TEMPLE ISRAEL OF GREAT NECK

Since its founding more than 60 years ago, Temple Israel has been a leading congregation of the Conservative movement in America. A traditional, egalitarian community serving more than 800 member families, Temple Israel is big enough to offer a full range of religious, chesed (social action), educational, and social activities yet intimate enough to invite participation and foster friendship. Visit their website >

SPARK Team Members

Rabbi Daniel Schweber is a native of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He spent 14 summers as a camper and staff member at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Rabbi Schweber received his Bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan with a double major in Studies in Religion and Hebrew/Jewish Culture Studies. He was ordained in 2004 at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He served synagogues in Andover, MA and Scarsdale, NY before arriving at his current position as associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Great Neck in 2015.

Rabbi Dan Schweber

Team Leader

Veronica began her Jewish journey as volunteer on Kibbutz Kinneret (1988). After converting to Judaism (2000), she returned to volunteering: at Schechter Queens (PTA co-president, Board officer, founding member of SSSQ Green Team, liaison to Parent-to-Parent Initiative), Schechter LI (where her two boys, Jacob and Sam, attend) and TIGN (Executive Committee). In 2013, she became a Bat Mitzvah. She practiced law for 13 years at an international law firm and will soon be a certified yoga instructor. Veronica is co-Founder & co-President of North Shore Action, a community service/activism group.

Veronica Bisek Lurvey

Rachel Geula is the Vice President of Temple Israel of Great Neck.

Rachel Geula

I was raised and schooled in New York City.  After earning an MBA in healthcare administration I worked for 15 years in the health and hospital industry.  I have been a synagogue Executive Director for 27 years working in Great Neck, the last 8 years at Temple Israel.  I love what I do but have found it difficult to get clergy and lay leadership to deviate much from programs and services that have been doing the same way for many years.  I consider myself creative and willing to try new approaches to reach and engage members of the congregation.

Leon Silverberg

Working mom of two - proud wife to one.

Lauren Juceam

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