Our Staff

Kathy Golderman - Executive Director

Kathy Golderman is the Executive Director of Congregation Beth Emeth. She is a lifelong Albany resident who has a strong passion for our Jewish Community. Kathy has served on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Ohav Shalom. As Co-Chair of the Ohav Board of Education, she was instrumental in the 2010 creation of B'Yachad, the Collaborative Conservative Religious School.


Kathy received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Buffalo. Kathy has a diverse background having worked in planning for the Capital Region's elderly at The Eddy and Co-Owner of KiDoodles, a personalized gift business. Prior to starting at Beth Emeth, Kathy worked at First Rate Funding as a NYS licensed Mortgage Originator.

Kathy is always happy to help Beth Emeth members and those interested in Congregation Beth Emeth. Kathy is married to Billy Golderman. They are the proud parents of Alyssa, Danny and Haley.

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Shara Siegfeld - Director of the Einhorn Center for Jewish Education

Shara Siegfeld is the Education Director of the Einhorn Center for Jewish Education as of May 2013. A Jewish educator with many years of experience teaching in various local Jewish institutions, she is both knowledgeable and passionate about Judaism and brings great enthusiasm to this position.


For 15 years prior to starting at Beth Emeth, she taught middle school Judaics, implemented new curriculum and mentored teaching staff at the Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy, where she also oversaw faculty contract negotiations and managed faculty financials. At Congregation Ohav Shalom she taught 4th grade curriculum. At Temple Israel she taught high school Hebrew, local Jewish history and a preparatory course for Hebrew SAT 2 exams. She was also the Director of their Midrasha High School Program. In this job, she was responsible for providing oversight of program operations, hiring, managing and evaluating professional and administrative staff, handling the budgeting process and coordinating program and staffing assignments. During the summer of 2012, at Camp Ramah New England she was the Director of the Hebrew Immersion Cafe and taught all levels of Judaic Studies, worked on curriculum development and was an educator of children with special needs. Since the summer of 2013, Shara is Director of Education at Ramah.

Shara has a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy and has also completed an Executive Masters in Jewish Education Leadership.

Shara is the daughter of Mel and Jane Waldman and is a native of this area. She and her husband, David reside in Loudonville and are the parents of four children.

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Deborah Sokoler - Program Director

Deborah Sokoler is the Program Director at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany, New York. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago; her training focused on work with families, individuals and groups. She has also trained at the Whizin Institute for Jewish Family Education at the University of Judaism.


Deborah's work in Jewish education began in 1995, teaching second grade at Congregation Beth Emeth. Since that time, she has gone on to teaching 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th grade Religious school classes. In 2000, she was given the task of developing early childhood programming at Beth Emeth. This has led to the creation of The Parenting Center, both a space designed specifically for younger families as well as programs with these family's particular needs in mind. In 2003, Deborah became the Program Director for Beth Emeth which entails the development of all family life education, early childhood education as well as programming for congregants of all ages.

Deborah's greatest joy is helping families explore ways to bring Jewish practice and ritual into their home life and to find new avenues to engage people into congregational life.

Deborah is married to Richard Sokoler. They have three children, Jennifer, Nina and David.

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Teresa Lounsbury

TERESA LOUNSBURY is our Bookkeeper. She works Monday to Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teresa can be reached at 436-9761 ext. 223 or bookkeeper@bethemethalbany.org



Joan Paley

JOAN PALEY is the Administrative Assistant for Executive Director, Kathy Golderman. You will find Joan in the front office and she can be reached at 436-9761 ext. 222 or joan@bethemethalbany.org



Susan Libby

SUSAN LIBBY is the Administrative Assistant for Rabbi Shpeen and for Cantor Schechtman. You can reach Susan at 436-9761 ext. 224 or slibby@bethemethalbany.org



Joni Lieberman Basen

JONI LIEBERMAN BASEN serves as the Religious School Administrative Assistant, providing support to our Education Director, for all youth education programming from Kindergarten through 10th grade; Sunday School, Wednesday Hebrew School, and Confirmation (grades 9 & 10). Joni can be reached at 432-1392 or 436-9761 ext. 227 or school@bethemethalbany.org



Iris Falk

IRIS FALK serves as the Assistant to the Educational Director. She provides behind the scenes support for the Religious School, providing back up resources and materials to the Director, faculty, parents and students. Iris also oversees the Teacher Resource Center. Iris can be reached at 432-1392 or 436-9761 ext 236 or iris@bethemethalbany.org



Meredith Ray-LaBatt

Meredith Ray-LaBatt is the Advisor for CBEYG (Congregation Beth Emeth Youth Group). For more than 15 years, she has worked with/on behalf of children and adolescents in a variety of settings, from after school care to residential programs.


Meredith works at the NYS Office of Mental Health in the Division of Children and Family Services overseeing various initiatives to improve the provision of mental health services for children and their families. In her role, Meredith serves as the Division lead for youth empowerment, youth development and youth involvement efforts. Serving as the Co-Chair of the NYS Youth Development Team, Meredith has worked to promote the integration of youth development principles and practices into state agency policies and community programs. In addition, she helped to grow the State's youth peer support movement, which develops and trains youth advocates to provide peer support services to youth receiving mental health services. Meredith received Masters Degrees in Social Welfare and Criminal Justice from the University of Albany.

As president of her own youth group while in high school, Meredith acknowledges the important role temple NFTY and being a part of a Jewish community played in her life. Also, she believes strongly that the experience of being a part of a youth-run and youth-led youth group, such as CBEYG - in addition to being lots of fun - provides a strong foundation for future leadership and success in life.

Meredith is married to David LaBatt. They have a son Charles.

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Andrew Kauffman

ANDREW KAUFFMAN is the Assistant Advisor to CBEYG.  You can reach him at h.andrew.kauffman@gmail.com



Debbie Schaffer

DEBBIE SCHAFFER is the Editor of our Beth Emeth Bulletin.  You can reach Debbie via e-mail - debbie_bulletin@nycap.rr.com



Steve Squires

STEVE SQUIRES is our Maintenance Supervisor.  His e-mail is ssquires@bethemethalbany.org. In an emergency, Steve can be reached at 229-1284.