We are approaching the end of one fiscal year and the beginning of another. The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Annual Congregational Meeting for all members in good standing will take place in person on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. We need a quorum in order to vote on the matters below.
At the meeting, annual reports from the president, treasurer, rabbi and executive director will be presented. The matters described below, including the election of trustees and approval of the annual budget, need your vote.
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON AT THE JUNE 21, 2022, 6 P.M.
STEPHEN WISE FREE SYNAGOGUE
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The duly appointed Nominating Committee in accordance with Article 9-1 of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Constitution is recommending the following individuals to serve on the Board of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, beginning June 21, 2022.
Stephanie Golob was shul shopping in 2008 — when her older daughter was turning 11 and the bat mitzvah clock was at two minutes to midnight – when she first visited Stephen Wise, saw the poster for the “Purim Night Fever” spiel and knew immediately that she was home. Attending a Shabbat morning bat mitzvah the following week — and seeing how filled with music, joy and the magic of community it was — truly sealed the deal. Stephanie joined the Purim spielers the next year, and ever since “Megillah Mia: The ABBA Spiel,” she has been blessed with a very special connection with the Stephen Wise community. Stephen Wise has been a centerpiece of the Jewish and multilingual life she and her husband Rafael Yuste have built with their daughters, Rebecca and Clara Yuste-Golob. Now that her girls are in college and beyond, Stephanie is excited to expand her involvement and commitment to Stephen Wise. She is department chair and associate professor of political science at CUNY’s Baruch College, where she is also the founding director of the Initiative for the Study of Latin America. Baruch is Stephanie’s dad’s alma mater (her mom graduated from CCNY), and she has held numerous service and institutional leadership posts as a faculty member over her two decades of teaching the striving and inspiring students of CUNY. A former Fulbright scholar, she earned her doctorate in political science from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s in Latin American studies from Yale University.
Audrey Kubie has been a member of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue since 2015. In a continuous effort to connect with their Jewish identity, Audrey and her husband David went on the 2017 Mission to Israel. They brought along their children and grandchildren making them a group of nine! The couple celebrated their b’nai mitzvah with the Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class of 2019.
Audrey began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank where she became a corporate loan officer. In that capacity, she was the first woman sent to Europe to teach credit analysis. Upon her return, she continued in lending with a focus on minority-owned businesses. She put her professional life on hold temporarily to raise her three children. She then spent several years selling residential real estate in New York. When Audrey’s husband’s job relocated to Germany, the entire family moved to Frankfurt where they lived for a year and a half. In that time, they visited 11 countries and were living there when the Berlin Wall came down. After returning from Germany, Audrey went back to school to earn a master’s in social work. She then spent time as a social worker in the neonatal unit at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Audrey has been privileged to serve on several boards. She has been a member of the Mount Sinai Medical Center Auxiliary Board for more than 30 years. She is a member of the advisory board of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai Medical Center. After volunteering for several years as a patient advocate at Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Center, she went on to become one of their board members. As a trustee for her alma mater, the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Audrey has served as a member of the finance committee, the living, learning and inclusion committee and the external development committee.
Audrey’s earned her bachelor’s in economics from Syracuse University and her master’s in public administration from the Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and her master’s in social work from New York University.
Alisa Mall has been a member of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue since 2014. She is a managing director at Foresite Capital, a life sciences firm investing at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Alisa is responsible for corporate development, long-term capital strategy, investor relations, and environmental, social, and governance engagement.
Before joining the Foresite Capital team in November 2020, Alisa was the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s managing director of investments for 12 years, where she was primarily responsible for the management of Carnegie’s real estate and natural resources portfolios and inflation-linked strategies. She also oversaw Carnegie’s diversity and inclusion efforts across all asset classes and worked on the absolute return portfolio. Prior to joining Carnegie, Alisa was a director in the equity capital markets group at Tishman Speyer, working with institutional and private investors in connection with its real estate funds.
Previously, she was an attorney with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, with a general real estate and real estate finance practice. Alisa is a member of the board of directors of JBG Smith (NYSE: JBGS), where she chairs the compensation committee. She also serves on the boards of Breakthrough New York and the Bronfman Fellowship. Previously, she was vice-chair of the board of the Pension Real Estate Association. She is a member of the investment committee of UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board of Declaration Partners, a family office. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale College with an honors degree in political science and she received her JD from Stanford Law School.
Current Trustees Nominated for Re-Election:
Hillary Kahn has been a member of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue with her husband Richard Quigley and twin sons Ethan and Will since 2006. She started her career working next door to Stephen Wise at Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. After several years of nonprofit work in public relations and development, Hillary joined American Express, where she held a number of senior marketing roles. She left AmEx for the position of “Chief Executive Mom” and has been an active leader in the Parents Association of The Calhoun School. Her family has traveled with Stephen Wise, including to Israel for her sons’ b’nai mitzvah. Hillary’s love of Stephen Wise extended to introducing her parents, Linda and David, to our synagogue and they have become members as well.
Jessica Levin has devoted her career to education policymaking, advocacy, research, and strategy. Among her positions, she has served as an education policy advisor in then-President Bill Clinton’s Department of Education, an instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, the Chief Knowledge Officer at The New Teacher Project (whose policy arm she launched), a parent and community organizer, and a co-founder of Education Leaders of Color. She and her husband, Jack Chorowsky, joined SWFS in 2009 when they enrolled their twin girls, Talia and Noa, in the ECC (their B’nai Mitzvah service was in 2019). SWFS has given Jessica many other transformative experiences: she became an adult B’nai Mitzvah with nine other incredible women in 2012; traveled to Israel on a “learning/solidarity” mission with Rabbi Hirsch and a small group of other congregants; and co-launched a new family Shabbat program. Jessica and Jack also have a daughter, Elise, who is a recent college graduate.
Election of Trustees to Serve as Officers of the Synagogue:
Danny Salinas has served as the treasurer of Stephen Wise Free Synaoguge for two years and as a member of the ECC Strategic Planning Committee for five years. Danny resides on the Upper West Side with his wife and two daughters, both of whom attended the ECC. Danny is currently the chief financial officer for a major banking division and holds a law degree and CPA license.