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Board of Trustees

OFFICERS

Brian Eisenstein, President, works in downtown Boston in finance. Among other things, he co-writes the Purim Shpiel every year and has a reputation as the badchan (shtickmeister/funny guy) at friends' weddings. He plans a road trip every summer to see a baseball stadium he has not seen and at least one State he has not yet visited (15 to go) and is working on a book about baseball.
 

Leah Robins, First Vice President, is a fan of organizational development. At Tremont Street, she serves on both the Egalitarian Steering Committee and the Kiddush Committee. Outside of shul life, Leah is on the board of the JCRC, where she works on millennial engagement, service work, and the young adult volunteer program, ReachOut! Her daytime hours are spent across the river downtown, where she gets to make the world a better place as part of the Government Affairs Team at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. She'd love to chat with you about your favorite recipes and ideas of where to explore next in New England.

Honi Sanders, Second Vice President, has had ties to Tremont Street since before he could read.  He is an Alef-Bet graduate and Simchat Torah shoulder dancer. He is the chair of the Community Development Oversight Committee and has led or leyned at most of the minyans in the congregation. Honi really appreciates that we are unique in containing multiple practices in one community, as well as multi-generational relationships that are hard to build elsewhere. When he's not at shul, he is a neuroscience postdoc studying learning in rodents.

James Carolan, Treasurer has been a Tremont Street Shul member for nearly 25 years and has served on the board in various roles. Born in Texas and raised in Northern California, James came to Boston for graduate school and has now lived in Cambridge longer than anywhere else. He does computer systems work for a Boston/Cambridge engineering firm and has traveled the world on various projects, including one in Israel. He loves things that roll -- including cycling and autocross (sorry electrified-car owners, he still loves dinosaur-powered cars).


Paul Weiss, Assistant Treasurer, is a native of Brooklyn NY, but has lived in the Boston area since 1977, when he came to Cambridge to attend MIT, so at this point much more of a Bostonian than New Yorker. He, along with his wife Ruth Weinrib and daughter Anja have been members since Anja was at Alef-Bet, back around 1991 or so. Anja now lives in Brooklyn -- go figure! Paul has been involved in shul leadership way too long and has served as president twice. He is a software engineer working at Google.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES (2019-2020)

Bari Brodsky lives in Cambridge with her husband David. They’ve been members of Tremont Street shul since their kids Elijah and Maya, now in their 20’s, were in Alef Bet. Bari is involved in the shul’s Interfaith Committee. She is a family doctor with a focus on Addiction Medicine. Bari enjoys vegan cooking, running, hiking and aikdo.

 

 

Natalia Emanuel

Naomi Hachen 

Nadav Havivi has lived in Cambridge/Somerville since 2012 and currently runs, with a few other folks, the Friday Night Partnership Minyan (and potlucks!). Nadav enjoys playing sports and hanging out in various parks on Shabbat afternoons. 

 

Linda Kasten

Shelly Levy lives in Watertown with her husband, Ken Lebowitz. Many years ago after returning to the States from living in Israel, they found a welcoming home at Tremont Street where their children, Liora and Noah 'grew up'; in particular, she enjoys being a member of the Chesed Committee. Shelly works as an Educational Specialist Research Associate at the Institutes of Learning and Development creating curriculum, providing professional development, and helping individuals of all ages with learning challenges learn strategies to help them succeed. She loves discussing literature, and enjoys baking and being outdoors.

Sarah Magidson moved to Cambridge in 2014 in search of nerdy Jewish community and friends, and happily she has been successful in this endeavor. She enjoys discussing Torah, especially Jewish law as it applies to zombies. Other interests of hers include science, feminism, leyning, cooking, and electronic music. She works as a software developer, and she is also active in the Cambridge Minyan.



Josef Messer was the previous president of TBS. 

 

 



Barbara Model is a long-time member of our congregational leadership who also chairs the Tremont Street Shul's Kiddush committee, serves as our in-house caterer, and serves on our Building Committee. 

 


Susan Podziba and her husband, Scott Cassel, aka the shofar blower, have been members of Tremont St. shul since 1985.  Their daughter, Sarah, had her naming and bat mitzvah at the shul, and they recently had an auf ruf there just before her wedding.  Susan works as a public policy mediator and has managed complex negotiations for issues across the policy spectrum including environment, education, worker safety, and abortion. She loves reading fiction and non-fiction, kabbalah, yoga, drawing and contemporary art.

Jill Smith originally hails from Suffern, NY, but has now spent 40% of her life in Camberville. She is active in the Tremont Street Shul's Orthodox Minyan as well as the independent Minyan Tehillah. Jill also serves on the shul's Greening Committee and heads the Interfaith Programming Committee. In her spare time, she likes listening to folk and country music, shopping at Market Basket, and riding her bike around town.

Peter Squires is the chair of the Ritual Committee and also coordinates the divrei Torah for our Shabbat noon kiddush/lunch. Peter teaches math and social studies at Mother Caroline Academy, and sings with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He is married to Linda Kasten and is the father of Si and Itai Squires-Kasten.
 

Becca Weintraub Becca currently lives in Somerville with her travel buddy and havruta for life Jeremy Edelman. She joined the Tremont Street community when she moved to Cambridge four years ago to start her journey toward rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College. And to her disbelief she is already in her final year of rabbinical school. Becca feels blessed to have found such a warm, open, and creative yet traditional spiritual home at Tremont Street and is thrilled to be joining the board. You can find her sitting in the very front row during Kabbalat Shabbat or enjoying a sweet conversation over a sweet treat at Kiddush. 

Eli Witkin is a nature-loving Minneapolis native, grateful to work as an experiential educator in the Jewish community. He sees our holy little shul on Tremont Street as a shining example of how to heal one of the rifts that divide us: multiple minyanim; one kiddush. He first fell in love with this community in 2016 and that love has only strengthened and deepened over the years. He also loves fantasy novels, star gazing, growing things, cooking, singing, throwing pottery, climbing trees, and all things that have to do with being in, on, or near water.

Abby Zanger

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES – LIFE TIME MEMBERS

Ed Kahn

Ted Kaptchuk

Linda Kasten

Barbara Model

Arnold Reinhold

Paul Weiss

Sun, November 17 2019 19 Cheshvan 5780