Meet our Staff


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Ethan Linden

Ethan Linden has been the rabbi at Shir Chadash Congregation since the summer of 2009.  He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2007 and spent two years as the Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in New England.  Ethan graduated from Cornell University in 1999 with a degree in International Relations and Ethics.  During Rabbinical School, he took a year-long leave of absence to be a Melton Senior Educator at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He cheers from afar for his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, though they never fail to find ways to hurt him.  He loves New Orleans.

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Bruce Yaillen
Executive Director

Like every member of the Shir Chadash team, Bruce is excited to become part of this unique community. Bruce most recently spent 25 years at Chizuk Amuno in Baltimore, working first as Controller and finishing as Information Systems Manager. Before Baltimore his parents started their family in Pittsburgh, continuing in Detroit and several other midwestern cities. Regardless of the size of the community, some form of Jewish involvement has been a part of his life almost since birth. Although the son of a former BBYO District director, Bruce was active in USY as a member, advisor, youth director and youth committee chair. Over the years Bruce has also led Shabbat and Holiday services for a nursing home as well as being an active participant in various shuls as a shaliach tzibur, Haftorah reader and occasional leyning. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Bruce is also, like at least one other staff member, at heart a Pirates fan. Please excuse him for also being a Steelers fan. He promises to root for the Saints until they clash in a future Super Bowl.

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Deborah Mintz
Director of Education and Family Programming

Deborah is thrilled to join the Shir Chadash team. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in vocal performance and religious studies, Deborah spent a year volunteering in Israel with Jewish and Arab at-risk youth. Since returning to the states, Deborah has worked in education in Jewish institutions around the country, including Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Anegles and Mechon Hadar in NYC. A ba’alat t’filah and musician ,Deborah served in musical and davening leadership at synagogues and minyanim in the NYC area, and continues actively recording and performing music. She and her husband Cantor David Mintz of Touro Synagogue are grateful to call the Crescent City their new home.

Danielle Spadoni
Administrative Assistant

Danielle Spadoni is a native New Orleanian and has been working at Shir Chadash Congregation for over seventeen years.  On her off time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony and son, Austin.