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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Sandy Lassen
Executive Director

Sandy Lassen is a native New Orleanian who graduated from Newcomb College with a degree in American Studies and Mathematics and has been active in Jewish organizational work all her life.  She and her husband, Elliott Lew, have four daughters, one son, two grandsons and one granddaughter; they are hopeful for more!

Danielle Spadoni
Executive Assistant

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