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Professional Staff

Audrey Napchen, Executive Director

Audrey joined the Temple Sinai professional staff in July of 2014.

Before coming to Temple Sinai, she was the Director of Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County and previously the Executive Director of Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield.

Audrey has achieved senior status membership in NATA - The National Association of Temple Administrators and serves on the Executive Committee of GANSE - the Garden State Network for Synagogue Executives.  She is a Past President of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen.  Audrey and her husband Joel live in Edison. They have four children and three grandchildren; Lindsay, son-in-law Josh and Mason; Mathew, daughter-in-law Morgan, Samara and Sarina.  

Please contact Audrey at or 908-273-4921 x16

Patti Kahn, Director of Education

Temple Sinai's Director of Education since 2002.

Patti joined Temple Sinai in 2002 following 3 years as Principal of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Cranford. Prior to that, Patti was the Educational Director of Temple Beth Shalom in Manalapan, NJ (1979-1996), programming for 520 students. Ms. Kahn returned to school in 1996 to earn her Masters of Jewish Education ('98) at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC after which Patti studied for a year in Jerusalem as part of the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University.

Patti has two sons and a two grandchildren; Joshua lives in Brooklyn and Laurence, who is married to Michal, lives in Israel with their children.

Contact Patti at or 908-273-4921 x15

Amy Damast, Director of Early Childhood Program

Temple Sinai's Director of our Early Childhood Education Program since 2012.

Contact Amy at or 908-273-4921 x31

Amanda Weiss, Director of Youth Engagement 







Amanda Katherine Weiss is delighted to be joining the Temple Sinai community as the Director of the High School Program and Director of Youth Engagement. Amanda is currently a full-time rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, beginning her second year this fall in New York City. A lifetime lover of learning she has also received an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, graduate certificates in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from HUC-JIR and Jewish Nonprofit Management from Gratz College, and a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies from The George Washington University. 

Before attending HUC, Amanda worked in the field of experiential Jewish education for over a decade, most recently working for Hillel at Cornell University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. With a passion for Judaism, leadership, innovation, and building relationships, Amanda has managed to double engagement in each of her organizations throughout her career. 

She looks forward to spending the school year in beautiful Summit, NJ meeting congregants, building community, and creating beautiful meaningful and memorable Jewish moments together.

Contact Amanda at

Our Team

Saskia Jeselsohn  - Assistant to the Clergy 

908-273-4921 x11

Michal Levine - Temple Administrator 
908-273-4921 x10


Lara Davis - Early Childhood Assistant 
908-273-4921 x30
Donovan Mowatt - Director of Facilities


Jorge Frias - Caretaker

Lilian Frias - Caretaker

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781