Temple Shaaray Tefila is a Reform Jewish congregation with a traditional spirit. We celebrate, teach, and observe the most worthy values and ideals of our Jewish tradition: Torah, mitzvah, and tzedakah. In doing so, we connect our members and their families to each other, to the greater Jewish community, and to Israel. Anyone who seeks a warm and vibrant Jewish community will feel comfortable in our congregation.
Top 5 Facts and Figures
- Founded in 1976, we are the largest synagogue in Northern Westchester, drawing members from Armonk, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Chappaqua, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Somers, South Salem, and other Northern Westchester areas.
- We are located on a beautiful 10 acre campus with three buildings, an awesome playground, a community garden, and a gaga pit.
- Our multi-generational community is diverse, encompassing members from a wide variety of backgrounds. We warmly welcome everyone who wants to be part of us.
- We offer a large number of excellent educational, spiritual, and social programs for people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.
- We have a dedicated team of volunteer leaders, clergy, and staff to address our congregants’ needs.
Rabbi David Wilfond
Rabbi David Wilfond, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi David Wilfond joins Temple Shaaray Tefila as our Senior Rabbi on July 1, 2020. He comes to us with a wealth of Jewish experiences and achievements, spanning four continents and including congregational leadership, teaching, and pastoral care positions.Rabbi Wilfond’s Jewish education and leadership began at an early age. As a teen growing up in Edison, NJ, he taught Hebrew School, led the Junior Congregation, and served as the Temple youth group president. While a student at Rutgers University, he taught simultaneously at two Hebrew schools and was a founding member of the Rutgers Progressive Zionist Caucus. After earning a B.S. with Honors, Rabbi Wilfond received a full scholarship for an M.S. at the University of Florida in Gainesville. There, he received the Hillel award for Outstanding Jewish Leader in the State of Florida. Living in Israel has always been a priority. During high school, Rabbi Wilfond spent six months on a NFTY high school exchange program in Israel, which inspired him to spend three summers on staff at URJ Eisner Camp. Later, he spent a year on a work-study program milking cows on Kibbutz Tzora and, before attending Hebrew Union College to study for the Rabbinate, he worked for a year in the date fields of Lotan, the Reform Kibbutz. While in Rabbinical School, he also spent a year at Pardes, an egalitarian yeshiva in Jerusalem, and another year at Hebrew University as a visiting graduate student in Jewish studies. After receiving Rabbinic Ordination and second MA from HUC, Rabbi Wilfond served for two years as the first reform Rabbi in Kiev, Ukraine. He returned to the US to serve as a congregational Rabbi in Boston for five years. In 2004, he made Aliyah and worked for six years at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem as the Director of Admissions and Rabbi of the Murstein Synagogue. Rabbi Wilfond is married to Deborah, a lawyer, yoga instructor, and writer of a weekly blog called "Mindful Torah." In 2010, they moved to her native England, where he served as the associate rabbi at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London, England. After their son Isaac was born there, the Wilfonds returned to Jerusalem where David worked for seven years as the Director of Education for NFTY in Israel. In addition to Isaac, they have two other children, Eliora and Rafi, who were born in Jerusalem. The Wilfonds also have a Hebrew speaking cat named Ruby. Rabbi Wilfond loves bike riding, ice cream, singing with others, and sharing a good conversation. He looks forward to being a part of the Temple Shaaray Tefila Community.
Rabbi David E. Greenberg
Rabbi David E. Greenberg, Rabbi Emeritus
After 44 years as Senior Rabbi, Rabbi David E. Greenberg became Temple Shaaray Tefila's Rabbi Emeritus in July 2020.Rabbi Greenberg grew up in San Francisco, California. He received a BA from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1972, and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 1976. After completing rabbinic school in New York, he became the “weekend student Rabbi” at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, New York. Rabbi Greenberg received his rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR in 1978 and has been with our congregation ever since. Temple Shaaray Tefila grew and flourished under his outstanding leadership. For so many, he is a source of inspiration and an example of dedication to our most worthy Jewish values and teachings. Rabbi Greenberg lives in Mt. Kisco with his wife, Cindy, and they are blessed with three children, Alisa, Amanda, and Jared and grandchildren Mason, Harper, and Jagger.
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Meet our professional staff
Director of Early Childhood Center
Director of Education
Liz grew up in Old Westbury, NY on Long Island. She graduated from Hofstra University with went on to get her Master’s Degree in Westchester, NY. For the past 23 years Liz has worked with temples and Jewish Organizations in Northern Westchester in the role of classroom educator, Curriculum Coordinator, Programming Coordinator and Director of Education. For the past 6 years, at Temple Shaaray Tefila, Liz has taught in the classroom, coordinated social action speakers and events, written curriculum, managed 42 madrichim (teen guides), designed Hebrew, and special family education programs for our primary and post B'nai Mitzvah classes.As the Director of Education it is of paramount importance, Liz believes, to provide excellence in curriculum planning and implementation along with creating a warm, nurturing environment for all our students and their families. Liz strives to provide meaningful, positive and poignant Jewish memories for our young people. As a corollary to this, her hope is that each of our youngsters develop a strong connection to the temple and an armored, everlasting and infrangible Jewish Identity.
Director of Youth Engagement & Experiential Education
Director of Finance
- Sharon Feldman, President
- Stuart Zaro, First Vice President
- Andrew Samalin, Second Vice President
- Richard Chassin, 3rd Vice President
- Lesa Levine Greenfield, Treasurer
- Harriett Zeller, Secretary
- Mark Tabs, Financial Secretary
Board of Trustees
Lesa Levine Greenfield
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Third Vice President
Lesa Levine Greenfield
Harriett Zeller better known as Gigi or the “Hat Lady” has been a member of Shaaray Tefila since 1999 and a Board Member since 2006. As a result of her commitment to Shaaray Tefila, Gigi has performed many leadership roles over the years. Her mantra is “to give back” for all of her blessings. She is presently the newly installed Madame Secretary on the Executive Board and Co-Chair of the Caring Community. If you need something done just call Gigi!
Her involvement over the years include:
Ushering - Chairperson
Night of Stars co-chair
Israel 60th Anniversary Chair
Sisterhood= past Co President
Israel Action – past co-chair
Caring Community – Co-chair
25th Year Dinner Dance Co-ChairMonte Carlo Night co-chair
Gala 2021 to honor Rabbi Greenberg - Co-chair
Besides her involvement with Shaaray Tefila, Gigi sits on the Boards of the American Jewish Committee and the Westchester Jewish Council. She is a volunteer at Northern Westchester Hospital and a substitute teacher in the Chappaqua school system. Gigi is an avid exercise enthusiast rarely sitting still. When not working with her many Temple responsibilities she spends time with her loving family: Randi and Bill, Lori, Barry and Robyn, and six grandchildren.
- Ron Braun
- Ron Gassman
- Allan Schefler
- Frank Neubauer
- Cary Baer
- Neil D. Klar
- Douglas Benach
- Susan Glickman
- Carl Grossman
- William Greene
- Stephanie Garry
- Jeff Cohen
- Jeff Simon
- Suzanne Fromm
- Jeff Kohn
- Hugh Lewis
- Vicki Gelbtuch
- Joel Adelberg
- Jeff Tanenbaum
- Lisa Roberts
- Sheldon Goldfarb
- Jodi Kimmel
- Karen Spiegel