Congregational Leadership
Our Board of Directors

The City Congregation is managed by members who are elected by the community to two-year terms. The board of directors meets once a month and any congregation member who would like to attend a meeting or bring an issue before the board is invited to email us for more information.

 

City Congregation Executive Committee

 

david klein board member

President:
David Klein

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.

David and his wife Jennifer have been TCC members since 2010, and their son and daughter attended TCC’s Kidschool and completed the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. As trained vocalists, David and Jennifer are also TCC’s High Holiday Song Leaders.

Secretary:
Susan Ryan

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.

Danny Karni, board member

Treasurer:
Danny Karni

Danny Karni joined TCC as a member in 2016. He restarted the social engagement committee, joined the Shabbat and Website Committees and is currently redesigning our IT infrastructure to operate as an interconnected system, promoting online collaboration and knowledge preservation across the organization. As of July 2020 he joined as TCC’s Treasurer and is excited about the challenges and responsibilities this new role holds.

City Congregation Board Members for 2020-2021

isabel kaplan board member

Isabel J. Kaplan, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Scarsdale, NY. 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 B’Mitzvah program.  She has two adult children. Isabel lives in Westchester with her husband and enjoys knitting, reading and hiking in her spare time.

A City Congregation member for 18 years, Ellen C. Weiman has been on the board for 10 years — 6 of them as President.  Recently retired, she has been a news reporter, head of NYC government public affairs depts, and now a freelance PR person.  18 years ago I found the place – and community — where I could be a Jew the way I wanted to be; where I could celebrate the importance of mankind.  I stayed with TCC. and will stay, for a long time to come.

ellen wieman board member

Dan Wyman, former TCC President (2016-2020), 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.

Sybil Maimin discovered City Congregation and its non-theistic approach to Judaism by chance. She joined 12 years ago, and it has been a perfect fit.
For much of her 11 years on the board, she has produced and placed print advertising designed to make secular Jews aware of City Congregation and it’s unique practice and many quality programs. She has served on the Rabbi Liaison Committee and the Rabbi Search Committee, and has headed the Board Nominating Committee and the Shabbat Programming/Formatting Committee. Currently chair of the Membership Committee, she is working to ensure that everyone at TCC feels valued and many are inspired to deepen their involvement. A former editor of college texts at Random House, she now audits courses in the Lifelong Learning Program at Columbia.
Early on, she discovered the joys of working with clay and creating ceramic sculptures. Her work was represented in Manhattan’s D&D Building for many years.
Sybil is the mother of two grown sons and grandma to two delightful five-year old twin boys.

sybil maimin board member
howard alper treasurer

Howard Alper has been a City Congregation member since late last century. In his day job he is a Biostatistician for the New York City Department of Health, in the World Trade Center Health Registry. In his spare time he is learning to play the electric guitar.

Ben Sternhell is the first board member who literally grew up in The City Congregation. He joined at age 5, more than 20 years ago, and celebrated his bar mitzvah in 2006. Today he is a pilot, working as a flight instructor at Westchester County Airport in White Plains and planning to move to a regional airline in the next year. His other passions are Broadway musicals—he trained as a lighting designer—and trains. If you’re into train videos, check out his YouTube channel: NYCTA Railfan.

ben sternhell board member
alyson silverman caruso board member

Alyson Silverman-Caruso has served on the City Congregation Board for three years and has been a City Congregation member, along with her husband John Caruso, for four years. Their two sons attend the congregation’s KidSchool.  Alyson was an actress for many years. She performed for two years in the off-Broadway show Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, and has recorded over 100 audio books. Currently she’s improvising in the role of mom as she attempts to raise good kids in a crazy world.

Jordan Cohen

Remy Shaber is a dance teaching artist in NYC public schools. She is passionate about building community and empowering children through movement and creative process. Prior to teaching, Remy worked in arts and nonprofit management throughout the northeast. Born and raised in NYC, Remy was grateful to discover Humanistic Judaism as an adult upon returning to NYC with her husband and one-year-old son. She enthusiastically joined City Congregation in 2012 and has two children enrolled in TCC KidSchool, where she is active with the KidSchool Committee.

Lina Miller joined City Congregation in 2016 and was elected to the board in 2020. Though she is a native New Yorker, TCC is her first Jewish congregation. She believes that “knowledge is power,” and as a member of both the board and the IT Committee, her goal is to help TCC use data to improve engagement within the congregation and outreach beyond it. By day, Lina is a database manager and professional nitpicker; by night, she enjoys theater, live music, and stopping to pet every single dog she encounters.

Kathy Artis found SHJ by happenstance in 2017 and was immediately on board, and joined as a member at TCC shortly after. After attending events casually, she moved into a volunteer capacity for various events with pride!
As of 2020 she joined the Shabbat Committee (more pride!), then the Board (pride again!), as well as the Caring Committee (caring pride!). Having grown up in a mostly cultural but not community based genre of judaism, Kathy is overwhelmed with happiness to be involved with a community that shares in her values and expression of her culture.
Kathy currently works as a 1:1 aide for individuals on the spectrum within the behavioral therapy field, with plans to return to school to pursue a career in psychology.

Alicia Leonhard