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, Executive 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 plans, develops, and implements TBA's internal and external communications and marketing strategies. She especially enjoys documenting temple life through photography. 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.

Linda GarmonOffice Assistant, lgarmon@bethavodah.org, ext.100

 

Linda Garmon is very happy to join the Temple Beth Avodah community as Office Assistant. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the TBA community. Previously, Linda worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for A Place to Turn in Natick and was a professional organizer. Linda raised her two adult daughters in Ashland and now lives in Needham. She and her daughters, Rachel, who lives in NYC, and Amanda who lives in Boston, all enjoyed summers at Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, NH. Linda grew up in Wellesley where her parents were founding members of Temple Beth Elohim. She is a graduate of Brandeis University. In her free time, she enjoys live music of all kinds, as well as the theater, especially Broadway musicals.

Education Staff

Heidi BakerDirector of Education, 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.

Myriam RofranoAssistant Director of Education K - 12, 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's 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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