Our congregation is led by a strong partnership between professional staff and lay leadership. Here you will find biographical information about our professional team, and contact information for our staff, President, Board of Directors, and Committee Chairpersons.
Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz has been with Congregation B’nai Shalom since July 2012. She previously served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT. Rabbi Gurevitz was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 2006. She received her doctorate in Cultural Geography from University College London in 1999. Rabbi Rachel is an Associate of CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), where she was in the pioneering fellowship year of Rabbis Without Borders, was selected for a LEAP fellowship (a partnership project with the Katz Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at UPenn), and serves as a mentor with CLI program (Clergy Leadership Incubator). She has a particular love of Jewish music, spirituality, and opportunities for interfaith bridge-building.
At Congregation B’nai Shalom, Rabbi Rachel has brought innovations to the community’s worship experience. She has created new opportunities for those who wish to deepen their spiritual journey. Placing opportunities to build genuine community connections at the heart of how we celebrate, learn, and do acts of social justice together, Congregation B’nai Shalom has become a hub of enriching activities of all kinds, with members working in partnership with leadership to continually experiment and create new opportunities to express Jewish values in action.
Rabbi Rachel is married to Rabbi Suri Krieger, and is proud to be part of a family with her four adult step-children.
Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE has served as the Rabbi-Educator at Congregation B’nai Shalom since 2007. Rabbi Joe grew up in Buffalo and is a graduate of The University of Michigan (Residential College), holds a Master of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College and a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier University. An alumnus of the URJ Joseph Eisner and Goldman Union Camps, Rabbi Joe attributes much of his Jewish identity and rabbinic calling to his summers spent at Reform Jewish summer camps. Rabbi Joe has worked in the field of Jewish Education for more than twenty-five years and brings a range of teaching and leadership experiences in various settings to his role at Congregation B’nai Shalom.
Rabbi Joe is responsible for lifelong learning and youth programming at Congregation B’nai Shalom, from our early childhood programs for our youngest students through Religious School and Chai School to our vibrant adult education opportunities. Rabbi Joe enjoys working with our Temple families, offering them doorways to Jewish learning while building a strong Jewish community. He initiated the popular trips and retreat programming where students travel to New York City and Washington D.C. with their classmates and teachers. Under his leadership, our Madrichim program has expanded and currently employs more than 50 high school students in our school. Rabbi Eiduson has brought new life to our school and youth programming.
Rabbi Joe is a National Board Member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators and serves as co-chair of the finance team. He has served on the boards of PARDES, The Jewish Community Day School Network, Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers and has taught numerous workshops in the field of Jewish education. Rabbi Joe, and his wife Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, have found their greatest joy and fulfillment in raising their two children Rosie and Carly and their two Labrador retrievers, Maggie and Mason.
Temple Administrator Steve Winer is a long-time member of Congregation B’nai Shalom who is thrilled to be able to serve the congregation he loves in a professional capacity. Steve has held a number of positions since moving to the community in 2000, including VP of Education, VP of Congregational Affairs, and various positions on the Board of Directors. Steve has been involved in a number of search committees, as well as the Sustaining Our Vision Task Force. Steve has also been a long-time volunteer for the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and is a founder and national co-chair of the Online Diabetes Support Team.
Steve and his wife Lori are the proud parents of three grown children (and one grandchild!) and live in Westborough.
Cantorial Soloist Sharon Brown Goldstein has been a cantorial soloist for over two decades. In addition to her bimah responsibilities, Sharon tutors b’nai mitzvah, teaches music, and directs the youth choirs B’nai Shir (grades 3-5) and the High Holy Day teen choir. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in English (an English major prepares you for life!), Sharon has taken courses at Hebrew College and attended the New England Conservatory’s undergraduate diploma program. She is fortunate to have studied voice with Renee Fleming and D’Anna Fortunato. A choral singer at heart, Sharon is a long-time member of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. She is a great believer in Jewish camping, having grown up at Camp Naticook. Not only did she and her husband meet as children at camp: they met Lisa Marcus Jones there as well. Sharon ‘s husband Steven and children Evan and Kaila are proud to call Congregation B’nai Shalom ‘home.’ When not at temple, the family enjoys skiing together and watching the seasons change at their lakefront house in Hopkinton.
