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Lay Leadership


   I grew up in Albany and am lucky to have had Temple Israel as a ‘home away from home’ for nearly my          whole life. Temple Israel helped instill a deep love for the Jewish community and a commitment to take        on volunteer leadership roles. I am the Deputy Communications Director for the New York State                      Senate Majority, and I live in nearby Glenmont, with my wife and our two young children.


Gary Ginsburg, President

     I have been married to my wife, Ellen, for 36 years and we have two grown sons, Joshua and Aaron. We        have lived in Albany for over thirty years and been members of Temple Israel for almost as long. I have          been involved in almost every aspect of the synagogue as a volunteer, committee member, or                            chairperson. Professionally, I am a Chemical Engineer working in the industrial environment                           throughout the Capital District

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Eric Schwartz, Executive Vice President

   I have been a member of Temple Israel since 1994, when my husband Stephen and I and our two sons            moved to the Capital Region from Flemington, NJ.   Our lives have been greatly enriched by the vibrant        Jewish community we have embraced and have been embraced by at Temple Israel and the Albany                Jewish community at large. I am a family physician and work for Community Care Physicians at Clifton        Park Family Medicine. I love hiking, biking, skiing, singing and Israeli Dance. I am currently the                      chairperson of the Israeli Dance committee, and a member of the Temple Israel High Holiday choir.

Dr. Shelley Justa, Vice President 

      Temple Israel has been our family’s spiritual home since 1956. Three generations of the Goldberg                    family have enjoyed and benefited from the spiritual, educational and social opportunities that the                  Temple Israel community provides to its members. My wife Sally and I have served in many                              leadership roles which we hope to be able to continue in the years to come.


Paul  Goldberg, Vice President

   I have been a member of TI since 1991 when I sent my daughter to Camp Givah and Sunday                              school, where I volunteer at both places.  Since my retirement from State service I attend daily minyan          and Shabbat services. Because of this I have found a sense of community and have made life                              long friends. I volunteer on many committees and plan on continuing to helping TI for many years.


Marcia Rosenberg, Treasurer

   My wife Carole and I have been long time members of Temple Israel. We were not from the Albany area       originally and chose Temple Israel for its tradition and commitment to Jewish values. I have served on         the Board of Trustees and on many committees, and really enjoy the many adult education opportunities     here at TI. I formerly worked as a Program Manager and now enjoy retirement.


Ross Anderson, Secretary

Fri, May 14 2021 3 Sivan 5781