Congregation Agudat Achim

Meet Our Professional Team

Executive Director

Josh Cooper-Ginsburg has served as Executive Director of Congregation Agudat Achim since December 1, 2019. He has more than a decade of experience in relationship management, customer service, and support in various industries, including Jewish community simchas and other non-profit organizations’ events.  Josh is responsible for the overall management of the congregation and the implementation of its policies. He holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Josh can be reached at (518) 393-9211 or by email at Feel free to contact Josh with any questions, concerns, requests, or suggestions regarding our community and our congregation.

Director of Education and Programming

Jack Mintzer joined CAA as Director of Education and Programming in 2003. Since that time, he has administered all aspects of the Agudat Achim Religious School, youth activities, adult education, publicity, membership recruitment, and programming. He previously served for three years as the Education Director for Congregation Shaara T’fille in Saratoga Springs, where he is a life-long resident.

Jack holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England College, and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of Saint Rose. He is also NYS-certified as a public school educator for Pre-K–7 and is a member of the Jewish Educators Assembly. 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

Executive Assistant for the Main Office and Religious School

Chris Parisi began working with Congregation Agudat Achim in the Religious School in September 2017 and has assisted in the Main Office as well since May 2019.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Studies/Child Psychology from the College of Saint Rose.  After many years of being a stay-at-home mom raising her four children, Chris returned to the classroom and spent several years as a Pre-K teacher.  Before coming to Congregation Agudat Achim, Chris was the Administrative Assistant at RiverRun Montessori School.

Chris can be reached at (518) 393-9211 or at Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions and/or concerns you might have with regards to the religious school or the synagogue.