"My kid didn't have school today, but he still wanted to go to Hebrew School.
He really enjoys it."
Beth Liebeman, member
Rabbi Jonathan Glass
Rabbi Jonathan Wilson Glass was born in Boston and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut. He graduated from Columbia College and then attended the Torah Ohr yeshiva in Jerusalem, which is headed by the famous Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg. Three years later, he returned to the U.S. to attend the Mirrer Yeshiva in Flatbush, from which he was ordained. He chose Mirrer because of its heavy European influence and because he was related to the late Rabbi Shraga Moshe Kalmanowitz, its head. Since 1989, he has served as Rabbi at the Synagogue for the Arts (formerly the Civic Center Synagogue), where he established the Hebrew school and adult education programs. He has given invocations for the City Council of the City of New York and has been Rabbi for the Jewish Lawyers' Guild. He and his wife Minky have five children.
"My firm belief is that traditional Judaism can be a vehicle for anyone's Jewish expression. It's just that special care must be taken to allow people to get comfortable in this setting and proceed at their own pace. It is this belief that has guided my development of the Synagogue to become a nexus of Jewish observance ranging from the ultra-liberal, artistic avant-garde of Tribeca and Soho to the ultra-Orthodox of Flatbush-Boro Park. I know both worlds so...I can construct bridges between them. So far, the Almighty has granted me success in providing a home for all comers; may God continue to assist my efforts." — Rabbi Jonathan Glass
Avram S. Turkel, President
Etan Butler, Executive Vice President
Etan Butler is an entrepreneur (nurtured at the Yeshiva University’s Sy Symms School of Business) who is an active investor and partner in several businesses, including real estate acquisitions and management, financial brokerage and the precious metal industries.
He and his wife, Stephanie Pastor (a film actor) live in SoHo and have a daughter (Zahava Shalom) and twin baby boys (Gal Zohar and Lev Zion). They are vegans with a serious interest in spiritual development, mysticism and yoga, and they were the creators of the Synagogue’s Shabbat Yoga program.
Eli Weiss, Treasurer