Our Team

Serving our community with a smile

Meet Our People

Our professional and volunteer leaders bring a wealth of experience and expertise, reflecting the unparalleled diversity and dynamism of Eastern Connecticut’s Jewish community. They work side by side with our professional staff to address today’s most pressing problems and plan for tomorrow.

Our Leadership

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Meet Gabe


Gabe Stern became President of JFEC in June 2021 having served in various capacities as a JFEC board member and officer for thirty years. Gabe is employed as a Director at CMEEC, serves on the Board of the southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer), is President of Technology for Connecticut (TECHCONN) and is an officer for Thames Yacht Club. Gabe and his wife Kathleen are members of Congregation Beth El and Beth Jacob synagogues and reside in Gales Ferry.

Executive Committee

Scott F. Wolfe​

Campaign Chair

Dan Bendor

Vice President, Middle Eastern Affairs

Helen Elperina

Vice President, Community Programs

Rosa Goldblatt


Barbara Sahagan


Directors at Large

Term Ending June 2023

Carol Curland

Jo-el Fernandez

Evert Gawendo

Allison Glickman

Judith Glickstein

Elyse Landesberg

Erica McCaffrey

Sarah Rogovin

Cindy Weiner

Term Ending June 2022

Steven Daren

Roslyn Etra

Ron Leeser

Caren Linden

Martin Rutchik

Sema Stein

Term Ending June 2021

Leonard Cohen

Ellen DeLeon

Maier Fein

Les Kershnar

Helen Sapozhnikov

Jerome Schwell

Our Staff

Meet Carin

Executive Director

A native of New York City, Carin Savel is the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut. Selected from a national pool of professionals, she began her service in May 2019.

Carin came to New London from Raleigh, NC, where she served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, leading all fundraising and programs for the Federation, JCC, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Community Relations Council and David R. Kahn Jewish Campus. She is the former Senior Vice President of Resource Development & Strategic Communications for the United Way of Pioneer Valley, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she led a $4 million annual campaign.

For twelve years, Carin was president and senior managing partner of CSpotRun, LLC, a national political consulting firm, where she oversaw fundraising and election strategies for judicial, state, national, and presidential campaigns. A specialist in caucus communications, Carin spent eight years as chief of staff and policy advisor in the NC House of Representatives. 

Carin has served on the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts Board of Trustees and chaired their JCRC. She has actively served on the boards of trustees of LIFEBeat: the Music Industry Fights AIDS, Bend the Arc, Phoenix House, Habitat For Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Jewish Council for Policy Affairs. Carin is a lifetime member of Hadassah and a proud Lion of Judah.

Carin graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Drama. She is the ridiculously proud mom of Oliver, a financial services manager who lives in Florida.

Marcia Reinhard

Assistant Director

Mimi Perl

Office Manager

Carly Luft

Community Services Coordinator

Jennifer Ripa


Tammy Kaye

Program Coordinator

Barbara Wolfe

PJ Library Coordinator

Rachel Sheriff


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