Our staff and lay leadership are committed to the TBA community in every way.  They work to make sure the congregation is engaged, everyone feels welcomed and valued and all lifecycle milestones are celebrated, mourned and properly honored.

Administrative Staff

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Becky Oliver, Temple Director, boliver@bethavodah.org, ext.108


Becky is honored to be serving in the role of Temple Director working with the congregation to further our vision of a supportive and vibrant community.  She joined the staff team in 2005 and has worked with children, teens, and adults at TBA in a variety of roles making strong connections with congregants of all ages. Becky grew up in Dover, MA and discovered her love of Judaism as a camper at URJ Eisner Camp in the Berkshires. Through her 12 years as a camper and counselor, she discovered the impact Judaism can have and the importance of a supportive and innovative Jewish community.  In addition to her time at Eisner, Becky’s involvement in NFTY (youth group) and as an undergrad at Brandeis University inspired her passion for Jewish communal leadership.  In 2019, she earned her Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University. Becky brings a dedication to synagogue life and a philosophy of sacred and open partnership to her work with the community.  Becky met her husband, Mike, when they were participants in NFTY-NE as teens. She lives in Wayland with her two children, Eli and Noah, who affectionately view TBA as their second home.  Becky is thrilled with the continued privilege to lead the TBA community. 

Lori RosenDirector of Member Relations and Engagementlrosen@bethavodah.org, ext.104


Lori is the Director of Member Relations and Engagement focusing on engagement of both current and prospective members. In this role, Lori focuses on creating connections through one on one relationships, innovative programming and experiences, and fostering Rabbi Stern’s connections with the congregation.  Lori is an active member of the national URJ group Professionals of Engagement and Programming of Reform Judaism (PEP-RJ) and is a founding member of the Boston chapter. Lori began working at Temple Beth Avodah in 2004 as an Early Learning Center teacher. She has also served as Religious School teacher, Education Program Manager and Director of Congregational Life. Lori graduated from Babson College with a B.S. degree in Marketing and Communications and has pursued studies in Jewish education at Hebrew College.  Lori lives in Newton with her husband Mark, daughter Jessie and son Gabe.

Eileen BrooksDirector of Communications and Marketingebrooks@bethavodah.org, ext.112


Eileen has been with TBA for over 15 years. She plans, develops and implements TBA's internal and external communications and marketing strategy.  She especially enjoys documenting temple life through photography and spearheading the interfaith "A Priest and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar" program.  Previously Eileen held positions as a Senior Program Manager at Brandeis University and Training Specialist at NStar Gas & Electric. She attended Bridgewater State University where she majored in human resource management and is certified in Advanced Social Media Strategy by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Eileen lives in Dedham with her husband, three children and her Yorkie named Kirby.

Marla GoldBusiness Manager, mgold@bethavodah.org, ext.105


Marla is excited to be joining Temple Beth Avodah as Business Manager. Marla has been Director of Finance and Temple Administrator for four synagogues and has also worked for CPA firms, government agencies and colleges in the Boston area. Along with 20 years of synagogue finance experience, she earned her Masters of Nonprofit Management in 2010. Marla’s family includes two daughters, Kelly and Jackie, their husbands, Aaron and Matt, and 3 grandchildren, Dominic, Layla and Austin.  Marla and her partner, Mel, live in Dorchester and enjoy travel, golf, bicycling and tennis. Please feel free to come and introduce yourself to her. Marla looks forward to meeting the TBA community.

Sara ZaigerOffice Assistant, szaiger@bethavodah.org, ext.100


Sara is thrilled to be joining the Temple Beth Avodah community as Office Assistant. Prior to joining the team at Temple Beth Avodah in June 2019, Sara has had a long career in human resources and customer service. Sara grew up in Needham and has had a lifelong love of Judaism, strengthened by her many summers at Camp Modin, NFTY safari trip to Israel as a teen, studying abroad in Israel her junior year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and returning to Israel in August 2018 with her family for her nephew's Bar Mitzvah. Sara and her family of five (seven if you include their two labs, Summer and Winter) live in Needham and her daughter, Alana, is a middle school student at The Rashi School. Sara's is the smiling face that will greet you and the kind voice that will speak to you when you call Temple Beth Avodah. Sara looks forward to getting to know everyone in the Temple Beth Avodah community.

