The Board of Directors is nominated by the Leadership Development Committee and elected into office by the members of the congregation.
The Executive Committee consists of the president, executive vice president, vice president for administration, vice president for membership, secretary, treasurer, and the chairpersons of the ritual, marketing & communications, and education steering committees. These members are joined on the board by the past president, up to 6 at-large members, and the chairpersons of the adult education, community inreach, building and grounds, publicity, finance, development, social action/tikun olam [SATO], and Israel committees. Each executive committee member is responsible to report to and from the committees that reside within their portfolio, as indicated on the governance structure chart.
In addition, the Rabbi attends Exec meetings and the Rabbi and the Education Director attend Board meetings.
PHIL ROSENBERG - President
Phil and his wife, Penny Levin, have been members of Or Hadash since 1988. Phil has been active in lay leadership at Or Hadash since the early 1990s. He served as Vice President, Membership in 1996-2000, and 2006-2008; and as Vice President, Administration in 2013-2015. Phil was responsible for a number of initiatives that have enriched our synagogue community, including the creation of the Community Life committee and the introduction of Havurot to Or Hadash in the 1990s. Phil has contributed his musical talents to the congregation over the years. In addition to performing at numerous coffee houses and Purimspiels, he regularly performs at Shabbat Zemirah (along with Sandy Saull and Barry Bell) and is the keyboardist for our in-house klezmer band, the New Klezmaniax. He also has chaired the Performing Arts committee since 2015. Professionally, Phil is a marketing research consultant with the UK-based firm Research Partnership, serving clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare industries. He holds degrees in journalism and communications from Northwestern University, and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His wife, Dr. Penny Levin, is a psychologist in clinical practice. They have two daughters, Sarina and Brenna, who are both graduates of the Or Hadash religious school. Sarina is a program manager in the Justice Reinvestment program at the Council of State Governments; she and her husband, Josh Asher, an attorney, reside in Chicago. Brenna is a first year resident in Psychiatry at George Washington University Hospital; she and her husband Kyle Emery reside in Springfield, VA.
JAY COHEN – Immediate Past President
I am married to Cheryl Kripke Cohen and we have been Or Hadash members since August 1996. Both of our sons, Lenny and Danny, were bar mitzvah at Or Hadash. I retired as a lawyer at the end of August 2015. I have previous experience as vice president and president of a board-The School District of Springfield Township (2003-2007). I very much enjoy governance and my time on the Or Hadash Board has been a pleasure. Here is my Or Hadash involvement:
- Immediate Past President, Chair of Leadership Development Committee, May 2018-present.
- Co-chair Development, May 2019-present.
- President, May 2014-2018
- Chair-Strategic Planning Committee, 2015-2017
- Executive Vice President, May 2013-May 2014
- Vice President for Administration, June 2, 2011-May 2013
- Secretary, Board of Directors, May 14, 2010-June 2, 2011
- Executive Committee, Board of Directors, May 14, 2010-present
- Member, Leadership Development Committee, 2008-May 2014
- Member, Finance Committee, January, 2010-present
- Member, Development Committee, October 24, 2010-May 2013
- La’asot-leadership development-first class, 2009-2010
- Listening Campaign, Autumn, 2011
- Interfaith focus groups facilitator, Autumn 2013
- Negotiating Team-Rabbi Contract-Autumn 2012-Winter 2013
- Member, Rabbinic Retention Committee, Spring 2012
- Member, Rabbi Search Committee, December 2003-March 2004
- Occasional work day helper, greeter, schlepper, Purimspieler and harpist assistant.
STEVE LEBERSTIEN – Vice-President Administration
NICK FRUMKIN - Co-Vice President Membership
Nick became a member at Or Hadash in 2015, and though it's only been a short time since he joined it already feels like home. His daughter Charlie is a first grader in the Gan class, and he and his wife Ivy are active in the Parent Organization too. Nick is looking forward to being able to step up his involvement in the Or Hadash community and is grateful for the opportunity.
STEFIE LOEV - Co-Vice President Membership
STUART ROSENTHAL - Treasurer
My wife Susan and I have been members of Or Hadash for seven years. We are the proud parents of three grown children, Adam, Andrew and Emily, and proud grandparents of Skyler and Colbie. I have served as Or Hadash Treasurer since 2016. Prior to that I was Chair of the Adult Education Committee for two years and, with Susan, founded and have helped lead the OH Book Group the past six years. Together we began the Empty Nesters Havurah. I have also assisted with many events, cleanups and fix ups since joining. In my professional life I was a consulting engineer, specializing in water and wastewater management. I have been happily retired since the beginning of 2018.
