Cantor Judi Rowland
Cantor Judi Rowland has worn many professional hats in her long and satisfying career. She graduated from HUC-JIR, School of Sacred Music in 1981, at the time one of only 11 women graduates, and went on to serve congregations in Forest Hills, Oceanside Long Island, Spring Valley, NY, Baltimore MD and Temple Shaaray Tefila in Manhattan.
Cantor Rowland began her career as a NFTY and camp songleader and went on to become President of the American Conference of Cantors , serve on the Board of the Union for Reform Judaism as well as the Advisory Board of the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College.
In 2011 Cantor Rowland was chosen to receive a Jim Joseph scholarship to be one of 16 students in the innaugural cohort of the executive Masters in Jewish Eduation offered by HUC-JIR and she graduated in 2013.
In addition to her skills leading worship and as a master teacher, she has extensive skills as a choral conductor, program producer and administrator.
Cantor Rowland grew up at Temple Sinai of Roslyn where her father was the rabbi. She is married to Michael Rowland, who grew up in London and is a consultant on brand strategy with several non-profits. They have two children: Rachel, who is a content manager at WIX.com, is married and lives with her husband Yotam in Tel Aviv and Benjamin who works in tech at a real estate company and lives in Manhattan.
You can find Cantor Rowland at: www.nyccantor.com
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Executive Director Alan J. Brava
Executive Director Alan J. Brava
I joined the Free Synagogue of Flushing’s professional staff in May of 2014. I have served Jewish communities in the Boston and New York area for the past 40 years as an Educator, Youth Director, Camp Director, Hazzan, Educational Director, and University Administrator and once again now as the Free Synagogue’s Executive Director. I received my Ordination as a Hazzan from the Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1982.
As Executive Director I bear direct responsibility for all operational aspects of our synagogue, other than the worship, adult education and pastoral aspects overseen by our clergy and educators. Even as to these areas, however, the Executive Director must serve as a collaborative resource to assure a consistent and intense focus on the needs of our members.
At a tactical level, the Executive Director hires and supervises all administrative staff, administers all financial activities of the Congregation, coordinates all programming except those programs overseen by other members of the Senior Staff, reviews and approves all member-directed communications and non-member marketing, plays an integral role in fundraising and development, and oversees all aspects of our physical facilities (including maintenance, repair and new construction) and technology.
It is at the strategic level, however, that the Executive Director must truly excel. Membership recruitment and retention are the lifeblood of our congregation, and the Executive Director is often the first public face, in collaboration with the rabbi, to potential members, financially distressed or disgruntled members, and the external community. The Executive Director attends the monthly meetings of our Board and is expected to be an active participant in their policy discussions and strategic planning; the same is true with respect to the weekly Staff meetings and the weekly meeting with the Rabbi and the Board President.
With the cooperation and teamwork of the other staff and the Executive Committee and Board, many of these duties and responsibilities can and should be shared.
The goal is to create members who feel like "stock holders" of FSF. My successes are yours and similarly, your successes are mine. Together we share in all that transpires at our synagogue.
Personally, for me it is an honor to serve this congregation. To be part of a long rich history that is close to reaching 100 years of serving the Jewish community is both exciting and filled with awe.
I have an open door policy. My office is a place to come visit, have a meeting, share a discussion and a cup of coffee and get to know each other and each other's needs and desires.
The future is bright. I believe in miracles. Each and every day that we awake and get out of bed we thank God for our lives and for that basic fact that our bodies function to allow us to do His work.
I invite ALL of you to join with me, the Rabbi and the lay leadership to rebuild our synagogue financially, spiritually and most importantly, the rebuilding of relationships so that we all can go from strength to strength.
Alan J. Brava Executive Director, Free Synagogue of Flushing
Board of Directors
Ed Schauder, President
Todd Harris, Vice President
Rebecca Bunkin, Treasurer
Laura Tujak, Secretary
Donna Ballard, Brian Drutman, Ed Schauder, Laura Tujak, Aaron Rosenberg, Rebecca Bunkin, Kayla Fine, Elliot Fine, Todd Harris