector Klein Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation Chicago, IL 2003 Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Linda Umansky Saiger Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation Chicago, IL 2004-2008 Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Barbara Burry BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue Denver, Co 1987-1989 Rabbi Dr. Stanley Wagner
Dr. Bernice Dinner BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue Denver, Co 1988-1990 Rabbi Dr. Stanley Wagner
Ilene Rosen BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue Denver, Co 2007-2009 Rabbi Selwyn Franklin
Gail Billig Ahavat Torah Englewood, NJ    
Estie Agus Kesher, Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood Englewood, NJ 2000-2002, founding President  
Shira Yoshor United Orthodox Synagogues Houston, TX 2007-2008  
Elise Passy Meyerland Minyan Houston, TX 2000-2002 none
Myra Weisfeld Meyerland Minyan Houston, TX 2011-present Rabbi Gideon Moskowitz
Penina Arbit Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel 2012-  
Tova Avichai-Kremer Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel 2012-  
Randy Garber Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Linda Gradstein Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Judith Green Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Nadia Kahane Abelman Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Pamela Pearlman Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Noomi Stahl Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Debbie Weissman Kehillat Yedidya Jerusalem, Israel    
Abigail Yasgur B'nai David-Judea Congregation Los Angeles, CA 2012-2014  Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky
Nancy Abrams, co-President Westwood Village Synagogue Los Angeles, CA 2012-  
Sarah Austerlitz Westwood Village Synagogue Los Angeles, CA 1997-1999  
Anne Friedrich (Kappel) Westwood Village Synagogue Los Angeles, CA 2010-2011  
Andrea Smith Westwood Kehilla Los Angeles, CA    
Michelle Heilpern and
Linda Mayman,  
Co-Presidents
Westwood Village Synagogue Los Angeles, CA 2007-2010  
Miriam Munz Beit Aharon Congregation Melbourne, Australia 1994-1995 Rabbi W. Altshul
Joanne Brumberg Congregation Ohav Sholom Merrick, NY 1988-1989  
Baila Mandel Congregation Ahavath Yisrael Morristown, NJ 1980-2008  
Marilyn Katz Westville Synagogue New Haven, CT 2013 Rabbi Fred Hyman
Sharon Hasbani  Westville Synagogue New Haven, CT 2008-2012  
Jackie Gothard Beth Israel New Orleans, LA 2004-2007  
Roselle Ungar Beth Israel New Orleans, LA  2009-2011   
Victoria Feder Synagogue For The Arts New York NY 2002 to 2004  
Virginia Bayer Hirt The Jewish Center New York NY 2010-  
Toby Turkel Synagogue For the Arts New York NY 1994 – 1998  Rabbi Jonathan Glass
Jane Blumenstein Congregation Ramath Orah New York, NY 2013- Rabbi Moshe Grussgott
Jessica Loeser The Stanton Street Shul New York, NY 2012- Rabbi Josh Yuter
Brenda Katz Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Newton Centre, MA 1992 – 1994  
Nancy Kolodny Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Newton Centre, MA 2001 – 2003  
Lisa Micley Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Newton Centre, MA 1999 – 2001  
Susann Codish Or Chadash Oak Park, MI 1995-1998 Rabbi Eliezer Cohen
Golda Feig Steinman Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario    
Susan Marcus Congregation Beit Tikvah of Ottawa  Ottawa, Ontario  June 2011-Sept 2013  Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Barbara T. R. Zimet Palm Beach Synagogue Palm Beach, FL 2012-Present  
Barbara Feige Shaare Torah Pittsburgh, PA 2002-2005  
Fay Ann Brodie Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah Potomac, MD 2009-2011  
Jamie Ramsfelder Mt Freedom Jewish Center Randolph, NJ 2011-  
Linda Klonsky Kemp Mill Synagogue Silver Spring, MD 2008-2010  
Jane Sherwin Shapiro Congregation Kol Sasson Skokie, IL    
Royce Wolfsohn, Esq. Congregation Agudath Sholom Stamford, CT 1994-1996  
Darona Bernstein Congregation Agudath Sholom Stamford, CT 2013- Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Phyllis Shapiro Bais Abraham Congregation St. Louis, MO 2010-  
Janet Weisberg Haber Nusach Hari B’nai Zion St Louis, MO January 2012 -  
Eva Lynn Gans Jewish Center of Teaneck Teaneck , NJ 2009-2011  
Pam Scheininger Netivot Shalom Teaneck , NJ 2007-2011  
Simone Sherman Beth Lida Forest Hill Synagogue Toronto, Onatario 2011-2012  
Charlene Arje Shaarei Shomayim Congregation Toronto, Ontario June 2008-May 2010  
Elanit Jakabovics Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue Washington, D.C. July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014 Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel
Beth Hurwitz and
Deborah Weinberger, Co-Presidents
Hebrew Institute of White Plains White Plains, NY July 1 2011- June 30 2013  
Liz Silverman Beit Chaverim Synagogue Westport, CT    
Caryn Friedman Beit Chaverim Synagogue Westport, CT    
Alex Jacobsen Beth David West Hartford, CT 2014- Rabbi Adler
Helen Neumann Beth David West Hartford, CT 2014- Rabbi Adler