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Thomas Rosensweet, President
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Born in Pittsburgh, Tom has lived in Jersey City “most of the time” since 1983.  He and his wife Barbara Hines have been members of Temple Beth-El since 2009.  Tom is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a Master’s degree in Government from Cornell.

A childhood in the Steel City and a fascination with China led him to the metals business, where he was one of the first US traders to import steelmaking raw materials from China.  He started a trading company in 2003 and remains in this business to this day.

Tom and Barbara raised their daughter, Vanessa, in Jersey City; she graduated from Vassar College in 2019 and is now a pre-school teacher in Philadelphia.

After several years as a Temple Trustee, Tom became President in 2017, and has helped lead the transition to a new settled rabbi and numerous changes in the administration of the congregation.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys skiing, yoga, reading history and biographies, and playing guitar and piano.  You can spot him riding around town on his yellow bike or his silver Vespa.

Temple Beth-El’s Officers and Trustees:

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021.

Temple Beth-El’s Officers:

  • Tom Rosensweet, President, Facilities, Kadimah! & Cemetery
  • Philip Gary, Esq., Vice President for Religious Practices, Finance & Administration
  • Karen Seemen Pinn, Esq., Vice President for Cemetery, Social Action, Adult & Youth Education
  • Nancy Sambul, Esq.,Vice President for Membership, Fundraising & Publicity
  • Chris Eig, Treasurer
  • Suzanne Goldstein Smith, Financial Secretary
  • Deborah Lipp, Recording Secretary

Board of Trustees:

  • Beth Achenbach
  • Aaron Brotman
  • Faith Ann Brown
  • Stephanie Chaiken
  • Tess Channock-Shiau
  • Mark Kahn
  • Joe Koskuba
  • Seth Lieberman, Esq.
  • Chloe Lipman
  • Seth Lubin
  • Kristin Michaelson
  • Laraine E. Schwartz, Esq.

Past Presidents

  • Irwin Rosen, Esq.
  • Kay Magilavy


Aaron Brotman

Finance & Administration Committee
Suzanne Goldstein Smith

Larry Gutterman

Executive Committee
Tom Rosensweet

Fundraising Events & Publicity
Nancy Sambul


Youth Education
Laura Katzive

Joel Caminer & Tess Shiau

Tom Rosensweet

Religious Practices
Loryn Sotsky

Social Action
Alain Mentha

Adult Education
Stephanie Chaiken

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