Congregation Agudat Achim

Meet Our Professional Team

Administrator

Rebecca Kline is the administrator of Congregation Agudat Achim. She oversees the synagogue office and interacts with congregants. She also assists with facilities and maintenance, security, and communications. Rebecca is from Guilderland, New York, and is a self-described people person who enjoys hiking and helping friends with their children. She graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University in May of 2022. She brings over 6 years of customer service and management experience, lots of energy, and fresh ideas to our office.

To reach Rebecca, call the office at (518)393-9211 or email her at admin@agudatachim.org.

Administrative Assistant

Bree Keer is an English Major having attended Russell Sage College Evening Division, SUNY Albany, and Empire State College when she could take classes. She has been an office administrator for over 30 years, having spent 17 years with The American Legion, NYS Headquarters office; and 11 years with Ways and Means Majority of the NYS Assembly (concurrent jobs).  She has worked for non-profits her entire working career and has worked with victims of domestic violence and abuse and Veterans (beyond what she did with The American Legion).  She also promotes agencies and organizations that work for the LBGTQIA community and against sex trafficking.

Bree was raised in both her mother’s Mennonite faith and her father Scot’s Presbyterian faith.  Her family instilled in her a strong commitment to service and the firm belief that all people are created equal, that everyone is free to be who they are, celebrate who they are, and worship how they chose. Bree is a widow.  Prior to marrying her late husband, she was a single mother who raised 3 children on her own which explains why she can multi-task so well.  She has 2 sons, 1 daughter, 8 granddaughters, 1 granddaughter-in-law, 3 grandsons, 3 grandsons-in-law, 2 honorary grandsons, 2 great-granddaughters, 2 great-grandsons, and number 5 great-grandchild (tie-breaker) is due in November.  5 of Bree’s children and grandchildren are currently serving in the US military or are Veterans. Also, her grandson is engaged to be married in Fall 2023!

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 Eddirector@agudatachim.org.