FSF Leadership

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Cantor Laura Stein

Cantor Stein grew up in Scarsdale, New York and found her passion for Reform Jewish Music at Westchester Reform Temple where her family still belongs. She then studied Spanish Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and has lived in Chile, Peru, Iceland, Tanzania and Israel!

Cantor Stein is passionate about pastoral care and the role of music in healing and prayer. In addition to her cantorial work, she also holds an MSW from New York University and currently services as a social worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Cantor Stein is eager to find a way to combine her musical interests with her passion for counseling and social justice, and wants to work within the Queens community to strengthen Jewish identity and relationship. Cantor Stein is particularly experienced in LGBTQ+ identity issues, especially as they pertain to religious inclusion.

Cantor Stein could not be more thrilled to join the Free Synagogue family and to join the community in song, prayer, and a continued Jewish journey!

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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 has reached over 100 years of serving the Jewish community is both exciting and awe-inspiring.

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, our clergy, 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 Trustees

President

Edward Schauder, Esq.

 A Columbia Law School graduate (class of 1987), Ed is an experienced corporate, transactional and sports and entertainment lawyer with over 30 years of experience in big New York City law firms and as General Counsel. In addition to his role as the President of our Board of Trustees, Ed is the Executive Vice President of Licensing, & General Counsel at Steiner Sports. Ed is an active member of our synagogue and the Flushing community. He was married here at FSF, and his sons became Bar Mitzvah here.

Ed was recently appointed to serve as a Board Member of  the Queens Jewish Community Council. He has appeared on “Good Morning America” and numerous sports cable network shows and has been a frequent guest on WFAN Radio. He has been featured and quoted in numerous sports industry periodicals and national newspapers and magazines. Ed is also on the editorial board and is a frequent contributor to Professional Sports and the Law, a periodical that is distributed to General Counsel of major sports leagues and their franchises and the Sports Litigation Alert. Ed is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Sports Lawyers Association.

Ed is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

He can be reached at 917.907.1404 or eschauder@icloud.com for synagogue-related topics.

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Vice President 

Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron has been a member of FSF for the past six years, took over as Chair of the Education Committee in early 2015, and joined the Board later that year as well. Aaron was born in New Jersey, grew up in New Orleans, went to school in Kansas, and then moved back to his family roots in New York. He has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing, has worked as an adjunct, an editor, a graphic designer, a book publisher, and a creative director, currently works as a web content manager, and writes novels, stories, children’s books, and games in his spare time. 

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Treasurer

Michael Rosin

Mike and his family have been active members at the Free Synagogue of Flushing for several years, and his two children attend our religious school. He has worked for the airline industry for 26 years. Currently, Mike handles the North America sales team for EL AL Israel Airlines. He is also an avid bike rider.

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Secretary

Ilysa Davidson

Ilysa and her family have been part of FSF since 2013.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and has spent her career working with adults who have intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.  She lives in Forest Hills with her husband Boris, their children Jacob and Nina, and their cat Yankee.   They are sports fans, particularly of baseball and basketball.  Ilysa also loves to cook and bake.

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Board Member

Brian Drutman

Brian Drutman is a consultant for cast recordings and Broadway related projects at Decca Records / Verve Label Group.  He supervised such cast recordings as Wicked (Grammy and Tony Award winner), Spring Awakening (Grammy and Tony Award winner), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Grammy and Tony Award winner), MAMMA MIA!An American In Paris and Motown.  In his spare time, Brian is a professional pianist.

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Board Members

Ingrid Gordon

Justin Marks

Dr. Robert Tankel

Staff Members

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Director of Community Affairs

Souksavat Soukhaseum

Souksavat “Souks” Soukhaseum, originally from Laos,  began his service to the Free Synagogue of Flushing in 2014.  Coming from a background in finance and hospitality, Souks serves as our historian, archivist and as the Director of Community Affairs keeping our synagogue relevant within our community and beyond.

As we celebrate 100 years of serving the Jewish community of Queens, Souks is archiving our rich and storied history for future generations to learn of the contributions and significance of this landmark institution.

Always welcoming to members and guests, Souks will take you on a historical journey through our beautiful stained glass sanctuary and bring our 100 years to life.

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Office Manager

Jenifer Rosenberg

Jenifer and her family joined the Free Synagogue of Flushing in 2012, and have been active members ever since. She has been the office manager since 2015. In addition to being an office manager, Jenifer is a children’s book author and illustrator, and spent many years s a PTA secretary and a social media consultant. She has a B.A. in History, and loves being part of the living history of our century-old synagogue. Jenifer has been the Team FSF captain for our team in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Middle Village since 2015, and is the current president of our active Sisterhood.