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Bonnie Barest, Deputy Executive Director

Bonnie joined Shearith Israel after having worked as a media executive in advertising agencies. She has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bonnie also has a fulfilling volunteer career working with UJA Federation of New York for over 30+ years. Currently, she serves on the board of the UJA NY Professional Women and the Planned Giving Committee. Bonnie also is a Wexner Heritage Fellow.


Phone: 212-873-0300 x209


Maud Nathan

Maud Nathan (1862-1946) was founder and first President of the Sisterhood of Shearith Israel, established in 1896.  

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.