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Brown Bag November 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag November 2017
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, November 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, November 2017
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
Cooking for Congregants – November 2, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – November 2, 2017
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17
Nov 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict 2:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
The Ambivalence we feel at 50: Creating space to talk about Israelis, Palestinians, and the Conflict – November 5Sunday, November 5, 2:00 – 4:00pmJoin us at Congregation Emanu-El for this very special event, co-sponsored by the … Continued
Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Young Adults: Meditation Session 7:30 pm
Young Adults: Meditation Session
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s new young adult meditation group, from 7:30-8:30 pm right before November Late Shabbat! Join us for a short guided meditation and a chance to connect and engage in … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? November 2017 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? November 2017
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Families with young children Birth to 5 years old are invited to come to Got Shabbat? with Mimi Greisman, Early Childhood and Family Educator. We celebrate Shabbat with family and friends. Activities will include a … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Men’s Group – November 12, 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – November 12, 2017
Nov 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - November 12, 2017
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This … Continued
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister 1:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank's Stepsister
Join us for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 12.Reflections on Resistance: After Auschwitz – An Afternoon with Eva Schloss.Eva, 86, is an Auschwitz survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank. Both Frank and … Continued
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017 3:30 pm
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017
Nov 12 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
We are excited to bring a group of young adults from our Young Adult Community to Raphael House for this special night. We will prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working with … Continued
Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting 6:00 pm
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You are invited to the B'nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th!  When: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017Place & Time: Guild Hall from 6:00pm – 7:00pmWho: You and your child are invited to meet for our Orientation … Continued
THE Book Club – November 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – November 2017
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join this month's The Book Club with special guest Rabbi Kushner! Topic coming soon.Tuesday, November 14Hosted in a private home in San Francisco. Address provided upon registration. Congregant Cost: $10.00; General Admission: $18.00Dinner will be provided.*THE … Continued
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine!
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! How to be a better father on Friday night and preparing your kids soul for the 21st centuryJoin Rabbi Bauer, Cantor Luck and your fellow … Continued
Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines 7:00 pm
Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Moral Imperatives for Today’s World: Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines Date: Wednesday, November 15,Time: 7:00 PMLocation: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street at Jackson StreetJoin Rabbi Fenves and members of our Tribe for Women … Continued
Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer 7:30 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer @ Nourse Theater | San Francisco | California | United States
San Francisco City Arts & Lectures November 28 7:30 pm Nourse Auditorium Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar. His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The … Continued
Interfaith Holiday Party 2017 6:00 pm
Interfaith Holiday Party 2017
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home near West Portal.Join our interfaith community for a potluck-style holiday party! Bring a food that reminds you of your fondest winter holiday memories. This event is open to your whole family – … Continued




Congregation Emanu-El’s leaders are devoted to our temple community and active in the life of our congregation. The leadership team consists of our Board of Directors; Clergy; Executive Director; and Directors of Membership Services, Youth Education, Early Childhood Education, Development, Finance, Marketing and Operations.


Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi
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Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Beth Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she also earned her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Before coming to Emanu-El in August 2013, Rabbi Singer served as Temple Beth Am’s Co-Senior rabbi in Seattle for sixteen years. Prior to that she served at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Seattle and before that at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Her rabbinate has focused on worship transformation, pastoral care and social justice work, especially in the realm of homelessness and at-risk youth. Rabbi Singer has modeled and promoted ahavat Yisrael in each congregation, including Israel education, Israel cultural celebration programming, and Big Tent welcome of diverse viewpoints on all things Jewish. At Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Singer has worked to develop the people’s social justice project called Tzedek Council to make it easier for maximal numbers of congregants to engage in making our world a better place for everyone.  

Rabbi Singer’s overall goal is for each individual congregant and family to find your own place to call home at Emanu-El.

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi
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Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Jonathan Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. He grew up in Upland, California, attending Temple Beth Israel of Pomona. After focusing on government/political theory at Pomona College where he graduated in 1982, having been mentored by Rabbi Fred Krinsky, he went on to study at Machon Pardeis in Jerusalem. He received smicha from the Hebrew Union College- JIR Cincinnati campus in 1989. His first pulpit was Temple Israel of New Rochelle working as an Assistant and then Associate Rabbi for six years. In 1995 he returned to the West Coast and spent eighteen years as Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. With the growth of Beth Am, he and Rabbi Beth created a model rabbinic partnership; working together to build up a vibrant center of Jewish life in that city which they are so excited to continue here at Congregation Emanu-El.

Rabbi Jonathan is devoted to combining joy with the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual engagement in Reform Judaism. He is proud of the work he has done serving on boards from the Jewish Federation and as president of the Liberal board of Rabbis, while also pursuing social justice work including equal marriage rights, but is most proud of his children Rena, Jenny, and Robert. As senior rabbi of Emanu-El, where he feels honored to help carry the Torah of the Jews of San Francisco forward, he invites you to get involved, whether through prayer, study, tikun olam, or communal engagement. Please call upon him for help or support, or just to talk.


Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004.

Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.  


Rabbi Ryan Bauer has served Congregation Emanu-El since 2005. Rabbi Bauer helped create and oversee the community engagement department. Since its inception, the department has focused on creating warm and intimate relationships among its members. New initiatives were created such as The TRIBE, FrontPorch, and Emanu-El in the neighborhood. These programs have won national awards and been replicated in synagogues around the United States. In addition, Rabbi Bauer supervises the Preschool and Bnai-Mitzvah program.

Rabbi Bauer has been nationally recognized for his work with Syrian Refugees. His writings have been published both locally and nationally.

Rabbi Bauer was ordained by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2007. In his final year of rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer’s academic research focused on exploring Hasidic views of how one cleaves to the divine. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Psychology with an emphasis in Political Economies of Industrialized Societies. As part of his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Bauer studied at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he assisted with a Fulbright research project that examined violence in Jewish and Palestinian schools. Rabbi Bauer also has served as a chaplain intern at UCLA Medical Center and has worked as the Co-Director of Teen programs at the Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Oakland. Rabbi Bauer serves on the board of the Jewish Community High School and the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit. He is a regular faculty member at URJ Camp Newman.

Rabbi Bauer and his wife Alisa have three children.


Rabbi Carla Fenves joined the clergy of Congregation Emanu-El after receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. During rabbinical school, she served congregations as a student rabbi in Castro Valley, California; Wayland, Massachusetts; and High Point, North Carolina. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Fenves also interned at Central Synagogue, DOROT, and the Union for Reform Judaism in New York.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Fenves graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Religious Studies. She lives with her husband, Cantor David Frommer, their son Aaron and daughters Eliana and Talia.


Rabbi Jason Rodich joined the Emanu-El clergy team in 2015. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Rabbi Rodich received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Rabbi Rodich served as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis MN, and as a rabbinical student, Rabbi Rodich served as a URJ Just Congregations community organizing & social justice intern at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and as student rabbi at Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA. Prior to rabbinical school Rabbi Rodich worked as a case manager and advocate for homeless and at-risk youth, and later for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Rabbi Rodich is particularly interested in issues of social justice, Jewish thought, Israel engagement and youth development. A recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship for his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Rodich was also awarded the Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing and the Samson H. Levey Prize for Outstanding Student in Rabbinic Literature.

Rabbi Rodich and his husband, Fran Benjamin, love living in San Francisco and being a part of the Emanu-El community!


Cantor Marsha Attie has been serving Congregation Emanu-El since 1998. She is a composer and recording artist. Her music can be found in songbooks, camps, synagogues and Jewish music compilations around the country. Cantor Attie was ordained from the Academy of Jewish Religion, California where she earned a Masters Degree in Sacred Music. She has also earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA. Cantor Attie is interested in the intersection of prayer and the arts and strives to integrate a variety of creative modalities into her spiritual and creative life. She is also a filmmaker and some of her award winning music videos can be found on Youtube. She lives in the sunbelt of Corte Madera with her partner Doug and their son Marco.

Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor
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Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor

Cantor Arik Luck is deeply honored to join the dynamic clergy team of Congregation Emanu-El, and humbled by the opportunity to work at a synagogue with such a tremendous musical legacy. He arrives in San Francisco with his spouse Rachel and their three children by way of Evanston, IL, where for the past six years he served at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. In addition to his full time work as cantor and clergy, Cantor Luck has appeared as a principle soloist in numerous concerts throughout the country, including Siamsa Na Ngael: If It Weren’t For the Irish and the Jews at Chicago’s famed Symphony Center with narrator Martin Sheen, The Bloch Sacred Service with the Music Institute of Chicago, Schoenberg’s A Survivor From Warsaw with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Standing Out/Fitting In: Jewish Stories/American Songs in Aspen, CO, and Abraham’s Children: A Prayer for Peace, with Iraqi tenor Omer Turkmenoglu at Indiana University.

Cantor Luck has served on the faculty for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Summer Learning Institute, and also was a proud multi-year faculty member of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), the URJ summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Cantor Luck is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), was a founding member and former president of the Reform Cantors of Chicago (RCC), holds a Masters Degree of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and was ordained as a cantor by HUC-JIR DFSSM in 2009.

The Emanu-El Scholar
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The Emanu-El Scholar

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner has served as the Emanu-El Scholar since 2002. He is the author of eighteen books including the just published I’m God; You’re Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego; a novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story; and a screenplay, Your Good Friend (with Matthew Jacobs); Honey from the Rock; God Was in This Place and I, i Did Not Know; Invisible Lines of Connection; and Five Cities of Refuge (with David Mamet). He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

He was the first chairman of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Religious Living and has served on the board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.Prior to his move out to San Francisco, he was the Rabbi-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He continues as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College at the Los Angeles campus where he teaches an annual seminar for rabbinic students.

