Temple Sinai of Roslyn announced the promotion of two key roles: Alison Stamm to executive director and Lauren Belferder to succeed Stamm as director of Youth Engagement.
For the past 10 years, Stamm has served as the director of Youth Engagement at Temple Sinai. During her tenure, she not only grew the congregational Teen Program into the largest in the greater New York area with over 130 engaged teens, but also into one of the most successful Jewish Youth Engagement initiatives in the country. This past June, the temple honored Stamm for her decade of service at a dinner, which raised valuable funds to support Temple Sinai’s Youth Engagement programs.
“I am honored to be taking on this new role and excited to be serving the broader membership of our great community,” said Stamm. “The strength of our synagogue lies in the innovative ways in which we build Jewish community and fortify Jewish identity; I look forward to furthering those goals as executive director.”
Lauren Belferder, also known as Lulu, has been part of the team at Temple Sinai since 2012. Among her many roles, she has coordinated the Chazak program for children on the autism spectrum, taught religious school classes, assisted with the sixth-grade Holocaust class and chaperoned countless teen trips. Lulu has directed Temple Sinai’s Hand in Hand program since its inception in 2014. This innovative opportunity for teenagers to partner with the New York City Department of Homeless Services to bring children from homeless shelters to the temple for mentoring and social activities has been highly successful.
As director of Youth Engagement, Belferder will be continuing and expanding on the successful youth engagement model that is already in place.
“I accepted this position because I share the passion that Alison Stamm has for Temple Sinai and its extraordinary youth programs,” said Belferder. “I have always admired this community and I am thrilled to be joining as a full-time member of Temple Sinai’s exceptional staff.”
Temple Sinai thanks and recognizes the fifteen years of dedicated service provided by the outgoing executive director, Ethel Liebeskind, who served during a time when membership levels were sustained despite national downward trends.
Temple President Jonathan Cheris said, “We are grateful for Ethel’s caring support of our members on a deeply personal level and her leadership during a time when Temple Sinai became recognized regionally for its outstanding programming. We wish her much success in her future endeavors.”
—Submitted by Temple Sinai