Alan B. Lucas
Rabbi Alan B. Lucas was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa of the University of Cincinnati. He attended the Jewish Theological Seminary receiving his Master of Arts in Judaica in 1976 and Rabbinic Ordination in 1978. For three years Rabbi Lucas served as the Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi Irwin Groner of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. From 1981- 1994, he served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, New Jersey guiding its development and growth. Rabbi Lucas became the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn Heights, New York in August of 1994.
Temple Beth Sholom is a synagogue that is known for its warmth, active membership, extensive educational offerings, creative programming and family orientation.
Over the years, Rabbi Lucas has been extensively involved in the community including serving as President of the South Jersey Board of Rabbis, Interfaith Area Clergy and sitting on the Board of Directors of numerous agencies including UJC Rabbinic Cabinet and the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Board of MERCAZ, the Zionist arm of the Conservative movement and was recently reappointed to the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement where in 1997 he published a paper on “Tattooing and Body Piercing” for the Movement.
Rabbi Lucas has also maintained special involvement in the United Synagogue Youth programs and Camp Ramah. Temple Beth Sholom is a model Conservative synagogue with 800+ families.
Uri D. Allen
Associate Rabbi & Makom Director
Rabbi Uri Allen is a guitar playing, Abba of three – Doron, Aderet and Yedidyah -who loves cooking, traveling around the country to see his favorite band Phish and learning Torah. Most recently he was the Associate Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley PA. His passions in the rabbinate are in educating and teaching learners of all ages, working with young families like his own, and using music to add contour and depth to Jewish rituals and life. Uri loves Israel deeply and has lived and studied in Jerusalem at various points in his life. It is where he and his wife Sari met, fell in love (twice), married and began their family. Rabbi Allen received Rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies along with an MA in Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University, an MA from Tel Aviv University in Jewish Thought in partnership with The Melamdim Teacher Training Program of the Hartman Institute, and he is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in Jewish Studies. He is a die-hard Maryland Terrapin fan. Rabbi Allen is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow, an initiative of CLAL, and is participating in the highly competitive Clergy Leadership Incubator through Hazon.
Cantor Ofer Barnoy was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and emigrated to the USA in 1977. As a child, Cantor Barnoy appeared in cantorial programs with his father on stages and television stations across America, Canada and Israel. After formal musical training and intense study with vocal masters at both the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Canada and Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Cantor Barnoy has served at several prestigious congregations including Yorktown Jewish Center, Monsey Jewish Center, Park Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio and Shelter Rock Jewish Center on Long Island, New York. He currently serves at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, New York.
Cantor Barnoy is involved in a broad spectrum of activities in the music field including composing, arranging, recording, choir leading and teaching. In 1992 he was a proud recipient of the “Lion of Judah” award for his charitable work on behalf of Israel Bonds. In 1996 Cantor Barnoy published a recording of High Holiday selections called “Soulful Chants” and, in 1998, a recording of Shabbat melodies called “Soulful Sabbath” which includes his award winning “LeDor VaDor.” He is currently recording a compilation of his original compositions to be titled “Pray for a Brighter Day”. The title song of this recording begins with the words “Give me a minute to make this world, a better place for young and old, where every person can just be free and live in peace with you and me.” It is dedicated to the heroism of those who helped to save lives in the disaster at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, to the plight of the Israeli society which encounters terrorism daily and to all efforts around the world on behalf of peace.
Donna joined the Temple Beth Sholom family in 2006 from the Bay Terrace Jewish Center where she served as office administrator. She is the mother of four and the very proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren
Ms. Bartolomeo’s responsibilities include oversight of the day to day operations of the Temple Beth Sholom building, maintenance, security, and maintenance staff. She manages the TBS office, coordinates the synagogue calendar and events, and facilitates the efforts of the clergy, professional staff, and lay leaders.
Donna hopes that the members of TBS will feel welcome to stop in to discuss with her any issues they may have.
