Synagogue Director - Cathy Seldin
Cathy is a born and bred Long Islander and long-time Port Washington resident who came to TBI a little over two years ago. While new to working in the Jewish world, Cathy is not new to jobs with diverse managerial experiences in the business, educational and non-profit worlds. In her 30-plus year professional career, Cathy worked in college administration, hotel/convention management (the Catskill’s no less!) and marketing communications for public relations agencies, international corporations and local small business.
TBI and Cathy are an ideal match for her skills and passions as the congregation looks to the future. It’s all in a joyous day’s work for Cathy to be advising and assisting a Bar/Bat Mitzvah family; negotiating with contractors and managing a renovation project as well as overseeing temple operations; working with congregants to plan the annual TBI gala and coordinate Mitzvah Day; making new congregants, young parents and senior members feel welcome and involved; and supporting the clergy, educators and lay leadership.
As the Synagogue Director, Cathy is grateful for the opportunity to contribute and strengthen her love of Jewish life and community through her work with TBI. An adult Bat Mitzvah who read from the Torah just two weeks before her own daughter, Rachel, she continues to volunteer in the Port community through her work with Sandsport Shoshana Hadassah and the Ed. Foundation. Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from Rutgers University, and she recently obtained a certificate from Columbia University’s Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership. Cathy lives in Port Washington with her husband Mark, daughter Rachel, and their television watching Maltese, Cody.
Office Manager -Julie Cheevers
Julie is the first friendly face that will greet you when you enter the Main Office. Whether you are inquiring about a yahrzeit, dropping off a check or asking to create a flyer, Julie is the contact. Julie came aboard in September of 2014 and is an integral member of the TBI team. Julie is responsible for our weekly eblast and is the key computer person (and our tech wizard) always solving a glitch or creating a web page. Julie is a graduate of New York University with a BA in Music Business. She had a long career as a make-up artist working with many fashion greats. When not at TBI, Julie enjoys playing guitar, swimming, and spending time with friends, her husband Stephen, her two boys Bram and Gavin and their beautiful Siamese cat Reishi.
Preschool Director - Diana Snaider
Diana Snaider joined Temple Beth Israel in 2013 as a UPK teacher. She has experience in both preschool and elementary education as well as special education. For the past eight summers she has worked at a sleep-away camp in Equinunk, PA as a Grouphead. Diana earned a BA in communication at the University of Wisconsin. She continued on to receive her Masters in Elementary Education N-6 at Hunter College and also earned her certificate in special education from birth-6th grade at Touro College. Diana looks forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces as they walk into the school eager to learn every day.
Director Of Education and Engagement - Anya Morgulis
Anya received her Masters’ Degree in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS and spent more than two years studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel including a role as a liaison for Jewish learning at Pardes, where she was responsible for coordinating the faculty teaching schedule and serving as a conduit between clergy, students and teachers. As a student curriculum leader at the Institute, she prepared the 5th and 6th grade curriculum, created and implemented experiential programs for Jewish youth groups and organized leadership training for the 12th grade youth group leaders.
Prior to her graduate work, Anya served for four years as Director of Engagement at the Hillel at Virginia Tech where she supervised student leaders, organized fundraisers, recruited and trained staff, planned and executed multiple educational and engagement programs, and increased overall participation. She has been a teacher and Hebrew tutor in the religious school program at the Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan, where she also created a pre B’nei Mitzvah curriculum. Anya also brings with her excellent office management skills, having served as an administrator at Masorti Olami. Beyond Jewish life, Anya is an avid football fan, loves to talk about her adorable nephews, and is always happy to share her family's stories about immigrating from the former Soviet Union. Anya is still new to the area, and looks forward to exploring all that Long Island has to offer.