Who We Are

Who We Are

Rabbinical Assembly Staff

Rabbi Elliot Schoenberg, Associate Executive Director and International Director of Career Services

Elliot Schoenberg has served as the International Director of the Joint Placement Commission since 1991. Schoenberg received his B.A. degree from Brandeis University.  He was ordained a rabbi and received a Master’s Degree in Talmud from The Jewish Theological Seminary.  He is board certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and certified as a disaster chaplain by the Disaster Chaplaincy of New York.  He received certification in Type B Psychological Assessment from CPP International.  In 2009 he was the first rabbi certified by the National Career Development Association as a Certified Master Career Development Professional (MCDP). In 2011 he was certain a Master Practitioner for the MBTI.

Before coming to the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Schoenberg held pulpit positions for almost fifteen years, first as assistant to Rabbi Samuel Chiel at Temple Emanuel in Newton and then as senior rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Needham, both in Massachusetts.  He was well known as a master teacher and inspiring preacher. 

Rabbi Bill Lebeau, Senior Consultant for Rabbinic and Institutional Leadership

Rabbi Lebeau brings a wealth of experience with more than three decades of compassionate interaction with colleagues. He is the former Dean of The Rabbinical School, Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Department of Professional Skills, and Lecturer of Professional Skills at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  His first pulpit position was in Port Jefferson Station, New York, where he grew the congregation from 50 to 750 members during his 13 year tenure. He later served for ten years as the rabbi of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois before joining the JTS faculty.

Emily Hendel, Director of Career Services

Ms. Hendel has been with the Rabbinical Assembly since 2014. She received a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida. She went on to Brooklyn Law School, where she received her J.D. in 2013, was admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars and practiced civil defense litigation before joining the RA Staff. She has also been a fitness instructor for 10 years and counting.

USCJ Staff

Barry Mael, Senior Director of Kehilla Affiliation & Operations for USCJ

Barry S. Mael brings more than 35 years of experience in the Jewish non-profit world to his role. A graduate of Yeshiva University (BA Economics), he holds a Master’s of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Barry worked in the JCC world from 1982 to 1995, and was a synagogue executive director at Marlboro Jewish Center from 1997-2002. He came to USCJ in 2002 as the director of the New Jersey region and has served in several roles since joining the international staff in 2006. Barry has written several articles published in E- Jewish Philanthropy.com and is part of the USCJ faculty for Sulam for Presidents and officers. He speaks to hundreds of kehillot throughout the year about synagogue finance, financial sustainability, alternative dues models, budgeting and operations. Barry is an avid Boston sports fan and lives with his wife Diane in highland Park, New Jersey.

Lay Representatives

Mr. William Bresnick, Esq.
William (Bill) Bresnick currently serves as the environmental counsel for the US Department of Homeland Security. He is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate who began his Jewish community roles as a lay leader in the Air Force. He has served as an officer and member of various non-profits including Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD, and the USCJ Seaboard Region and International boards.

Mr. Gerald Kobell, Esq.
Gerry Kobell has practiced labor and employment law for over 50 years, and he is a member of the bar in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.. He has been an officer and member of the board of trustees in his synagogue for many years, as well as the USCJ Board,  and he recently served as the chairman of the congregation's rabbinic search committee. He has served on the Placement Commission for several years.