Synagogue Staff

 Joanne Fried - Executive Director

Joanne came to The Community Synagogue in June 2010, after a successful career in business and six years as Executive Director of North Shore Synagogue in Syosset.

Joanne feels blessed to have found the field of temple administration, bringing together her love of Reform Judaism and her professional strengths as an administrator in an environment of sacred community. Joanne considers her top priority to be serving and advocating for the individuals who make up this wonderful congregation. Joanne served as Co-president of Metro-ASE, the Metropolitan Association for Synagogue Executives and is currently a board member of NATA, the National Association for Temple Administration.

Originally from Bradley Beach on the Jersey shore, Joanne has a degree in Art History from Boston University and is the mother of three grown sons—Mike (and his husband Ken), Sam and Ben.  She is a longtime member of Temple Beth El of Huntington, and spends leisure time dancing (tap and ballroom) and directing for community theater groups.


Shari Isserles - Director of Education 

Shari Isserles grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in Judaic Studies from Boston University and then attended the New York School of Education (NYSOE) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she received her Masters of Religious Education (M.A.R.E.) degree in 2003.

Shari spent 6 years working at Temple Beth David in Commack, NY, first as the Assistant Director of Education and then as the Religious School Director. In 2005, she joined the senior staff team at The Community Synagogue as the Director of Education. During her time at The Community Synagogue, Shari has brought new and innovative programs to the school, including the FLAME (Family Learning & Mitzvah Education) Program and various Tikkun Olam Trips for our teenage students.

Shari is engaged in numerous activities outside of her congregational work.  She is a Board Member of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) and currently serves as Team Leader of the Advocacy Team of NATE.  Shari is the President of the NYSOE Alumni Association, and she is an active member for Long Island Temple Educators (LITE).  She has also taught as a member of the faculty for the Morasha Teacher Training Program.

Shari has always had a strong connection to Jewish camping.  She grew up as a camper and later spent many summers as a staff member at the URJ Eisner Camp.  She continues to spend time at camp each summer as a member of the faculty.

Shari and her husband Paul live in Port Washington, NY with their son, Michael Saul.

Ellen Cohen - Early Childhood Center Supervisor










Lindsay Ganci - Director of Youth Engagement

516-883-3144 Ext. 330     [email protected]

Lindsay grew up in Westchester, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Muhlenberg College, and then attended Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received a Masters degree in English Education.  LIndsay has also earned a Certificate in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults, from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

In her 6 years working with youth at The Community Synagogue, Lindsay has created the thriving program that POWTY is today, engaging more than 250 youth and teen participants in our POWTY Youth Programs each year. Lindsay has created a variety of unique programs for teens in our youth community, such as the POWTY Tikkun Team for our 8th and 9th graders, our POWTY Foundation for 10th and 11th graders, and a variety of successful yearly events such as Top POWTY Chef. Last year, she was named a recipient of The Jewish Education Project Young Pioneers Award 2015, and has published articles in the URJ's Journal For Youth Engagement. Lindsay truly loves working with the youth and adolescents at The Community Synagogue, and developing strong relationships with POWTY families!

From a very early age, Judaism has been the most important thread through Lindsay's life, connecting Jewish camping experiences, religious school participation and teaching, campus Hillel leadership, and professional experience to create a strong Jewish identity and commitment to Judaism. Lindsay hopes to provide the children and young adults of The Community Synagogue with similar experiences so that they continue to choose to live happy, meaningful Jewish lives.

When Lindsay isn't spending time with our youth and teens, she loves cooking, baking, painting, reading, and spending time with her wonderful family and friends. Lindsay lives in Port Washington with her husband Alec, her daughter Ruby and their dog, Latke.

Susan Freire - Education Office Manager

516-883-3144  Ext. 316  [email protected]

Sue Freire was promoted to Education Office Manager after serving nine years as Administrative Assistant of both our Early Childhood Center and Religious School. Before coming to The Community Synagogue Sue worked as the administrator of another faith-based preschool. Sue always has a smile and is always willing to help you with all of your Early Childhood Center and Religious School questions and needs.



Jean Gatz - Assistant to the Clergy

516-883-3144 Ext. 328 [email protected]


Annette Rosalia - Office Manager

516-883-3144 Ext. 322  [email protected]





Michelle Fiore - Administrative Assistant

516-883-3144  Ext. 310  [email protected]





Nancy Tejo - Director of Communications 

 516-883-3144 Ext. 343  [email protected] 





Phyllis Zuckerbrot - Controller

516-883-3144 Ext. 312  [email protected]






Ted Dzyr - Facilities Manager

 516-883-3144 Ext. 313  [email protected]





Henry Rosales - Assistant Facilities Manager

 516-883-3144 Ext. 348  [email protected]