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Leadership

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.

 

Professional Staff

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.

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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 close to thirty 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, Philadelphia, Birmingham 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 Executive Board Member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators and serves as co-chair of the finance team. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Mass Corps of Fire Chaplains and is Fire Chaplain for the Westborough Fire Department. Rabbi Joe, and his wife Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, have found their greatest joy and fulfillment in raising their two daughters Rosie and Carly and their two Labrador retrievers, Bailey and Mason.

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Executive Director 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 three grandchildren!) and live in Westborough.

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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.

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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.

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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 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Near Eastern Studies, and in May 2015 Debbi earned a Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  In April 2016 she became a member of the ARJE, the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, and in May 2020, Debbi received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education through the Executive M.A. program at Hebrew Union College.

Debbi has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in religious schools and as a B’nai Mitzvah tutor, as well as ten years in early childhood education. As Youth Educator, Debbi oversees and advises the youth groups for grades 6 through 12 (WAFTY and WAFTY 678) and helps supervise Josh Feinberg, our Youth Engagement Professional. She is the team leader for Anaf, is one of the 6th grade Gesher teachers, and teaches various classes in the Chai School. Debbi also organizes the educational seminar experiences, runs the Madrichim program with Family Educator Cheryl Pouliot, and tutors B’nai Mitzvah students. In general, she helps out with everything having to do with the youth of our congregation. Debbi lives in Holden and is the proud mom of Eve and Micali.

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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.

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Youth Engagement Professional, Josh Feinberg was one of our URJ Camp Fellows back in 2015-2016. He graduated from Clark University with his Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language and Literature and his Master's in Arts and Teaching. Josh is currently teaching Spanish at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, MA and previously taught at South High Community School in Worcester. Josh was a camper at URJ Crane Lake Camp and was employed there from 2011-2018 as a lifeguard, Assistant Machon (CIT) Director, and Unit Head for children between the ages of 12-14. As our Youth Engagement Professional, Josh will be in charge of planning and organizing fun and educational events for our students in grades 6, 7, and 8, as well as assisting in programing for our older students and chaperoning our educational seminar experiences. In addition, Josh is also an Anaf teacher on Sunday mornings and a Chai School teacher on Tuesday nights. 

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Office Staff

Bookkeeper - TBD
Bookkeeping requests can be entered here

Lori Zembruski – Receptionist
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Stacey Wein - Temple Secretary
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Board of Directors 2019-2020 5780

President Steven Goldstein     Email
Immediate Past President Rob Blumberg  
Vice President, Finance & Admin              Allison Orenstein    
Vice President, Congreg. Affairs Karen Rothman   
Vice President, Education Wendy Zingher     
Vice President, Membership Cheryl Kasof   
Secretary Heidi Swanick   
Treasurer Mike Manning     
Director Stephen Boardman    
Director Simon Davis  
Director Laurie Fromer  
Director Barbara Govendo  
Director Carole Grayson  
Director Laura King  
Director Phillip Leavitt  
Director Julie McCoy  
Director Emily Sandahl  
Director Andy Shaw  
Director Matthew Wein  

 

Committee Chairs

CBS Cares: Open
Finance: Larry Samberg
Information Technology: Steven Goldstein
Membership: Cheryl Kasof
Personnel: Alisa Stone
PTO: Marcia Hoffman & Julie McCoy
Ritual: Adam Winter
Scrip: Art Sherman
Social Action: Amy Rosenberg & Mason Haber
Brotherhood President: Jim Wilner
Sisterhood President: Nancy Bosco

Members of Congregation B'nai Shalom can reach out to Board Members and Committee Chairs via the Temple Directory. For others, you can email our Office Staff, and we will make sure to forward your message to the appropriate person.

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