Our Staff

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Lisa Goldberg, Executive Director

Lisa joined the Temple Israel staff team in July, 2012.  Previously, Lisa served as Executive Director of Community Synagogue in Rye, NY and as Associate Director at the Rosenthal JCC, in Pleasantville NY. 

A Connecticut native, Lisa is a graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Judaic studies from Clark University, and her MSW from Yeshiva University.  She holds post-graduate certification in administration from the Hunter College school of Social Work, as well as management certification from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management from UJA Federation of New York and the Columbia University School of Business.

Prior to her work in synagogue management, Lisa worked in refugee resettlement for the New York Association of New Americans, and she directed the center for Recreation, Nutrition and Child Life, for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in NYC.  Lisa served as a project manager for God’s Love We Deliver, overseeing the establishment of kitchens for home delivered meals in the Bronx and Manhattan, and she directed Elder Hostel and summer camp programs for developmentally disabled children and adults for the Educational Alliance. 

Lisa enjoys serving the Temple Israel community, providing a warm welcome, getting to know congregants and building bridges with other organizations in Westport, as well as the tri-state area. 

 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

Bryan Youth Director

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 President.

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

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