Temple Israel

600 New Scotland Avenue

Albany, New York 12208


Who We Are

Through a combination of award winning programming, enlightening worship, dynamic lectures, and exciting social events, members of the Temple Israel community join together in unique and wonderful ways.  By emphasizing community, tradition, and Tikkun Olam, Temple Israel has created an atmosphere in which those of all ages can feel engaged and active, and where visitors and guests are always welcome.

Board of Directors 2015-2016


Samuel P. Morris, President

Robert Crystal, Executive Vice President

Karen B. Shulman Vice President

Alvin Goldman, CPA, Vice President

Geoff Patack Vice President

Miriam R. Adler, Treasurer

Nancy D. Bell Secretary

Board of Trustees

Steven Ainspan

Ross Andersen

Joseph Basloe

Selig Corman

Les Fisher

Sharon Flom

Gary Ginsburg

Paul Goldberg

Lenny Goodkin

Shelley Justa

Sarah Katz

Jodi Kovach

Amy Krenzel

Marcia Rosenberg

Jay Rosenblum

Neil Rosenstrauch

Gail Sacco

Wendy Schaffer

Eric Schwartz

Deborah Stayman

Committee Chairs

Adult Education          College Outreach           Givah                          Men’s Club

Dr. Steven Huz           Wendy Shaffer               Alan Rosenblum          Gary Ginsburg

                                                                     Sharon Rosenblum

Cultural Arts                                                    House and Grounds

Stacy Cohen                                                   Paul Goldberg

Bingo                         Dance                            Religious Affairs         Investment

Audrey Ellowitz           Gail Sacco                     Bob Gottheim            Mitch Eil

Eric Schwartz

Harold Rockowitz

Education                  Scholarship                     Kiddush                    Cemetery

Beth Levine          Ellen Schwartz                Marcia Rosenberg             David Brown

Finance                     Social Action                  Membership              

Selig Corman             Amy Krenzel                  Gary Ginsburg           

                                                                     Adam Silverman

Youth Commission        Sunshine Visits

Adam Selsley               Les Fisher

Temple Israel Mission Statement

The synagogue is a Beit Knesset (House of Assembly), a Beit Tefillah (House of Prayer) and a Beit Hamidrash (House of Study). The goal of our congregation, therefore, shall be to establish and maintain our synagogue through educational, religious, social and recreational activities which further the causes and objectives of Judaism, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel.

More than any other institution, the synagogue ensures the continuity of Judaism by facilitating the interaction of all generations and reinforcing the reality of the Jewish people as an extended family.

Therefore, among the activities which we must provide for our members are prayer services, celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holy days, study programs for both children and adults, life cycle ceremonies, the teaching of moral and ethical behavior based on biblical and rabbinic values, support for members in times of need, and concern for the larger community in which we live.

Professional Staff


David M. Eligberg



Rogerio Marx


Executive Director

Jeff Lurie


Amie Bloom

Early Childhood Education Director


B'Yachad School Director

Ruth Malka


Administrative Assistant

Linda Young



Bryan Piche



Judy Arian


Kadima Advisor

Dan Scher


USY Advisor

Talya Shulman


Camp Givah Information