Religious School Director
Sharon Solomon has been Temple Beth Sholom’s Religious School Director since 2006, bringing with her a dynamic vision and commitment to the pursuit of “Lifelong Jewish Learning”. With a core emphasis on interactive education and enacting the principal teaching of the Torah, Sharon has created an environment where to be a student at Temple Beth Sholom is to do more than learn about Judaism. It is to embark upon a hands-on, spirited journey towards Tikun Olam (repairing the world) through individual and collaborative acts of Chesed (good deeds).
As an educator, school director and principal at Temple Beth Sholom, Sharon has been instrumental in growing the school and spearheading such programs as Mitzvah-of-the-Month and Yedidim, a program inspired by Jewish summer camps in which students of various grades work together in a fun, educational and social environment. Project based learning is a strong emphasis of our curriculum. Furthermore, Sharon has worked to forge lasting relationships between Temple Beth Sholom, the local community and Israel, organizing numerous festivals such as Zimriah and fundraisers to support this expanding network of friends.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Queens College, and a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Adelphi University. A graduate of the Principal’s Leadership Institute where she focused on developing innovative Jewish programs and fostering Jewish culture in a community, Solomon has also worked as a second language educator in NYC public schools as well as in day schools for the past twenty years. Sharon is the co-President of the Conservative Principals Council of LI and Queens for the past four years. She is also on the Board of the Israeli Tzofim Scouts.
Sharon Solomon is married to Yoram Solomon, and they have two wonderful daughters, Daphne and Nicole. Both girls were avid participants in religious school and Machon High School at TBS. Daphne currently attends UMass-Amherst and Nicole is a gap year student in Israel – Young Judea year course and will be attending Ohio State University in the Fall.
Early Childhood Center Director
Suzy grew up in Old Westbury and went through The Wheatley schools. She then went to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in education and continued her love for learning at New York University where she received her master’s degree in Special Education. Suzy taught at a private school for children with special needs where her passion for teaching grew. She married her high school sweetheart Bobby and has two wonderful children Michelle and Dylan. Suzy’s love for children continued as she has taught preschoolers for over twenty years, four of those years teaching here at Temple Beth Sholom. When asked to become the director of Temple Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center, Suzy was faced with a difficult decision. It was hard for her to leave the classroom where her little ones became part of her life each year. As this was a once in a life time opportunity, she is now honored and happy to be in her new role. “The amazing teachers and warm Temple Beth Sholom families make this the best place to be everyday and I thank you!”
Bnei Mitzvah Coordinator
Silvia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she finished her degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. Shortly after that she moved to Israel to study at Hebrew University and received a MA in Jewish Education.
She moved with her family to the USA in 1998 and settled in Roanoke, VA. During those years, Silvia created and ran a family education program. In 2006 Silvia moved to NY along with her husband and three children. She has worked as an educator in different areas: early childhood, religious school education and family engagement, and has also started new initiatives in her home community in Queens such as establishing a PJ Library chapter, coordinating youth shabbat services, and leading adult classes.
Silvia strongly believes in the importance of creating an intentional communal space where the entire family can be involved through rituals and learning .
Beth Sholom Day Camp Director
For 30 years, Holly Firestone has been an integral member of the Leadership Team. She oversees every aspect of camp operations including managing the camp office, administrative duties and assisting parents with any question they may have regarding camp. Her commitment to ensuring that every child at BSDC has a wonderful summer at camp is extraordinary. Holly’s children attended Beth Sholom Day Camp and she is dedicated to providing the same positive summer camp experience to every family that she had herself. She truly values the relationships she has formed with so many parents over the years and is looking forward to another great summer at Beth Sholom.
Beth Sholom Day Camp Assistant Director
Gayle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Counseling. She has been a part of the Jewish Camping world since she was a camper herself and comes to us with over five years of Assistant Director experience. Camp is where she came into her own as a CIT, staff member, and now a Asst. Director. Each summer she aims to give children and staff the type of summer experience that was so meaningful to her own life.