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Board Leadership

TBI President Rita Shumsky

Rita Shumsky began her Jewish journey in Atlantic City, NJ at the Conservative Beth Kehillah known as Community Synagogue. Her grandfather, Benjamin Lieberman, was one of the original members.  She went to Sunday School and had her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation at Community.   A graduate of Boston University, Rita has a BS in Nursing and received her MS in Nursing from Adelphi University.  She has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career including staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Administrator for Nursing.  In addition, she taught nursing at SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Stony Brook and Adelphi University.  When Rita moved to Port Washington, she immediately joined TBI.  “I’ve been a member here for 30 years.  I originally joined because I found the Congregation as warm and welcoming as it still is!”  Temple Beth Israel is “the” Conservative Synagogue in Port Washington.  It is blessed with a growing and involved membership.

Rita has had several positions on the TBI Board of Trustees in the last five years including Co-Vice President for Fundraising and Executive Vice President.  As President she looks forward to working with the new and existing Board Members and the Congregation.  Rita has two daughters, Wendy Petty and Debra Fogel, and three grandsons, TJ, Jake and Michael Petty.

Board Of Directors:

President Rita Shumsky
Executive Vice President David Cooper
Vice President Ritual David Volpe
Vice President of Administration Louis Silfin
Vice President Education - Preschool Debi Gewirtz
Vice President Education- Religious School Jenny Markman
Vice President Membership Helene Hechtkopf
Treasurer Andrew Silver
Financial Security John Teeger
Corresponding Secretary Jack Mishan
Recording Secretary Susan Levin
Sisterhood Co-President Alisa Schindler
Sisterhood Co-President Michelle Mondschein
Men's Club Co-President Michael Nerenberg
Immediate Past President Matthew Engel


Lane Palmer Alan Doubert
Ed Friedman Leslie Naschek
Scott Tashlik Jill Mellow
Mark Fridman Jennifer Latner
Adam Smith Michael Smolow
Steve Castar  
Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyyar 5781