City Congregation Executive Committee
Dan Wyman, President, now living in Brooklyn, has been a bookseller in rare Jewish books for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was a union- and community-organizer in New England after moving east from Central Illinois, where he grew up. He is married with two daughters in college.
Susan Ryan, Secretary, has been a member of The City Congregation for 23 years, has been on the Board for 11 years, and has served as Secretary for the past nine. She is also the Congregation’s designee to the national board of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and a member of the SHJ’s Executive Committee. A native New Yorker with a lifelong passion for the history of the city she loves, Susan is currently the proprietor of Fab 4 NYC Walking Tours, and is also a published writer of fiction, features, news, reviews and editorials, as well as the co-host of the travel DVD “John Lennon’s New York,”, and is on the staff of the annual Fest for Beatles Fans conventions in New York and Chicago. She currently resides in Riverdale with her family.
Howard Alper, Treasurer has been a City Congregation member since early this century. His day job is statistician for the NYC Department of Health.
Board Members for 2019-2020
Trudy Elins has been a City Congregation member since 2008 and active on the Board for several terms. After working upstate as a copywriter, she came to New York in the 80’s to work in film and television production, and spent several years in the business and in public and corporate events, before pursuing other professional interests and to single-handedly raising her amazing daughter (a proud City Congregation Bat Mitzvah). In her most recent incarnation, Trudy has applied her project management skills to the construction field and to helping TCC raise the money necessary for many of its important programs.
Isabel J. Kaplan, Psy.D. graduated from Smith College in 1982 with a BA in Psychology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University in 1990. Dr. Kaplan worked as a clinical psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York until 1994, followed by private practice in Scarsdale, Isabel has been a member of the Board of Trustees of The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism since 2000. She has served in many roles including KidSchool administrator and Co-president, and is currently the Director of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. She has two adult children. Isabel lives in Westchester with her husband and enjoys knitting, reading and hiking in her spare time.
David Klein is the COO and Senior Executive Vice President at the New York Film Academy. Klein received his MFA in Film Directing from New York University in 1995. David has worked closely with NBC News, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York City Public Schools to create innovative media arts programs. In his current position at the Academy, he oversees the operations, development and delivery of programs in the various disciplines taught including Acting for Film, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Broadcast Journalism, and Cinematography at the Academy’s locations across the globe.
Carole Mehlman is the former Chair of the Liturgy Committee that updated the Shabbat and High Holiday Liturgies to reflect current thinking, music and art. Immigration Attorney working on Asylum cases. Multi Media collage artist specializing in three dimensional works. Progressive, political activist working with New Kings Democrats on the reform of the Kings County Democratic Committee. Mother of Ken Gould, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College. Born in the Bronx, former resident of Tampa Florida, living back in NYC in Brooklyn for the last 8 years.
Sybil Maimin Online Listing Discovered City Congregation and it’s’s non-theistic approach to Judaism by chance. Meshed with my own outlook. Great fit. Joined. Following Columbia MA in history, worked as an editor of college texts at Random House. Married and raised two sons, now grown. Early on, discovered joy of creating ceramic sculptures. Many exhibits. Some sales. Currently, do sculpture, work part-time as education reporter for local paper and, back at Columbia, audit courses as Lifelong Learner