Synagogue Director - Cathy Seldin
Cathy is a born and bred Long Islander and long-time Port Washington resident who came to TBI a little over two years ago. While new to working in the Jewish world, Cathy is not new to jobs with diverse managerial experiences in the business, educational and non-profit worlds. In her 30-plus year professional career, Cathy worked in college administration, hotel/convention management (the Catskill’s no less!) and marketing communications for public relations agencies, international corporations and local small business.
TBI and Cathy are an ideal match for her skills and passions as the congregation looks to the future. It’s all in a joyous day’s work for Cathy to be advising and assisting a Bar/Bat Mitzvah family; negotiating with contractors and managing a renovation project as well as overseeing temple operations; working with congregants to plan the annual TBI gala and coordinate Mitzvah Day; making new congregants, young parents and senior members feel welcome and involved; and supporting the clergy, educators and lay leadership.
As the Synagogue Director, Cathy is grateful for the opportunity to contribute and strengthen her love of Jewish life and community through her work with TBI. An adult Bat Mitzvah who read from the Torah just two weeks before her own daughter, Rachel, she continues to volunteer in the Port community through her work with Sandsport Shoshana Hadassah and the Ed. Foundation. Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from Rutgers University, and she recently obtained a certificate from Columbia University’s Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership. Cathy lives in Port Washington with her husband Mark, daughter Rachel, and their television watching Maltese, Cody.
Office Manager -Julie Cheevers
Julie is the first friendly face that will greet you when you enter the Main Office. Whether you are inquiring about a yahrzeit, dropping off a check or asking to create a flyer, Julie is the contact. Julie came aboard in September of 2014 and is an integral member of the TBI team. Julie is responsible for our weekly eblast and is the key computer person (and our tech wizard) always solving a glitch or creating a web page. Julie is a graduate of New York University with a BA in Music Business. She had a long career as a make-up artist working with many fashion greats. When not at TBI, Julie enjoys playing guitar, swimming, and spending time with friends, her husband Stephen, her two boys Bram and Gavin and their beautiful Siamese cat Reishi.
Preschool Director - Diana Snaider
Diana Snaider joined Temple Beth Israel in 2013 as a UPK teacher. She has experience in both preschool and elementary education as well as special education. For the past eight summers she has worked at a sleep-away camp in Equinunk, PA as a Grouphead. Diana earned a BA in communication at the University of Wisconsin. She continued on to receive her Masters in Elementary Education N-6 at Hunter College and also earned her certificate in special education from birth-6th grade at Touro College. Diana looks forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces as they walk into the school eager to learn every day.
Religious School Principal - Alice Talmud
Alice Talmud has been the Principal of Temple Beth Israel's Religious School and Hebrew High School since 2001. She comes to us with many years of experience in Jewish education both as a teacher and an administrator. Her passion for Judaism, Israel and the Hebrew language has led her to a wonderfully rewarding career and imparting this love of our heritage to the next generation of learners is a task to which she is endlessly committed. Alice’s own Jewish education began at age six in a Modern Orthodox Day School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and she continues to actively pursue that education. Is there a new Torah class being formed? Count her in. Is the Jewish Educators Assembly taking a learning trip to Israel? Sign her up.
Alice prides herself on leading a wonderful staff of dedicated, knowledgeable and dynamic teachers. She believes in a collaborative model of education that allows for continuous evolution and openness to growth and change. Joyfully greeting our arriving students at the beginning of their day and sending them off at the end of the day with a beautiful rendition of Hatikvah are the bookends that epitomize the overall experience of her students.
Alice Talmud studied Speech, Hebrew Language and Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College and holds a certification in Jewish Education from the Board of Jewish Education. She lives in Plainview with Jake, her handsome and talented husband of many years, and her adorable rescue dog, Doc. She is enormously proud of her children, Rebecca and Jonathan, and her son-in-law Rory, and adorable grandson Abe... and of course Daisy, her precious grand-puppy!