Staff and Leadership

Office Manager, Daniella Yitzchak

Daniella Yitzchak is the Office Manager of CAA and has been since 2012. Daniella has been a member of the CAA community since 2004, and served on the Board of Directors of CAA for 9 years, as well as on countless committees over the years. Daniella is also the Chevra Kaddisha coordinator for the CAA community.

Prior to working at CAA, Daniella was Program Manager with The Kaddish Project, which partnered with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Daniella also worked at Monadnock Family Services with clients who were challenged by severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Before living in New Hampshire, Daniella earned both a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. Daniella also earned a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Institute of Jewish Communal Service. Daniella worked as a social worker in Baltimore City at the Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister League and Jewish Addiction Services and before that, at AIDS Interfaith Residential Services doing hospice care.

Most importantly, Daniella is the mother of three delightful and rascally sons- Negev, Stav and Liav-who are the heart of her life!

As Office Manager, Daniella keeps the synagogue building going, maintaining the calendar and communicating with CAA members and the broader community through the weekly email, mailings and phone calls. She is happy to assist congregation members with their synagogue needs and loves to encourage a vibrant Jewish culture in our community.

Daniella can be reached at (603) 352-6747 or secretary.ahavas.achim@gmail.com

Dr. Elaine "Lainee" Broad Ginsberg

Dr. Elaine "Lainee" Broad Ginsberg received her collegiate degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin College, Ball State University, and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Lainee has been teaching music theory, ear training, composition, music history, and the History of Jewish Music at Keene State College in New Hampshire since 2005. She was also been the Choral Director at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for 17 years. Previously, she taught at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for 8 years, where she conducted the Chamber Singers and led the Theory and Composition program.

Lainee provides piano and vocal music at CAA for Shabbat services and holidays. She is regularly featured at the monthly "Shir Shabbat" Friday evening service. She also serves as the conductor of Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western MA, an ensemble which performs regularly in the Western MA region and makes an annual appearance in Keene.

Some of Lainee's choral conducting highlights in the past have included conducting the Hampshire College Chorus in front of the Dalai Lama and an audience of 5000 in 2007 at Smith College in Massachusetts. She has also conducted at the International Choral Festival in St. Moritz, Switzerland while in graduate school.

Lainee is a published composer of choral music. Her most well-know work is an arrangement of the Hebrew song by Nurit Hirsh entitled "Oseh Shalom" which has sold over many thousands of copies of sheet music to date. It is featured on Chicago a cappella's recording "Days of Awe and Rejoicing: Radiant Gems of Jewish Choral Music" and was recently performed by the professional men's choir Cantus during its 2015 American tour. Lainee's music has received many performances in colleges, high schools, community choirs, and synagogues, as well at several music festivals, most notably the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her compositions, including the Guild of Synagogue Musicians and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has also been commissioned to write many pieces for synagogue and community choirs, including the Five College Choral Festival (Mass.) and was also commissioned to write a piece for the International Clarinet Society for its annual convention. Her music has been heard on WQXR in New York and WFCR in Massachusetts. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Roye, a longtime CAA member, and beloved canine companions. Their daughter Maya attends the University of New Hampshire where she is majoring in Biomedical science. Lainee is also the proud step-mother of Roye's three grown children and step-grandmother of seven.

Our Current Board Of Directors

President:

Ronnie Brown

Vice President:

Janet Furcht

Treasurer:

David Kochman

Financial Secretary:

Scott Friedman

Recording Secretary:

Jennifer Cohen

Corresponding Secretary:

Selena Katz

Immediate Past President:

Dave Kochman

Serving until 2020:

Gail Giesen, Marni Silverstein, Pam Weinrieb

Serving until 2021:

Jerry Kaufman, Vivian Prunier, Sarah Vogel

Serving until 2022:

Andrea Levin, Wendy Platt, Gary Shapiro

Student Representative:

Rhett Landers

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