Board of Trustees

Temple Beth El is supported by a Board of Trustees, who serve as our modern equivalent of kohanim.

Rachel Stark (President)

Rachel has been serving as president since 2021.

Shari Berkowitz (Vice President)

Shari Berkowitz is a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn who has been living in Queens for over 30 years. Her bat mitzvah service was on a Friday night. Shari constructed many creative services as a teen in youth groups and summer camps, and led Friday night junior congregation when her kids were in Hebrew school. (Where are all those notes now when she needs them?) Nowadays Shari is a lay service leader and proud member of TBE’s Band by the Sea (vocalist, percussion, ukulele). She joined the Board in July 2020 and was elected Vice President in August, 2022.

Stuart Sorell (Treasurer)

I am a retired educator who taught 15 years in an elementary school and 20 years as an assistant principal in the Bronx. I grew up in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx where I attended public schools. I was bar mitzvah at Throggs Neck Jewish Center (then Orthodox). When my son was born, we moved to Westchester and joined Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains (Reform). After buying my City Island home on Buckley Street, I met and married my wonderful husband, Dennis. I found myself drawn to Temple Beth El: I made friends instantly because I felt such a warm, haimishe atmosphere. I’ve become very involved with TBE: I know the community has been around for 85 years and look forward to helping it flourish for the next 85 years!

Jodie Sadovsky z”l (President Emerita)

Jodie was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, attended local public schools and continued her education at the University of Miami (Florida). Jodie’s background includes management of real estate portfolios: she recently retired as site manager for affordable housing in the Bronx. Jodie served as synagogue president during 2021-2022.  She passed away on July 25, 2023 after battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half.  Jodie’s preferred charity was ProjectPurple.org and you can find her inspiring podcast for them on YouTube

Deborah Izzi

I am Deborah Izzi. A retired Registered Nurse, Martial Arts instructor, Bookeeper, Banker, Payroll Officer of my husband’s automotive repair business. Mother of grown twin sons; grandmother to 5 very interesting young people. Eldest 27 years to youngest 2 years. I’ve been a Cub Scout Den leader, class mom. Took up motorcycle driving. Love singing, arts and crafts and teaching little people about nature. Life is exciting and ever so interesting interacting with people of all walks of life. I look forward to a very active year working with everyone in our membership and learning more about each person.

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