President: Mr. Mark Plaine
Congregation Machane Chodosh is blessed with a totally dedicated president, who by deep involvement and personal example serves to lead the congregation with warmth of personality and ability. Mark Plaine is well known in the community for his activism on behalf of the Jewish community. A prominent member of the Queens Jewish Community Council and a published author and frequent lecturer in his area of practice – family law, Mark Plaine is committed to excellence in his spiritual, professional and communal life.
Honorary President: Mr. Herbert Jaffe
Herbert Jaffe served with distinction as president of our congregation for close to two a quarter century. His dedicated leadership in close cooperation with the Rabbis and his humble and unassuming commitment to the values of our congregation were evident in his activism on behalf of the State of Israel, Jewish education and outreach belies their significant impact on the achievements of our synagogue, the State of Israel and of many outreach and educational institutions in our community. He is devoted “b’chol nafsho um’odo” – with all his energy and resources, to maintaining our traditions with sensitivity and warmth.
First Vice President: Victor Saltiel
Victor Saltiel hails from a well established aristocratic Jewish family with roots in the family of King David, originating in Spain. Victor grew up in Egypt, moving to Amsterdam before finally settling in the U.S. Having worked for many years in import/export and property management today he is semi-retired, freeing him up to devote more time to his beloved grandchildren and of course our Shul. Victor also serves as facility manager for Machane Chodosh.
Vice President for Ritual Affairs: Yehoshua Perl PhD
Yehoshua Perl, PhD, is a professor in the department of computer science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. From 1975 to 1985, he was a lecturer and senior lecturer at the Bar-Ilan University in Israel; from 1982 to 1985, he was a visiting associate professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Perl joined NJIT’s Department of Computer Science in 1985; he was appointed professor in 1987.
Dr. Perl applies scientific method to his service as gabbbai, ensuring that no one is left out. His passionate dedication to excellence in leadership are an inspiration to all.
Treasurer: Elliott Arnold
Elliott is a prime example of the kind of members we have at Machane Chodosh. He is always ready to give of himself to the community even at a moments notice. Elliott, along with his wife Esther 9who serves on the Sisterhood Board are active participants in our social and educational programs, the Arnolds and their easy going and friendly disposition are a treasure in our Shul.
Financial Secretary: Avishay Yarimi
During the relatively short time that Avishay and his wife Naomi have been a part of our Shul they have more than made their mark. They have, in close partnership with our Rabbi and Rebbetzin, breathed new life into our community, introducing their many friends to our congregation. They are leaders among the rapidly growing group of young families who are dedicated to staying in Forest Hills, organizing social and educational events for kids, weekly Men’s Club meetings with Rabbi Mendelson, and regular ladies’ nights out with Rebbetzin Mendelson. Avishay’s incredible spirit livens our Shabbat dinners. Avishay has been an effective ad hoc comptroller ensuring that our events are planned in a financially sustainable manner and as the former Chief Technology Officer for the Jewish Agency, he utilizes his skills to bring our shul to the cutting edge f technology.
Vice President for Education:
Director of Fundraising & Bikur Cholim: Carol Lippman
Recording Secretary: Mary Moskowitz Schuster
Vice President At Large: Ruth Schwab
Youth Director: Richard Schneider
Richard “Ricky” Schneider has become known as the Jewish Pied Piper of Forest Hills. This accolade is richly deserved, for Ricky has developed a Talmud Torah of more than one hundred students from early child to college level. Year-round activities mold our youth into educated and committed Jews.
A typical example is the recent trip to Israel of twenty students under Ricky’s guidance. The important facet is Ricky’s personal relationship with his students beyond their time in class.
Dr. Jeffrey Silbiger
Jeffrey Silbiger was born on the Lower East Side of New York. He attended the Mesiftah Tifereth Jerusalem Yeshiva and Seward Park High School, before earning his bachelors at City College. He went on to receive a medical degree from New York Medical College and completed training in Cardiovascular Diseases at Beth Israel Medical Center. After finishing his medical training, he pursued a career in academic medicine as a medical educator and researcher, and currently serves on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.