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The Tribe



Are you looking to be part of a strong, inclusive and friendly group of Jewish friends? Looking for fun things to do with Jews your own age? Are you looking to strengthen your connections to Beth Emeth?

The Tribe is a peer-led group of young adults at Congregation Beth Emeth, built on positive interpersonal connections, Jewish living, and audacious hospitality. Our goal is to create a fun, engaging, and supportive environment for post-collegiates interested in staying connected with their Jewish community. We aim to increase overall participation in Jewish events by helping our members interact with other groups in their fields of interest at CBE and in the larger Albany Jewish Community. You do not have to be a temple member to participate in Tribe activities.

Typical Tribe events can range from potlucks and happy hours to social action and community service. We also enjoy teaming up with Brotherhood and Sisterhood for various events. Check out the Tribe calendar and our Facebook group to stay current. All members are welcome and encouraged to propose and create programming in which they think other young Jews might be interested.  Questions?  Contact 
Emily Handelman

While the tribe is for all young professionals around 40 and under, CBE offers free temple membership for those 30 and under.  Contact Kathy Golderman for more information about membership.



2017-2018 Tribe Council (Executive Board)

Andrew Ross Abramowitz, President

Since September 2013, Andrew has worked for the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Agency as a Special Assistant in their Asset Management Unit. He works as a Hebrew school teacher at CBE and is a member of the Board of Directors for the North East Jewish Federation. He's also highly active in local Democratic Party activities. Currently, Andrew is a graduate student in George Washington University's Political Management Masters program. Lastly, Andrew is a big traveler, loves to cook healthy food, and is a big gym fanatic.  You can reach Andrew at

Rachel Burnetter, Vice President

Rachel Burnetter is a young wife, social worker and enthusiastic member of the Tribe. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Rachel had always been an active member in her Jewish community growing up. After moving to the Capital Region for school, falling in love and building her career, she decided to settle in the Capital Region for good. Rachel is proud to have Beth Emeth as her new Jewish community, which to her and her young family feels like home. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys playing Pokémon Go with her husband Jim and dog Blue (did you know the Temple is a pokestop!?), reading books, watching television, dancing in Zumba class and going to concerts.  You can reach Rachel at

Emily Handelman, Communications Director

Emily relocated to the Capital Region about two years ago and works as a landscape designer at a local engineering firm. Emily enjoys exploring her new city and spending time with friends. She joined CBE last year and is looking forward to helping the Tribe grow and enrich the CBE community.  You can reach Emily at

Bradley Morris, Membership Director

Brad grew up in the Capital Region, so he's quite familiar with the area. He attended Congregation Beth Emeth for Hebrew School and was Bar Mitzvahed here. Bradley loves meeting new people, so as the Membership Director, he'll be pleased to meet you at the next Tribe event.  You can reach Brad at

Gayle Abrams, Finance Director

Originally from Long Island, Gayle moved to Albany in 2009 when she was hired to teach high school art in Columbia County. After meeting and marrying her husband Paul, she has since made Albany her permanent home. The Tribe and CBE have helped Gayle to begin putting down Jewish roots in her new city and she's excited to help them grow.  You can reach Gayle at

Fri, December 14 2018 6 Tevet 5779