Meet the Feldman-Eisler-Vinci Family
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce our family to the congregants of Temple Beth El. We are thrilled to join the TBE family and have felt very welcomed by everyone. We are Liza Feldman, John Eisler, and Eli Vinci (11). We relocated to Longmeadow in the summer of 2016 after John was hired as Dean of Professional and Continuing Studies at Springfield College.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Albany, NY for college and graduate school in Anthropology and remained in Albany for most of my adult life, working in higher education administration. John grew up a bit further south – in Clearwater, Florida. He has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University and was a tenured professor for many years at the University of North Florida. In 2006, he made a reverse migration from the Sunshine State to upstate NY to work at SUNY Empire State College.
John and I met at Empire State where I worked as an Assessment Specialist and Academic Advisor. In addition to my work in higher education, I am also a certified yoga teacher and have taught yoga and led specialized workshops at yoga studios, the JCC, conferences, retreats, colleges and workplace settings. We might sound like nerds by day, but we do have some fun. John is not just a nerdy academic but also is an avid musician and an aspiring screenwriter. John and I got to know each other socially when he formed a band with a mutual friend in 2012.
John and I got married on Purim in 2014 and became an instant family-- joined by my son from my first marriage, Eli, and our poodle-mix rescue dog, Patches. As a family, we enjoy hiking, travel, and watching movies.
Eli attends 6th grade at Williams Middle School. He enjoys recreational soccer, biking to school, swimming and video games. Eli has made terrific new friends through SKLC and especially likes the online learning component.
We joined Temple Beth El soon after relocating to register Eli for Hebrew school as he prepares for his May 2018 Bar Mitzvah, and to become acquainted with our new community. We did not have any friends in this area initially and are grateful to Esta Farkas for her warm welcome and for introducing us to our first friends in town. We also appreciate Rabbi Amy Katz who provided referrals and recommendations that helped us acclimate to our new town. We are happy to be part of the welcoming community of Beth El.