Our Leaders

Rabbi Andy Bachman

Andy Bachman is a New York City-based community leader and educator, and a nationally-recognized executive, teacher, writer, rabbi and social entrepreneur. He is a deeply dedicated Jewish leader with significant experience in expanding and strengthening all aspects of pluralistic Jewish public, private and not-for-profit organizations. His experiences include executive leadership and development, as well as teaching and social justice action and advocacy on local, national and international issues. Andy comes to JCP from JCC Brooklyn, a project of the Kings Bay Y, where he helped to launch three storefront community centers in Windsor Terrace, North Williamsburg and Clinton Hill. Prior to that role, he was the Director of Jewish Content at the 92nd Street Y. He served for 9 years as the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE) in Brooklyn. He was ordained a rabbi in 1996 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 1998 he became Executive Director of the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life: Hillel at New York University. In 2003, Bachman and his wife, Rachel Altstein, along with several friends, founded Brooklyn Jews, an innovative outreach program for the many unaffiliated Jews who have made Brooklyn their home in the past decade. Bachman was on the Newsweek and Forward 50 rabbis’ list.

Student Rabbi Deena Gottlieb

Deena Gottlieb is delighted to return to JCP as a rabbinical student intern! She is entering her fourth year of the rabbinical program at HUC-JIR. Deena has served at many synagogues in Manhattan and Westchester, and has taught Hebrew school at JCP. Deena spent her first year of rabbinical school in Jerusalem, where she was an NIF Social Justice Fellow and was a participant in the Rabbinical Student Seminar at the Hartman Institute. She attended Yale University and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Religious Studies. Deena is passionate about creating innovative ways to celebrate holidays and life-cycle moments. She loves making Judaism meaningful and relevant for people of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading non-fiction, and spending time with family and friends.

Jacob Stein — Music Leader

Jacob Stein has been making art and music for families for over 10 years. Jacob joined JCP in 2004, and was the creator of Bim Bom Musicfest, an early childhood music class. With a B.A. from Yale and M.F.A. in Visual Art from Columbia, Jacob comes from a very musical family. His father is a Grammy award-winning children’s musician and Cantor, his mother is a singer, and both of his brothers are professional musicians on the West Coast. They have performed together as the Rolling Steins. Jacob has worked with Jewish institutions on both coasts including Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, The Village Temple, Sutton Place Synagogue, Park Avenue Synagogue, and in Los Angeles at Temple Aliyah, Kadima Jewish Academy, and Temple Israel of Hollywood. Jacob completed his long-time tenure with JCP two years ago to pursue work with his two-time Grammy-nominated band, The Pop Ups, and we are thrilled to have him back on the bimah for the High Holidays.