Introducing Steven Kandler, Synagogue Director


We are pleased to announce that Steven Kandler will be joining Congregation B’nai Israel as Synagogue Director. Steve’s first day with CBI will be Tuesday, January 19.

Steve is a former Executive Director at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston and recently served as the Interim Executive Director of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel Riverdale in New York.

Steve is a native of Brooklyn, NY, having left many years ago with his wife, Ilene, to pursue doctorate work in chemistry at New Mexico State University. After some time in the chemical industry, he found his true calling in Jewish communal life, starting as Administrator of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT.  He has served as an administrator/executive director at Reform and Conservative synagogues in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York for over 22 years.

Lisa Roth and Irina Polonsky will report to Steve in the synagogue office.

Steve looks forward to meeting you! He will be at CBI on Monday (MLK Day) attending our annual Mitzvah Day. Of course, you will always be able to find him in the synagogue office…stop by and say hello!

Board of Trustees

Congregation B’nai Israel