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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, and served on its faculty until 2020.  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) with a private counseling practice.
The Marders are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.

Rabbanit Atara Lindenbaum joined us at the Hebrew Institute just as we were returning to our building following an extensive renovation, and quickly became an integral part of the religious leadership team. At HIWP, Rabbanit Atara is involved in cohort building, community engagement, programming, teaching, and pastoral work in partnership with Rabbi Marder. She is playing an active role in helping our members re-engage with the community after a long absence from the building during Covid and our renovation project.

Prior to joining us, Rabbanait Atara did work in community planning, focusing on methods of inclusion and equity. Her Jewish leadership and teaching experience cover all age groups, from young children to teens, and adults/seniors.

Rabbanit Atara is a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, a program she pursued after previously completing the Tanakh Educator's Program through Matan and Hebrew University, as well as a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter University.

Her busy, joyful family includes her husband Jeremy Bressman and their four children⁠, Dahlia, Gabriella, Molly, and JJ.


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.


Office Administrator
Teri Kopp
Head Custodian
Herber Barrera
Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784