Young Professionals

Who We Are:
We are a 20/30’s group of professionals; students, singles & couples, living in New York City, building community & meaningful Jewish experiences at SPS! 

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Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm
#SPSTalks – Young Professionals Style: What do the Israeli Elections have to do with me?
On September 17, Israelis head to the polls for the second time this year. How does this election affect us as Diaspora Jews? How can we understand the role Zionism plays in our Jewish identities when politics in and about Israel are so divisive? And how might we be able to apply these lessons to our own contentious politics in the US? 
Please RSVP to David Frankel at

High Holiday review with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman
Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm
All Young Professionals are invited to get into the High Holiday spirit with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman, as he reviews some of the words, melodies, and meanings that will be sung at the annual YP High Holiday services! RSVP to David at

Wednesday, October 16 from 7 – 9pm
Young Professional’s Comedy Night & Pizza in the Hut with Comedian Talia Reese
Get together with old friends and make new ones under the stars in our beautiful Rooftop Sukkah! Comedian Talia Reese will have us shaking (like lulavs) in laughter. Enjoy pizza & drinks and celebrate this popular Jewish festival. Suggested donations $10. 
Register at


SPS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’ SHA-BAPPY HOUR on the ROOFTOP! FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 following Shabbat Services which begin at 6:15 pm.
Meet, mix & mingle with other Young Professionals while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres on our rooftop in the heart of Manhattan.
RSVP David at

Sunday, May 19 from 10:30 am – 1 pm

Met Council provides comprehensive social services to aid, sustain, and empower over 200,000 poor New Yorkers.
YPs will be putting together toiletries for residents of one of the Met Council buildings followed by a bagel brunch with the residents.
Cost: $18
Location: 171 Lexington Ave (at 31st Street)
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Tuesday, March 19 at 7 pm
Are you ready to get in the Purim spirit? Come get your hands dirty and make some delicious Hamantaschen, learn a little bit about Purim, and enjoy the company of other Young Professionals. We ask every attendee to bring a bottle of wine to the event.

Cost: $10 per person, Click here to register

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 pm
Meet other couples in committed relationships while discussing issues facing Jews today.

BYOKW (Bring your own Kosher Wine!) Light bites will be provided.
Admission is complimentary

Email Shelby at to RSVP for the event

Friday, February 15, following services at 6:15 pm
Following services, join the Young Professionals of SPS as we gather for a special shabbat dinner. He will discuss: Addiction, Recovery, and the Opioid Crisis: How Judaism and Spirituality Can be Tools for Saving Lives

Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm
Get together with other couples in committed relationships while discussing a thought provoking line of Torah. BYOKW (Bring your own Kosher Wine!) Light bites will be provided.
Admission is complimentary
Email Shelby at to RSVP for the event

Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm
Join other YP’s on a tour of the Judaica Exhibition at Sotheby’s with expert Judaica specialists. The tour will be divided up into 3 segments: Israeli Art, Silver, and Books & Manuscripts. 1334 York Avenue. SOLD OUT EVENT

Friday, November 16, following services at 6:15 pm
Following services, join the Young Professionals of SPS as we gather for a shabbat dinner. We will reflect on the events in Pittsburgh as a YP community, discuss what we can do to show our support and plan how we will speak out against hate.


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Our Board:
Co-President Josh Pine
Josh joined Sutton Place Synagogue in 2013 and is an active member in the SPS community attending services, lectures & cultural events. Josh grew up in the suburbs of Rockland County, New York and currently lives in Manhattan. Josh works in the Finance industry as an Operations Manager and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. Josh is an avid sports fan, food lover and music enthusiast. He loves experiencing all that New York City has to offer.


Co-President Dana Miller
Dana, an active member of the SPS community and trustee on the board, leads marketing and public relations for AHAVA North America. A graduate of New York University and licensed aesthetician, Dana currently lives in New York but remains a Bostonian and Red Sox fan at heart.  She enjoys tennis, kickboxing, reading, and board games.

Programming – Joanna Wheeler
Joanna has been a member of SPS since 2016 and is active in both religious and cultural aspects of synagogue life. She lives in the Lower East Side and works in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s. Joanna earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Bucknell University and is currently working toward her Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America. She enjoys frequenting museums and galleries in NYC and rewatching old episodes of The Office.

Communications – Laura Vollmer
Laura has been a member of SPS since 2017, participating in the community attending services and various cultural events. She lives in Midtown East and works in Business Development at a Big Four accounting firm. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Binghamton University School of Management and her master’s degree in Taxation from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business.  She loves discovering new wine bars in NYC and local restaurants while traveling. 

Marketing – Cheryl Silverbrand 
Cheryl is originally from Rockland County, New York and has lived in New York City since 2012. She graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and currently works as the Director of Human Resources at a Real Estate Finance Firm. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, Knicks games, volunteering, exploring all that NYC has and spending time with family and friends.

Social Action– Josh Raskin
Josh has been a member of SPS since 2015, and is an active member of the synagogue community.  He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of a talent management, brand consulting, and TV production company.  Originally from Plainview, New York, Josh graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Sport Management, currently sitting on the board of the Kinesiology Alumni Society.  His background includes working in media sales, sports sponsorships, event activation, athlete representation, and is an internationally published author.  In his spare time, he loves playing tennis and golf, and has been an official tennis racquet stringer at the US Open for the last 11 years.