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TBI President Rita Shumsky

Rita Shumsky began her Jewish journey in Atlantic City, NJ at the Conservative Beth Kehillah known as Community Synagogue. Her grandfather, Benjamin Lieberman, was one of the original members.  She went to Sunday School and had her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation at Community.   A graduate of Boston University, Rita has a BS in Nursing and received her MS in Nursing from Adelphi University.  She has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career including staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Administrator for Nursing.  In addition, she taught nursing at SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Stony Brook and Adelphi University.  When Rita moved to Port Washington, she immediately joined TBI.  “I’ve been a member here for 30 years.  I originally joined because I found the Congregation as warm and welcoming as it still is!”  Temple Beth Israel is “the” Conservative Synagogue in Port Washington.  It is blessed with a growing and involved membership.

Rita has had several positions on the TBI Board of Trustees in the last five years including Co-Vice President for Fundraising and Executive Vice President.  As President she looks forward to working with the new and existing Board Members and the Congregation.  Rita has two daughters, Wendy Petty and Debra Fogel, and three grandsons, TJ, Jake and Michael Petty.

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Board Of Directors:

President Rita Shumsky
Vice President Ritual David Volpe
Vice President of Fundraising Steve Castar
Vice President of Administration Louis Silfin
Vice President Education - Preschool Eden R. Kasle
Vice President Education- Religious School Adina Kay-Gross
Vice President Membership Jennifer Latner
Vice President Communications and Marketing Eric Lituchy
Treasurer Andrew Silver
Financial Security John Teeger
Corresponding Secretary David Cooper
Recording Secretary Susan Levin
Sisterhood Co-President Alisa Schindler
Sisterhood Co-President Michelle Mondschein
Men's Club Co-President Jon Brooks
Men's Club Co-President Michael Nerenberg
Immediate Past President Matthew Engel


Lane Palmer Alan Doubert
Meridith Krell Leslie Naschek
Andrew Sollinger Helena Hechtkopf
Jeff Siegel Jenny Markman
Mitch Rosen Michael Smolow
Scott Tashlik Adam Smith
Halona Gropper-Jaffe Mark Fridman
Laura Landau  





Giving to Temple Beth Israel

Giving to Temple Beth Israel

Giving tzedakah (making donations) to Temple Beth Israel enables our community to come together to pray, celebrate, socialize, and learn. In addition, your tzedakah to Temple Beth Israel provides teachers for our children’s Jewish education, supports adult programs, assists our holy work of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), organizes members to visit the sick and comfort mourners, and much more.