Cantorial Soloist Lisa Marcus Jones is a cantorial soloist, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to co-officiating Shabbat and High Holy Day services, Lisa directs the adult choir and leads the B’nai Shalom T’filah band. She enjoys writing original arrangements tailor-made for both groups. Lisa has a B.A in Economics/Political Science and Spanish from Yale and completed a 4-year program in Piano and Arranging at Berklee College of Music. There, she received the John Dankworth Award for excellence in arranging. She has served as a cantorial soloist since 2004. Since then, Lisa has engaged in on-going Jewish classes on topics ranging from Me’ah to Biblical Hebrew, Talmud and many historical/religious topics. In her free time, Lisa serves as pianist, transcriptionist, arranger and bandleader for local cantors. She is honored to debut a new composition at the 2016 Shalshelet International Music Festival, the second time her work was chosen by this wonderful festival. She lives in Acton with her husband Stuart, their teenage daughter, Melissa, and their Chocolate Lab, Bert.
Youth Educator Debbi Morin joined Congregation B’nai Shalom in June 2010 and became the full time Youth Educator in June 2013. She graduated from Cornell University in May 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Near Eastern Studies. In May 2015 Debbi earned a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and in April 2016 she became a member of ARJE, the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
Debbi has over twenty years of teaching experience in religious schools and as a B’nai Mitzvah tutor, as well as 10 years in early childhood education. As Youth Educator, Debbi oversees and advises the youth groups for grades 6 through 12 (WAFTY for high school students and Jr. WAFTY for grades 6, 7, and 8), organizes the educational seminar experiences for these grades, is the team leader for Anaf, teaches Hebrew for grades 3 through 5, teaches various classes in the Chai School, handles the logistics for the Madrichim program, tutors B’nai Mitzvah students, and generally helps out with everything having to do with the youth of our congregation. Debbi is the proud mom of Eve and Micali.
PALS Director, Amy Scott joined Congregation B’nai Shalom in March of 2017 and will begin her role as Founding Director of the Play and Learn School in September. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services/Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood. Amy is currently working on obtaining a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Amy also holds EEC certification as a Lead Infant, Toddler & Preschool Teacher, as well as a Director II. Amy has worked as a consultant, adjunct professor and administrator in various educational settings all over the state of Massachusetts and country.
Amy’s philosophy of education is based on theory, research and developmentally appropriate practice. Through facilitating and providing rewarding experiences and an enriched environment, Amy believes that children are empowered to have successful, positive interactions and relationships with others. Amy sees each child as a unique individual with a great capacity to learn and make positive contributions to others. Amy currently resides in Worcester and when she is not at PALS, she enthusiastically enjoys traveling!!!
Family Educator, Cheryl Pouliot joined Congregation B’nai Shalom in January 2004 and began her role as Family Educator in 2015. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications. In addition to her role at B’nai Shalom, she also works as a Principle Instructor in the corporate sector, and volunteers monthly as a Party Coordinator for Birthday Wishes at an area homeless shelter.
As Family Educator, Cheryl facilitates programs for each of our religious school divisions (Shoresh, Gezah & Anaf) and their families. Themed events include an array of activities from cooking, games, self studies and projects to help build communities and provide socializing opportunities among families within each of these divisions. As the 2/3 WAFTY and WAFTY Lite Advisor, Cheryl also organizes activities for the students in grades 2 – 5 who are enrolled in our religious school program. She is also the team leader for the Gezah teachers and oversees Madrichim training throughout the year.
Cheryl lives in Shrewsbury, MA with her husband Rick and sons Jonathan, Matthew and Zachary.
Marsha Beals – Bookkeeper
Board of Directors 2017-2018
|Vice President, Finance & Admin.||Michael Manning|
|Vice President, Congreg. Affairs||Cheryl Kasof|
|Vice President, Education||Steven Goldstein|
|Vice President, Membership||Karen Rothman|
Early Childhood: Marcia Hoffman
Finance: Larry Samberg
Scrip: Art Sherman
Information Technology: Steven Goldstein
Membership: Karen Rothman
Personnel: Alisa Stone
Ritual: Gordon Manning (acting)
Y.E.L.L. (Youth, Education, and Lifelong Learning): Rachel Bernzweig and Michelle Weinstein
Security Taskforce: Rick Golden
Social Action: Amy Rosenberg & Mason Haber
CBS Cares: Anita Backer
Brotherhood President: Jim Wilner
Sisterhood President: Nancy Bosco