Clergy

 

 

Rabbi Keith Stern, Congregational Rabbi.  Rabbi Keith Stern began his tenure in the pulpit of Temple Beth Avodah in July 1997. He succeeded Rabbi Robert Miller, beloved spiritual leader of Beth Avodah for over a quarter century, who remains with us as Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Stern brings his unique vitality, ideas, warmth and sense of humor to our congregation. Rabbi Stern holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and two MA degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Communal Service. He demonstrates an energetic and passionate enthusiasm for Jewish living, worship, and learning, and is deeply committed to teaching at all levels. Rabbi Stern and his wife Liza (a respected rabbi as well) have 5 children. Both have New England roots: Keith grew up in Middletown, Connecticut, and Liza spent her childhood in Newton. Visit Rabbi Stern's pageEmail Rabbi Stern.  Click here for Rabbi Stern's Kol Nidre Sermon.


Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, Education Director. Rabbi Lisa Eiduson joined Temple Beth Avodah’s congregational family in 2003 as Rabbi/Educator.  A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Rabbi Eiduson received her BA in Religion and Jewish Studies from Boston University in 1986 where she studied with Elie Wiesel.  Following rabbinic ordination in 1992 from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Rabbi Eiduson went on to serve Reform congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo, New York and Cleveland, Ohio.  In addition to her synagogue work, Rabbi Eiduson taught at the college level for eight years as an Adjunct Faculty member at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Rabbi Eiduson's educational philosophy is built on the foundation that simply gathering Jewish knowledge is not enough; moreover, we are called to find joy and meaning in participating in the life of the synagogue.  She believes that the synagogue should be a warm and welcoming place for all who wish to enter.  Rabbi Eiduson enjoys reading, gardening and music, and perhaps most of all, spending time at the ocean with her husband, Rabbi Joe Eiduson, their daughters, Rosie and Carly, and their two Labrador retrievers, Maggie and Mason.  Visit the Learning Page Email Rabbi Eiduson.

 

Susan Bamel Glickman, Cantorial Soloist. Susan joined the clergy in July, 2008. She brings to Beth Avodah a musical vision that blends traditional and contemporary musical styles into an authentic Jewish music experience. Under Susan’s direction, the music at Beth Avodah has grown to include an energetic youth choir, a talented teen choir Midrashir, a new teen SONGLEADER program and our regular Friday night musical ensemble Shabbat made up of professional instrumentalists who collaborate with Susan and Rabbi Stern in leading our spirited Shabbat services.  In the past few years, the Jazz Shabbat series has become a popular addition to our yearly Anita Bamel music events.  In addition to Susan’s responsibilities on the pulpit, she is a member of the B’nai Mitzvah and Education teams.  Susan is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as well as Wheelock College in Boston where she earned her M.S. Ed.  She continues her ongoing Judaic and Cantorial Studies privately and formally.  Recently, Susan was named a Kesher Shir fellow, a 2 year learning and music collaborative between Cantors and Jewish Songwriters. Before coming to Beth Avodah, Susan served in a part-time cantorial position at Temple Israel in Boston and as head songleader at the Rashi School. Susan and her family live in Needham. Susan is a member of the Woman Cantors Network (WCN) and the Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM).  Visit the music page of our site to learn about the wonderful music offerings at TBA  Email Susan.