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Our Staff


Lauren Dickel

Adult Engagement Program Manager

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(212) 838-5122 x4005

Lauren Dickel joined the Central Synagogue team in 2017, following a diverse career working at the intersection of cultural programming, fundraising, and communications. Prior to joining Central, she managed grant-making and fundraising efforts for OPERA America (the only national service organization for opera) and the Salzburg Global Seminar (an international convening, policy, and cultural organization). She held positions previously with the communications teams at Wolf Trap Opera Company, American University Department of the Performing Arts, and the Intel Corporation in Munich Germany.

Lauren holds an MA in arts and non-profit management from American University, a BM in classical voice performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a BA in German studies from Oberlin College.

Lauren remains a passionate singer and has performed with chamber ensembles and choirs in New York City; Washington, DC; and Munich, Germany. She is currently a soprano member of the NY Choral Society with whom she’s performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Fun fact about Lauren: she is bilingual and grew up in the United Kingdom, Germany, New Mexico, and Oregon.

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Jackie Pykon, LCSW

Dorot Social Worker

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(212) 838-5122 x5091

Chelsea Werde

Administrative Assistant, Adult Engagement and Center for Exploring Judaism

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(212) 838-5122 x4105