Rabbi Ted Midlarsky Lichtenfeld
Rabbi Ted Midlarsky Lichtenfeld was born in Philadelphia and raised in its suburbs. He attended public school and Gratz College High School, was active in USY, and studied at the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, from which he graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in 1992. Rabbi Ted was interested in the rabbinate from the time he was a teenager, and was a Crown Fellow at the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which he was ordained in 2001. He also holds ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion. Rabbi Ted was a fellow at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem in the spring of 2002. He has served as spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Shalom in Pompton Lakes, NJ, and at Congregation Shir Chadash in Metairie, LA, where he helped the congregation through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He has been the rabbi of Agudat Achim since 2008. He also serves on the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission. Rabbi Ted is married to Rabbi Miriam Midlarsky Lichtenfeld and has three children, Avital, Aryeh, and Shulamit. You can reach Rabbi Ted at [email protected]
Barbara S. Miller joined Congregation Agudat Achim's Administrative team in 2013. Barbara brings 30+ years experience in administration, business/fiscal management and personnel administration.
Most recently, Ms. Miller worked within the New York State Office of Mental Health as Drirector of Administrative Services at both the Creedmore Psychiatric Center in Bellerose, NY and Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, NY. She came to the Capital Region when she assumed the position of Director of Agency Budget at OHM in 1998.
Ms. Miller is responsible for the overall managment of the congregation and implementation of policies. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Tulane University in Sociology and is a graduate of the George Washington University where she received a Master of Arts degree in Administration.
Ms. Miller can be reached at 518-393-9211 or by email at [email protected].
Director of Education and Programming
Jack Mintzer has been with Agudat Achim for ten years after serving for three years as the Education Director for Congregation Shaara T’fille in Saratoga Springs, where he is a life long resident. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Western New England College and is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose, where he received his Master of Science in Elementary Education. He is also NYS certified as a public school educator for grades PreK - 7 and is a member of the Jewish Educator's Assembly. His duties include the administration of all aspects of the Agudat Achim Religious School, Youth Director, Adult Education, publicity, membership recruitment, programming and webmaster. Jack is a firm believer in having an "open door policy" and prospective and current families are always welcome to meet with him and observe positive Jewish education in action. To meet with Jack please call the School office directly at 518-381-8983 or email him at [email protected]
Howard Mittleman our Ritual Coordinator was raised in Queens, NY. He is a mostly self-taught woodworker and boatbuilder. He ran a custom boatbuilding shop in Albany for 18 years. He has also worked for contractors and designers doing custom building, furniture and art woodwork. It was while working for designer Jim Lewis that he built the two torah stands that bracket the ark in the main sanctuary. More recently, Howard was the lead shipwright on the Onrust, a replica of an early 17th century Dutch ship being built in Rotterdam Junction, NY. He has a BA in Anthroplogy from SUNY Albany.
Raised in a non-observant Reform household, Howard attended a weekend Shabbaton with Rabbi Zalman Schacter 18 years ago. That experience inspired him to begin attending synagogue, learning the melodies of the various services, studying Hebrew, and in the last few years, learning Torah trope from Marv Garfinkel. Howard is a frustrated musician- he regularly doesn't play his violin, but has been getting a lot of satisfaction from singing, especially leading morning minyan and chanting Torah and haftarah.
Howard provides assistance with the religious affairs of the Congregation in the conduct of daily, Shabbat and Festival services as requested by the Ritual Committee. He maintains and keeps filled the schedule of Torah readings for Shabbat and Festival services, and Monday and Thursday morning minyans, and is responsible for ensuring proper coverage for leadership and attendance for daily minyans. In addition, Howard assigns people to read parts of the Shabbat and Festival Services.
Email: [email protected]m