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of the Empire Region 



The professional and lay leadership of the Empire Region are here to serve

you. Please contact us with your ideas, suggestions, concerns and questions.


Our office is located on the campus of Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany, New York:


The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Empire Region

113 New Krumkill Road

Albany, New York  12208


Phone:                      (518) 438.2052

Fax:                             (518) 438.2053

General Email: empire@uscj.org


Office hours:

Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The office is closed on Friday and for State, Federal, and Jewish holidays.


If you have a matter that needs attention outside of our office hours,

please contact our Executive Director at (518) 312.1551.






USCJ Empire Region Professional Staff



Executive Director
Howard A. Goldberg




Click on Howard's headshot above to visit his Facebook Profile.


Email: goldberg@uscj.org

Direct Cell Phone Number: (518) 312.1551

Direct VoIP Phone Number: (518) 632.4360

Direct Fax Number: (800) 463.5924

ooVoo: howardagoldberg

Instant Message: howardagoldberg on AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, Skype, and ooVoo


Director of Youth Activities
Sandra Goldmeer



Click on Sandra's headshot above to visit her Facebook Profile.


Email: goldmeer@uscj.org

Direct Cell Phone Number: (518) 859.1241

Instant Message: goldmeeruscj on AOL and GoogleTalk


Empire Region

Youth Department Staff

Tzafon Kadima/USY


Kadima Fieldworker











































Daniel Scher




Logistics &

Services to Chapters Coordinator


Alan Ginsburg




Kinnus Staff Coordinator


Marian Lustig



   Office Administrator

   Larry Saltwell














USCJ Empire Region Executive Board 2008-2010



Dr. Jack Finkelstein, Temple Beth El, Rochester


President Elect

Bernie King-Smith, Ahavath Israel, Kingston


Vice President of Finances

Steve Golub, Shaara T’fille of Saratoga Springs


Youth Commissioners

Lori Karbel, Temple Beth El, Rochester

Ellen Greenfield, Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, DeWitt



Janet Axelrod, Temple Israel, Albany


Vice President Western Sub-Region

Linda Boxer, Temple Beth Israel, Niagara Falls


Vice President Social Action/Public Policy

Sandy Goldberg, Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie


Vice President Eastern Sub-Region,

Personnel and Alumni Affairs

Susan Hochhauser, Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie


Vice President Accessibility

Karen Gartner, Rutland Jewish Center, Rutland, VT


Vice President Israel Affairs

Dr. Jack Fein, Temple Beth-El, Poughkeepsie


Vice President Koach

Suzanne VanKuren, Temple Israel, Vestal


Women’s League for

Conservative Judaism Representative

Toby Maser, Temple Beth Joseph, Herkimer


Board Members at Large

Norma Feldman, Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, DeWitt

Dr. Gavin Setzen, Temple Israel, Albany


Immediate Past President

Ann Dozoretz Earne, Temple Beth Tzedek, Buffalo


Past Presidents Still Serving on the

Empire Region Executive Board


Arnold Most, Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie

USCJ Vice President Of Services


Roz Judd, Temple Israel, Albany

USCJ Koach & Education Committees

Committee of Jewish Law and Standards






Tzafon USY Regional Board 2008-2009



Tzafon Region of United Synagogue Youth covers

the same geographical area as "Empire" Region of USCJ!



Chelsea Wagner


Religion/Education Vice President

Ayelet Wachs-Cashman


Social Action/Tikun Olam Vice President

Stacie Rosenberg


Israel Affairs Vice President

Joe Ornstein


Membership/Programming Vice President

Lauren Kauffman


Communication Vice President

William Sisskind



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