Strengthening the Jewish community is Naomi Gurt Lind’s work and her passion. Her commitment to Jewish outreach and engagement has inspired her to launch such programs as Family Mitzvah Team, Team Ziti, and Shalom@Home, which won a 2015 Belin Award for Outstanding Outreach and Membership Programming from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). In her role as Executive Director, Naomi works closely with the Clergy, Education staff, and lay leaders to deepen congregational connection and involvement. She spearheaded Ohabei Shalom’s participation in the URJ’s prestigious Communities of Practice program, through which TOS will focus on best principles for engaging congregants in meaningful ways. Naomi is active with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, facilitates Jewish Journey discussion groups, and has a blog on Jewish themes. Also a trained singer, Naomi is a member of the Zamir Chorale. She lives in Newton with her husband and their two sons.
Shari has worked at Ohabei Shalom for more than seventeen years in many different educational positions including Education Administrator, Youth Educator, and Family Educator. She now serves as our Education Director helping to direct our vision of Jewish Education as we enter the 21st century.
She recently completed a Masters Degree in Jewish Education and also holds a Certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College. Shari is a member of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) the National Association Education of Young People (NAEYC) and the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ).
Shari is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors Degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology. In 1994 she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, taking courses in Jewish Education, modern Jewish culture and Jewish history. While in Israel Shari was a Lainer intern (sponsored by the Jewish Education Service of North America – JESNA) at the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) office in Jerusalem and led a six week tour of Israel for 40 Midwestern High School Students. Shari has worked at various synagogues in the Boston area as a formal and informal educator for both school-aged children and adults. She has worked in a variety of camp settings and has served as a part of the administration of several camps including Camp Breakaway, a camp for underprivileged Jewish children and currently is the Program Director of Camp Micah, New England’s newest Jewish summer camp.
Amy Deutsch has over fifteen years of experience in Jewish education. Her passion is helping learners of all ages find their own path to Jewish life. Highlights of her career include working with college students at Tufts University Hillel, engaging teenagers across the country at the Union for Reform Judaism, teaching religious school students and creating family education programs at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, writing and editing for the Jewish parenting website Kveller.com, and consulting on various projects for The Covenant Foundation, Areyvut, and Park Slope Jewish Center. Amy’s undergraduate degree is from Brandeis University and she completed a master’s degree in Jewish education at the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary for which she received the prestigious Wexner Fellowship. She lives with her husband and two young children in Brookline.
Paul comes to us after 17 years with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, reaching the position of Administrator. Prior to that, Paul was a Senior Technical Analyst in the banking industry. Paul resides in Dedham and is a proud father and grandfather. He looks forward to meeting members of the TOS community!
Nikk Modell-Wasserman comes to Ohabei Shalom after a whirlwind of customer service and synagogue administration positions, most recently as the Administrative Coordinator for Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. Having grown up in Hawaii’s Jewish community, Nikk is thrilled to be continuing community care in the Jewish world. Nikk graduated from Brandeis in 2015 with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and was awarded the Grosbardt Poetry Prize and the Ramon Feliciano Poetry Prize. When not at work, you can find Nikk working on assorted writing projects, prepping for grad school, or cooking with her wonderful wife.
Naomi Fisher joined the Temple Ohabei Shalom staff in October of 2014. She is a native of Newton, where she grew up during the inspiring creation and growth of her childhood congregation. As an adult she continues to cherish the people, rituals, and fullness of Judaism. For many years she sang with Zamir Chorale of Boston and she was also a member of Havurat Shalom in Somerville.
Naomi comes to Temple Ohabei Shalom after working in the field of publishing and communications for several decades. Understanding and loving the enrichment that synagogue life can offer, she is excited to be part of TOS and enjoys working with the community in this role.
While David Sparr grew up mostly in New Jersey (Summit and Princeton – where he learned to play piano starting at age six), he was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and his maternal grandparents, Hy and Cele Orenberg, were lifelong members at Temple Ohabei Shalom.
