Congregation Sons of Israel

Congregation Sons of Israel | 1666 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 | P: 914-762-2700 | |

Professional Staff

Rabbi Steven Kane

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Rabbi Steven Kane has been spiritual leader at CSI since 1993. With a balance between tradition and the needs of our times, Rabbi Kane has developed rituals and observances that allow our members to express feelings as individuals and as a community in meaningful ways.

Rabbi Kane was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1985. He holds a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies and a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature Degree from the University of Judaism, as well as a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an honorary Doctorate from JTS. He hails from the “holy city” of Chicago and is an avid fan of the Cubs and of baseball in general. He is married to Judy Thaler Kane; together they have three wonderful children: Arielle, Tamar & Elan. E-mail Rabbi Kane.

Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz

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Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz has served as Hazzan at CSI since 1988. His broad knowledge of both traditional and modern melodies, combined with his enthusiastic service leadership, helps provide our members with a strong musical and ritual atmosphere. As Chairman of Publications for the Cantors Assembly, he has edited some of the most widely used song books in the Conservative Movement, including B’Kol Echad: In One Voice, Roni V’Simchi: Rejoice and Sing, Holidays in Song and the three-volume series of Zamru Lo: The Next Generation. His latest publication is B’chol Dor Vador: In Every Generation.

A native of Detroit, Cantor Shiovitz graduated from the Cantor’s Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1981. He is especially proud to have received the prestigious Solomon Schechter Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for his seniors’ program at CSI, HaMishpacha. Cantor Shiovitz recently received an honorary Doctorate of Music from JTS. He is surrounded by his loving family: his wife, Robyn, and his children, Rachel (married to Yonah Lemonik), David, Sarah and Talia. E-mail Cantor Shiovitz.

Roni Shapiro-Ben David, Educational Director

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Roni Shapiro-Ben David has been the Educational Director at CSI since 1989. She writes curriculum, hires and trains staff and develops programming for both our Religious School and our Nursery School. Roni holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas, and two Master’s Degrees: One in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and one in Administration from Columbia University. She is married to Benny Ben David and is mother to three sons: Eitan, Ari & Lior. E-mail Roni Shapiro.

Arielle Friedtanzer, USY Advisor

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arielle Friedtanzer is the product of Jewish Day Schools, and was an active member of United Synagogue Youth, both in her chapter at Sinai Temple and in the region. USY was pretty much everything to her in high school. It was where she met many of her best friends (to this day!), and she even met her husband, Abe, at USY’s International Convention in Philadelphia during their senior year. After graduating from high school, she spent a year in Israel on Nativ, the Conservative Movement’s gap-year program, and returned to List College, the joint program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics, and after working for a year, moved back to Los Angeles to complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She spent the last three years working at JPMorgan Chase, and served during two of those years as a Jewish educator at the Interfaith Community, Inc., an organization that educates children of Jewish-Christian interfaith families in both faiths. In September she began an individualized Masters degree at NYU, concentrating in Judaic Studies, Bioethics, and Social Work, with the hope of pursuing a career in interfaith hospital chaplaincy. In the small bits of free time she has, Arielle loves to cook, spend time with friends, explore NYC with Abe, and practice Anti-Gravity Yoga E-mail Arielle Friedtanzer.

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