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Clergy, Leadership, and Staff

We invite you to meet our clergy in person! But for now, check them out here…

Matthew S. Cutler, DD
Senior Rabbi

Read about Rabbi Matt

Eleanor B. Pearlman,

Adjunct Rabbi Emeritus
Read about Rabbi Pearlman

Bernard H. Bloom, DD
Rabbi Emeritus

Read about Rabbi Bloom

Ze'evi TovLev
Student Cantor

Read about Ze'evi

Lay Leadership

Executive Committee

  • Peter Kopcha, President and Chair of Executive Core
  • Jonathan Rubin, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Community Core
  • Elizabeth Desbiens, Vice President of Worship & Ritual Core
  • Andrea Berkowitz-Cerasano, Vice President of Living Jewish Values Core
  • Stacey Farber, Vice President of Funding and Philanthropy Core
  • Richard Dolins, Honorary Vice President
  • Randy Simon, Financial Secretary
  • Brian Haak, Treasurer
  • Mary Matthews, Secretary

Board of Trustees

  • Andrea Berkowitz-Cerasano
  • Kim Broad
  • Elizabeth Desbiens
  • Steve Egna
  • Steve Elson
  • Stacey Farber
  • Shae Fitzgerald
  • Brian Haak
  • Elisa Harrington-Verb
  • Peter Kopcha
  • Gerry Magnes
  • Mary Matthews
  • Jonathan Rubin
  • Randy Simon
  • Melinda Teter
  • Aaron Treiber
  • Stacie Waters

Board of Advisors

  • Richard Dolins, Chair
  • Lois Bluestein
  • Ann Cramer
  • Jonathan Falk
  • Gerald Hahn
  • Eileen Michaels
  • Stan Strauss
  • Gordon Zuckerman

Professional Staff

If we can be of assistance, please call or email us anytime.
The temple general number is 518-374-8173.

Arnold Rotenberg
Director of Congregational Jewish Living

It is my pleasure to serve as the Director of Congregational Jewish Living, a position that has grown to include the roles of Director of our Religious School, Adult Education, and programs throughout CGOH.

I have over 40 years’ experience in synagogue and day school education. Even with this, I am always a teacher at heart, modeling lifelong learning as an example to our students and teachers.

My background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from the University of Denver and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado in Denver.  Learning is a part of my life. I have the same expectations for your children as I do mine—to see them excel and become engaged in Jewish life and become productive human beings. I invite you to join me on this journey.

Josh Cooper-Ginsburg
Director of Administration and Operations

I joined the Congregation Gates of Heaven family as Director of Administration and Operations in December of 2021, with over a decade of professional experience in customer service and community organizing, volunteering, and management.

My responsibilities include serving our membership and leadership with administrative support, oversight of financial transactions, and management of facility operations.

Having grown up in a Jewish family on Long Island and having married into a strong Jewish community in Albany, it is my honor to serve the Jewish community of Congregation Gates of Heaven.

I invite you to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help me best deliver the services which make Gates of Heaven your spiritual home in our community. You may reach me at

Tammy Van Valkenburgh
Administrative Assistant


Michelle Warren
Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Matt


Elisa Harrington-Verb
Hospitality & Engagement Coordinator

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