RJV Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Ellen Greeley - Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-On-Hudson

Ellen Greeley is the Special Assistant to the Commissioner at the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services. In this role, she supports the Commissioner and staff in performing varied administrative tasks and special assignments. Inspired by Commissioner Sutton’s forward-thinking direction for supporting New York City’s half-million veterans and their families, Ellen happily rejoined city government when she became a member of Team DVS after spending over a decade working for nonprofit organizations and financial institutions.

Previously, she served as Director of Development for the Interfaith Center of New York where she was chiefly responsible for seeking and managing grants from private foundations and government, securing large gifts from individual donors, writing annual reports, and producing galas. She also worked as a philanthropic advisor at UJA-Federation of New York where she researched and managed grant cycles for four family and private foundations.

Earlier in her government career, Ellen directed a 22-member policy staff for the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Peter Vallone, Senior, and worked as a public affairs officer for the New York State Power Authority. She also was employed by several banking institutions as a residential mortgage officer, helping families fulfill the American dream by purchasing their own homes. She continues her commitment to faith-based activities by participating as a steering committee member for Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, engages in social justice activities at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, and is a member of a Muslim-Jewish-Christian conversation group, and a board member of Oxford Academy.

Ellen holds a MS in Urban and Policy Sciences and a BA in Political Science, both awarded from SUNY/Stony Brook. She lives in Riverdale with her husband and son and engages in gourmet cooking when time permits.

Marc Landis - Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

Marc Landis joined the Steering Committee in 2015, and is honored to now serve as its co-chair. Marc is a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, where he serves as Brotherhood co-President. He is a member of the URJ’s North American Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the North American Camping Committee and the Legal Assistance Committee, and the Vice-Chair of the Camp Harlam Council.

Marc is the managing partner of the law firm Phillips Nizer LLP. He has a distinguished record of public service and community activism, which includes serving as chief of staff and counsel to former State Senator Seymour P. Lachman, vice-chair of Community Board 7/Manhattan, chair of Citizen Action’s NYC chapter and as a member of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s transition team. Marc has been honored by the New York State Bar Association, Legal Services of New York and City & State Reports for his advocacy work.

Abby Nash – Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Abby Nash is a Social Action Co-Chair at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. Active members of this committee helped create RJV, and continue to have a significant influence in impacting policy as active coalition partners. Prior to becoming an attorney, Abby served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill and for New York and Florida state legislators.

As an attorney for the New York Department of Financial Services, Abby had direct involvement in the development of the Health Insurance Exchange in New York. She worked on all aspects of the legislative process, including developing policy options, drafting legislation and meeting with stakeholder groups to solicit input and support. She also played an integral role in the negotiation and implementation of the autism mandate in New York and represented the Department on the Early Intervention Coordinating Council and the Interagency Task Force on Autism Steering Committees. Abby continues to provide policy analysis and strategic advice to state agencies and stakeholders across the public and private sectors with a focus on healthcare. Her practice focuses on helping clients understand the implications of regulatory and legislative policies across Marketplaces, Medicaid and Medicare and driving the legislative and regulatory agenda.

 

Steering Committee:

Rabbi Don Cashman – B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Albany

Sandra Cobden - Community Synagogue, Port Washington

Joel Elliot – Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich – Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo

Rikki Gassman – NFTY-NAR Social Action Vice President

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer - Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

Renee Himmel - The Community Synagogue, Port Washington

Rabbi Cassi Kail - Temple Emanu-El, Utica

Carolyn Kunin - Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson

Jane S. Meyers – Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn

Te Revesz – Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Manhattan

Richard Rosen – Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Donna Sobel - Temple Beth Sholom, New City

Howard Susser – Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie

Ray Topkis - East End Temple, New York

 

Emeriti:

Richard C. Laskey - Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Roslyn Heights

Barbara Zaron - Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Joel Elliot – Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Rabbi Marc Gruber - Central Synagogue of Nassau County, Rockville Centre

Arleen Stein - Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Rabbi Jennifer Jaech - Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson

Honey Heller - Central Synagogue, Manhattan

 

Staff:

Jonah Baskin – Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

 
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