Children’s Service Leaders
We are blessed at BJ to have talented and warm service leaders and musicians who know how to inspire children and parents at our Shabbat Morning Children’s Services and for Bim Bam, our Friday morning music class for children ages 0-3. They are the heart and soul of our very special children’s services.
David Frankel Service Leader
David Frankel has been a musician and educator in private and supplemental schools, as well as in camps for over a decade. As an experienced musician and educator, David has created meaningful experiences for congregations, camps and communities all over the East Coast. He plays guitar, drums, and sings the songs you know and love.
Michelle Geisler Youth Director, Family Life and Learning
Michelle Geisler is a New York City based singer, actress, and educator. In addition to leading children's services at BJ, she teaches 3rd grade in the Hebrew School and steps in to lead Bim Bam from time to time. Michelle hails from upstate NY where she attended the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District. Having loved music and performance from a very young age, she went on to study at SUNY Geneseo, where she learned a BA in Musical Theater and Music Theory. She spent the years following graduation performing on stages across the country and is now happy to call New York and the BJ community her home.
Daniel Laor Service Leader
Daniel Laor is an Israeli- American pianist who made his solo debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at age 16, and since then has performed on international stages in Israel, Europe and the united States. Daniel serves as music teacher and musical director at The Brandeis School, where he also has a piano studio. A graduate of the Israeli Conservatory, Daniel received his Bachelor of Music degree (with honors) from the Mannes College of Music in
Sarah Rosenthal Service Leader
Sarah Rosenthal is a lifelong BJ member and grew up going to children’s services. She started working as a leader for Minyan Aleph and High Holy Days in 2002. She graduated from Brown University in 2011, where she double majored in History and Africana Studies. She currently lives on the upper West Side and works as an assistant editor at Oxford University Press. Her favorite Jewish holidays are Simhat Torah and Shavuot — and if you see her on Purim, she will happily teach you the Hamentaschen Song.
Andy Sherman Service Leader
Andy Sherman has been a volunteer guitar player in BJ’s children’s services for about 14 years. During the week, he is a self-described “security geek” with a doctorate in Physics, trying to keep his clients and their data safe online. Andy grew up in Chicago, and went to Vassar College, where he met his wife, Joanne Palmer. Andy learned a lot about children and worship from watching his own daughters — and now son-in-law, Dave (aka the Dinosaur) — lead services. He says “children are ritualistic by nature, and resist abrupt changes, but somehow we manage to honor their nature and still keep services fresh every week.”
Shira Kobren Wasserman Service Leader
Shira Kobren Wasserman is a New York City-based performer and educator whose body of work spans stage, film, television, commercials, recorded albums and, of course, classrooms. She is both an actress and a singer, and is the front woman and songwriter for her kid-friendly rock band, Shira & Friends. Shira’s favorite day of the week is Shabbat, and she is always happy to get to spend it making music with the young families and other musicians at BJ!