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The cai team


Dana Ben-Avi, our Operations Manager, oversees all CAI facilities maintenance and repair, custodial staff, set-ups for all activities, programs, and classes, as well as the physical safety of those in the building. Dana was born and raised in Israel, where she attended Masorti (Conservative) schools, was active in the Masorti Noam Movement, and attended the Noam and Ramah Camps. She has also served on staff at Ramah Camp Poconos. A graduate of Temple University in Recreation Therapy, she has worked in that field and has expertise in working with special needs adults and young people. A 2nd Degree Black Belt (don’t mess with Dana!), she is an award-wining athlete. As a member of the CAI family, in her “free time” Dana attends Shabbat and weekday services and helps needy individuals with life tasks. Dana is the proud mom of Paulie and Perry. Contact Dana Ben-Avi, 973-226-3600 ext. 117

Dorit Elie is the Administrative Assistant for Cantor Joel Caplan and has worked in this capacity for the past 15 years. Born and raised in Israel, she has resided in the USA for the past 20 years and has a BA in Jewish Studies. Dorit manages the Yahrzeit database and informs our members of upcoming Yahrzeits events. She is the administrator of the Happy Purim program and the Purim fundraiser. Dorit is also a Religious and Hebrew teacher at two synagogues in our area. For Yahrzeit or Purim related questions, contact Dorit Elie, 973-226-3600 ext. 126

Rosalie Felberbaumour full-time bookkeeper, started with CAI in 2014. Rosalie has an MBA and CPA and has worked in corporate, tax, and non-profit accounting. She grew up in the Bronx, has been living in Livingston and is an active member of her synagogue in Livingston. 
Contact Rosalie Felberbaum. 973-226-3600 ext. 114

Karen Frank, our Congregation Nurse, integrates physical and spiritual health. Meeting with our members and their families, Karen consults on health concerns, assists in making lifestyle choices, helps to grapple with spiritual issues, and connects families to community resources. Karen makes hospital visits to our members, listening to their concerns and helping in many ways to make their return home more seamless. She visits the frail and homebound members of our congregation to keep them connected to the community and safe in their homes. Providing guidance to congregants dealing with difficult medical diagnoses or conditions, Karen consults to aid them in navigating both their treatment options and their spiritual distress. She helps families cope with challenging situations and gives them support. Contact Karen Frank. 973-226-3600 ext. 141


Andrea Malmud is the Zeller Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Social Worker at Congregation Agudath Israel. Andrea came to our synagogue in September, 2018 through an affiliation with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. She feels honored to have become part of our loving community, so that she can have the chance to listen, dry an eye, offer support, educate, and celebrate resilience.

Her role is to provide consultation, training and other services to staff, lay leaders, volunteers and members. Further, crisis intervention, brief therapy, information and referral, mutual support groups, and community education programs. And a cookie here and there. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Cognitive-Behavior Therapist with more than 30 years experience, Andrea works with people of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, loss, relationship issues, parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, and the like. She has served in the roles of Chief Professional Officer, Clinical Director, therapist, in outpatient and inpatient facilities, and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers.

She and her family love Synagogue life, and have done everything from making latkes to reading Torah to participating in Purimspiels to planning Israel trips with their Shul. Contact Social Worker, Andrea Malmud. 973-226-3600 ext. 143

Ellen Oxild is our Communications and Marketing Manager. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Ellen worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years as an art director, graphic designer, editor, and reporter for consumer and trade magazines, medical periodicals, newspapers, and health-related nonprofit organizations. At CAI, Ellen is responsible for communications and promotion of events, programs, and services through eblasts, posters, brochures, advertising, and signage. She serves as webmaster and produces CAI's annual report and newsletter, "The Voice."  Contact Ellen Oxild 973-226-3600 ext. 112

Allison Robinson is the Member Services Assistant in the main office. She is the first person to greet you on the phone or when you come into the office. She handles all the tributes and donations made to CAI, and is available to assist and answer any questions you may have. Prior to joining the CAI team, she worked as an editor for a medical journal in Montclair. She is also an avid cook and food blogger. 
Contact Allison Robinson. 973-226-3600 ext. 110

Melissa Steb is the Development and Administrative Assistant and newest member of the CAI family, joining us after spending five years at JCC MetroWest. Melissa was raised in Livingston and resides there today. 
Contact Melissa Steb 973-22-3600 ext. 134

September 18,2020 /  29 Elul 5780