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.

Julie Tornberg

Director of Youth and Education
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Julie Tornberg is the CBS-CS Director of Youth and Education. As Director, Tornberg serves as Principal of the religious school, and is responsible for all congregational children, youth, family and intergenerational programming. She has a rich background with over 40 years of experience in both secular and Jewish education. She came to CBS-CS most recently from Los Angeles.

Julie’s educational background includes a B.A. and teaching certification from California State University, coursework in Jewish Studies and education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, attendance at Ulpan Akiva in Netanya, Israel, and completion of programs at several Institutes for Jewish Family Education. She has been an active member of both the Jewish Educators Assembly and the National Association of Educators.

Julie 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.

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 2016-17

President: Sam Young
Executive Vice President: Tony Kenneson-Adams
Adult Education Vice President: Howard Blair
Finance Vice Presidents: Stephen Bittner
House Vice President: Stan Speer
Membership Vice Presidents: Mickey Lebowitz and Anne Ruffer
Ritual Vice President: Allan Birnbaum
Youth Vice President: Heather Engelmann
Sisterhood President: Pam Morris
Recording Secretary: Betty Wiese
Corresponding Secretary: Jeanette Powell

Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, Ex-Officio
Jonathan Adler
Ettarae Alpert
Fran Ciardullo
Ron Ehrenreich
Ron Fish
David Hootnick
Carole Millstein
Arel Moodie
Amy Pierce
Jacob Schram
Libi Telpner
Nance Wilson