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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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

Rabbi “Iggy” is the Chief Executive Officer of T’Shuvah Center, a non-profit residential addiction recovery home and community coming to New York City in 2019.  Rabbi Iggy is a renowned Talmud teacher, spiritual counselor, artist, educator, and father. He grew up with a traditional Jewish Orthodox background, and graduated from Yeshivat Kfar Haroeh in 1992. Since then, he has been involved with informal and formal education serving as the Assistant Director to Ramah Seminar in Jerusalem, Dean of Students at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco among many other roles. He is a contributor to the Good Men Project, and a frequent author, speaker, teacher and contributor on subjects ranging from spirituality, fatherhood and LGBTQ issues. Currently, he is the Director of Spiritual Counseling at Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles.

Cost: $18 per person, Click here to register
Email David at with any questions

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—Register on synagogue website.

Passover Wine Tasting
Join other expert or novice oenophiles for an informal evening of wine tasting and more!

April date TBD

Save the date for this fun evening of Shabbat, drinks, and laughter.

Friday, May 17, following services at 6:15 pm

We all love a good sandwich from a Jewish deli – but cocktails? Join the Young Professionals of SPS as we take over the Bar of the 2nd Ave Deli on the UES – and enjoy some cocktails inspired by the New York Jewish Culture. 

Thursday evening, June 13


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.

Thursday October 25, 7 – 8 pm
Meet other couples in committed relationships while discussing ways to integrate Jewish practices in your blossoming 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. Email David at to to be added to the list.

Sunday, October 21, Tour Start time: 10:30 am, End time: 1:30 pm, Cost: $20 pp
Join other 20’s/30’s for this unique touring experience in one of New York’s most historically vibrant neighborhoods. Tours are led by LESJC guides who are professionally trained by author and historian Joyce Mendelsohn, a renowned expert on the history and culture of the Lower East Side.

Thursday, September 27, 7 – 9 pm
Get together with old friends and make new ones under the stars in our beautiful ROOFTOP SUKKAH. Enjoy lulavs, etrogs, pizza & drinks and celebrate this popular Jewish festival. RSVP:

Rooftop Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals
Friday, August 10 at 7:15 pm
Join the Young Professionals of SPS as we pair with OneTable to host a shabbat dinner on the roof! Under the stars we will share laughs, clink glasses and enjoy a beautiful meal – hope to see you there!

Shabbat Dinner for Young Couples with Rabbi Ain
Friday, June 1 following services at 6:15 pm
We invite all young couples in committed relationships for an intimate evening meal. Connect with new and old friends while discussing ways to integrate Jewish practices in your blossoming families. Rabbi Ain will share ways that Judaism can enrich your partnership and connect you to each other. A traditional Shabbat meal will be served. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Cost is $36 per couple. To RSVP go to the SPS donate page and select “young professional programming”.

Shavuot Blintzes and Bagel Brunch
Sunday May 20 from 11 am – 1 pm
You’ve heard of the 10 Commandments – but did you know that there is a holiday dedicated to celebrating them by eating dairy!? We will celebrate this Spring time event by coming together for a delectable brunch complete with blintzes, bagels and cheesecake. It will be a fun and relaxing time for you to schmooze with other 20’s/30’s at one of our members apartments!
RSVP to ASAP to reserve your spot and find out the address of the event.

Sunday, March 11 at 11 am
Join other 20’s & 30’s for this fun weekend event of Jewish culture! Combining live music and food in a fresh environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare.


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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.