ALISA BELZER - Secretary
I have been a member of Or Hadash since 2004. I have previously served on the board as the co-chair of the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee for 4 years, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Rabbinic Search Committee. I am the convener of the Shabbat Havurah, a Friday night gathering at Or Hadash with dinner, a short service, and a discussion or program, and a member of the Or Hadash Book Club. A regular at Saturday morning Torah Study, I have also participated in the La'asot Leadership Development program and in a recent OH Leadership Summit. I live in Abington with my husband Jon. We have two sons, Joseph and Nathan. I am a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University where I teach and do research on topics related to adult learning generally and adult literacy specifically. In my spare time, I love to get together with friends to play my viola in string quartets and other chamber music.
MARIANNE ADLER - Spiritual Life Chair
Marianne and her husband, Joe, along with their daughters, Zoe and Sophie, have been members of Or Hadash since 2005. Both girls became Bat Mitzvah at Or Hadash and served as Madricha (teaching assistants) in the Religious School for many years. Marianne’s first volunteer commitment at Or Hadash was on the Sabbatical Search Committee in preparation for Rabbi Josh’s sabbatical year in Israel. She then served on the Education Steering Committee for 9 years, serving as ESC Co-Chair for two years. In her role as ESC Co-chair, Marianne served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. On ESC, she was the Coordinator for Mitzvah Projects, the community service project that students complete to become B’nai Mitzvah. Marianne chaired the B’nai Mitzvah Task Force, which took a comprehensive look at the B’nai Mitzvah process at Or Hadash and made recommendations to improve the process as well as improving links between the Religious School Community and the greater congregation. Marianne now serves as the Chair of the Spiritual Life Committee, which includes serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. This Committee works closely with the Rabbi to coordinate Shabbat and Holiday services and celebrations, including High Holidays. We also coordinate the Scholar-in Residence weekend. We work with the Rabbi to address questions regarding spiritual observance in our congregation.
In addition, Marianne has been a member of the Adult Study Havurah for many years. She has presented at High Holidays on a variety of topics including presentations on the Jews of India, Women of the Wall, Trees in the Torah, and issues of anti-semitism. She studied Mussar at Or Hadash for 4 years. She enjoys being a Torah reader for the Shabbat morning service as well as participating in the Evening Torah Study group. Marianne is a Physical Therapist who has worked at Woods Services, in Langhorne PA, for over 26 years, specializing in the treatment of adults with severe developmental disabilities. She has also taught in Arcadia University’s Physical Therapy program. She is happy to be a member of such a warm and welcoming community and enjoys volunteering her time.
MELISSA SCHIFFMAN - Education Steering Committee Chair
GREG LUCE - Marketing & Communications Chair
I have been a member of Or Hadash since 2010 and have previously served as Education Steering Committee co-Chair and on the Rabbi Search Committee. I joined Or Hadash because my interfaith family felt very comfortable at services and events. I have two sons who currently attend SMILE school and also work as madrahim in the school, Henry became bar mitzvah in 2018 and Benjamin looks forward to celebrating his bar mitzvah in 2020. I am an associate professor in the business + innovation department at Bucks County Community College.
ROBERT GOLDBERG-ALBERTS - Chair Adult Education Committee
My wife, Amy and I joined Or Hadash in 1983, three months after we were married, in the synagogue’s first year of being opened to the public. We have been members ever since. We have one son, David. Rabbi Vivian Schirn presided at his naming ceremony at our first house. David was Bar Mitzvah at Or Hadash with Rabbi Steve presiding. Amy and I were on Or Hadash's first trip to Israel where we renewed our wedding vows for our 25th wedding anniversary.
I have been serving on the Board first as an at-large member and then as Adult Ed Chairman. I have worked on Congregational projects in both capacities, volunteering in the Office, serving on the Holocaust Memorial Committee, and on various projects for Adult Ed. I am optimistic and excited about the future at Or Hadash.
WARREN YOUNG - Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair
BRUCE MERENSTEIN - Finance Committee Chair
SHELLEY ROSENBERG - Inclusion Committee Chair
Ken and I were among the six founding families of Or Hadash and the Congregation has continued to play a major part in our lives. I’ve served as Vice President, President (for three terms), Ritual Committee Chair, Editor of HaKesher, Leadership Development Chair, and now Co-Chair of the Development Committee. I also sang in the Makaylah, lead shiva services, served on the Education Committee, helped organize the first Or Hadash trip to Israel and multiple fundraisers, and wrote a large portion of the Congregation’s history.
When not working at Or Hadash related projects, I worked in the Jewish community as an educator/facilitator (at the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education) and wrote several books of Jewish interest (adoption, parenting, and American Jewish history).
I’m now [very happily] retired, and spend a good bit of time traveling with Ken (as far and wide as possible), volunteering for the National Constitution Center and various LGBTQ organizations, both Jewish and secular. I proudly serve on the Abington Township Human Relations Commission, am an amateur photographer, and [very happily] study the harp (with Or Hadash’s resident harpist Cheryl Kripke-Cohen).
