Our Staff

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Lisa Goldberg, Executive Director

Lisa comes to Temple Israel with a wealth of experience in managing Jewish institutions. Recently she was the Assistant to the Executive Director at Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY. Before that, Lisa spent five years as Executive Director of Community Synagogue in Rye, NY, a reform congregation with 550 families. She was also Associate Executive Director at the Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville, NY.

In addition to her background as an executive director, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to her new role with us. She holds postgraduate degrees in Social Work and Social Work Administration as well as a Certification from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management through UJA Federation of New York and the Columbia School of Business.

 Contact information: lgoldberg@tiwestport.org or 203-227-1293 ext. 305

Nancy Isaacs, Director of Early Childhood Education

I am beyond thrilled to take on the role of Director of Temple Israel’s Early Childhood Center. I have been the Director of an early childhood program for the past 20 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else in my career. The curiosity, wonder, and enthusiasm young children bring to each day inspires me to bring my best to them and to their teachers. I believe the relationships we build as a community are integral to establishing a lifetime love of learning. I look forward to getting to know each child and their family as we embark on this journey together.  

Being part of an educational team is uppermost in my priorities. After meeting and spending valuable time with clergy, leadership, teachers, parents, and, most importantly, the children, I know I have found that team at Temple Israel. I am confident that this is an environment where we will all work together to continue to provide and enhance best practices in early education, as well as offer a joyous and experiential gateway to Jewish engagement.

Nancy graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in psychology and from College of New Rochelle with an MS in early childhood and elementary education. She lives in White Plains, NY with her husband, Richard. They have 2 grown daughters. Nancy enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, playing tennis, walking or at the beach. 

Contact information: nisaacs@tiwestport.org  or 203-227-1656 ext. 312

Orly Mendelson, Director of Education

Five thousand six hundred and thirty eight miles. That’s the distance from Israel to Connecticut. My journey to your congregation started when the Jewish Agency sent me to be a counselor at a summer camp in Boston.  I was so inspired teaching Jewish youth that I later decided to change vocations from social work to teaching. I began teaching both youth and adults at synagogue, day schools and at university. Jewish education became my passion.

Growing up in Israel, Judaism was an essential part of my daily life. Everyone celebrated the holidays, all commerce stopped on Shabbat and, of course, everyone spoke Hebrew. It was easy to be a Jew. In America, I wanted to recreate the joy I had growing up. As an educator, I have made that my goal and have worked with teachers, students and parents to enrich their Jewish lives.

I have always wanted to work with a large Jewish population. After having spent many years in Maine, a state with a small Jewish presence, I was thrilled at the prospect of coming to Temple Israel. I was greatly impressed by your leadership, your facility, and the members that I met. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and their families, and getting to know the congregation.

Orly grew up in Israel and moved to the United States over 30 years ago. She received her BSW from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Masters in Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew University and obtained her RJE from the Association for Reform Jewish Educators.  

Contact information: omendelson@tiwestport.org or 203-227-1656 ext. 311

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Bryan Bierman, Program Director

Bryan Bierman, began his tenure at Temple Israel in 2012, as our Director of Youth Programming. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Youth Development and a Masters of Social Work from Springfield College. While at Springfield College, Bryan held leadership positions on campus including President of Hillel, Operations Associate for the Student Activities Office, Senior Program Director of the YMCA club, Chair of an Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans, Resident Assistant, and Treasurer of Coalition of the Campus YMCA National Board, among a plethora of other activities.

Bryan has worked at the New England Adolescent Research Institute in Holyoke, MA as well as serving as Program Coordinator for Camp Tevya in New Hampshire. Previously Bryan worked at the YMCA with day camps for 8 years.  Bryan also served as the Madrich (leader / advisor) for the Diller Teen Fellowship Program of the Leventhal- Sidman JCC.  In 2010, Bryan spent time in Chicago and worked for the YMCA of the USA as an intern in the Leadership and Development Department.

Most recently, Bryan served as an Accommodation Manager for Team USA during the 2017 and 2018 International Maccabiah Games and Maccabiah Youth Games which was held in Israel. In 2013, he also served at the Site Director for the NFTY Urban Mitzvah Corps program in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Bryan currently serves on the Program Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism board as their Vice-President.

Contact information: bbierman@tiwestport.org or 203-227-1656 ext. 332

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Jordyn Kay, Director of Youth Engagement
Jordyn Kay has been involved in the metro Detroit Jewish community for her entire life, and is thrilled to be able to join the Temple Israel community. Jordyn graduated in 2015 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Judaic studies. For the past seven summers, Jordyn has worked at Tamarack Camps in Ortonville, Mich., as a counselor and unit supervisor. More recently, Jordyn served as the Regional Director of Jewish Enrichment in Michigan for BBYO. As someone who grew up surrounded by Judaism, Jordyn is excited to be able to provide TI’s youth with a stronger and more meaningful connection to Judaism and each other.

Contact information: jkay@tiwestport.org or 203-227-1656 ext. 330

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