Rabbi David B. Cohen

Rabbi Cohen has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai since 1996 and was named a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in 2013. Our Rabbi is a gifted teacher, storyteller, and musician who is also blessed with warmth, intelligence, and a sense of humor. These...

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Cantor Richard Newman

Cantor Richard Newman was recently ordained after completing the five-year graduate program at HUC-JIR in New York. A native of Birmingham, UK, Cantor Newman is a man of many talents. An exceptional tenor, Cantor Newman also plays several instruments. As an undergraduate, he studied law; he also holds a masters...

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Rabbi Jay Brickman, Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Jay Brickman served as the spiritual leader for Congregation Sinai from its founding in 1955 until his retirement in the early 1990’s. Rabbi Brickman remains a vital presence at Sinai, teaching a variety of classes to our congregants and providing mentorship for our clergy. Rabbi Brickman was born in...

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Joshua Parkes, President

Congregants know Joshua Parkes best as Haman in our annual Purim Spiel. In addition to writing and performing for Sinai every spring, Joshua has served for several years on the Board of Trustees including serving as Secretary in 5779. Joshua founded the Tabletop Games chug and is a regular Sinai...

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Brian Avner, Director of Youth Education

Congregation Sinai is excited to welcome Brian Avner as our Director of Youth Education. Brian holds a Masters in Jewish Education and a Masters in Jewish Non Profit Management from Hebrew Union College. He served as an Assistant Director of Education at Kehillat Israel, a synagogue in Los Angeles, with a focus on Experiential Education, […]

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Karen Berk, Director of Administration

Karen Berk joined the staff of Congregation Sinai as Director of Administration in September 2009. Her responsibilities include management of the synagogue’s office, budget and facilities. She and her family are also active members of the congregation. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Karen first came to Wisconsin as a camper and, later, […]

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Jen Friedman, Director of Engagement

Jen Friedman joined the staff of Congregation Sinai in August 2009. She focuses her work on facilitating and planning congregational gatherings and welcoming new members to our Sinai family. A native of Lexington, Massachusetts, she grew up in synagogue life as a daughter of a Reform rabbi. Jen is a graduate of Miami University in […]

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Isabella Acra, Website Designer

  Isabella Acra started at Congregation Sinai as a Marketing Intern during the Summer of 2020 and has recently joined Sinai’s team as their website designer. Her responsibilities include managing and editing the Congregation Sinai Website. Isabella is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Marketing and International Business major. On […]

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Board of Trustees

Executive Committee
President: Joshua Parkes
Vice President: Jenni Goldbaum
Vice President:  Dick Seesel
Vice President: Mike Weinshel
Treasurer: Michael Hool
Secretary: Gillian Rodger

Adam Brookman
Scott Arbit
Mitch Colton
Melissa Chudnow
Reva Fox
Douglas "Zvi" Frazer
Gordy Goldbaum
Larry Glusman
Bill Kravit
Julie Lookatch
Chip Mann, Past President
Alan Mendeloff
Janet Padway, Past President
Nick Padway, Past President
Jordan Primakow
Joanne Roberts
Steve Stall
Andy Tarnoff