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The cai team


Allison Robinson is the Office Manager. 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. 
Contact Allison Robinson

Dorit Elie is the Administrative Assistant for Cantor Joel Caplan and has worked in this capacity for the past 20 years. Born and raised in Israel, she has resided in the USA for the past 25 years and has a BA in Jewish Studies. Dorit manages the Yahrzeit database and informs our members of upcoming Yahrzeits. She is the administrator of the Happy Purim program and the Purim fundraiser. Contact Dorit Elie

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

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.

Andrea's 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. With more than 30 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Cognitive-Behavior Therapist, and a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, 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 Andrea Malmud


Melissa Steb is the Communications Manager. Prior to joining the CAI team, Melissa was the Member Services Representative at JCC MetroWest. Contact Melissa Steb

January 19,2022 /  17 Shevat 5782