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Beth El is a small congregation located in Woodbury, Connecticut. We are a welcoming and supportive community. We believe in constant dialogue, growth and celebration.

Our Rabbi

Jesse Nagelberg

JTS Rabbinical School student Jesse Nagelberg is thrilled to be the Rabbi of Beth El Congregation this year. Jesse began talking about being a rabbi as early as four years old.Looking back on those years, he realizes that he saw himself in many of the rabbis he met as he watched them on the bima and with congregants. In elementary school, he created a weekly Tiny Tot Shabbat service to bring the joy of Judaism to his synagogue’s youngest members. His desire to become a rabbi further developed at Golda Och Academy, through his family’s involvement in Jewish organizations, and as a counselor atCamp Ramah. Always a lover of cooking and eating wonderful food, Jesse founded a successful catering company called Chez Nagel Kosher Comfort Catering at the age of sixteen. He knew that one day, his rabbinate would be built upon his love of Judaism and his passion for hospitality. Jesse believes that Judaism is meant to be experienced with all of our senses and he creates innovative educational platforms to teach Jewish text and Jewish values through theater, dance, song, and, of course, food.

Jesse is entering his fifth and final year as a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Upon ordination, he will also receive a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. While in Rabbinical School, he has served as a chaplain in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care units of the New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center and as the Rabbinic Intern at The Orangetown Jewish Center in Rockland County, NY. In addition to serving Kehillat VeAhavta in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, he has also worked for USY, BBYO, and the University of Texas Hillel Foundation in a variety of educational, spiritual, and other leadership roles. He is embarking on his tenth summer working at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, where he is the Senior Program Director and specializes in t’fillah education, logistics, guest services, mentorship, and special project management. He received his B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. A recipient of the Nachshon Project Graduate School Fellowship and a memberof the first cohort of the Nachshon Project at Hebrew University, Jesse has also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Our Rabbi

Jesse Nagelberg

JTS Rabbinical School student Jesse Nagelberg is thrilled to be the Rabbi of Beth El Congregation this year. Jesse began talking about being a rabbi as early as four years old.Looking back on those years, he realizes that he saw himself in many of the rabbis he met as he watched them on the bima and with congregants. In elementary school, he created a weekly Tiny Tot Shabbat service to bring the joy of Judaism to his synagogue’s youngest members. His desire to become a rabbi further developed at Golda Och Academy, through his family’s involvement in Jewish organizations, and as a counselor atCamp Ramah. Always a lover of cooking and eating wonderful food, Jesse founded a successful catering company called Chez Nagel Kosher Comfort Catering at the age of sixteen. He knew that one day, his rabbinate would be built upon his love of Judaism and his passion for hospitality. Jesse believes that Judaism is meant to be experienced with all of our senses and he creates innovative educational platforms to teach Jewish text and Jewish values through theater, dance, song, and, of course, food.

Jesse is entering his fifth and final year as a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Upon ordination, he will also receive a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. While in Rabbinical School, he has served as a chaplain in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care units of the New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center and as the Rabbinic Intern at The Orangetown Jewish Center in Rockland County, NY. In addition to serving Kehillat VeAhavta in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, he has also worked for USY, BBYO, and the University of Texas Hillel Foundation in a variety of educational, spiritual, and other leadership roles. He is embarking on his tenth summer working at Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, where he is the Senior Program Director and specializes in t’fillah education, logistics, guest services, mentorship, and special project management. He received his B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston. A recipient of the Nachshon Project Graduate School Fellowship and a memberof the first cohort of the Nachshon Project at Hebrew University, Jesse has also studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Our President

Susan Sieber

I joined Beth El in 2010 as I was looking for a Conservative synagogue, and had moved to Woodbury in 2006.  I became a board member in 2010 and president in 2012.  My daughter, Gwen, had her Bat Mitzvah in our new sanctuary in 2014. My life is focused on my family, my horses and my other 4 legged family members.

I attended religious school at Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in Stamford, Connecticut where I became bat mitzvah and was also confirmed. I have known Cantor Citrin Goldstein for more than ten years, and she prepared my older daughter, Lindsey, for her bat mitzvah. The Cantor was one of the main reasons I became a member of Beth El.  With her guidance and that of many others I am very involved in improving my Hebrew reading and learning to lead services and I also sing in the choir.

One of my goals is to develop the resources within our congregation by encouraging every member to become more involved, and give of their time, energy and knowledge to make our synagogue even more wonderful and meaningful a place than it is already. We all need to work together to achieve this.

I am also very committed to the growth of Chai Center for Jewish Learning and I work with the children every week.  Their enthusiasm for learning continues to encourage me to work hard learning Hebrew and Torah reading. I feel our school will help us grow our membership, and will also help us grow together as a congregation. 

I experienced first hand the warmth and caring of Beth El and have seen how our congregation extends itself to reach out to our new members so that they feel welcome and feel part of our congregation. I, personally, invite anyone to visit and get to know us.

Our President

Susan Sieber

I joined Beth El in 2010 as I was looking for a Conservative synagogue, and had moved to Woodbury in 2006.  I became a board member in 2010 and president in 2012.  My daughter, Gwen, had her Bat Mitzvah in our new sanctuary in 2014. My life is focused on my family, my horses and my other 4 legged family members.

I attended religious school at Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in Stamford, Connecticut where I became bat mitzvah and was also confirmed. I have known Cantor Citrin Goldstein for more than ten years, and she prepared my older daughter, Lindsey, for her bat mitzvah. The Cantor was one of the main reasons I became a member of Beth El.  With her guidance and that of many others I am very involved in improving my Hebrew reading and learning to lead services and I also sing in the choir.

One of my goals is to develop the resources within our congregation by encouraging every member to become more involved, and give of their time, energy and knowledge to make our synagogue even more wonderful and meaningful a place than it is already. We all need to work together to achieve this.

I am also very committed to the growth of Chai Center for Jewish Learning and I work with the children every week.  Their enthusiasm for learning continues to encourage me to work hard learning Hebrew and Torah reading. I feel our school will help us grow our membership, and will also help us grow together as a congregation. 

I experienced first hand the warmth and caring of Beth El and have seen how our congregation extends itself to reach out to our new members so that they feel welcome and feel part of our congregation. I, personally, invite anyone to visit and get to know us.

Officers and Committee Chairs

Executive Committee

President – Susan Sieber
Vice President – Mark Fromowitz
Treasurer – David Isaacs
Financial Secretary – Lenore Sturm
Recording Secretary – Tara Goldman

Standing Committees

Dues and Revisions – David Isaacs, Lenore Sturm
House – Gloria Aronheim
Sisterhood – Chicky Kuhn
Ritual – David Isaacs
CHAI Hebrew School –  Susan Sieber
GEMACH – Tara Goldman
Personnel – Alan Hertzmark
Men’s Club – Lou Kugell

Officers and Committee Chairs

Executive Committee

President – Susan Sieber
Vice President – Mark Fromowitz
Treasurer – David Isaacs
Financial Secretary – Lenore Sturm
Recording Secretary – Tara Goldman

Standing Committees

Dues and Revisions – David Isaacs, Lenore Sturm
House – Gloria Aronheim
Sisterhood – Chicky Kuhn
Ritual – David Isaacs
CHAI Hebrew School –  Susan Sieber
GEMACH – Tara Goldman
Personnel – Alan Hertzmark
Men’s Club – Lou Kugell