Leadership | Adath Israel


Rabbi: Nelly Altenburger
Office Administrator: Joanna Schnurman

Adath Israel is my Jewish family. Its members are my aunts and uncles, my cousins, my nieces and nephews sharing joys and struggles, support and perspective. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Religious School Director: Anna Elfenbaum

Congregation Leadership

Jonathan Shapiro, President

My family has been part of the synagogue since it was founded. My great grandparents, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts, uncles and cousins have all called Adath Israel home. It is the only synagogue I have called my own, and am honored to continue our family legacy. It taught me much of what I know about Judaism and am proud to have my kids learn where I did and as I did.

Eileen Daling, Immediate Past President

Adath Israel has been my family’s spiritual home for over 37. I was the Office Administrator of 15 years, then Vice President for 2 years and now President for the last 3 years. I have been privileged to witness Adath Israel change, grow and develop into an even more inclusive synagogue to all aspects of our community. My hope is that we continue on this path and remain a viable synagogue long into the future. I am proud and honored to serve Adath Israel.

Carly Hoss, Vice President

Adath Israel is important to me because of it’s rich history, and my own lifecycle events that have taken place within the building. I love my community because of it’s multi-generational audience, diverse programming, and vibrant Hebrew School. Whether serving on the Board, teaching in the Hebrew School, attending a program or service, or volunteering, I feel like I am part of a supportive family that has a strong and vibrant Jewish heritage.

Linda Caplan, Secretary

Robert Goldstein, Treasurer

I joined Adath Israel in 2006 as we were looking for a synagogue with a strong Hebrew School program for my 3 children to continue their Jewish education and my remaining 2 children to have their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Since that time, both my wife and I have become engrained in the Adath Israel community. My children still attend services with us when they are home from college and we all consider Adath Israel our second home. We all enjoy services and the friendly conversations during Shabbat kiddish.

Board of Directors

Sandra Beckman

Adath Israel is my second home and a spiritual refuge. I’m a fourth generation member and have experienced every type of life cycle event at the synagogue, including USY, marriage, baby naming, children’s weddings, b’nei mitzvah celebrations for grandchildren and parents funerals. I was the first female congregation president and have remained active in committees throughout my adult life.

Jaime & Rich Bruno

When Rich and I moved here to CT in 2007 to start our family we had no synagogue affiliation. We found Adath Israel to be so welcoming and supportive. From services to events to religious school happenings there is something for everyone here. Our kids attend religious school and are on their way to a love of lifetime learning and enrichment thanks to CAI. As Membership Chairpersons, we hope to continue to facilitate other people’s journey to find a home away from home that we have found in Adath Israel.

Andrea Fassler

Starting with our children growing up and learning about what it is to be Jewish and my husband Michael’s commitment as president of the synagogue, Adath Israel has been a central part of my family’s lives. Even now all of my children come home to Adath Israel for the holidays.

Myra Finkelstein

As a third generation congregant, I appreciate the congeniality of the membership; the various social and religious opportunities the synagogue provides; and the values it instills. It is a place where diversity is encouraged and accepted.


Richard Kamins

As a life-long member of Adath Israel, I have been blessed by being part of a caring and accepting community. I believe that we must continue that atmosphere and tradition now and for generations to come.

Melissa Olczak

My family and I joined Adath Israel 5 years ago when we were looking to join a synagogue as my boys were reaching Hebrew school age. Adath Israel was inviting and welcoming to my family, which is something that is important to me. In the past 5 years my family has been welcomed and feels like we are part of the Adath Israel community.

David Kaye

As a former member of Temple B’nai Abraham I always thought of that temple as my second home and family.  Now that we have merged in with Congregation Adath Israel, this congregation has become a second family to me as well.  The new friends that I have made here have made my wife and I feel that we have made the correct choice and I hope that it will make you feel the same way.  At TBA I served on their Board for about 25 years in various positions including past president.  I hope to bring the knowledge gained and use it to co-chair the Ritual committee.  As co-chair, I hope that we, as a committee can help you to connect to your spiritual needs.

Howard Rosenbaum

Beth Shapiro

Adath Israel has always felt like home to me. Our family has been part of this synagogue since its inception. I enjoy watching my own children learn about their Jewish heritage here just as I had done.

Michelle Grossman

I am a new member of Adath Israel. My husband and I joined when our synagogue, Temple B’nai Abraham merged with Adath Israel in July 2019. As part of the merger committee I got to know many congregants and always felt welcomed. Since the merger Adath Israel has become our new religion “home” and we couldn’t be happier. Many items of importance to us such as our beautiful bimah and Memorial boards have moved to Adath Israel. The people have welcomed all of us with open arms. We are looking forward to many years at Adath Israel.

Michael Daling

I joined Adath Israel because my daughter needed to start her Jewish education. Now, 37 years later I’m still involved because Adath Israel has become a very ingrained part of my life having served her in many capacities over the years and it is my synagogue.

Ruth Borsuk

Fred Zierler

Service Times

  • Minyan
    • Daily morning minyan (Mon.-Fri.) 8:00 a.m.
    • Sunday 9:00 a.m.
  • Early Risers Minyan (1st Wednesday of the month) 7:00 a.m.
  • Friday Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
  • Pray-Eat-Sing (once a month) 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Morning Service 9:30 a.m.
  • Holiday Services – weekdays & Sundays 9:00 a.m.