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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
  • Michael R. Noveck, Esq., Vice President Cemetery, Facilities, Kadimah, and Social Action
  • Nancy Sambul, Esq.,Vice President for Fundraising  and Membership
  • Karen Seemen Pinn, Esq., Vice President for Adult and Youth Education, and Religious Practices
  • Michael Shuchman, CPA (Ret.), Treasurer
  • Suzanne Goldstein Smith, Financial Secretary
  • Deborah Lipp, Recording Secretary

Board of Trustees:

  • Beth Achenbach
  • Joel Caminer
  • Stephanie Chaiken
  • Tess Channock-Shiau
  • Chris Eig
  • Philip Gary, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Goodman, MD
  • Joe Koskuba
  • Seth Lieberman, Esq.
  • Craig Linder, Esq.
  • Chloe Lipman
  • Seth Lubin
  • Alain Mentha
  • Peter Retzlaff
  • Robin Rosenzweig Schkrutz
  • Laraine E. Schwartz, Esq.
  • Loryn Sotsky
  • Jeffrey Tartikoff

Past Presidents

  • Irwin Rosen, Esq.
  • Kay Magilavy


Committee Chair(s)
Facilities Aaron Brotman
Finance & Administration Committee Suzanne Goldstein Smith
Cemetery Larry Gutterman
Executive Committee Tom Rosensweet
Fundraising Events & Publicity Nancy Sambul
Kadimah! Peter Retzlaff
Youth Education Laura Katzive
Membership Joel Caminer & Tess Shiau
Personnel Tom Rosensweet
Religious Practices Loryn Sotsky
Social Action Alain Mentha
Adult Education Stephanie Chaiken

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