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Rabbi Keith Stern, Senior Rabbi


Rabbi Keith Stern began his tenure in the pulpit of Temple Beth Avodah in July 1997.  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.


Rabbi Stern’s interests are many and varied and he has written sermons on many subjects during his years at Temple Beth Avodah.  In addition, he sends a weekly Before Shabbat email to the congregation with his thoughts on Temple, our community, and world events each week.  The latest Before Shabbat can be found here.  You may reach Rabbi Stern by phone at 617.527.0045 x111.

Susan 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 a weekly music ensemble at Shabbat services, an energetic youth choir and a talented teen choir Midrashir.  In the past few years, the Jazz Shabbat series has become a popular addition to our yearly Anita Bamel special music events. In addition to Susan’s responsibilities on the pulpit, she is a member of B'nai Mitzvah and Education teams, involved in Women’s programming and in all aspects of our Caring Community.  Over the past few years, Susan has participated in Kesher Shir, a learning and songwriting collaborative between Cantors and Jewish Songwriters. New music from this groundbreaking initiative has been integrated into our services.  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.  Susan is a member of the Woman Cantors Network (WCN) and the Guild of Temple Musicians (GTM).  Susan and her family live in Needham.  Visit the music page of our site to learn about the wonderful music offerings at TBA.  You may reach Susan by phone at 617.527.0045 x106.




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