MakomNY has a vibrant team of experienced professionals, educators, clergy, musicians, volunteers and participants that bring a fresh and dynamic energy to our community.
SHERRY GUTES, Director, Education and Programs
Sherry is thrilled and honored to partner with Rabbi Bravo to create outstanding, meaningful and impactful learning and programming opportunities for the MakomNY Community. She comes with many years of experience as a Jewish communal professional and takes great joy in her work as a Jewish educator, reaching and teaching children, adults and families. She believes that her work with MakomNY brings together the sum total of all of her experiences in different and unique ways, especially as the educator and leader of MakomNY's MOADON (our version of religious school).
SARAH LONSERT, High Holy Day Cantorial Soloist
We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Lonsert to our MakomNY family. Sarah will be with us as our Cantorial Soloist for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Sarah has been an integral part of the MakomLA family for the past six years, singing at Shabbat and holiday services and in concert with Cantor Danny Maseng and our own Jessica Steinman. She has won multiple song competitions, has sung with Andrea Bocelli, the L.A. Symphony and John Williams, and has performed throughout Europe. A graduate of California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance, Sarah is currently working on a Master's Degree in Music from CalState Northridge.
Please enjoy this YouTube video of Sarah singing with Danny Maseng and Jessica Steinman.
DAVID BRAVO, Musical Director
David makes high level music an accessible part of our worship and learning, serving as music director, accompanist, producer and arranger. He oversees choir opportunities, recordings for MakomNY and arranging concerts and musical programs of all kinds for MakomNY. He works in partnership with Rabbi Bravo, and a variety of cantors, cantorial soloists and musical guests, to bring an exceptional level of music and song to prayer and activities within the community.
JACKIE KLIGERMAN, Special Educator
Jackie is an educator with our Moadon. She greets the students each day, and works with smaller groups of students. Jackie is a retired special educator who served as a teacher, clinician, administrator and school principal in a variety of public and private educational settings throughout her career. She holds a doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University where she taught courses in psychology and education.
RACHEL BIELER, Teacher
Rachel serves as a teacher for grades 3rd-7th grade at MakomNY’s Moadon. She has been teaching in both public school, Jewish day school and congregational school settings for many years. She has been with MakomNY since its inception and she cannot think of a more welcoming and meaningful place to embrace Judaism. She is also thrilled to be once again teaching at Moadon, in a totally new, student-centered way.