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Jess Lorden

Executive Director

Jess graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science and business management from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1983, and received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1986. Upon her graduation, Jess served as a law clerk to Chief Justice James G. Exum, Jr. of the North Carolina Supreme Court. After completing her clerkship, Jess served as an associate with Brown & Wood in New York City. In 1989, Jess moved in-house joining IBM Corporation where she proudly served for twenty-five years. Most recently, Jess was Vice President, Associate General Counsel for IBM’s Sales & Distribution business unit. Jess’ responsibilities included the provision of legal support across IBM’s worldwide sales organization for mergers & acquisitions, human resources and employment law and business offering development, as well as support for IBM’s State & Local government business in the United States.

Jess has dedicated considerable personal time to her two favorite institutions, Congregation Kol Ami and Binghamton University, and to fundraising for the White Plains Fastpitch Organization. Jess’ civic involvement has been recognized with multiple service awards from the President of the United States.

Jess has been a Kol Ami congregant for more than twenty years and has been an active volunteer for more than ten years. After serving as a member of the Religious School Committee for several years, in 2004 Jess became a Co-Chair of the Religious School Committee. In 2006 Jess became a Kol Ami Trustee. Jess served as the Secretary of the Kol Ami Board for three years before becoming a Vice President in 2012. In her capacity as Vice President Jess chaired the Financial Commitment Task Force and Co-Chaired the By-laws Task Force. Most recently, Jess has served as overall leader for the initiatives we have undertaken in support of the Coachman Family Center. Jess is thrilled to bring her energy and talents to Kol Ami in a professional capacity.

Jess is a long-term member of Binghamton University Dean’s Advocacy Council becoming Vice-Chair in 2012. Further, since 2009 Jess has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching a mid-winter pre-law seminar. In 2013, Jess was elected as a Trustee of the Binghamton University Foundation. In 2014, Jess was elected to the University’s Executive Committee.

In her spare time, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, working out, gardening and reading. Jess continues to try to find the time to pursue her lifelong interests in watercolor painting and pottery.

Jess resides in White Plains, NY with her husband, Dave and their two children, Sarah and Robby. Sarah is a graduate student at Penn State University and Robby is an undergrad at Binghamton University.

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Assistant Director

Felice Miller Baritz
Religious School Director

Felice Miller Baritz has been the Director of the Kol Ami Religious School since 2004. Prior to that, she worked at Kol Ami as a head teacher in the Early Childhood Program. Felice and her family have been members of Kol Ami since 1992. As an active volunteer at Kol Ami, she chaired the membership committee, Social Action, and the annual community Retreat among others.

Felice brings 20 years of creative energy and experience from the business world working as director of product development for licensing at Elle Magazine and as a marketing consultant. Felice was the founder and president of The Studio Group, Inc., an international textile design agency.
Felice holds a B.S. degree in special and elementary education and psychology from Boston University and has done work in special education, early childhood education and early intervention. Felice was a fellow at the HUC/JTS Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators and is on the Board of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). 
Felice and her husband Marc are proud parents of Jake, Andrew and Jasmine.



Pam Pass
Religious School Assistant Director

Pam Barnett Pass has been the Assistant Director of Congregation Kol Ami’s Religious School since 2014. Prior to stepping into this role, Pam established herself as a beloved Religious School teacher, B’nai Mitzvah tutor, and substitute teacher in the Early Childhood Program. Pam now manages all of these titles successfully and brings deep knowledge, warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity to each one. She is lovingly known among kids and parents as “Morah Pam.”

Prior to Kol Ami, Pam spent many years working in the magazine publishing industry. She managed finance and consumer marketing for publications like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly.

Pam lives in Edgemont with her husband Matt and she is the proud mom of teenage daughters, Clarey (Go Huskies!) and Amalia.

You can contact Pam at or (914)949-4717 x112.



Nan Blank
Early Childhood Program Director

Nan Blank has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 30 years. Joining Kol Ami’s senior staff twelve years ago she brings with her a wealth of experience in early childhood and family education. Nan teaches our First Friends class for families with young children.

Nan comes from a Reform Jewish background, growing up in Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, New York. She has served in a number of lay leadership positions. Before moving to Rye Brook with her husband and children over 20 years ago, Nan developed holiday programs for families of young children at Temple Emanuel of Andover Massachusetts where she also served as both Sisterhood President and Vice President of the Temple. A former member of Larchmont Temple, she served as WRJ President and was responsible for developing the Cradle Roll Holiday Programs at the Temple. Nan is a former member of the Camp Commission for URJ’s Eisner and Crane Lake camps for 12 years and has taught parenting classes for Parenting Horizons in New York City.

Nan holds a BS in Psychology and Special Education from Russell Sage College and an MS in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College.

Nan and her husband Wesley, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in NYC and a practicing Mohel, live in Westchester and have three wonderful daughters and two adorable son-in-laws and three precious granddaughters!



Office Staff

Madiha Tubman                                 Controller 
Stacy Krantz                                                         Administrative Assistant
Beatrice Pogal IT, Accounts Payable
Clergy Administrative Assistant
Kay Osborne Administrative Assistant