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Press Release

Local CPA lauded for his service in merger of Rockland synagogues

Maya Lindsay
Published Date:
Oct 5, 2015

NEW YORK – (Oct. 5, 2015) – Allen L. Fetterman, a certified public accountant from West Nyack, N.Y., has been chosen to receive the 2015 Urbach CPA Community Builders Award for his leadership  in the merging of two Rockland County  synagogues this  past year.

Fetterman – whose expertise helped avert a looming financial crisis – led the consolidation of Temple Beth Torah, of Nyack, N.Y.; and Temple Beth El of Spring Valley, N.Y.; into a newly formed 501(c) (3) entity called The Reform Temple of Rockland. He is currently the co-president of the temple’s board.

The Urbach Award is given to CPAs in New York State that have made outstanding contributions while serving on the board of directors of charitable organizations.

“Without Allen’s leadership, financial insight and strategic considerations, his family, along with the entire congregation may have lost their second home,” wrote David Rottkamp, an audit partner at Grassi & Company CPAs, in Fetterman’s nomination letter. “This merger has brought new opportunities to the entire congregation and ensures that the future will be brighter for all.”

The Urbach Award is named in honor of the late Michael H. Urbach, CPA, who was also a partner at Urbach, Kahn and Werlin (now called UHY Advisors); former NYS Commission of Tax and Finance; and former board leader of a number of charities. The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) and New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON) co-sponsor the award.

Fetterman is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and has chaired on Society’s Not-for-Profit Organization, Professional Ethics, Audit, and Quality Controls Committees.

He worked for nearly four decades as an auditor and consultant, serving more than 1000 non-profit clients for Loeb & Troper LLP in New York City.  Since his 2013 retirement he’s worked as a national public lecturer and speaker on topics related to not-for-profit, auditing, tax compliance and governance.

“I really enjoy donating my time and effort to not-for-profit organizations and community based charities,” Fetterman said. “Everyone should make time to give back to not-for-profit organizations and other charities. When it comes to not-for-profit organizations, you always end up getting back more than what you initially give.”

For more information, please contact Maya Lindsay at (212) 719-8350 or

About the New York State Society of CPAs

Founded in 1897, the NYSSCPA, is the premiere professional accounting association for more than 28,000 members residing and practicing in New York State; encompassing all areas of public practice and private industry including  government, education, healthcare, real estate, technology, entertainment and finance.  It is the oldest – and the third largest such state society organization - in the United States.