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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Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm –  Young Professionals Happy Hour with David Chapman and Abby Johnson
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 956 3520 1651
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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: $18 per person. RSVP at

Friday, February 7 following services at 6:15 pm

Meet, mix & mingle with other Young Professionals while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres at this Shabbat Happy Hour. Rabbinic Intern David Chapman will lead an engaging informal discussion. RSVP at

Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm
Come join NYC USY Alumni and Sutton Place Synagogue Young Professionals for a night of challah baking and wine tasting. Tickets are $18 and include wine and your own challah dough to bake at home.
Register here

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm

Meet other couples in committed relationships while discussing ways to integrate Jewish practices in your burgeoning families. If you can’t make this event, but would like to participate in the future, please let us know and we will add you to our young couples group list. Please RSVP to

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. 
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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


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.

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. 

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.