JCP Staff Team

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Meet JCP’s Professional Staff

Eli Kornreich, Executive Director of JCP
eli@jcpdowntown.org

EliEli was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Brooklyn College for his undergraduate studies.  A proud member of Class VI of the Wexner Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Program, Eli went on to complete both a Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  Eli has spent much of his career in the Jewish Community Center & Federation fields, including 9 years as President/CEO at JCCS of Eastern Fairfield County, CT – a merged JCC-Federation agency. Prior to joining JCP, Eli held the position of Executive Vice President at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City.  Eli and his wife Iva have three children, and live in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Sharon Shorofsky Mack
Director of Education and Early Childhood, Associate Director, JCP

sharon@jcpdowntown.org

DSC_0122Sharon Shorofsky Mack graduated from Barnard College and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the Founding Director of the Brotherhood Synagogue Nursery School in Manhattan. Sharon has worked in the field of education since 1989. Sharon’s background also includes preschool teaching as well as admissions work in preschools, elementary schools and higher education. In March 2014 Sharon was awarded the JCP Leadership Award and in December 2014 she received The Blackboard Award for Outstanding School Leader, as one of three recipients city wide. Sharon and her husband Alex have three children and live in Manhattan.

Rabbi Jason Klein, Director, Center for Jewish Life
rabbijason@jcpdowntown.org

jason 1Rabbi Jason Klein grew up in Stuyvesant Town and Montclair, NJ before returning to the City for college at Columbia, where he majored in religion.  After receiving rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2002, he became the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Emeth on the South Shore of Long Island.  Rabbi Jason completed seven years of service as Executive Director with Hillel at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) before coming to JCP and was recently elected President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, a volunteer position.  He lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Alex Kogan, Senior Business and Finance Manager
alex@jcpdowntown.org

DSC_0118Alex has a background in not-for-profit administration in the Jewish community. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and Economics from Hunter College. Among his many interests are travel, foreign languages, history, music, and writing.

Sima Green, Associate Director, Hebrew School Project (HSP)
sima@jcpdowntown.org

simaSima Green is beginning her first year as Associate Director of the Hebrew School Project (HSP) after distinguishing herself as an outstanding educator in our Early Childhood Center. She has also played a significant role in our Hebrew School Project team over the past two years as a teacher and most recently as our Curriculum and Education Coordinator. Prior to starting at JCP, Sima taught elementary school at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching and a degree in Jewish Leadership through Teaching from Brandeis University.

Marcia Marks Thaler, Preschool Admissions Coordinator
marcia@jcpdowntown.org

marciaMarcia is a life-time Manhattanite and experienced early childhood educator. Marcia received her BA from University College, NYU and did her various graduate work at institutions throughout the city. Marcia was formerly the Admissions Director at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School for over 20 years. Marcia is the mother of Karen and Lawrence and grandmother of Henry and
Charlie. Her spare time favorites – grandsons, gardening and golf.

Wendy Gelsanliter, Associate Director, JCP Early Childhood Center
wendy@jcpdowntown.org

wendyforwebWendy graduated from Hamilton College and earned her M.S. from Bank Street College of Education. With over twenty years of experience working with young children, Wendy’s most current positions include Director of the Park Slope Child Care Collective and Assistant Director of Beginnings Nursery School in Manhattan. Music is another passion of Wendy’s. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, she has produced three CDs for children and their families.

Denise Kohn, Early Childhood Center Administrative Associate
denise@jcpdowntown.org

Denise headshot for webOriginally from Louisville, Kentucky, Denise Kohn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, and then went on to live and work in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer. She received a Master’s in Public Health degree from Columbia University and worked in the non-profit administrative world for many years. Denise made a career change and taught at Plymouth Church School while receiving her Master’s in Early Childhood Education degree from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She is also actively involved in the Jewish world, having most recently served as the Chair of the Beginning Jewish Families Task Force and as a Cabinet member of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of the UJA-Federation of New York. Denise lives in Brooklyn with her husband Adam and her three children.

Allison Finston, Events and Marketing Manager
allison@jcpdowntown.org

me Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Allison moved to Arizona to attend college at Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Human Communication. In her free time, she enjoys going to Central Park, roaming the city blocks, being outside and spending time with her family.

Matti Bowen, Preschool Administrative Assistant
matti@jcpdowntown.org
Matti Bowen HeadshotMatti Bowen was a long time resident of upstate New York, where she attended Binghamton University and graduated with a BA in English Literature and Cinema Studies, before relocating to New York City and joining the JCP family. Her previous position was as an administrative assistant at a preschool that focused on special education services and education programs for the local low income community, where she discovered her passion for early childhood education. In her free time she enjoys exploring New York’s many diverse neighborhoods, attending concerts, film screenings and spending time with friends.

Sara Winograd, Education Department Program/Administrative Assistant
saraw@jcpdowntown.org

DSC00880 Sara graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Jewish Studies and Psychology. In her experiences as division head at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, she planned and led interactive and educational activities for campers as well as community building and leadership training programs for her staff. As a leader of St. Louis Hillel, Sara received the Hazon Award for improving Jewish life on campus for her work on Jewish engagement events. In her free time, Sara loves going to Broadway shows, spending time with friends, and trying new frozen yogurt flavors.

Liya Kahan, Development Associate
Liya@jcpdowntown.org

Liya Photo2Liya Kahan was born in Israel but has spent much of her life abroad, having lived in Ethiopia, Swaziland, Burma and Italy. She considers herself truly a citizen of the world! Liya moved to the United States to attend Brandeis University, where she earned her B.A degree in International & Global Studies and Anthropology in 2012. Upon graduation, Liya moved to New York City where she began her career in the corporate world of sales in the fashion industry. Recently, she made the shift to the Jewish non-profit sector and has experience working in development and fundraising. Working in the New York Jewish community has been such an enriching and fulfilling experience for Liya and she is thrilled to be joining the JCP team!

Jenna Mulberry, Events and Marketing Coordinator
Jenna@jcpdowntown.org
jennaOriginally from the Space Coast of Florida, Jenna moved to New York shortly after graduating from Florida State University in 2009 with a double major in Studio Art and Art History. After four years of working with JCP on an event basis, she is thrilled to be officially joining the JCP team part-time. Jenna also works for another nonprofit as an event coordinator. She is a resident of Brooklyn, and in her free time, she enjoys going for bike rides, attending museums, photography, and traveling.

Shelby Weinberg, Business and Finance Associate
shelby@jcpdowntown.org

photo Before joining the staff at JCP, Shelby worked at a Manhattan CPA firm for two years. She graduated with a   Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Accounting at SUNY Old Westbury. In her free time, Shelby loves to spend quality time with her friends and family.

Dan Wolpow, Welcome Desk Coordinator
dan@jcpdowntown.org

dan pic reducedDan received his B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and is leading a life not too dissimilar from his Millennial peers—he wears many different hats. When not at JCP, Dan is probably writing, composing, crafting lyrics, or some combination of the three. Originally from Long Island, he now resides in Brooklyn Heights.

Danny Dignazio, Facilities
dannyDanny has been with JCP from its very first days on White Street as our inaugural security guard. Danny was the Assistant Scout Master of Troup 304 in Harrison, NJ. He is the Past President of the Harrison Chapter Lions Club International. Danny grew up in New Jersey and has been a lifelong follower of classic rock.

Nicholas Kappstatter, Facilities
Nick photoNick was born and raised in cobble hill brooklyn.  He enjoys traveling, has driven cross country and has also been on safari in Africa.  Nick really values staying connected with friends and family. One of his favorite things to do is take really long walks in all parts of the city.