JCP Staff Team
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Meet JCP’s Staff
Eli Kornreich, Executive Director of JCP
Eli 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 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. Sharon and her husband Alex have three children and live in Manhattan.
Rabbi Jason Klein, Director, Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi 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 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.
Marcia Marks Thaler, Assistant Director, Preschool
Marcia 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 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.
Rabbi Kara Tav, Associate Director of the Hebrew School Project
Rabbi Kara holds ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and earned an MA from Columbia University Teachers’ College. Her diverse professional background includes community organizing for the Jewish community of Romania, as well as leadership roles in congregational education, central agencies, hospitals and institutions of higher learning. She has enriched the lives of her community and her learners, serving as a skilled leader, teacher, chaplain and mentor. Rabbi Kara has professional and spiritual interest in the lives of Jewish children, but also draws on her personal reservoir of expertise as a parent.
Allison Finston, Events and Marketing Manager
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.
Shari Pick, Assistant Director, Early Childhood Center
Shari joined our administrative team after four years as the head teacher in the JCP ECC’s Rainbow Room. She has a Masters in Education from Bank Street College. In addition, Shari has been working as our camp supervisor. This year Shari will be working with students and parents in the Hebrew School Project as well as the Early Childhood Center.
Sarah Patulo, Development Associate
Sarah Jacobs Patulo grew up just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Purdue University where she majored in Political Science and Law and Society. She is currently attending the School of Public Affairs at CUNY Baruch College to complete her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management. Previously, Sarah worked at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn as the Development Associate and as the Religious School (Yachad) and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator. Prior to that, she worked for BBYO, Inc. as the Program Associate for the Big Apple Region. Sarah lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Mike, and their Mini Dachshund, Stella. In her free time, she enjoys baking, spending time with her friends, and cheering on her favorite sports teams (the Cleveland Browns and the Purdue Boilermakers).
Matti Bowen, Preschool Administrative Assistant
Matti 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.
Beata Jarosz, Administrative Assistant
Beata has received her BA from Hunter College in 2008, where she majored in English. Before coming to JCP, she had spent two years managing a fitness club in Battery Park City, as well as working in the New York office of Hebrew University. In her free time she enjoys running, travel, photography, and hanging out with her friends.
Jenna Mulberry, Events and Marketing Coordinator
Originally 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.
Rachel Smith, Program Associate, Education
Originally from Philadelphia, Rachel moved to New York to attend NYU, where she completed a BA/MA in Anthropology and Linguistics in 2010. After a year working for NYU in Abu Dhabi and a year living in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and volunteering for education reform, Rachel joined JCP where she helps run the Hebrew School Project and early childhood programming. She enjoys cooking, photography, storytelling, and exploring the city.
Shelby Weinberg, Business and Finance Associate
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 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
Danny 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.
Brian Mieles, Facilities
Brian joins the JCP Team after having spent the past four years as Facilities Manager at Tribeca Hebrew, where students fondly referred to him as “The Popcorn Man”. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Brian is a die-hard Mets fan. He also is interested in graphic arts and has taken illustration classes at TCI.