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.


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


Becky is honored to be serving in the role of Executive 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. 

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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.

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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 and Yorkie named Kirby. She loves welcoming her adult children and their significant others on weekends for family dinners.

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Jenna WalkerAdministrative Assistantoffice@bethavodah.org, ext.100


Jenna is the newest addition to Temple Beth Avodah and is delighted to be working in such a welcoming environment. Hailing from England, Jenna moved to Massachusetts with her husband and daughter four years ago, and quickly grew their family to include their dog Coco.

Jenna Studied sociology at University of Sussex before relocating and has worked for several large companies; most noticeably being Babcock International, where she oversaw the safety and service coordination of the Metropolitan Police fleet of over 4000 vehicles. Before taking the role of Administrative Assistant at TBA, Jenna worked at Newton Wellesley Hospital. When not at TBA, Jenna loves to cook and is always keen to try a new recipe!


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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 loves connecting with students of all ages as the Assistant Director of education. She joined us several years ago following after a year volunteering in Israel teaching English in an Israeli public school. She also helps to promote camp life here at TBA and worked during the summer at URJ's Crane Lake Camp. Myriam received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She worked in the communications field, specializing in Social Media, following her graduation. Myriam now lives in Waltham with her dog Bibi.


Rebecca BaizenEducation Manager, rebecca@bethavodah.org, ext.102


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.  

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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!


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.