Our Staff

Executive Director, Lila Pahl

Lila joined the West End Synagogue staff as Executive Director in July 2003.

A Jewish communal professional for more than twenty years, Lila brings to her position a career in synagogue management that focuses on membership development, family learning, events planning, communication and fundraising.

Since joining the staff at West End Synagogue, Lila has received a Legacy Heritage grant for study at the Fuchsberg Center in Jerusalem, developed an ongoing, annual, successful fundraiser and served as editor of the monthly newsletter. She is currently involved in all facets of enewsletter, website and social media development for the synagogue.

Previously, Lila served at Temple Israel of Great Neck and North Shore Jewish Center in Port Jefferson, NY.
During that time, she participated in a year-long UJA Strategic Planning program, facilitated the development of a series of child/parent learning groups, acted as the synagogue liaison to the local JCC in innovative joint programming for both seniors and teens, distributed press communications and managed the day-to-day details of major capital campaigns.

Lila holds a Master’s degree from Brooklyn College and is a graduate of the Workman’s Circle Mittleshul.
She is a member of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives and the
Metropolitan Association for Synagogue Executives where she serves on the Advisory Council.

She invites you to make an appointment to meet with her and learn about how being a part of the West End Synagogue community can enhance your daily life.  Email her today at executivedirector [at] westendsynagogue [dot] org.

Interim Administrative Assistant, Heena Sharma

Heena recently joined the WES staff as Interim Administrative Assistant. She became involved with WES as a college student, assisting with childcare during the High Holy Days. Heena studied psychology as an undergraduate at Barnard College. She has worked as a counselor, advocate, and educator for several years.

Bookkeeper, Moshe Duban

Moshe joined the WES staff as Bookkeeper in January 2017.  He is an accounting graduate from Touro College NYSCAS and has several years of bookkeeping experience with focus in synagogue financial services.

Support Staff:

Nancy Nadeau, Childcare

Al Rivers, Porter

Fernando Rodriguez, Porter

Mizpah Williams, Kiddush and Oneg Preparation