Joseph W. Slade, Executive Director
Joe brings over a decade of finance and operations experience to Temple Sinai; he previously served as Executive Director of the historic K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago. Joe also worked at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Goldman Union Camp Institute, as the Senior Assistant Director, focusing on staff and facilities management, safety, and security.
Joe, his wife Alison Banger, and their daughter Alexandra live in Englewood.
A native New Yorker, Joe received his B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Chicago before spending the next decade working in higher education administration and Jewish camping, earning an M.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University as well.
Lynda Gutcheon began the Jewish Education Interim program for The Association of Reform Jewish Educators three year ago. She has spent the last two years at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois. Prior to that she spent the year at Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury, Connecticut after having served The Temple in Nashville, TN, as their Director of Education for 30 years. She received her education at California State University, USC, The University of Maryland, and The University of Judaism. She began her education journey in special education and became interested in Jewish education through teaching Hebrew to special needs students. Lynda’s strength in organizational skills, curriculum development and creating relationships with staff and students make her the perfect choice to be our Interim Director of Education. We are excited she is part of our team and look forward to a great year of learning and growing under her direction. Lynda’s husband Bernie is a retired Cantor and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Lynda will be with us through the 2017-18 school year.
A lifelong Reform Jew with pluralistic leanings, Rabbi Kramer-Mazer grew up in an engaged Jewish household in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Beginning at a young age, she was immersed in lively and dynamic Jewish communities, ranging from her creative synagogue, Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, Jewish summer camp, NFTY (Reform youth group) and multiple Israel trips.
Rabbi Kramer-Mazer earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, with concentrations in religion and psychology, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Interdepartmental Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Since 1996, Rabbi Kramer-Mazer has worked full-time in the amazing arena of Jewish education, with sixteen of these years served in Rockland County, New York and the balance here in Bergen County. Rabbi Kramer-Mazer has received several awards and recognitions for her excellence in leadership and innovations in Jewish education. She has served on various boards and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the Association of Rabbis and Cantors (ARC), the North Jersey Board of Rabbis (NJBR) the Association for Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ).
Rabbi Kramer-Mazer is an alumna of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators, the acclaimed Rabbis Without Borders program and the i-Engage Leadership Hartman Rabbinic Fellowship. She is currently a member of a two-year immersive training program, the Davvenen Leadership Training Institute (DLTI). Rabbi Kramer-Mazer was ordained as a Rabbi in May, 2016 at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a sixty year old pluralistic seminary in New York. Among other areas, she has engaged deeply in training in pastoral counseling, the Jewish life cycle, leadership of worship services and hospital chaplaincy. Rabbi Kramer-Mazer is thrilled to serve the Jewish community as both a progressive rabbi and an experienced educator, blending passions and skills from both arenas.
Rabbi Kramer-Mazer resides in New City, New York and is married to her bashert, Ross Mazer. Together they have two teenaged daughters, Shoshana Eden and Jordana Rae. When not working, Rabbi Kramer-Mazer enjoys spending time with her family, attending fitness classes, and bustling around the kitchen.
With Jewish education always at the center of her professional life, Risa’s first Early Childhood teaching experience was at the Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center (ECC) in 1988. Since then, she has continued her professional development at the JCC on the Palisades with successive responsibilities as a teacher, Program Supervisor and Assistant Director of Early Childhood. Since 1996, Risa has led the Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center as its Director.Risa holds a Master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education. She is a member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). In addition, she mentors educators to obtain their Child Development Associates degree (CDA). Risa resides in Teaneck with her husband Richard.