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Congregation Beth Israel

Traditional Judaism. Welcoming Community. All Here In Schenectady.

Congregation Beth Israel

Traditional Judaism. Welcoming Community. All Here In Schenectady.

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Leadership

Rabbi Avraham Kelman

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Rabbi Avraham Kelman received his Semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1983, and belonged to the last class to be ordained by Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveichik.
For the past sixteen years he served as Rabbi to Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn, MA. , and continues to serve as a Dayan (Rabbinical Judge), on the Rabbinical Court of Justice, in Boston, MA.
Rabbi Kelman, previously served as Chief Rabbi of the City of Trieste, Italy, and was Rabbi of the Bucharian Congregation of Kew Gardens Hills, New York. Rabbi Kelman is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America, and is also a Shochet , a Mohel, and Sofer.
Rabbi Kelman is married to La Rabinessa Liora, and is father of Tova, Avigayil, and Baruch-Lev, and father-in-law to Moshe Lerer, and Zeidie to Odelia Emunah.

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Debbie Gatoff

President

Debbie has served in many capacities as a member of the Board of Trustees and Sisterhood, including as president of each. She recently served as co-chair of the Rabbi Search committee and is the editor of the monthly bulletin.

Debbie spent 3 years living on Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz, in northern Israel.
She was an elected member of the Schenectady City School District Board of Education. and is a volunteer usher at Proctor’s Theater in downtown Schenectady.

Debbie works at Capital Management Partners, LLC, an investment advisory firm, and is the Director of Client Services.

Debbie has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She is a third generation member of Congregation Beth Israel.

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Dr. Al Finkel

Gabbai

Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, 1937.  Went off to Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, NYC, 5th grade through high school.  College: Yeshiva University, graduated 1959.  Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, graduated 1963.  Internship at Grasslands  Hospital.  Then U.S. Army, paratroopers, 82nd Airborne (Captain); one year in Vietnam.  Then residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center in NYC, including Jacobi.  Practiced in Troy until retirement in 2014.  Wife Lynn and three children and five grandchildren.  Has been gabbai of shul and head of Ritual Committee for years. Welcomes all to Beth Israel family.

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Albert Lovenheim

Vice President

Al is currently the Vice President of Beth Israel.  After graduating from Bryant University Al joined Schenley Industries marketing department in Manhattan.  He did graduate work in business education at Syracuse University and then joined the family business, which was established in 1888 by his great uncle I.N.Lovenheim in Little Falls.  In 1997 he sold the business and joined his wife Judy at her marketing agency.  In 1999 they moved to the Capital Region and joined Beth Israel.  Al & Judy have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Nancy Greene

Vice President

Born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Staten Island, NY. Graduate of Syracuse University Whitman School of Management and Syracuse Law School. Moved to Capital Region in 1985. Practicing attorney in Albany, NY. Lives with husband, Dr. Elliott Greene, in Voorheesville, NY where they ride their horses and entertain their dog, Winnie. Three daughters are located in Manhattan, White Plains and Buffalo. Compiles Book of Remembrance and Gemilut Chasadim journal for shul. Liaison for nursery school that is situated in shul. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly AARP volunteer.

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Harlan Harrison

Treasurer

Harlan Harrison is a long time member of Conregation Beth Israel. As a child, he and his parents belonged to Ohad Shalom, where he was Bar Mitzvahed in 1950.
Harlan is a member of the Board of Trustees. He has served as Vice President and recently was a member of the Rabbi Search Committee. He currently is chairman of the Endowment Committee and treasurer.
Harlan is a past president of the Schenectady JCC, and currently is a member of it’s Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Jewish Federation Endowment Fund and is chair of its insurance and other non cash gifts committee.
Harlan and his wife Helen have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren.

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