Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson
Part Time Rabbi
Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson serves as the part-time rabbi of FJC. In his day job, Lev is Director of Rabbinic Training at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, where he trains rabbinical students to be religious human rights leaders and develops materials to help rabbis across the country tackle issues such as systemic racism, immigration, and mass incarceration from a Jewish perspective. In 2017, Lev was honored by the Covenant Foundation with the prestigious Pomegranate Prize, which recognizes exceptional early-career Jewish educators. Lev’s greatest joys as a rabbi include leading soulful singing, facilitating Torah discussions where he learns something new from participants’ insights, and anything having to do with children. He was ordained at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, a pluralistic school drawing on a wide range of Jewish movements and traditions, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Lev holds a BA in Geology from Brown University. He lives in the neighborhood with his wife, Eliana Meirowitz Nelson, and their three children: Barzilai “Buzz” Khalil, Tav Hadar, and Sassonya Ness.
Hebrew School Teacher
FJC is excited to welcome Saifan Man as the new teacher for the Coop Hebrew School. Saifan was born and raised in Kfar-Saba, Israel and has over 10 years of experience working with children both in formal and informal environments. Saifan was always passionate about education. She was an instructor for children at risk with WIZO, and worked closely with families in order to support the kids educational and emotional needs. She holds a Camp Counselor certificate from Tel Aviv University and worked both as a camp counselor and as a camp director in Israel. Saifan Holds a BEd in Early Childhood Education from Beit Berl College, and specialized in teaching Hebrew, Math and Art. She worked as a pre-school and elementary school teacher both in Israel and in the United States.
FJC Board President
Flatbush Jewish Center Board
As President of the Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center, Heather strives to build a community that is safe for all of the intersecting identities in her community. By day, Heather is also an Assistant Principal serving students in NYC’s special education district. She’s passionate about creating learning environments that are conscious of children’s social/emotional needs and that are trauma informed. Heather has recently branched out to work with other Jewish communities across the country as well as USCJ and UJA to build racial equity for Jews of Color in Jewish spaces. She recently had a piece published in Kveller called, “We’re All Helping Raise Black Jewish Children” and is a co-facilitator at USCJ’s upcoming Kol Tzedek conference. She does all of this work to make the world a better place for everyone but mostly for her three amazing boys. It’s vitally important to her that all who enter the FJC tent feel safe and embraced to pray as the perfectly designed human that G-d intended them to be, no matter how intersected.
|Vice President||Dina Garfinkel|
|Historian||Becky Silber, Esq.|
Board of Trustees
|Debbie Kaufman||Sara Sloan||Warren Wexelman, MD|
Honorary Board of Trustees
|Alvin Feder, Esq.||Rose Froot||Hon. Edward Rappaport|
|Steve Wolkoff||Roberta Feinstein|
Honorary Board of Governors
|Benjamin Rosenberg, MD|