1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors are the governing body of the congregation. The Directors are:
- Rabbi Ben Tzion, President
- Maharat Erika Quintero, Secretary/Treasurer
- Reb Andrew Friedman, Vice President
- David Frontera, Director
- Richard Snoddy, Director
Zakenim (Ordained Elders) along with our Shamashim (Deacons), are the servant-leaders. Under the guidance and authority of the Rabbi, provide prayer, teachings, classes, and lead ministries of the shul.
3. ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD
The Accountability Board exists as a body of accountability for the Congregation's Senior Leader. The Accountability Board may only be called upon by the rabbi for prayer or counsel as needed. The Board of Directors may contact the Accountability Board, only by unanimous vote (excepting the rabbi), if any matter of serious unrepentant biblical sin should arise concerning the senior leader. The Accountability Board is empowered to have authority over the senior leader. Their identity is known only to the senior rabbi, and the board of directors.
Kehilath HaDerekh's leadership is composed of three components:
Rabbi Ben is the Rosh Kehilah (head of the congregation) at Kehilath HaDerekh - Congregation of "The Way". He was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Conservative Jewish family in the Kosher Catering business, and is of Ashkenazi heritage. He studied in Yeshiva since boyhood, and has a background ranging from Boy Scout to U.S. Paratrooper (82nd Airborne Division), and having served in Germany, Korea and USA; and in Sales, International Trade and Finance; as well as an Employment Counselor. As a young man, he studied Mathematics and English through a University of Texas annex offered at the U.S. Army Education Center College Program. After the military he majored in Economics at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Rabbi Ben pursued Messianic leadership training in Messianic Jewish Theology and Leadership over an eight year period with some of the top Messianic schools and organizations. He studied under three Messianic Jewish Rabbis, has five separate ordinations, the first of which was from an Orthodox Rabbi. He received an honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University (a religious school unaffiliated with Northwestern University of IL.) through Chaplains International Director, Chaplain General, Rev. Dr. Herman Keck. He has taught in Messianic congregations and also in churches, both locally and overseas. Rabbi Ben authored about 40 position papers on Messianic Jewish Theology and Practice. He sees himself more of a Peter than a Paul, more of a fisherman teacher than a scholar. He has served as the rabbi in three Messianic congregations and has led Passover seders and Jewish services in prisons, as well as leading a local prison ministry program in NYC. He is also one of the founding members of the Messianic Jewish Alliance International.