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Eileen Robin, Executive Director 


Prior to joining Temple Sholom, Eileen was a business manager at independent schools for 20 years; five years at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in White Plains and fifteen years as a senior administrator at School of the Holy Child in Rye. While at Holy Child, she served on the Finance Committee, Compensation Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee, Investment Sub-Committee, two accreditation steering committees, and the Guidance Committee. Additionally, she was an Upper School advisor. Prior to this, she worked at a series of New York City cultural institutions including The Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, and New York Public Library.

Ms. Robin has served on the New York State Association of Independent School's Business Affairs Council, as Executive Vice Chair and Conference Chair. She also served on the National Leadership Council of the National Business Officers Association. She also participated on five accreditation teams which accredited other NYS independent schools.

Eileen has a BA in Business Management and Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College and a MS in School Counseling from Mercy College. She lives in Rye Brook, NY and has three daughters.


Lori Baden, Associate Executive Director


Lori is a native to our area having grown up in Stamford and actively involved in the Jewish Community in Fairfield County her entire life. She has been a communications professional for over 20 years. Prior to joining Temple Sholom, Lori owned a successful marketing agency working with many corporations and not for profits in the area. Additionally, Lori is a professional photographer and focuses on photographing children and their families.

For many years, Lori volunteered with the Stamford JCC, sitting on their Board of Directors and leading many successful initiatives including the 1st and 2nd Annual Jewish Film Festival, photography for the Maccabbi Games and creating videos and yearbooks for the Sara Walker Nursery School. In 2000 she was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Lori joined the staff of Temple Sholom in 2008.

Lori resides in Stamford with her three children.





Phyllis Lyons, Nursery School Director


Prior to joining Temple Sholom as Director of the Selma Maisel Nursery School, Phyllis Lyons was the Education Manager at Childcare Learning Centers in Stamford for six years, responsible for the curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool as well as training and managing a staff of 80 teachers. She was a member of the Stamford Committee on Kindergarten Transition. Under Phyllis’ leadership, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has accredited the nursery school.

Phyllis has a BA degree in Elementary Education and has earned a Director’s Credential Certificate. As an educator, Phyllis believes it is the responsibility of the school to provide an environment where children feel safe, have a smile on their face, build self-confidence and develop a curiosity about things around them. She has opened a Discovery Room where our children make connections with animals and the world we share.


Ezra Konigsberg, Ritual Director


Ezra Konigsberg was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut by a family of cantors. Ezra was educated at Solomon Schechter Day School in Woodbridge, CT. He earned his BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University. 2012-2013 marks Ezra's sixteenth year at Temple Sholom, where he serves as the Ritual Director and the primary Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor.

In addition to his duties in the Religious School, Ezra assists the clergy in conducting services from the bimah. Ezra and his wife Robin play an active role in many synagogue programs. They have a daughter, Hannah, and a son, Max.







Barry Gruber, Director of Congregational Learning

barrygruberheadshot webBarry has been a Jewish educator for almost twenty years, coming to us after first serving as Education Director at Temple Beth El in Rochester NY and, most recently, as Principal of Talmud Torah of Minneapolis. Over these years, Barry has played a variety of national leadership roles, including being appointed as one of only 14 educators in a national fellowship regarding technology in Jewish education, chairing the Jewish Educators Assembly national conference, and currently serving his fourth term on that organization’s board. His driving philosophy is that Jewish education should be serious, but it also needs to be joyful and engaging. Barry lives in Stamford with his dog, Auggie. He has three children and one grandchild.

Rick Horwitz, Controller

rickhorwitzPrior to joining Temple Sholom, Rick was the Controller for the YMCA of Greenwich, where he handled all day to day and month end accounting functions as well as assisting in HR and Operations. Born and raised in North Carolina, Rick and his family moved to Connecticut in 2008, when he became the VP of Operations for a Distribution and Manufacturing company. Rick graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Public Finance.

Rick lives in Fairfield with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.


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