CAROL MUELLER BELL - Publicity Committee Chair
Carol and her husband, Barry Bell, have been members of Or Hadash since 1995. Their daughter, Alyssa, became bat mitzvah at Or Hadash in 2003. Over the years, Carol has served on various committees, participated in Or Hadash's annual Purimspiel and has performed with the Makaylah for 20 years. She also plays accordion and sings with Or Hadash's klezmer band, The New Klezmaniax. After a decade as a newspaper editor and writer for the Newhouse Newspapers in Central New York, Carol relocated to the Philadelphia area and became a sole proprietor marketing and public relations counselor. Now semi-retired, Carol has served as Or Hadash's Publicity Chair for the past four years.
SHELLEY SANDERS - Social Action/Tikun Olam (SATO) Co-chair
Warren Young, my husband of 45 years, and I joined Or Hadash 7 years ago so that we could celebrate Judaism with our daughter, Mackenzie Learn, her husband John, and most importantly their children, Sherri and Howie. We also have a son, Craig, who lives in Atlanta with his wife, Uli, and their children, Sam and Zoe.
I spent too many years to count as a social worker, mostly in the adoption field. Apropos of my degree, I am chair of the Social Action Tikun Olam Committee. Previously, I was chair of Chesed, another role well-matched with a social worker, and co-chair of Community Life. With Sue and Stu Rosenthal, I was one of the founders of the Empty Nesters.
Currently, my favorite role is that of Savta to four wonderful children. When they are not available, I play Mah Jongg, read, go out to lunch, and shop. Please let me know if there are projects or causes in which the synagogue should be involved.
VIVIEN KANE - Social Action/Tikun Olam (SATO) Co-chair
I joined Or Hadash with my family 19 years ago. Both my children, David, 27, and Sarah, 23, became B’nai Mitzvah at Or Hadash and I was part of the Adult B’nai Mitzvah class here ten years ago. I have been a member of the Adult Study Havurah for many years, giving talks on the High Holidays on a variety of subjects. I served on the Holocaust Memorial Committee from its inception and currently serve on its continuation, the Holocaust Education Committee. In fall of 2018 I joined Shelley Sanders as a co-chair of Social Action Tikkun Olam. I am also active on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. I enjoy coming to Torah Study on a regular basis. I am a physician, recently retired from Radiology practice, finding retirement very busy.
Board Members at Large
My wife Irene and I have 2 grown children, and 3 grandchildren (2 teen-agers and 1 in her twenties), I “retired” in 2003 into the position of Executive Director of the National Textile Center, after a 33-year career in R&D Management in the Plastics and Textile Industries. I finally fully retired in 2013. I have been a congregational president (B’nai Yisrael, South Bend, IN, Reconstructionist) and vice-president (Temple Israel, Manchester, NH, Conservative), and Jewish Federation president (South Bend and Manchester). We’ve been members of Or Hadash since 2001, and I attend Saturday morning Torah Study and services, evening Torah Study, and I teach a Mussar class at Or Hadash, as well as participating in the mensch-to-mensch program. I am a member of the Transition Team, Poker Chavurah, and the Finance and Spiritual Life Committees, and a past member of Exec and several Rabbinic Search Committees.
My family has been members at Or Hadash for over Seven years. My wife Stefie has been very active in the Synagogue both with the Parent teacher organization and membership. She is the current co chair of the membership committee. Our daughters Cate (13) and Anna (9) currently attend the Religious School. Cate was Bat-Mitzvah at Or Hadash this past May 2019. I was the recent co-chair of membership. I currently serve as an At Large Board member, member of the Rabbi transition committee, and proud to say that I was a member of the Rabbi search committee. Outside of OH, I am an anesthesiologist who focuses on Interventional Pain Medicine. I am the Medical Director of the Pain program at St Lukes University and Hospital Network. Our family tries to spend most of our time in the outdoors, National Parks, as well as enjoying Cate’s horseback riding and Anna’s Soccer. We love magic tricks.
I have been a member of Or Hadash with my husband Jim King since about 1997 (about when my son would have begun Sunday School). I have chaired the Community Life committee and co-chaired the Education committee. I co-chaired the Liv'Not Capital Campaign with Alan Lindy. I have been on the board and the executive committee.
In recent years I have tried to stay connected through activities for women and the OH book club. In rejoining the board – I anticipate seeing if there are other ways to reconnect and support the OH community
I have just retired from 22 years of being a social worker at our local outpatient mental health center. I continue to volunteer in many local agencies and am active in supporting an international organization (MEDA) that provides economic development for women (and men) in third world countries.
Babette Zemel has been a member of Or Hadash for over 20 years. She served on the Adult Education committee for several years, largely responsible for the “One Book, One Jewish Community” program for several years. She then became Co-Chair of the Social Action – Tikkun Olam committee and has just completed a three year term in that position. She and Jon Shapiro have three children, Aaron, Gabriel and Jessica Shapiro who all became B’nai Mitzvah and enjoyed the confirmation program at Or Hadash. Babette is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.