People

Andrew Pepperstone

Rabbi
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    Andrew Pepperstone joined CBS-CS in July 2011. He received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also studied Jewish Education at the Davidson School of Jewish Education. He also holds a BA in Linguistics with a Minor in Hebrew Language from the University of California in San Diego.

After his ordination, Rabbi Pepperstone and his family moved to Louisville, KY, where his wife, Cantor Paula Pepperstone, was the first female cantor at Keneseth Israel Congregation. Rabbi Pepperstone directed the Louisville USY chapter, taught at and directed the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, served as the Assistant Rabbi for Youth and Education at Keneseth Israel Congregation, and worked on many other Jewish educational projects. In 2007-2008, Rabbi Pepperstone also served as the President of the Louisville Board of Rabbis and Cantors.

After six years in Louisville, the Pepperstone family moved to Beachwood, OH, where Rabbi Pepperstone served as the first Rabbi-in-Residence at the Gross Schechter Day School, teaching students ranging from first grade through middle school and their parents. During his time there, Rabbi Pepperstone was instrumental in beginning a Family Beit Midrash, where parents and children learned Torah together, and a monthly Poker and Parsha group.

In addition to learning and teaching Torah, Rabbi Pepperstone also has interests in language, all things Apple, the culinary arts, stand-up comedy, film, science fiction and fantasy, young adult literature, really good board games, the development of quality Jewish board games, and music.

For the past year, he has also acquired over 800 followers on Twitter. If you look for @Rav_Pepperstone and follow him on Twitter, you will receive his regular Torah Tweets during the week.

Rabbi and Cantor Pepperstone have three children, Hadar, Aviyah, and Matan, and are delighted to belong to the Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas family.

Melissa Harkavy

Program Director
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Melissa Harkavy is the CBS-CS Program Director. As Program Director, Melissa is responsible for programs for members of all ages, and for working on synagogue-wide, intergenerational and holiday events. In addition, Melissa manages congregational communications. She also advises CBS-CS’s USY chapter (9th-12 grade youth group) and supervises our Moving Traditions program. She came to CBS-CS most recently from New Jersey.

Melissa brings training and experience in teaching and facilitating programs among children and young adults in both Jewish and collegiate settings. She gained extensive experience working with preschool age children at Camp Keshet at Young Israel of East Brunswick as well as East Brunswick Jewish Center, and worked with high school students as the assistant choreographer for the Young Judaea Israeli Dance Troupe. While attending Penn State and the University of Colorado, Melissa gained valuable experience as a teaching and research assistant. While teaching, she discovered her passion for education and working with young people.

She also has managed volunteers in a non-profit environment, as the Research Coordinator for Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn. One of her prized accomplishments was representing the organization during negotiations with US Department of State for UNCERD (United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination).

The East Brunswick, NJ native holds a Hebrew High School Certificate from the East Brunswick Jewish Center and a Hadracha Leadership and Activism Institute Certificate from Camp Tel Yehudah-Young Judaea. She studied Geography and Africana Studies at Penn State and is finishing a MA in Geography and Development with a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado.

Through her studies, Melissa has worked in West Lake Tahoe – California, Brooklyn – NY, South Africa, and Tanzania. She enjoys dance and animal rescue. Currently, she is working with her adorable Maltipoo, Angel on the AKC Good Citizen Certificate.

Melissa is always happy to talk to you about your children and the programs at CBS-CS, and to help you and your family become engaged in all we have to offer. You can reach Melissa at director@cbscs.org or 315-701-2685.

Joan Bordett

Manager of Congregational Services
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Joan G. Bordett is our manager of congregational services. She works Monday through Friday (except for Jewish holidays and some civil holidays), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, providing administrative, logistical, and programmatic support to CBS-CS staff and volunteers, and ensuring coordination of synagogue functions, including maintaining the synagogue calendar. She is responsible for planning and producing member communications, including The Sholom, and event publicity. Joan answers the main telephone number at CBS-CS. She is always ready and willing to answer your questions about CBS-CS or to direct you to someone who can.

Joan has been a member of CBS-CS since 1981 and has served as Adult Education and Programming Vice-President, Recording Secretary, as well as Ritual Vice-President of the congregation. She holds a masters in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Virginia. Joan grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. Her professional positions have included: working in the assistant city manager’s office in Cincinnati, OH and locally in planning and program development capacities for the Central New York Health Systems Agency, the Benjamin Rush Center, the InterReligious Council (now InterFaith Works), and the Child Care Council of Onondaga County (now Child Care Solutions). Joan is also a past president of the Greater Syracuse Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Daniel A. Jezer

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Daniel A. Jezer received his rabbinical ordination and doctor of divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a pastoral counseling certificate from the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center.

Rabbi Jezer is committed to promoting the growth of individuals and families in Judaism.  His goal is for the congregation to develop as a “sharing community,” implementing concerns of spiritual growth as a guide for a full Jewish life.  He emphasizes tradition with a creative, dynamic, and egalitarian approach within the Conservative movement

In addition to being “emeritus” (with his own parking space at CBS-CS), he teaches at LeMoyne College, is the Jewish chaplain at the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center at Menorah Park of CNY, is president of the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center, and is a panelist on the WCNY-TV show, “Religion Matters.”

Board of Trustees 2017-18

President: Norma Feldman
Executive Vice President: Jef Sneider
Adult Education Vice President: Howard Blair
Finance Vice Presidents: Jeff Stanton
House Vice President: Stan Speer
Ritual Vice President: Allan Birnbaum
Youth and Education Vice President: Rachael Porter
Sisterhood President: Pam Morris
Hazak Chair: Carol Chottiner
Recording Secretary: Judy Stanton
Corresponding Secretary: Marcia Cohen

Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, Ex-Officio
Sam Young, Past President
Ettarae Alpert
Sue Bagatell
Ron Ehrenreich
Jonathan Levine
Sid Lipton
Carole Millstein
Aliza Milner
Eric Morris
Kevin Porter
Jeanette Powell
Libi Telpner
Bob Tornberg