Before that, Rabbi Kushner served for twenty-eight years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. There, he originated the concept of synagogue havurot (small fellowship groups) and helped his congregants write V’tahaer Libenu (Purify our Hearts), the first gender-neutral liturgy ever published.
He is also a serious impressionist artist specializing in urban landscapes. His paintings are in several local galleries; he’s had a one-man show at the Isaacs Gallery of the Osher-Marin JCC.

Rabbi Kushner’s Publications

Senior Rabbi, Emeritus

Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, served Congregation Emanu-El as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi from 1993 to 2013. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University. He is a board member of Palo Alto University and an advisory board member of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Previously, he served on the board of the Graduate Theological Union and is a past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis.

Dr. Pearce is the former editor of the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and author of Flash of Insight: Metaphor and Narrative in Therapy, and coauthor of Building Wisdom’s House: A Book of Values for our Time, in addition to numerous articles and poems.

In 2012, Rabbi Pearce was awarded The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s Silver Spur Award for interfaith community dialogue and engagement; the national Jefferson Award for inspiring worshippers to fight hunger; The San Francisco Food Bank Community Partner Award for inspiring members of Congregation Emanu-El to donate over 90,000 pounds of food in the last two decades; and the San Francisco Interfaith Council recognition for encouraging green sustainability at the Temple. Dr. Pearce has been recognized three successive times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. Rabbi Pearce in conjunction with clergy and staff has created a collaborative team approach to worship, life-long education, social concerns, and cultural offerings. He currently serves Congregation Emanu-El as Senior Rabbi Emeritus.

Roslyn Barak

Senior Cantor, Emerita
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Roslyn Barak

Senior Cantor, Emerita

Cantor Roslyn Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco since 1987, one year after her graduation and investiture from Hebrew Union College in New York City. She received her musical training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and was the recipient of several prestigious vocal awards and honors.  Before entering the cantorate, she was a concert recitalist and opera singer, appearing with the Santa Fe Opera, the Israel National Opera, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.

Aside from her numerous cantorial duties at Congregation Emanu-El and the Jewish Community of the Bay Area, Cantor Barak appears regularly in concerts around the country and in Europe and Israel.  She has toured Germany eight times in recent years in conjunction with the worldwide release of her CD “The Jewish Soul”, and appeared onstage in concert at the Brecht Theatre in Berlin for the opening of the Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2006.  She is also sought after as lecturer and scholar-in-residence, and has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She has been appointed as guest lecturer and teacher at the new Cantorial institute of the Geiger College, a Progressive Jewish seminary in Berlin.

Cantor Barak is a board member of the Cantors Assembly and former board member of the American Conference of Cantors. In that capacity she served as chair for the 2008 national convention in San Francisco, and was responsible for the programming of  the ACC’s groundbreaking concert dedicated to Catholic/Jewish dialogue in Rome, in November of 2010.  She is active in interfaith work and helped compile the songbook for the United Religions Initiative, as well as encouraged the various faith communities in San Francisco to combine their annual interfaith Thanksgiving services into a single community event.  Cantor Barak was also recently appointed to the Board of Shalom Bayit, an organization whose mission it is to help victims of domestic abuse.

Cantor Barak sat on the editorial committee for the Reform movement’s new prayerbook, Mishkan Tefillah.  She has published essays, articles and reviews in various Jewish publications including “American Rabbi” and the “Journal of Synagogue Music” and online for the Union of Reform Judaism’s “Ten Minutes of Torah”. Cantor Barak also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.  Her son, Danny, is an attorney, as is her partner, David Olick.


Executive Director

Executive Assistant

Director of Adolescent and Adult Education

Youth and Family Education and The Emanu-El Fellowship School Coordinator

Interim Director of Youth and Family Education

B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Rabbi Carla Fenves

Designated ECE Director

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Manager

Payroll and Accounts Payable Specialist


Senior Director of Development

Director of Development

Director of Membership Services

Community Engagement Professional

Membership Services and Database Administrator

Assistant Director, Community Impact

Director of Facilities and Special Events

Director of Technology and Internet Strategy

Salesforce Administrator

Communications Professional/Website Administrator

Development Assistant

Community Engagement Assistant & Assistant to Rabbi Bauer

Administrative Coordinator

Organist/Choir Director

Afternoon Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Morning Receptionist

Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbis

Executive Assistant to Clergy

Director of Operations and Office Management

Maintenance Team

Fabian Vazquez

Building Superintendent

Artit Thamok

Richie Naguit

Andrew Nahinu

Steve McGunin

John Louey

Adrian Garcia

Board of Directors

Donny Friend


Mark Lehmann

Vice President

Paul Zarefsky

Vice President

Erika Coplon


Sasha Kovriga


Dale Boutiette


Sandi Bragar

Barrett Cohn

Steven Cohen

Stuart Corvin

Lara Ettenson

Jill Einstein

Alan Greinetz

Jackie Safier

Joel Roos

Rachel Melman

Abby Michelson-Porth

Paula Pretlow

Rita Semel

Jim Shapiro