Meet our Office Staff
Tamar Fix, Executive Director
Tamar Fix is thrilled to be at Lincoln Square Synagogue as Executive Director. She comes to LSS from North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, NY, where she also served as Executive Director. Prior to North Shore, she worked at Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills, serving as the Director of the Kids Korner After School Program. Tamar appreciates the eclectic nature of Synagogue work & community center work as it offers the opportunity & excitement of being in a constant state of learning and growth. One of her greatest joys is connecting with people on a multi-generational level and she feels gratified in knowing the same opportunity lies in working at Lincoln Square Synagogue. Tamar brings her strong interpersonal and administrative skills to LSS as well as her personal commitment to Modern Orthodox Jewish life, tradition and community. It is her every hope & desire that she will meet and get to know most, if not every, constituent of LSS. Though her goals as ED are lofty, chief among them is to become an honorable link in LSS's humble and historical 1964 beginnings.
Tamar received her B.S. from Queens College and earned her M.A. from Hofstra University in Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to her Synagogue & Jewish communal work, Tamar is a published author whose writing has appeared in both book form and periodicals. Fluent in Hebrew & raised steeped in both Israeli and American culture, Tamar is equally at home in each. Tamar currently resides in Queens, NY with her four year old son Nate.
Robin Epstein, Administrative Assistant
Originally from Englewood NJ, Robin is now a resident of the Upper East Side. She graduated from Yeshiva University with a Bachelors in Science and has experience in multitude fields including jewelry, sales, finance and as a personal assistant. Robin is always looking to accomplish the task at hand swiftly and efficiently, and utilizes her strong organizational skills to do so. Her ability to be flexible and juggle multiple projects at once are sure to make her a great addition to LSS. Robin is always looking to lend a helping hand as she is passionate about giving to those around her. She believes that kindness and a smile is the best way to approach any situation and truly looks forward to getting to know our members.
Devora Movtady, Finance Associate
Devora attended Yeshiva University, with a concentration in History. She spent many summers in Israel coordinating and organizing group shabbat meals in Jersualem for Birthright participants. After working as a bank teller in Great Neck, she became a credit analyst at Wisdom Portfolio services.
Her passion to serve the Jewish Community led Devora to Lincoln Square Synagogue, where she became the Finance Administrator in 2013. She currently resides on Long Island.
Shira Felberbaum, LMSW, MS and Ruth Kobrin, LMSWTo share ideas, ask questions, or set up appointments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-874-6100 x103.
Shira Felberbaum, LMSW, MS, is passionate about and experienced in communal service, advocacy, change management, process improvement, leadership development, and program / project management. As a Social Worker Supervisor within Jewish Community Services of The Jewish Board, Shira interfaces with clergy, administrators, lay leaders, congregants, and the affiliated of multiple synagogue communities.
In this capacity, Shira provides consultation, support group facilitation, workshop development and delivery or moderation, short-term supportive counseling and information and referral for individuals, couples, and families on various life cycle events and significant transitions (i.e. bereavement, caregiving, illness, aging, homelessness, unemployment, retirement, inclusion, family constellations, divorce, and substance abuse). Prior to the nonprofit sector, Shira spent 10+ years in the financial services industry at MetLife, a Corporate America Fortune 50 company, as an internal consultant leading interdisciplinary teams on strategic initiatives within multiple risk disciplines (i.e. human resources, technology, compliance, and auditing). Shira has dual New York University graduate degrees in Social Work (gerontology) and in Strategic Human Resource Management and Development (organizational effectiveness) and an Emory University undergraduate degree in psychology. Shira was born and raised locally in New York City.
Ruth Kobrin LMSW is a senior social worker with the Jewish Board, and works as a Jewish consultant in the Partners in Caring program of UJA/Federation.
A graduate of the NYU School of Social Work, she has served as a senior therapist and social worker at area synagogues for over eighteen years. She provides counselling to the entire congregational community, facilitates support groups, offers workshops in Jewish family life education, creates programs of interest to the congregations, and provides individual referrals to human service agencies.
She has served on various UJA/Federation committees and was president of the Joint Passover Association which annually aided over 15,000 needy Jewish in the metropolitan area. She and her family live on the West Side and are members of several orthodox synagogues.
Shira Felberbaum LMSW, MS and Ruth Kobrin, LMSW are licensed social workers from The Jewish Board via UJA's Partners in Caring Program, who are now available to the community to engage in short term supportive counseling, connect you with ongoing sources of support, and to facilitate a wide range of support groups and educational workshops.
Shira & Ruth will be providing confidential one-on-one and group consultations on a variety of matters pertaining to personal and professional transitions (i.e. unemployment, underemployment, illness, bereavement, caregiving, divorce, retirement, infertility, marriage, birth, and adoption) as well as life challenges (i.e. special needs, mental illness, addiction and recovery, elder abuse, domestic violence, lack of financial resources for food and shelter.