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Jane Sable-Friedman - Executive Director

Jane Sable-Friedman was born in New York and moved to Israel as a young child with her family. She was raised on Kibbutz Cabri in the Western Galilee. Jane graduated from Bar Ilan University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and from the Haifa University with a Masters Degree in Cultural Geography. While in Israel, Jane was involved in Kibbutz Management and Culture Administration. She worked together with one of the most influential Israeli Artistic Directors to open a fringe theater school and create an experimental theater.

Jane moved back to the USA in 2004 with her family and became the Executive Director at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, CA and then in 2010 became the Executive Director of Temple Beth El, Jewish Community Center in Aptos, CA. Jane received her FTA (Fellow in Temple Administration) from NATA and serves as a Vice President on the NATA Board.

Jane is married to Doron and together they have three sons: Tal, Gal and Adam.

Jane can be reached by calling the Temple office or through her email at jsfriedman@larchmonttemple.org.
 

Rabbi Eve Rudin-Director of Education,Youth and Families

Prior to joining the Larchmont Temple team, Rabbi Rudin served as the Director of the Congregational School at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the Director of Camp Excellence and Advancement at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and served as the Director of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and the URJ Kutz Camp for Reform Jewish teens for the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). A product of the Reform Jewish movement, Eve graduated with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship during her rabbinic studies at HUC-JIR where she was ordained in May 2000. Her undergraduate and graduate thesis work focused upon youth movements and camping, and she has spoken and presented at numerous conferences on experiential Jewish education, camping, faith development and youth mentorship.

Rabbi Rudin is married to Rabbi Elliott Kleinman and, together, they have three children: Emma, Avi and Shira.

Rabbi Rudin can be reached by calling the Temple office or through her email at erudin@larchmonttemple.org.

 Phil Aarons - Full-Time Educator

A graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering and Soviet Studies, Phil served as a Commissioned officer in the US Navy for 7 years. Retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1984, he began his career as a Jewish educator in 1987 and has been sharing his expertise in teaching Hebrew reading, Torah & values, & Jewish history to our 3rd – 9th graders since 2000. Over the years, Phil has held the roles of part-time educator, assistant to our Director of Education and supplemental tutor for our B’nei Mitzah learners. He believes that people learn when they see how much you love Judaism and how much you love being in the classroom and is thrilled to serve as LT’s Full-Time Educator.

Phil can be reached at Paarons@larchmonttemple.org.

Shoshana Levine - Youth Coordinator

Shoshy grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she was able to foster her love for Judaism through her involvement in her Jewish youth group. She just recently received a B.A. in physics from Barnard College, where she worked part time as a peer-to-peer tutor, physics researcher, conflict resolution mentor, and Hillel board member of the Reform community. After spending so much meaningful time building strong Jewish community at the Hillel, she decided to take the leap and work on building meaningful communities and connections to Judaism full-time. Shoshy is looking forward to working with high school students to create Jewish experiences that they can take with them the rest of their lives.

Emma Rehfeld, Music & T’fillah Coordinator

My name is Emma Rehfeld, and I am excited to sing with Larchmont Temple this coming year! I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but I have been living in the Hudson Valley for the past five years attending school. I graduated from Bard College with a BA in American Studies, and I wrote my thesis on the morality of using working animals in modern day America. I have been song leading professionally for seven years with all ages in a variety of Jewish contexts including mommy-and-me classes, religious schools, summer camps, congregational services, and the like. My two favorite parts about singing with groups are the community that grows from making music together, and the opportunity to empower people with all sorts of musical and non-musical backgrounds through song. Aside from song leading, I also work with horses in a number of ways, including training horses, driving carriages in Central Park, and most recently, was the horseback riding director at URJ Camp OSRUI this past summer. I can’t wait to meet everyone this year. Happy singing!

Jonathan Faiman - Music Director

Jonathan Faiman received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and composition with Ludmila Ulehla and Nils Vigeland. Dr. Faiman is a member of the Locrian Chamber Players and was an adjunct company member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) throughout its 25-year existence. He has received ASCAP awards for his work as composer, arranger, and educator. His CDs are available on Amazon and CDBaby. Dr. Faiman has musically directed productions at Amani Charter School, Arc Stages,The Bronxville School, Horace Mann, Kol Ami, and Young at Arts. Dr. Faiman currently works as MD, choral conductor, staff accompanist, and teaching faculty at Young at Arts, Larchmont Temple, Westchester Reform Temple, and Concordia College.

Shara Kimmel - Finance Manager

My name is Shara Kimmel and I am happy to be joining the finance team at Larchmont Temple. I live in Rye Brook with my husband Michael, our two daughters, Rebecca (19) and Abby (17) and our four year old Yorkie-Poo Augie. We are members of Community Synagogue in Rye where I am on the board. We are also very involved with Crane Lake Camp where Michael is on the board and our girls have spent the last ten summers. Professionally, I am a CPA, starting my career in audit and for the last 12 years as the Controller of a mid-sized digital marketing agency. As the Treasurer of Community Synagogue I have a broad understanding of temple finances and I look forward to bringing my experience to the community of Larchmont Temple. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, tennis, classes at the gym and walking our dog.

Shara can be reached at skimmel@larchmonttemple.org.

Lisa Gershon - Co-Director of Early Childhood Program

Lisa Gershon has been working at Larchmont Temple since 2011. She was the Assistant Director of Larchmont Temple Nursery School(LTNS) for three years. Lisa has been the Director at LTNS since 2014. Prior to coming to Larchmont Temple, Lisa taught kindergarten at the Manhattan School for Children, and 3 and 4 year olds at The Early Childhood Center in White Plains. Lisa received her BA in Spanish and Sociology from Ithaca College and her MA in Early Childhood/Bilingual Education from Bank Street College.

 

Lisa and her husband, David, have two boys, Josh and Jake.

Lisa can be reached at lgershon@larchmonttemple.org. 

Mia Kargen - Co-Director of Early Childhood Program

Mia Kargen grew up in Pennsylvania and later attended Boston University for Film and Television production. After working for a number of years as a camera assistant for the National Basketball Association, Mia returned to school and received a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University. She began teaching Kindergarten in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom at The Manhattan School for Children, where she met Lisa Gershon. In 2014, after 10 years at The Manhattan School for Children, Mia joined LTNS. She was very excited to work with Lisa again. Mia currently lives in Pocantico Hills, NY with her husband Alex and her daughters Evelyn and Vivienne.

Mia can be reached at mkargen@larchmonttemple.org.