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Jane Friedberg

Executive Director

Jane Friedberg grew up in post-World War II Long Island. In 1963, Jane graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She taught in the New York City Public Schools until her first child was born in 1966.

When Jane's family moved to White Plains in 1967, she became active in her community and synagogue, serving on her temple's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee in various capacities. Jane's interest in education led her back to her local schools where she served as PTA President at both the Highview and the Richard J. Bailey Schools. She also conceived, developed and implemented the first Greenburgh Central 7 Annual Calendar, and coordinated a huge Talent Showcase for all schools in Westchester and Rockland County.

When her youngest child reached 6th grade, Jane re-entered the work force, first at New York Medical College, and then as the Director of The Sylvan Learning Center in White Plains. In 1993, she became the Executive Director of Congregation Kol Ami. Jane is a Senior member of the National Association of Temple Administrators and was elected as President for the Metro Chapter serving for two years from 1998 - 2000.

Jane has three children and five grandchildren. When she is not at Kol Ami, Jane enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family.

 

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Felice Miller Baritz
Religious School Director

 

Felice Miller Baritz has been the principal of the Kol Ami Religious School since 2004. She had also worked as a head teacher in the Kol Ami early childhood program. As an active volunteer at Kol Ami, Felice has been involved in running various events and working on many committees.

Felice brings 20 years of creative energy and experience from the business world working as director of product development for licensing at Elle Magazine and as a marketing consultant. Felice was the founder and president of The Studio Group, Inc.

Felice holds a B.S. degree in special and elementary education from Boston University and has done work in early childhood education and intervention. She is a certified North Star life coach. A committed community volunteer, she has served as PTA president and is active in the White Plains school district. She lives in White Plains with her husband Marc and sons Jake and Andrew.

 

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Alix Brown
Religious School Assistant Director

 

 

 

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Nan Blank
Early Childhood Program Director

Nan Blank has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 30 years. Joining Kol Ami’s senior staff ten years ago she brings with her a wealth of experience in early childhood and family education. Nan teaches our First Friends class for families with young children.

Nan comes from a Reform Jewish background, growing up in Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, New York. She has served in a number of lay leadership positions. Before moving to Rye Brook with her husband and children over 19 years ago, Nan developed holiday programs for families of young children at Temple Emanuel of Andover Massachusetts where she also served as both Sisterhood President and Vice President of the Temple. A former member of Larchmont Temple, she served as WRJ President and was responsible for developing the Cradle Roll Holiday Programs at the Temple. Nan is a former member of the Camp Commission for URJ’s Eisner and Crane Lake camps for 12 years and has taught parenting classes for Parenting Horizons in New York City.

Nan holds a BS in Psychology and Special Education from Russell Sage College and an MS in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College.

Nan and her husband Wesley, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in NYC and a practicing Mohel, live in Westchester and have three wonderful daughters and two adorable son-in-laws and a precious granddaughter!

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Ilene Miller
Program Manager

 

Office Staff

Madiha Tubman

Controller

Suzanne Fromm

Administrative Assistant to the Rabbis

Beatrice Pogal

Assistant to Controller, Network Administrator

Kay Osborne

Yad B'Yad Administrative Assistant