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Albert A. Zager, Esq.


Albert A. Zager, Esq. was a high school freshman when his family joined CBI in 1962.  He was active in the CBI chapter of USY through high school and was Chapter President. He has served as a CBI Trustee for 6 years and Youth Commission Chair for 6 years.  He was a tenor in the CBI Choir of Fire.  In 2011, Al chaired the CBI Constitution revision committee.  In 2013-2014 Al chaired the CBI Governance Restructuring Committee and was the chief draftsperson of the CBI Restated Constitution and By-Laws adopted in June, 2015.  In 2015 he chaired the CBI Nominating Committee.  Al is a Red Bank High School Hall of Fame alum.  He received his BS degree from the Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, in 1970 and his JD degree from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark in 1973. He served as a Navy JAG Officer from 1974 to 1977.  Since then he has practiced law locally.  Immediately after the Navy, he and Robin and their sons, Josh and Sam, returned to the CBI community.  He and Robin have been CBI members ever since.  Al is a founding member of the Board of Directors of CHHANGE at Brookdale Community College, was its President for 20 years, and continues on the Board as Immediate Past President.  Al served on the Board of Directors of Foodarama Supermarkets, Inc. (local ShopRite stores), which was then publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange, from 1995 until the company went private in 2006. He is a founding Director of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) Educational Foundation, Inc., which provides non-traditional scholarships to students who live or work in the EMACC area.  He is also a Captain for the Special Olympics Sailing program of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club.  During the winter holiday season he is a volunteer for Holiday Express.  



Eric Menell

Dr. Eric Menell

 Vice President, Operations

It is an incredible honor to be nominated once again to represent the synagogue as Operations Vice President.  I have been part of the CBI family since 2004 and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve for another term as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. 

I have recently overseen projects at CBI including the installation of a new roof, complete replacement of the HVAC systems in the 70’s wing, the design and installation of a centrally controlled energy management system, LED lighting upgrades, painting and recarpeting projects, the parking lot refurbishment and security improvements. I have also spearheaded efforts to improve the efficiency of the synagogue's operations.  I am currently working with the beautification committee on the construction of the new secure entryway and the restroom renovations. 

Professionally, I am a high school history teacher and hold my doctorate in Educational Leadership. My previous professional experience includes extensive work with Jewish non-profit agencies, including senior leadership roles in youth programming, operations, marketing, special events planning and recreation.






Vice President, Education

My husband, Dan, and I have resided in Little Silver for 46 years and have been members of CBI since the early 1970’s. Our two children attended the nursery school, Hebrew school, had their Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and graduated fromthe CBI Hebrew high school. Both of them spent their summers in Israel between their junior and senior year of high school.  We are the proud grandparents of 4 ranging in age from 13 to 8. Life doesn’t get better than that. 

Having been a member of CBI for 44 years, a past nursery director, a Hebrew pre-school and kindergarten teacher and a public school teacher, I have been nominated for a second term as Education Vice-President. As I reflect on the past two years, can honestly say that our Gan, Religious School, and Hebrew High School have shown growth in student participation, curriculum, faculty and parent involvement.


 Though there are unfinished goals, I envision going forward on all levels. I welcome questions, concerns, accolades, or recommendations in regard to our schools. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue the progress I have seen. 





Rich Sussman   Richard Sussman

   Vice President, Finance



  Rich Sussman and his family have been members of CBI since 1990.  His three children, Nina, Jeff and Jodi all attended the Gan, Hebrew School and Hebrew High School at CBI.  Rich has a BSE from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Rich worked on Wall Street for 26 years prior to retiring.  Since retiring from Wall Street, Rich has gotten involved with local non-profit Board participation as well as working as an expert witness in financial arbitration cases.  Rich is looking forward to serving as VP Finance.  




Iris-MichaelsonIris Michaelson



I have been CBI’s treasurer for several years. In that capacity I increased the amount and rate at which our revenues were collected and negotiated a 60% annual dues reduction from United Synagogue.

My service to the synagogue has been:

Treasurer- 2010-2014, 2015-2017

Sisterhood President- 1997-1999, 2003-2005

Sisterhood VP Youth and Services- 1995-1997

Sisterhood VP Ways and Means- 2005-2007

Sisterhood VP Fellowship- 2009-2011

Chairperson College Connection- 2006-2009

Member Rabbi Search Committee- 1996-1998

Member Cantor/Educator Search Committee 2013

Chairperson Board of Education- 2000-2002, 2004-2006

Member Board of Education- 1994-2010

Member Religious Committee- 1994-2017

Member Youth Commission- 1996-2002

Member Finance Committee- 2010-2014, 2015-2017

Member Endowment Committee- 2010-2014, 2015-2017

Reinitiated Friday evening Family Services and Dinners- 1992

Further, I have chaired many successful fundraisers for both Sisterhood and the congregation.   I have acted in a training and advisory capacity for several of our Chairs of the Board of Education and Sisterhood Presidents. In my role as Bar/Bat Mitzvah liaison the clergy depended on my help in developing and documenting Bar/Bat Mitzvah procedures. I became a Bat Mitzvah in 2013 and since have been a regular torah reader.

In addition:

Board Member Shore Hebrew High- 2002-2004

Life Member of Hadassah

BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union

MS in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University

District Manager at Bell Labs, retiring after 20 years

CBI Member since 1986



TaraSiersTara Siers



Tara Siers and her husband Kevin Kimball are the fourth generation of the Siers family at CBI.  Tara was in the first graduating class of Gan Yeladim and attended Hebrew School and Hebrew High School at CBI.  CBI has been a big part of her family upbringing as her parents were both actively involved for many years. She has been involved at CBI in different capacities including working in the Education office and teaching Hebrew School. Throughout the years Tara has been involved with various CBI fundraisers and planning of events.  She is excited for this next challenge as Secretary.