Education Staff

Heidi BakerDirector of Early Childhood Education & Engagement, hbaker@bethavodah.org, ext.110


Heidi has been Temple Beth Avodah’s Director of Early Childhood Education and Engagement for over 20 years.  In this role, she connects families with young children to the community through our full-time Early Learning Center as well as synagogue programming for children, parents, and families. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Heidi is a founding member and past president of Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ). She has two grown children and lives in Easton with her husband  Todd, her dog Charleston and cats Ally and Alex.

Mikah AtkindDirector of K-12 Learning & Engagement, matkind@bethavodah.org, ext.109


Mikah brings an understanding of the Boston Jewish community, innovative ideas and practices, and a deep love for building relationships and learning through a Jewish lens. She grew up in Needham and was active in youth programming at Temple Beth Shalom. She spent her summers at URJ Eisner Camp, sparking her passion for Jewish community and education, which led to her involvement in NFTY Northeast and a semester of high school in NFTY-EIE High School in Israel (now URJ Heller High). Mikah went on to pursue her BA at Brandeis University while teaching at several Boston area synagogues and continuing to spend her summers working in the Limud (Jewish learning) program at Eisner. Mikah spent a year in Jerusalem followed by two years in LA where she gained a dual MA in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Mikah is excited to be back in the Boston area and thrilled to be joining our community. 

Myriam RofranoYouth Engagement Coordinator, mrofrano@bethavodah.org, ext.107


Myriam is entering her second year at TBA as the Youth Engagement Coordinator following her year in Israel volunteering in an Israeli public-school teaching English. She also helps to promote camp life here at TBA and spent the summer at URJ's Crane Lake Camp. Myriam received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida in 2015 in communications. She worked in the communications field, specializing in Social Media, following her graduation. Myriam now lives in Waltham with her husband, Moshe.


Rebecca Baizen, Executive Education Assistant, rebecca@bethavodah.org, ext.115


Rebecca has been with Temple Beth Avodah for over fifteen years.  She is instrumental in supporting our education department in various ways including building security, licensing and enrollment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Hartford. Rebecca lives in Canton with her husband Andrew and daughter Ava.  

Iris Sonnenschein, B'nai Mitzvah Tutorisonnenschein@bethavodah.org


Iris has been tutoring Beth Avodah B’nai Mitzvah for over 15 years.  Together with Rabbi Stern and our education staff, she makes sure the process is individualized and customized for each student.  Every child, regardless of learning style, is challenged to achieve the best s/he can, to chant Torah and help lead the service with confidence and joy. When not working at TBA, Iris loves to quilt, cook, read and spend time with her family.  Any reading or recipe suggestions are always welcome!

Facility Staff

Doug BallFacilities Manager, dball@bethavodah.org, ext.103


Doug has been a member of the Temple Beth Avodah staff since August 2004. His knowledge of facilities comes from a combined ten years of employment at both Tufts Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. He also held the position of field service technician for eight years with Air Systems Technologies. Doug works closely with temple families when planning their celebratory life-cycle functions. He and his staff are responsible for keeping our temple looking beautiful. Doug lives in Newton with his wife Amy and has three sons, Jonathan, Zachary and Graham.

Temple Beth Avodah, a member of the reform movement, is led by Rabbi Keith Stern.  Learn more about our soulful services, including Jazz Shabbat, Early Learning Center's Jewish preschool, truly unique Religious School experience, vibrant Men and Women's groups, meaningful adult learning and so much more! All are welcome here.TBA’s doors are open to all. We welcome participation of people of all races, ethnic identities, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, ages, and religious backgrounds.

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