Leadership is a partnership between our inspiring clergy, our friendly and helpful staff and our dedicated lay leaders.


Rabbi David K. Holtz


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Rabbi David Holtz was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1987. After serving six years as the Associate Rabbi at Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore, he was called to the pulpit of Temple Beth Abraham in 1993, where he continues to serve as spiritual leader.

In addition to his many congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Holtz is very involved in the local community. He is a past-president of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, made up of rabbis of every denomination. He has chaired the Rivertowns Clergy Association, which works to improve interfaith relations, and which serves as an important moral voice in the community. He has twice served as president of the Rotary Club of the Tarrytowns, a service organization which helps fund local and international non-profits. He also teaches community-wide Adult Education courses, and is a guest-speaker on a variety of subjects. Rabbi Holtz lives in White Plains with his wife, Renée, and their three children, Holly, Avi and Shira.

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman


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A native of New York, Cantor Fogelman was ordained as a cantor from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in May 2013. She holds a Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from the same institution, along with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and undergraduate degrees in Music and Communications from Tufts University. Cantor Fogelman and her husband, Dan, live in Croton-on-Hudson with their two children.


Erica Newman, Director of Operations and Engagement

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From the moment she walked into TBA, Erica and her husband Rob knew they belonged, so it was easy for them to understand the TBA tagline, “Join us, You already belong.” Now she is thrilled to join again as Director of Operations and Engagement.
She is a wife of 23 years to her husband, Rob; mother to two beautiful college-aged daughters, Samantha and Nicole; an adoptee of two adorable dogs, Lucy and Rascal, and let’s not forget the 8 chickens in her yard. When not at TBA she can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm as she jams out to tunes from the 60’s and 70’s or in the garden harvesting herbs, fruits and vegetables. She is an avid pro-Israel activist who fights for a strong US/Israel relationship in our congressional landscape, and she is 100% committed to the future of the TBA community.
Please stop by anytime to say hi, maybe get a dozen eggs, or some berries that she is happy to share from their garden and kibbitz about initiatives at TBA or the latest pro-Israel candidate for congress.

Stessa Peers, Director of Education and Youth Engagement

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Stessa Peers has a passion for Judaic History with a focus on “minority within minority” history (Jewish women, Jews of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and Jews of Color) that was solidified during her years of study at Binghamton University, where she received a double degree in History and Judaic Studies.
Stessa loves teaching at TBA and helping our children cultivate a lifelong passion for Judaism, leadership, social justice and tikkun olam. She is also a lifelong member of TBA and is proud to give back to the community in which she grew up.

Irene Metz, Clergy Coordinator

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Irene Metz has been the Clergy Coordinator at Temple Beth Abraham since 2014. She is a long-standing member at Community Synagogue of Rye where her personal volunteer involvement has grown over the years. She has served on several committees, participated on search committees, was on the Board of Trustees, and most recently served as Congregational President. Her professional career of 35 years was in supply chain management at Scholastic, Inc. (publisher of children’s books, including Harry Potter and Hunger Games). When that concluded, the logical step for the next phase of her career was to combine her prior work experience with her commitment to the Jewish community – Temple Beth Abraham is that perfect workplace. She feels particularly lucky to have two synagogues to call home!
She and her husband Jonathan live in Rye Brook. They have 2 adult children and a daughter-in-law scattered across the country – and an adorable grandson. Irene enjoys attending theater, reading, gardening, learning in Torah classes, and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Baer, Administrative Assistant


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Kerri-Lynn Quinn, Religious School Assistant


Jaime Valencia, Facilities Supervisor


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Lay Leadership At Temple Beth Abraham

Volunteer leaders guide many Temple Beth Abraham activities as members of our Board of Trustees, and committee chairs.
The Board of Trustees is elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting.

Co-Presidents Herb Baer
Brian Schneider
First Vice President Amy Zerman ExecutiveVP@tba-ny.org
Second Vice President Liz Ross VP@tba-ny.org
Recording Secretary Mark Polisar RecordingSecretary@tba-ny.org
Treasurer/Finance Chair Judith Balsan Treasurer@tba-ny.org
Immediate Past Presidents Audrey Gelfand
Loren Ratner
Adult Education Claire Zucker AdultEd@tba-ny.org
Board of Education Emily Chazen BoardofEd@tba-ny.org
Fundraising & Development Jenny Libien Fundraising@tba-ny.org
House, Health & Security Neil Bruckner
Jamie Wilson
Member Services Jennifer Povman MemberServices@tba-ny.org
Ritual Steven Haber (co-chair)
Sharon Kirschner (co-chair)
Tikkun Olam Lisa Piedimonte Bergman
Jennifer Lewin
Israel Marla Peers IsraelCommittee@tba-ny.org
Term Expiring 2024 Shelley Greenspan
Stacy Katz
Marc Solomon
Melissa Stein
Term Expiring 2025 Loretta London
Tracy Ostroff
Bernice Rogowitz
Harry Stein
Term Expiring 2026 Steve Gosset
Jon Strom
Risa Swersey
Honorary Trustees
Barry S. Agdern Robert Harris Pearl Ann Schwartz
Herb Baer Liza Karsten Dr. Richard Weiner
Ruth Biloon David Kaufmann Jamie Wilson
Allison Fine Jennifer Povman Robert Zinman
Dr. Stephen Gerstman Farron Roboff

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