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 2017-2018


Robert Crystal, President

Ken Dymond, Executive Vice President

Nancy Bell, Vice President

Gary K. Ginsburg, Vice President

Karen B. Shulman, Vice President

Amy Weinstock, Treasurer

Marcia Rosenberg, Secretary

Board of Trustees

Steven Ainspan

Ross Andersen

Joseph Basloe

Selig Corman

Les Fisher

Joe Ford

Joseph Gerberg

Linda R.S. Ginsburg

Paul Goldberg

Alvin Goldman, CPA

Lenny Goodkin

Elana Gordis

Shelley Justa

Sarah Katz

Jodi Kovach

Amy Krenzel

Deborah Beth Medows

Samuel P. Morris

Neil Rosenstrauch

Wendy Schaffer

Eric Schwartz

Deborah Stayman

Ira Zackon

Committee Chairs

Adult Education          College Outreach             Men’s Club

Dr. Steven Huz           Wendy Shaffer                 Gary Ginsburg

                                                                            Steve Ainspan

Cultural Arts                         House and Grounds

Stacy Cohen                        Paul Goldberg

Bingo                         Dance                  Religious Affairs            Investment

Audrey Ellowitz         Gail Sacco            Bob Gottheim               David Ginsburg

Eric Schwartz            Shelley Justa        Mark Kovach

Harold Rockowitz

Education                  Scholarship               Kiddush                       Cemetery

Beth Levine               Ellen Schwartz          Marcia Rosenberg      Jonathan Carp

                                                                                                       Neil Rosenstrauch

Finance                     Social Action                  Membership                

Selig Corman            Amy Krenzel                  Linda R. S. Ginsburg


Youth Commission       Fundraising                     Sunshine Visits

Paul Rudnick                Karen B. Shulman          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.