Education Director Debbye Brandell

Debbye Brandell

Jewish education has been a part of Debbye Brandell’s life for the past 25 years, and for 16 of them she has served Temple Chaverim as its Education Director. With her energy, vision, and dedication, she has been instrumental in developing the Religious School from a one day a week program to the innovative Religious School now in place.

Before coming to Temple Chaverim, she was a teacher in several Long Island synagogues both in the religious schools and nursery schools, and was instrumental in developing special education programs. "Planning and preparing a Bar Mitzvah for a student with Down’s syndrome was a heartfelt moment that I will never forget", she said.

Debbye began her religious education in the Hebrew Schools at the Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills and at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. She was a part of the first cohort of SAJES 2 year program, the Principal’s Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals. She received a Masters Degree in Education from Dowling College.

Israel is very close to Debbye’s life spanning back to the 1970’s when she worked on Kibbutz K’far Blum for a month. She celebrated her son’s Bar Mitzvah on Masada, and was mostly recently a member of SAJES trip Tech and Teva where Israel and environmental education were the themes. Debbye can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Debbye lives with her husband Hal and family in Wheatley Heights and is the proud mother of Matt, Rebecca & Deena.

Executive Director Eileen Schneyman

eileenheadshotEileen has worked in Jewish Communal Service for her entire career and is thrilled to be here at Temple Chaverim. She has a Masters of Social Work degree from Adelphi University and is licensed to practice in New York. During her professional career, she has worked at the Mid-Island Y JCC, Music for Autism and the Suffolk Y JCC in a variety of positions.

Eileen's experience includes working with teens, children, stepfamilies, single adults (divorce and bereavement), those who are unemployed and children with special needs. The experience of working with so many different populations serves her well here at Temple Chaveirm.

Eileen also has been active in professional organizations such as the Association of Jewish Center Professionals where she served on the Executive Board and chaired conferences. She received the Atide Award from the Assocation in 1997 for one who has demonstrated new leadership and talent through program achievement. She has also served on the Boards of her synagogue and the Music Association of Plainview-Old Bethpage (where she still sits on the Board as Past President) and volunteers for the NYSSMA All-County Music Festival and at the Tilles Center.

Eileen has had the good fortune to travel to Israel several times, including chaperoning a 6 week trip for teens as well as leading a group of educators/JCC staff for Partnership 2000. She spends most of her spare time with her twin daughters who are pursuing their careers in education and library science. Any free time that is left is spent needlepointing, reading or involved in music activities. She invites everyone to come in and see what Temple Chaverim has to offer and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Our Wonderful Support Staff


(Left to Right)
Ronnie Diller (Clergy Administrative Assistant)

Rosemary Nucci (Main Office Administrative Assistant)

Mark Taylor, (Head Custodian/
Maintenance Chief/Building Manager)

Louise Sunshine (Religious School Administrative Asst.)

Vicky Gladowsky (Bookkeeper)

Sean D'Avilar (Custodian)

Not shown: Vinnie Giambruno, Adam Kushner, Hilario Oropeza, Esteven Oropeza, Andrew Jimenez, Dan Deochan and Nick Fraker.

Membership Forms

Joining a synagogue is like choosing a mate: you should go on a few dates to be sure it's "right!"

So, we welcome you and your family to come experience the unique warmth of Temple Chaverim by joining us for a Shabbat Service at 8:00pm every  Friday September through June. Family Services are the first Friday of the month at 6:00pm (September through June). During July and August, Friday evening Shabbat Services begin at 7:30pm. 

Then, when you've had a chance to meet our wonderful clergy and experience our joyful and friendly service, click on the Membership Form link below to download our application and become a member.

We're waiting to meet you!

Chaverim Membership Application

Membership Commitment / Fees

Special Arrangements Application

Religious School Registration Forms

Feel free to call
our Executive Director,
Eileen Schneyman
(516.367.6100 ext. 108),
to discuss membership!

Quick Contacts

Executive Director
Eileen Schneyman
(516) 367-6100 ext. 108

Rabbi Jonathan Hecht

Rabbi Debra Bennet

Cantor Bradley Hyman

Education Director
Debbye Brandell

Youth Engagement Specialist
Danny Strauss