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
Interim Executive Director
Leslie has vast work experience in the profit and nonprofit world. She was most recently the Interim Chief Executive Officer at United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). Leslie started her career in marketing in the for-profit world and moved to the nonprofit sector to lead the marketing and communications effort at UJA-Federation. Leslie also has a strong background in operations, strategic and financial planning.
Senior Director of Member Engagement & Experience
As Senior Director of Member Engagement, Alli focuses on all aspects of membership engagement, programming, development, and volunteerism. Alli helps ensure that at every age and at every stage of life, members will be able to find a place for themselves at Temple Shaaray Tefila and deepen their connections to each other and to Judaism.
Alli has been a steady and strong presence on our staff for the past 13 years, having worked in nearly every area of temple life. Alli served as Executive Director from 2019-2021, leading our congregation throughout the unprecedented challenges of leadership transition, Rabbinic transition, and the day-to-day hardships that COVID presented. As Executive Director, she created new virtual programs and engagement opportunities, and conceived and implemented our world-class streaming capabilities.
Previously, as Director of Next Generation Engagement, Alli spearheaded groundbreaking and innovative programming, creating meaningful opportunities for all generations to connect with Jewish teachings and traditions. She also spent eight years as our Associate B’nai Mitzvah Director, and served on our Religious School faculty and as our Senior Youth Advisor, teaching and engaging students of all ages. Many congregants have also come to know Alli through music and liturgy as one of our Cantorial Soloists.
Prior to joining the Shaaray Tefila team, Alli enjoyed a career as a professional actor, appearing in plays and musicals in NYC and at some of the top regional theaters across the country. She has also worked extensively as an acting, vocal, and public speaking coach. Alli lives in Ridgefield, CT with her husband, Jason, and their two children, Jack and Olivia. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Director of Early Childhood Center
Stephanie Ben Simon
Director of Education
Stephanie comes to the Temple Shaaray Tefila community harboring a passion for high-quality Jewish education for all ages and stages of our lives. She believes that Judaism is magical and can enhance our lives as we infuse each day with the rich wisdom of middot and mitzvot – values and good deeds – from our Jewish tradition.
Stephanie's desire for others to understand how Judaism comes alive was ignited during her second semester of high school where she lived in Israel on a program called EIE (now called URJ Heller High) This ultimately drove her to earn her Bachelor's degree in Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. She has lived in various communities in the Midwest, South, Northeast, and California before settling here with her family. During her travels throughout Israel and the United States, she deeply valued the power of how organized Jewish communities solidify and enhance nurturing, reliable relationships.
While working in the field of Jewish Education, Stephanie obtained her MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Education and was awarded her Reform Judaism Educator credential. Stephanie is married to Shay Ben Simon – a native Israeli – and they, along with their son Asher, are excited to be here with all of you. Stephanie is especially ready to get to know you and what makes Judaism magical for you.
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
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.
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