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RABBI CHAIM MARDER
 
 
Rabbi Chaim Marder has served as the spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains since 1995, and leads the community with warmth, insight, and wisdom. Prior to his arrival in White Plains, Rabbi Marder served as a rabbi in Providence, RI and Riverdale, NY.
 
Rabbi Marder is involved in many communal organizations, both locally and nationally. He is a former Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and current Vice President of the International Rabbinic Fellowship (IRF). Locally, he has served as an officer of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, and also participates in the White Plains Religious Leaders Association, an interfaith community clergy group. Rabbi Marder has devoted himself to helping train the next generation of religious leadership. Beginning in 2004, he served as the chair of the department of the Professional Rabbinate at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) Rabbinical School, where he continues as a member of the faculty. He mentors rabbis across the globe, along with interns in our own synagogue.
 
Rabbi Marder holds a Master’s degree in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and received rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. He also studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel.
 
Suzie Marder is the rabbi’s wife, and his partner in caring for our community. She is a native of Riverdale and a graduate of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. Suzie earned a Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Suzie is the school social worker at Westchester Day School and has a private counseling practice.
 
The Marders are the proud parents of seven children and one grandchild.
 
 

SHIFFY FRIEDMAN
 
Yoetzet Halachah
 
 
The Yoetzet Halachah assists our rabbi by advising women on sensitive issues of taharat hamishpacha (laws related to mikveh), helping women find solutions in real time in the realm of women’s health and halachah. She also serves as an educator in our congregation on these and related issues.
 
Shiffy, who hails from Teaneck, studied at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for women in Migdal Oz after graduating from Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, NJ. She then went on to earn a BA at Yeshiva University in Judaic studies and dual Master’s in Education and Jewish studies from New York University. Shiffy pursued further studies in Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center’s U.S. Yoatzot Halachah Fellows Program and was certified as a yoetzet halachah as part of the second graduating class in the United States. Her training encompasses areas of biology, psychology and sexuality. Since her graduation, she has taught brides and couples in preparation for their weddings and she counsels women through questions relating to the interface of halachah and women’s health.
 
 

 

DEVORA MILLEN AND NOAM LUBOFSKY
 
Youth Directors
 
 
Devora grew up in Monsey and attended Ma’ayanot High School in Teaneck, NJ. Following a gap year in Israel, she attended Queens College where she earned a degree in psychology, Since college she has been teaching third grade at Yeshiva of Central Queens. Devora is currently pursuing a nursing degree at Hunter College.
 
Noam grew up in New Rochelle and attended SAR Academy and High School. After high school he studied in Israel for two years at Yeshivat Reishit in Bet Shemesh. After returning to the U.S., Noam studied for a year at Yeshiva University and then completed his college degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since graduating, he has been working as an assistant Judaic Studies teacher at SAR Academy. Noam’s hobbies include basketball, guitar, piano, and woodworking.
 
 

 

ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS
 
 
Office Administrator
Teri Kopp
 
Financial Manager
Crystal Powell
 
Head Custodian
Herber Barrera
Thu, June 4 2020 12 Sivan 5780