Having worked as a full time professional musician since graduating from the University of Michigan in the 1970’s, David has had the privilege of working with a variety of musical celebrities, including Sarah Caldwell, Linda Hopkins and Joel Grey. David loves that he has been able to learn and perform a wide range of music (jazz, reggae, salsa, klezmer, opera, blues, tango, R&B, etc.) and part of his philosophy as Music Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom is to incorporate many of those influences into our liturgy to keep our music fresh, exciting, and inspirational. David says that he likes to think of making the service “dance.”
David has been the Musical Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom since 2000. When he is not playing, his recording studio, Little Dog Studios, takes up much of his time. Through his position at Ohabei Shalom he have gotten to know Cantors from all over New England, resulting in studio recording and live performing collaborations with many of them. David also devotes much of his time to arranging and composition — if you come to services on the High Holy Days you will hear many of his choral arrangements.
Aiesha Cummings comes to Ohabei Shalom after four years of corporate work in accounting and financial management for service companies including State Street Corporation. Prior to that, Aiesha served at an international human rights organization in Cambridge, MA where she developed a deep passion for people and public service through her work in advocacy, outreach and activism. She currently resides in Dorchester and looks forward to meeting TOS congregants and learning more about the exciting work of the TOS community.
Amelia has been a member of the Temple Ohabei Shalom community since 2001. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Amelia decided to return to her roots and join the teaching staff of the Trust Center for Early Education. Currently, Amelia is completing her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. As the Assistant Director of TCEE, Amelia is excited to focus on parent engagement and staff and curriculum development. Amelia can also be found teaching in the Ansin Religious School on Tuesday afternoons. Amelia is excited to get to know all of the families at Temple Ohabei Shalom!
Joshua Cohen is beyond excited to join the Temple Ohabei Shalom family this year as the Music Educator! Josh grew up in Northern California going to Jewish camps and participating in youth group activities. Before he knew it he had fallen in love with Jewish music, playing guitar, and singing. More than a decade later, he is excited to bring his love of spiritual music to TOS. Josh has been fortunate enough to be a Songleader for BBYO, which has allowed him to travel the country spreading ruach to Jewish young adults. Since Josh moved to Boston he has been involved with a variety of Temples in the area, but now is very happy to finally find a home at TOS.
Fallon Rubin started at Temple Ohabei Shalom during her senior year at Boston University as an assistant teacher at ARS in the 2nd grade classroom. She is now the Youth and Teen Engagement Specialist, working with everyone from preschool to high school. Fallon also has a passion for Jewish overnight camp; she served as the Judaics Director at Beber Camp in Wisconsin for four years and Unit Leader at Camp Micah in Maine. Fallon’s favorite thing about TOS is the warm and welcoming community.
Alexa moved to Boston and joined the TOS community in September of 2015. She loves her role as both the HomeBASE Director and TRIBE1187 Coordinator as it allows her to have fun at work every day (who doesn’t love playing board games and going out for Shabbat Brunches?). Alexa has her BA in Child Psychology from Alfred University and her MA in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Boston, Alexa was a mental health therapist in inner-city Baltimore for children and families. In her spare time she enjoys Jiu-Jitsu, traveling, eating chocolate, and watching movies.
Karen Landman joined the Temple Ohabei Shalom staff in 2004 as the Clergy Assistant, a position she held until 2009. She comes from a strong background in industry, including customer service and administrative work. Karen especially enjoyed meeting the children and their families when they came for B’nei Mitzvah lessons. She had been searching for a path to a deeper understanding of her faith and found working in the Office of the Clergy provided a unique opportunity for learning about and embracing her Judaism. After she left in 2009, Karen remained close to the Temple volunteering with ushering and mailings. Karen returned to Temple Ohabei Shalom in 2013. She works in the front office and occasionally helps out at the Trust Center for Early Education. She enjoys and is at home being part of the Ohabei Shalom Community.
David is our head custodian. He has worked at Temple Ohabei Shalom since August of 2014.
Barry works weekday afternoons and weekends. Barry’s been working at TOS since February 2012. Before coming to Temple Ohabei Shalom, Barry worked with Carnival Cruise Lines for many years in the service industry. He is married and has 4 wonderful children, and 4 amazing grandchildren. Barry loves working on the weekends, giving him an opportuntiy to be with the TOS community.
Sean is the newest member of our custodial staff. He has worked at Temple Ohabei Shalom since 2015.