Andrew Altman - President
Greetings, and welcome to KI’s Lay Leadership page. I’m humbled and excited to be the President of the Congregation.
It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of Janice Schwartz-Donahue and our other past presidents, whose council and friendships I’ll rely on heavily.
My husband Lee Chudzinski and I joined KI in 2007 when our son Berel was still young. We immediately felt a warm welcome and developed personal bonds with leadership and fellow congregants. Lee and I were married by Rabbi Sussman - twice in 2015! (Long, happy story!) Our son celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation with our family here on KI’s bimah. We’re committed to KI and its future.
I’ve had a long and fortuitous journey here. I grew up in neighboring Springfield Township, attending and becoming Bar Mitzvah and Confirmand at Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshrun. I graduated from Emory University in 1983 with only a vague idea of what I wanted to do with my life.
My first job after college was as an au pair for a family in Paris who spoke no English. I returned home after a year and used my French fluency to secure a job as a pastry apprentice for a Parisian Chef who had just arrived in Philadelphia. I ended up working in restaurants for four years, including at Frög and Deja Vù in the front and back of the house. I absolutely loved the camaraderie among staff and the connections I made with diners. Ultimately, however, the restaurant life was not my style, and I started looking for something more meaningful.
By chance, a job door-to-door canvassing with Greenpeace presented itself to me, and within a few days, I had found my new calling. I realized I could earn a living while practicing Tikkun Olam, a practice I thought could be volunteer only.
Eventually, I took on many roles, including an executive, board member, fundraiser, and consultant for 23 years in the nonprofit sector, including for Greenpeace, Clean Air Council, Brat Productions, Pennsylvania Wind Energy, Philadelphia Family Pride, White Dog Community Enterprises, and others.
I quit all of that the day Berel was born and was blessed with several years of being a stay-at-home dad and part-time consultant. When Berel started full-time school, I once again plunged into full-time work, moving from the macro to the most micro I could find: youth education.
I returned to school and earned a Masters and dual certification in Elementary and Special Education from Arcadia University in 2012. I now teach 6th-grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at Elkins Park School in Cheltenham School District, where I sponsor the Newspaper Club and the student-led Inclusion Club.
Having served on a multitude of KI Committees, including Rabbinic Search, Transition, Spring Celebration (Chair in 2021), Finance, Investment, Education, and Hazak (Co-Chair), while volunteering with Hamotzi and other programs and serving as Associate Treasurer and Vice-President, I feel both prepared and inspired to be the next President of KI. I have a feeling my hobby of juggling will come in handy.
I feel privileged to work with such a talented and kind team of clergy, staff, lay leaders, and volunteers. To build our tomorrow together as a congregation, we will research, brainstorm, discuss - maybe debate a little if we’re lucky, plan, and create the KI of the future, all with open hearts and open arms.
Contact Andrew via email: email@example.com
2022/2023 Lay Leadership
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Andrew Altman
First Vice President: Jim Rosenthal
Vice President: Arlene Holtz
Treasurer: Isaak Kruger
Secretary: Marijke Shenkman
Director: Susan Fried
Director: Elyse Herman
Director: Donna Keller
Director: Karen Langsfeld
Director: Mark Pitkow
Director: Pamela Saltzburg
Director: Jonathan Schmalzbach
Women of KI: Lynore Eisman
Religious Practices: Lise Schwartz
Investment: Stan Singer
JQuest/Quest Noar: Allison Levine
BOARD OF TRUSTEES (PP=Past President)
Harris Baum, PP
Jan DuBois, PP
Connie Kay, PP
Evonne Kruger, PP
Norma Meshkov, PP
Carey Roseman, PP
Karen Shain Schloss
Karen Sirota, PP
Denise Yarnoff Soloff
Peter Soloff, PP
Liz Kaufman Taylor
Richard Weiss, PP
WRJ / WOMEN OF KI
Lynore Eisman, President
Sue Fried, Programming VP
Paulette Sterman-Soroko, Programming VP
Carole Levitan, Membership VP
Mickie Levin, Advertising VP
Patricia Coley-Segal, Secretary/Treasurer
Sondra Polish, Recording Secretary
Diane Miller, Corresponding Secretary
Mindi Glachman, Past President