RJV Leadership


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

Richard C. Laskey joined the Steering Committee in 2011, and is honored to serve as its co-chair. Engaging in the work of RJV is not Richard’s first effort at legislative advocacy. For more than a dozen years during his nearly 35 years as a state prosecutor, Richard served as Legislative Secretary of the NYS District Attorneys Association. He was actively involved in drafting, negotiating and lobbying for the passage of legislation designed to improve the ability of the criminal justice system to process cases efficiently and fairly and to provide needed services to victims and witnesses.

Richard is a Past President of Temple Sinai of Roslyn and continues his active participation in that congregation, focusing on the development of social justice activities and endeavors that reach far beyond the temple’s walls and, as well, on the building of an intergenerational community within.  He also serves as Temple Sinai’s representative on the Strategy Committee of Long Island CAN (Congregations, Associations & Neighborhoods), Long Island’s faith-based community organizing affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation. Richard is especially proud of the work RJV is doing – and expanding – to bring affiliated Reform teens throughout New York State to Albany to engage in that particularly effective form of tikkun olam known as legislative advocacy for social justice.

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.


Steering Committee:

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

Rabbi Matthew S. Cutler – Congregation Gates of Heaven, Schenectady

Joel Elliot – Temple B’rith Kodesh, Rochester

Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer – Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

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

Rabbi Cassi Kail - Temple Emanu-El, Utica

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

Yoel Magid – Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale

Jane S. Meyers – Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn

Abby Nash – Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

Te Revesz – Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Manhattan

Richard Rosen – Temple Birth Kodesh, Rochester

Jonathan Rubin – Temple Beth Torah, Melville

Marc Weiss – Temple Beth Torah, Melville



Barbara Zaron - Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany

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



Jonah Baskin – Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

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