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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 Mindy Sherry Mindy Sherry Director of Youth and Family Engagement Email Mindy
Mindy Sherry, 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. Mindy was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her passion for working with people led her to a B.S. in Social Work from Florida International University. Mindy has worked in congregational life for over ten years starting as a preschool teacher. Mindy holds two M.A.'s from The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles; in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and in Jewish Nonprofit Management.
Photo of Kendell Pinkney Kendell Pinkney Youth Group Leader Email Kendell
Kendell Pinkney is the new Union Temple Youth Group Leader. Kendell is a Brooklyn-based theatre writer and freelance creative. A graduate of Oberlin College and New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Kendell was most recently honored to be a 2015-2016 Fellow in the 14th Street Y's signature LABA Fellowship. His collaborative works and songs have been performed at venues such as 54 Below, Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Joe’s Pub, to name a few. When not writing for the stage, Kendell serves as the Youth Group Leader of Union Temple, in addition to working more broadly in Jewish life and education throughout Brooklyn. As a side note, if you ever want to grab a coffee and have a rap session on Second Temple Jewish Literature, reach out by way of youthgroup@uniontemple.org

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,