Our Leadership

Beth Farber, President

Beth has been a member of CSFA for eleven years. She grew up in Brooklyn and spent many years in Baltimore before returning to NYC. She is an attorney who has devoted her career to the defense of the indigent. She has three grown children.

Harold Anfang, Treasurer

Harold has been a resident of the lower Fifth Avenue area for the past 50 years and a member of CSFA for 47 of those years. For most of that time, Harold has been active in the synagogue leadership both formally and informally. He is a CPA actively engaged in an accounting practice with offices in New York City.

Leslie Penn, Executive Director

Leslie is a second-generation member of the congregation. His father, Murray Penn, was a member of the synagogue’s Board of Trustees. Leslie is married to Fern, and is the
father of Joshua — a third-generation CSFA member, who became bar mitzvah at the synagogue. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Leslie served as CSFA's president for ten years.

Russ Winer, Vice President

Russ and his wife Toby have been members of CSFA since moving back to New York in 2003. He is Professor of Marketing at the Stern School of Business, NYU, and has been a faculty member at Columbia, Vanderbilt, and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Massachusetts native and roots for all of the Boston teams. They have two grown children.

Gail Berman, Vice President

Gail, a 20-year member, loves CSFA’s sense of kavannah, diversity and accomplished membership. Gail directs B.A.I. Music, which produces free (corporate-sponsored) public performing arts events. A former college professor, she mentors one musician or arts organization per year. Along with her love of the Red Sox and sailing around Boston, her two poodles, two nieces and two nephews fill her heart.

Pam Wolf, Vice President

Pam and her Husband, Doug, have been members since 2008. Pam taught at Georgetown University for eight years, and then worked for the United States Public Health Service for over twenty years, where she focused on women's reproductive health issues and HIV/AIDS. While serving in the USPHS, she lived in Ghana for four years and Indonesia where she lived for another four years.

Lynn Kutner, Secretary

Lynn and her husband Richard have been members of CSFA for over 30 years. Both her sons had their (very lively) bar mitzvahs here. She is an accomplished chef, and has taught bread-baking and pastry-making for 40 years across New York. 


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