Steven Lander, Executive Director
As Temple Beth El’s executive director, Steven Lander has been an integral part of the Fairfield County Jewish community ever since he moved to the area in 1969 and became youth director, program director and then executive director at the Norwalk Jewish Community Center.
In 1975, Steven co-founded Amazing Stores, building up the chain to seven stores in Connecticut. Following his 20-year reign as “Mr. Amazing,” he became director of development for the Human Services Council in Norwalk and served on its board of directors. Throughout this time, Steven remained active in Jewish affairs serving as president of the Norwalk Jewish Community Center; campaign chairman of the Norwalk UJA Federation; as well as president and treasurer of Beth Israel Synagogue in Norwalk.
In 2000, Steven returned to Jewish communal work, serving as executive director of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford for seven years before joining the staff at Temple Beth El.
Steven’s wife, Lieba Lander, is an administrator at the Gan Yeladim Pre-School. The Landers have three children: Joshua, Deborah (who lives in Israel), and Karen; and four grandchildren.
Contact Steven: firstname.lastname@example.org | (203) 322-6901 x 304
Lisa Gittelman Udi, Director of Congregational Learning
Lisa Gittelman Udi runs Temple Beth El’s Religious School and coordinates all adult education, teen programming and High Holidays children’s activities, among her other responsibilities. She is a dynamic and creative educator and skilled administrator with 15 years of experience as an educational director for various synagogues, including, most recently, Greenwich Reform Synagogue. She also worked as a youth director and was the teen Jewish resource specialist supervisor at Surprise Lake Camp in New York State.
Lisa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of USC and has extensive post-graduate training in Jewish education, folklore and mythology.
Contact Lisa: email@example.com | (203) 322-6901 x 305.
Liat Kochavi, Young Families Program & Engagement Coordinator
As the young families programing & engagement coordinator, Liat Kochavi leads the Hevre@TBE program, which seeks to strengthen the Jewish identity of young families with children ages 5 and under, and draw them closer to synagogue life. Liat brings her creativity and passion for community building to every event and activity that is being planned for the program.
Liat is a graduate of Hunter College and worked as a litigation paralegal for a number of leading New York law firms. She lives in Stamford with her husband Oryan and their children: Justin, 16 and Idan, 3.
For more information or to get involved with Hevre@TBE, check out the Hevre@TBE Facebook page.
Contact Liat: firstname.lastname@example.org | 203) 322-6901.