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Professional Staff

Mandi Kirschman
 Executive Director

Mandi is excited to join the OWHC staff and serve the community in the role of Executive Director. She has worked in the Jewish community for over 20 years. Along with her vast experience, Mandi has a strong passion for connectedness, fostering yiddishkeit and creating community.

Together with the Clergy, Professional Staff and Synagogue Leadership, Mandi will be an active partner in the creation and implementation of the vision, overall direction, and long-term growth of OWHC.  Mandi’s energetic spirit and personality will undoubtedly add to the special feeling we all experience at OWHC.

Mandi graduated Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s in Social Science and lives in Dix Hills with her husband Fred and their children, Dylan & Elianna. 

Mindy Kremer
Director of Youth Education and Family Outreach

Mindy joined OWHC in July 2014, and held the positions of Interim Early Childhood Director and Early Childhood Director, prior to becoming the Director of Youth Education & Family Engagement. Raised in a tight-knit Jewish community outside of Baltimore, where she attended yeshiva until high school, she received a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and a J.D. degree from Cornell Law School.

In the midst of a successful career as a litigation attorney, Mindy realized that something was missing in her professional life, left the law for a career in Jewish communal service and has never looked back! She has worked at the Jewish Education Project (formerly SAJES- Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services) and UJA-Federation of NY, and taught students ages 3 to 13 in a variety of synagogues throughout Long Island and Connecticut.  She served as Education Director at Congregation L’Dor V’Dor- Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center (formerly Little Neck Jewish Center) for 3 years before joining OWHC. In addition, she tutors Hebrew and has prepared private students for their B’nai Mitzvah.
A fervent believer in the value of lifelong learning, Mindy is a graduate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s (USCJ) New Directors Institute and a member of the Conservative Principals Council. She has attended conferences of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), the Jewish Early Childhood Association (JECA), and USCJ, and meetings of the Jewish Education Project's Family Learning Network, and actively seeks out opportunities for continued professional growth.
Mindy’s son is a screenwriter who lives in California with his fiancée. Mindy considers OWHC her second home, and is honored to spend her days in such a warm and welcoming congregation, helping children grow intellectually, socially and emotionally, and sharing the beauty of our Jewish tradition.

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Shevat 5781