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Staff

Administrative Staff

Photo of Ross Brady Esq. Ross Brady Esq. Temple Administrator Email Ross
Ross Brady has been Temple Administrator since October 2014, a position that encompasses almost all aspects of the temple from managing events and our building to acting as community liaison. Ross is an attorney who practiced in the fields of immigration and environmental law and was Acting Administrator for the Interstate Environmental Commission from 2008 through 2012. He held various positions at Congregation Emanu-El in New York, including President of the Men’s Club and Trustee. Ross holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife Susan Chin, who is Assistant Director of Political Action and Legislation and the City Hall lobbyist for District Council 37, AFSCME, and his daughter.
Photo of Kimberly Lisi Kimberly Lisi Administrative Assistant Email Kimberly
Kimberly Lisi began working at Union Temple in 2011. She coordinates the PJ Library program and assists in the Temple office. Kimberly worked for over 20 years in the publishing industry, at Rodale Press, Condé Nast, and Time Inc., among other companies. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and lives with her husband, daughter, and many pets in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

 

Temple Musician

Photo of Shinae Kim Shinae Kim Temple Musician Email Shinae
Shinae Kim began studying piano in South Korea, where she gave her first performance at age seven. Following her debut with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra at age 11, she moved to the U.S. to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She went on to receive a B.A. in Music from The Boston Conservatory and a M.A. in Music Education from New York University Steinhardt, and a D.M.A SUNY Stony Brook. She has taught at LaGuardia High School and Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School and is an adjunct faculty member at Hebrew Union College and New York University. As Temple Musician at UT she is an accompanist at services and leads the adult choir.

 

Religious School

Photo of Caryn Roman Caryn Roman Director of Youth and Family Engagement Email Caryn
Caryn Roman, UT’s Director of Youth and Family Engagement, leads the Union Temple Religious School, oversees the Youth Group and PJ Library, and coordinates all family programming.

Raised in Michigan, Caryn graduated with honors from Boston University and holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. In 2017 she completed a second master’s degree in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan, where she received a Be Wise Entrepreneurial Innovation Grant and the Lieberman Frank Scholarship, as well as the Florence Zeldin Memorial award from HUC-JIR’s School of Education.

Prior to coming to Union Temple, Caryn held a variety of positions in JCCs, synagogues and Jewish organizations of all sizes. Her broad communal experience ranges from early childhood education to large-scale event production, including more than a decade spent working with Jewish youth in year-round and summer camp settings. She is a proud alumna of multiple URJ camping and youth programs. Caryn is a voracious reader and can frequently be found attending Broadway shows, playing with her niece, Riley, or walking her dog around Brooklyn. She enjoys singing and playing guitar and has extensive experience leading groups of all ages in song.

Union Temple Preschool

Photo of Susan Sporer Susan Sporer Director Email Susan
Susan Sporer, one of the founding teachers of Union Temple Preschool since 1991, has been Director since 2001.

Susan is State certified in Early Childhood Education, holds a B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook and a Masters degree from New York University. She was instrumental in launching an innovative art program with the Brooklyn Museum. Susan enjoys directing the school and spending time with the children in the classrooms each day,