Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas
Sam Young and is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, where he currently serves as President. He is thepresident of the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. He is the Director of Advocacy at Legal Services of Central New York, which provides free civil legal services to people who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer. He served for twelve years on the Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education, including serving as president of the Board from 2013-2014. He is married to Robin Young, a public school librarian, and the father of Avi and Sarah Young, both of whom attended religious school at Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the Epstein School of Jewish Studies.
Joely Kuss has been a member of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas for five years. She is a Health teacher at Mexico High School and has taught there for the past 14 years. She is married to Vinnie Kuss and they have three children- Sammy, Jamie, and Sarah. Sammy and Jamie currently attend the Syracuse Community Hebrew School.
Rachael grew up attending Synagogue Shaare Shalom in Kingston, Jamaica, and has been a member of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas for 10 years. She currently serves on the Board of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas as the recording secretary. In addition, she serves as secretary on the board at the Epstein School of Jewish Studies. She and her husband have three boys, all of whom attend The Epstein School of Jewish Studies. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry at Le Moyne College.
Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone
Rabbi Pepperstone has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas since 2011, and loves being part of the Syracuse Jewish Community. He is an ex-officio member on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. Rabbi Pepperstone was ordained at JTS in 2002, and has worked in many areas of Jewish life in the course of his rabbinate, ranging from youth group, to adult learning, to Rabbi-in-Residence of a Jewish day school. Rabbi Pepperstone is currently the co-chair of the Clery Caucus of ACTS, and is involved in Interfaith Works through the Ahmad and Elizabeth El-Hindi Center for Dialogue. Rabbi Pepperstone’s goal is to help people cultivate an interconnected multi-dimensional Jewish life that is a path to meaning, purpose and blessing. Rabbi Pepperstone is married to Cantor Paula Pepperstone, and they have three children, Hadar (15), Aviyah (11), and Matan (7).
Temple Adath Yeshurun
Andrea Knoller is co-president of Temple Adath Yeshurun & past president of the Jewish Community Center. She has served on the board of directors of Temple Adath Yeshurun as vice president for multiple terms. She is a past executive board member of the Epstein School & has served on the boards of theSyracuse Hebrew Day School , Syracuse Jewish Federation & Menorah Park. Andrea is the owner of Bodow Recycling. She is married, has 2 children, & 5 grandchildren.
Jennifer is a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun. She has served as Chair of Temple Adath's Religious School board. She has two children, one who is a current 7th grader at the Community School and another who goes the Epstein.
Laurie is a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun. She has taught for many years at Temple Adath's Religious School, working with the Kindergarten students. She has two daughters, one enrolled at The Syracuse Community Hebrew School in the 6th grade and another who graduated SCHS .
Jeanette and her family have been members of Temple Concord for 15 years. During that time, Jeanette has served on the Board of Trustees and various committees at Temple Concord including co-chair of the Membership Committee, chair of the Religious School Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and recently nominated to be President of the Board of Trustees. Jeanette is the Vice President of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School Board of Directors. Jeanette and her husband, Dan, have 2 children, Samson who is 13 years old and Shayna who is 15 years old. Jeanette has been a stay at home mother since the birth of their daughter in 2001. Prior to that, Jeanette worked professionally in several accounting and financial positions in banking, mall development and not-for-profit organizations. Professionally, Jeanette keeps busy as the Vice President and accountant for Dan’s company, Instant Delivery, Inc. When she is not busy working or volunteering, Jeanette can be found on the sidelines of a softball or baseball diamond cheering on her children.
Rebbecca Oppedisano is a member of Temple Concord and is happy to serve on the board for the Syracuse Community Hebrew School as well as the Curriculum Committee. She is a business owner and music educator in the Syracuse area. Rebecca and her husband Lenny have three boys who are receiving their Jewish and Hebrew education at this time with the Syracuse Community Hebrew School and Esptein School of Jewish Studies.
Steve Volinsky has been a member of Temple Concord for forty-two years. He serves as the Treasurer on the Syracuse Community Hebrew School Board of Directors. He is the former treasurer of Temple Concord and currently serves as a financial consultant to the Temple Concord Executive Board. He is a board volunteer for the Syracuse Community Hebrew School Board of Directors and is a member of the financial committee. He is the chair of the finance committee of the Jewish Federation of Central New York and a member of the finance committee of the Syracuse Jewish Foundation. He is the former chief financial officer of Raymour and Flanigan. He has been married to his beautiful wife Fran for 42 years and has 2 wonderful children, Jeff and Rebecca.
Cantor Kari Siegel Eglash
Cantor Kari Siegel Eglash has been the cantor and director of education of Temple Concord since 2014, and is an ex-officio member on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. Before coming to Syracuse, Cantor Eglash served congregations in Tulsa, OK and Plainview, NY. She has an 8 year old daughter, Arielle, and a 5 year old son, Judah, and is thrilled to be seeing the dream of a community Hebrew school become a reality.
Rabbi Daniel Fellman is the Rabbi at Temple Concord. He is an ex-officio member on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Community Hebrew School. He graduated from Colorado College with a degree in political science in 1996 and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a master’s degree in Hebrew Letters in 2005 and was ordained in 2005. He currently serves on the Board of Interfaith Works and as the Covener of the Round Table of Faith Leaders. He also serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Central New York and the University Hill Corporation. He was selected for Forty Under Forty in Syracuse in 2011. He served as a White House intern in the Clinton administration and was a Japan-US Senate Scholar. Rabbi Fellman is married to Melissa and is father of two sons, Zachary and Jacob, and one daughter, Elizabeth.