Officers and Trustees

Executive Officers 2020-2021

Vanessa Newman
newmanv2 resizeVanessa has been a Temple member for 18 years, being on the Board of Trustees for nine years serving in different capacities: Financial Secretary prior to becoming President and was Education Chair for seven years as well as sitting on various committees.  She became an Adult B’nei Mitzvah in 2011 and has a Masters Degree in School Psychology but no longer practices.  Married to Ira Newman for 24 years and have two boys Alec and Ethan who both attend Binghamton University.  

Enjoys baking, photography, family time, our dogs and being with friends.  My favorite part about TBT is our amazing Clergy and the incredible sense of community Temple Beth Torah provides.


Executive Vice President
Brian Goldstein
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Brian Goldstein has been married to Aimee Goldstein for 28 years. They have 3 children- Zachary, Casey and Meri. They have been members of TBT for 20 years. Brian has served on the Board for 10 years and the Executive Board for 4 years. He has also been chair of the Ritual Committee for 10 years. While not at TBT, Brian is a pediatrician and has been caring for Long Island’s children for the last 24 years.


First Vice President

Gerry Poliak                                         
GpoliakGerry has been a temple member for almost 16 years and has served on the Board of Trustees for over 12 years in several different capacities.  He has served on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and now First Vice President.  Gerry has also chaired the Membership Committee for the last several years.

Gerry has two wonderful daughters and is proud of both of them working in Jewish jobs.  Nicki is an Assistant Director at URJ Camp Eisner, and Didi works as the Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Wiesenberg as well as teaching Religious School.  Gerry and his girlfriend Laurie Levy live together in Melville.

Second Vice President
Andrew Sherman

Amy Kreit

Financial Secretary
Robin Steinberg
RSteinbergRobin Steinberg is married to Glenn Steinberg and they have 2 sons Samuel and Ryan. Robin is an LCSW and has been working in the social field for 30 years. The Steinberg’s have been TBT members for 14 years. Robin has been on the board of trustees for many years and has joined the executive board this year.




Corresponding Secretary

Recording Secretary
Elise Rippe-Freiberger
Elise Rippe-FreibergerElise has been on the board for almost 15 years, and has been on the Executive Board for about 10 years. She has been VP in the past and in most recent years has been the Recording Secretary.
She has also been a member of TBT since the temple was born over 50 years ago, and her parents were founding members of the temple.



Immediate Past President
Richard Nussbaum
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Richard, his wife Jennifer and their children Dani and Lily have been Temple member since 2001. Richard has spent time on many committees including Budget & Finance chair and Fundraising chair, and had the honor of serving as President of Temple Beth Torah from 2016-2019.




Board of Trustees:
Sandy Berland

Debra Blaine

David Blansky
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Stephanie Caen

Tony Caen
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Mary Resnick- Chan

Aric Dinnerman

Maggie Farkas

Lonnie Fogel

Miriam Hirsch

Bill Konkel
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Naomi Mandell


Howard Mankin
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Robin Messinger
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Brett Rogers
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Michael Schmidt

Chris Siegel

Sindy Speelman