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Administrative Staff

David Newman, Executive Director
David Newman joined our staff as Executive Director in February 2021.  Prior to joining us, David worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies as Director of Partnership Relations. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of two organizations, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island and Hofstra University Hillel. In these roles, he was responsible for organizational management and building relationships with a full range of stakeholders. David currently lives in Sharon with his wife and two sons.

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Erin Borras, Assistant to the Clergy    
Erin Borras joined the Temple Shalom team in 2009.  She transformed from being a Lead Teacher in the nursery school to the Education Program Coordinator and is currently the Executive Assistant to the Clergy.  She currently lives in Watertown with her husband,Michael, and cat, Dante.  Erin enjoys everything about the water, kayaking, paddle boarding, and, of course, swimming.

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Loretta Zack,  Pastoral Care Coordinator 
Loretta joined Temple Shalom in 2005. She moved across the pond from London in 1999. Her background is in training and human resources, running England's first-ever Youth Training Scheme. When asked why she came to the U.S., she says “well, it is either love or work.” In her case, it was love. Loretta lives in Ashland with her husband, Michael.

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Al White, Facilities
Al is the Custodian of the Temple, having started working here in 1984. He is responsible for the cleaning and care of the building. Al enjoys riding his motorcycle and drives throughout New England.

Alonso Bautista, Facilities
Alonso is dedicated to maintaining a safe and clean Temple. He lives in Framingham with his family.

Learning and Engagement Staff

Kim Bodemer, Senior Director of Jewish Learning and Youth Engagement
Kim joined Temple Shalom family in 2018 as a nationally recognized Reform Jewish educator. She is responsible for the overall vision, supervision and implementation of Grades K-12 learning and youth engagement at Temple Shalom. Kim was Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton. She has consulted for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and synagogue educators across the country on the design and implementation of new Jewish education models. Kim lives in Taunton with her husband, Brian, and her three daughters, Rachel, Chelsea and Elaine. She enjoys hiking, volleyball and board games.

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Lucy Banerji, Temple Shalom Nursery School Director
Lucy became director of the Temple Shalom Nursery School in 2017. Lucy studied psychology and sociology of childhood at Saratov State University, Russia and holds a doctorate in Sociology of Childhood. She is passionate about children's rights, equity, inclusion and anti-bias curriculum. Lucy's professional experience includes work with preschool children, academic research and teachers' training, including at Tufts University.

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Liz Corman Shiro, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Liz has been with Temple Shalom since 2013. Liz wants to help our kids and families find their connection to Judaism. She values mentoring teachers and helping teachers find their passion in their teaching. Liz received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in 2007. She has also completed the MEAH program through Hebrew College and the DeLeT program through Brandeis University. Liz lives in Sharon with her husband Lee, their twin girls, Eliana and Rose, and their cat, Callie, and dog, Luna.

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Marriah Vengroff, Director of Experiential Learning
Marriah grew up primarily in Storrs, Conn., but has lived in Newton Centre for a decade. Marriah’s family joined the Temple Shalom community in 2013 when her son, Henry, entered the Nursery School. She was a history major at Wheaton College and earned her Masters of Education from Regis College. She taught elementary school in Weston for two years. Marriah and her husband, Chris, both avid volleyball players, are the parents of Henry and Norah.

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Becca Yudkoff, Director of Early Childhood Engagement & Nature Explorer Summer Camp
Becca joined Temple Shalom staff in 2017.  She has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University and a masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of British Columbia. She taught elementary school for six years before becoming the Program Director at a community center in Beacon Hill. Becca lives in Newton with her husband, Ben, and their three children. Becca enjoys singing, running, sewing and going out to hear live music - especially if it involves a banjo!

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Alison Lobron, Inclusion and Program Development Coordinator
Alison joined the Temple Shalom staff in 2018. Alison began her career as a public school teacher, then moved into the field of social/emotional learning and eventually into Jewish education. Alison is ardent about creating learning environments where students of all abilities feel confident, capable and eager to learn. Alison graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a degree in Elementary Education and Communications. She earned a Master’s in the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2000. Alison lives in West Newton with her husband, David, their children Shira and Gabriel, and their bunny, Buzz.

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Becca MacKillop, Youth Engagement Specialist
Becca joined Temple Shalom in 2018 after graduating from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. where she majored in English and Communications. The Chelmsford native was a member of Congregation Shalom growing up and an active participant in NFTY- Northeast during high school. At Temple Shalom, Becca works with SHAFTY, Jr. SHAFTY, Taste of Camp and teaches in SHACHARIT, MINCHA, and Small Group Hebrew. 

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