Changes on the board of directors at a major local park conservancy

Changes on the board of directors at a major local park conservancy
Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Heights

Sending welcomes to Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan and Sanjay Mody. The pair were elected at the Dec. 12 board meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

“We are proud to welcome Elizabeth Ann and Sanjay today,” said Mark Baker, chairman. “Their expertise across sectors and their dedication to the City will make them valuable additions to our board of directors.”

Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan was named president of Stribling & Associates, Ltd. on Jan. 1, 2013. She worked at the firm, which was founded by her mother, that has grown to include more than 350 agents in four offices across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Stribling-Kivlan is a graduate of the Chapin School and the College of the Holy Cross, where she studied Comparative World Religions.

“Brooklyn Bridge Park is part the fabric of my daily life, and I have watched the park grow from its early stages to its current place as an integral park of New York City’s landscape,” she said. “I am honored to work with the entire board on the ongoing efforts of the Conservancy.”

Sanjay Mody is president of Spectacle Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment firm focusing on urban markets, as well as special counsel to the law firm Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP. In his legal practice, Mody advises public authorities and private investors and developers on real estate matters.

He has also served as senior advisor to the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Prior to that he served as an associate at a law firm and a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York.

Mody received his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a M.Phil. degree in International Relations from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

“I have enjoyed watching the park grow since its earliest days and I’m honored to join the Conservancy’s Board of Directors in helping to expand its programming and events in the years ahead,” he said.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy [334 Furman St. at Joralemon St. in Brooklyn Heights; 718) 802–0603].

Ditmas Park

Two becomes one

Its official — two active, century-old synagogues, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom and Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek have formally consolidated, providing the borough’s Reform Jewish community with a diverse congregational home and a wide array of spiritual, cultural and social programming for all ages.

It’s new name is Beth Shalom v’Emeth Reform Temple, B’ShERT for short.

“This pairing is a natural. Both congregations are diverse and active, and our strengths complement one another beautifully,” said co-president Jeff Levinson.

“This is an exciting transformation that will benefit and strengthen the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Heidi Hoover, co-leader of the congregation with Cantor Suzanne Bernstein. The congregation’s cantorial soloist, Nonie Schuster Donato, and pianist Maxine Feldman will also continue in their roles.

B’ShERT boasts a religious school, twice-weekly adult Torah study, a wide range of adult-ed classes, “Shalom Shabbat” for kids, book club, women’s and men’s club activities, members’ choir, holiday celebrations, social action projects, performances and cultural events. All are welcome.

B’ShERT [83 Marlborough Rd., in Ditmas Park; (718) 282–1596]


There’s an app for that

Kudos to Burlyn AndallBlake, a student at Brooklyn Technical High School, who was named a winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge in the Ninth Congressional District. The event aims to engage students in coding and computer science. Her app HelpMe helps victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking through every step of the way from legal processing to recovery.

The winnters will have their apps showcased in April at Capitol Hill, and be awarded $250 in Amazon Web Service credits.

Brooklyn Technical High School [29 Fort Greene Pl. at Dekalb Avenue in Clinton Hill; (718) 804–6400].

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Welcome: Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan is a new member of the board of directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy