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Karen Seidman
Former Co-President
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Of all the things I do (running a consulting business, traveling internationally to promote vision rehabilitation, enjoying my wonderful family and friends) I truly LOVE being on the Board (and my time as a Co-President) of The Shul of New York!

The road that led me here is a winding one. My husband, Doug, sons Adam and Eli and I first met Rabbi Burt when he was the Interim Rabbi at the Village Temple, where I was on the Board. Rabbi Burt officiated at Adam’s Bar Mitzvah and impressed us from the start with his kindness, erudition and inclusive spirit – the latter particularly important to me as a Jew by Choice. Time passed and then Adam (who has played keyboard with The Shul Band) told us that he had “found” Rabbi Burt again at the Orensanz thanks to his/our friend Adam Feder. We began going to Shabbat services and reveling in the insightful message, joyful feeling, wonderful music and the welcoming, open and interesting people we met. Vera and Mike Hearn drew us in and welcomed us to participate and engage in Shul activities.

We told our friends, and soon we all followed our hearts to The Shul of New York. I was so honored to be asked to succeed Vera as Co-President, a position in which I served for 7 years. Now, as the Shul's Program Director, I enjoy working closely with Rabbi Eva to plan and implement her impressive program ideas.  No matter how busy it gets, it is one of the joys of my life to be able to work with everyone from the Shul. I’m proud of all the things we’ve accomplished together as a Shul community, and I’m eagerly looking to the future.


Thu, February 27 2020 2 Adar 5780