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.

Charlotte Fainblatt, Vice President

.Charlotte and her husband Marty Z"L became residents of Greenwich Village in 1994, joining CSFA shortly afterward.  Charlotte served as the Executive Director of The American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel for 30 years.  She has two daughters, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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.