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Temple Shalom Board of Trustees


Co-President – Carol Berlin*
Co-President – Judy Levin-Charns*
Vice-President – Erica Neufeld *
Vice-President – Howard Sholkin *
Vice-President – Valerie Pirri*
Vice-President – William Korn*
Vice-President - Sarah Ruderman Wilensky*
Treasurer - Mark Blecher*
Membership Secretary – open*
Corresponding Secretary – Yvonne Baer Robinson
Recording Secretary - Judy Goldberg
* Members of the Executive Committee

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Michelle Alkon
Ofer Ben-Gai
Samuel Brenner
Alyssa Brown
Edmund Case
Allan Cole
Elizabeth Connolly
Barbara Hecht
Sharon Herrick
Elizabeth Newstadt



Ellen Nusbaum
Laura Scharf
Marci Shyavitz
Emily Sienkiewicz
Stacey Traub
Mona Yaguda-Ross

Trustees ex-officio

Past President - Fred Kraus*
Past President – Scott Birnbaum


Updates from Your Board of Trustees

March 2021 Update

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Executive Committee Members

Carol Berlin

Carol and her husband Chuck joined Temple Shalom over 20 years ago.  They immediately became involved with the Social Action Committee.  Following her retirement from teaching in Framingham, Carol taught Hebrew at Temple Shalom. Carol and Chuck traveled on synagogue trips to Israel and Europe, as well as the Civil Rights trip to the South.  Carol recently served as Financial Secretary and co-chaired the Tzedek Team.  Carol’s children live in Framingham and in Winooski, VT.

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Judy Levin-Charns

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Alyssa Brown

Over the years, Alyssa has been very involved in Temple leadership starting with the Nursery School Parents Committee, then with FwYC and most recently serving on the Board and the Executive Committee. Alyssa shares responsibility for both the Lifelong Learning and Staff/HR portfolios. Professionally, Alyssa works in the Consumer Products Industry in Planning and Analytics. She and her husband Garrett live in West Newton with their three kids, Jonah, Julia and Clara and their cat, Lucy.

Shelah Feiss

Shelah, her husband Mark Likoff, and son Daniel joined Temple Shalom in 2002. She has served as co-chair of the first iteration of the temple's community organizing committee and co-chair of the social action committee.  Currently, Shelah is on the Executive Committee, where she serves as liaison to the music committee. Shelah and her husband met in law school and are both practicing attorneys.She has been in practice going on 40 years, for the last 30 years specializing in family law.  Her son is in the Navy, working in the nuclear propulsion program, assigned to an aircraft carrier. They love to travel, ski, hike, and read.

Andy Molinsky

Andy is a member of the Executive Committee at Temple Shalom focusing on engagement.  Professionally, he is a professor, speaker, and trainer in the field of organizational psychology and global business. He lives with his wife Jen and their kids Alice, Ben, and dog Josie.

Sarah Ruderman Wilensky

As a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, Sarah heads our advancement initiatives. In her professional life Sarah is the Director of Organizational Partnerships at PJ Library, part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. She loves to cook (and eat), read, spend time at the beach and listen to live music. Sarah lives in Newton with her spouse, 2 children and cat named Brisket.

Mark Blecher

As treasurer of Temple Shalom, Mark is responsible for the Temple Shalom budget.  Mark works in partnership with the Finance Committee presenting an annual budget to the Temple Board.  The partnership among Mark, the Finance Committee, executive director, and Board of Trustees ensures our budget reflects Temple priorities and is maintained throughout the year.

Fred Kraus

As immediate past president of Temple Shalom, Fred serves a trusted thought partner for the senior professional staff and executive committee.  Professionally, Fred leads product management at a software company. He and his wife Jaimie live in West Newton with their eighth grader Alissa, fifth grader Lucas, and dog Zoey.

Additional Committees

Budget and Finance
Oversees the management of the finance, prepares the annual budget and recommends dues.

Caring Community
Organizes volunteer opportunities for our members to reach out in times of joy and sadness.

Deepens the engagement of congregants and prospective members throughout in synagogue life.

Maintains and operates the real estate and property of the congregation and supervises the purchase of all fine arts, furnishings and supplies.

Interfaith Connection
Engages and supports interfaith families and members exploring Judaism through special programming and individual support.

Works with the cantor to enhance the appreciation of music in our worship and in our secular activities through music programs and concerts.

Religious Practices
Provides guidance and assistance to the Temple’s clergy for services and other religious practices.

SHACHARIT Parent Advisory Committee
Collaborates with the K-6 education staff to support the SHACHARIT program and advise the professional leadership about ways to make our K-6 program most successful

Social Action
Organizes projects and activities focusing on Tikkun Olam - repairing the world.

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