Congregational Leadership by 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

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.
dan wyman board president
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.
susan ryan board member
Howard Alper, Treasurer has been a City Congregation member since early this century.  His day job is statistician for the NYC Department of Health.
howard alper treasurer

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.
trudy elins board member
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.
isabel kaplan board member
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 klein board member
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.


carole mehlman board member
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


sybil maimin board member
Ernie Rubinstein teaches adult ed classes in philosophy and comparative religion at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.  He joined The City Congregation in Fall 2016.  He lives with his partner of 25 years, Paul Glassman, in Washington Heights. 
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.
alyson silverman caruso board member
Michael Havlin Witkin.  I believe that Humanistic Judaism is the future and have worked to build it, by serving on this board for the past 15 years.  Previously, and contemporaneously, I’ve worked as real estate investor, property manager, and volunteer tutor to mid schoolers and semi literate adults.
michael witkin board member
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.
Danny Karni has joined TCC in 2016 and the board 2018. He sees TCC as a community, and therefore took on the role of chair in the social engagement committee, to facilitate strengthening of ties within the community. He is also passionate about the state of our digital infrastructure, and our ways of reaching out. His goals, as a board member, are to support and enable new and existing connections within the community, and reaching out to those who will find it a good fit.
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.
ellen wieman board member
danny karni, board member
ben sternhell board member