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Professional Staff Team

Cantor Sharon Kohn, Kathy Golderman, Steve Squires, Rabbi Scott Shpeen,
Rabbi Greg Weitzman, Miriam Cantor-Stone, and Shara Siegfeld

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.

Email Kathy or call (518) 436-9761 x225

Rabbi Shara Siegfeld - Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Shara is the Director of Lifelong Learning, which includes the oversight of our magnificent school, the Einhorn Center for Jewish Education. She has been an inspiring force here at Beth Emeth since 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 her 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, Jewish Day School, where she joined the faculty while still in college. She taught 4th grade at Congregation Ohav Shalom and Temple Israel, where she was the Director of the Midrasha High School Program, as well as taught high school Hebrew, local Jewish history and a preparatory course for Hebrew SAT 2 exams. During the summer of 2012, she was the Director of the Hebrew Immersion Cafe at Camp Ramah New England. From the summer of 2013 until Covid struck, Shara spent summers as the Director of Education at Camp Ramah.

Shara holds a B.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the University at Albany, an Executive Masters in Jewish Educational Leadership with a concentration in Israel Education from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, a Masters Certificate in Israel Education from The George Washington University, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary.

A native of the Albany community, Shara is the daughter of Mel and Jane Waldman. She and her husband, David, reside in Loudonville and are the parents of four children and an incredibly loving dog, Ellie.

Email Shara or call (518) 436-9761 x231

Miriam Cantor-Stone - Program & Engagement Director

Miriam Cantor-Stone (she/they) is thrilled to join the CBE team as Program & Engagement Director! Most recently, Miriam worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany. Miriam grew up in Houston, TX, but her adulthood has been spent almost entirely in New England, primarily in Western Massachusetts. After receiving her BA in Religion and Gender Studies from Mount Holyoke College, she worked in a variety of Jewish non-profits such as the Jewish Women’s Archive and the University of Massachusetts Hillel. Miriam moved to the Capital District in 2018, and loves all the fabulous locally-owned coffee shops, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, and the variety of hiking spots. Let her know your favorite place to go for a walk - her current favorite is Peebles Island. She is most looking forward to creating new connections here at CBE and attending Shabbat Unplugged!

Email Miriam

Teresa Lounsbury

Teresa Lounsbury is our Bookkeeper. She works Monday to Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teresa can be reached at or call 518 436-9761 x223


Rebecca Mohr
 Rebecca is the Executive Assistant to the Clergy. She has lived in Albany her entire life (from the JCC, to Albany High School and to SCCC) and as such is very passionate about the community and local events. She has made downtown her home with her partner and their four legged babies and is excited to meet others that are eager to discover everything that’s going on nearby and support the local community. She has an ASD in Nutrition – while she doesn’t use her degree professionally she knows many ways to use Passover leftovers!

Rebecca's e-mail is or call (518) 436-9761 x224

Debbie Schaffer
 Debbie is the Administrative Assistant to our Executive Director
 e-mail is or call (518) 436-9761 x222

 Debbie is also the Editor of our Beth Emeth Bulletin. 
 For bulletin questions, please email

Manya Monson

Manya serves as the Educational Administrative Assistant, providing support to our Director of Lifelong Learning and all educational programming from Infant through Adult Education. Our Religious School has classes from Kindergarten through 10th grade; Sunday School, Wednesday Hebrew School, and Confirmation (grades 9 & 10). Manya can be reached at or call (518) 432-1392 or (518) 436-9761 ext. 227.

Madison Laks & Alison Simpson

Madison and Alison are co-CBEYG Advisors.  You can reach them at

Steve Squires

Steve is our Maintenance Supervisor.  His e-mail is In an emergency, Steve can be reached at (518) 229-1284.

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