Originally from New York City, Rabbi Roy Feldman is excited to serve the Jewish community of his state’s capital. He earned his undergraduate degree in Linguistics and History at Columbia University and studied at Yeshivat Petach Tikva in Israel. After that, Rabbi Feldman received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem, as well as an MA in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Prior to joining CBAJ, he was Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan and taught Judaic studies at the Ramaz Upper School, where he received rabbinic training and mentoring from Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. He is married to Rachel Minkin and they are the proud parents of Charlotte.
Rabbi Feldman believes that a rabbi’s primary role in the twenty-first century is to articulate, embody, and exemplify the reasons why traditional Judaism remains relevant today. Some of Rabbi Feldman’s teaching can be found on YU Torah.Email
Tzvi makes his way to Albany all the way from West Rogers Park, a suburb of Chicago. Following his graduation from the Skokie Yeshiva High School, Tzvi spent three years studying abroad at Yeshivat HaKotel in the Old City of Jerusalem. In addition to his Yeshiva studies, Tzvi served as a Madrich, advisor, for post-high school gap-year students as a mentor, older brother, and dorm counselor. Following his studies in Israel, Tzvi began his college degree at Yeshiva University in New York City where he is currently enrolled as a second-year student majoring in Psychology.
For the past eight years, Tzvi has attended Camp Yagilu, a Jewish wilderness camp. In addition to hikes that are two-day’s long and more simple (and bear-prone), Tzvi has led and participated in longer 10-day hikes that include spending Shabbat out in the woods. These unique and tranquil experience are like nothing you have ever done. Over the last number of years, Tzvi has taken on more responsibility and leadership at Camp Yagilu including running each of the three different programs as a head counselor.
As an Upstate New York NCSY advisor this past year, Tzvi has already built strong relationships with many of our youth. Now with more responsibility as the NCSY Coordinator, Tzvi is excited about joining our community every Shabbat while building on last year’s success.
Eileen Tavenner, Office Manager
Eileen hails from Schoharie, where she lives with her husband Alan, son Samuel, her two dogs and a cat. She’s spent the last seven years working as the Assistant to the Fiscal Director at Family & Child Services of Schenectady, Inc. Email