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 Director of Membership and Engagement, 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.
Ruby has lived in the Boston area all her life. She joined the Temple’s administration team in April of 2013.
She is a graduate of Harvard University (2003). Before joining Temple Ohabei Shalom, Ruby worked in finance and systems administration for many years, first at Harvard University and then for local construction, property development and energy efficiency companies.
She resides in Milton and mothers a host of nieces and nephews strewn throughout the continental US. Ruby quilts, sings and loves cooking. She will fire her grill up on the coldest winter day.
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.
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 is eager to work 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.” What he finds exciting about working with Cantor Schloss, is that the Cantor is also of the same mind, and David feels that they have an outstanding musical and personal rapport.
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.
Alexa moved to Boston in September of 2015. She is excited to join the TOS community as the Tribe1187 Coordinator. Alexa has her BA in Child Psychology and her MA in Clinical Counseling. She is currently the program coordinator for a local after school program. In her spare time she enjoys Jiu-Jitsu, traveling and watching movies.
Amelia has been a member of the Temple Ohabei Shalom community since she was in third grade. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Boston University, where she has just started her sophomore year. She enjoys participating in theater productions, going to the beach, and spending time with her two younger brothers. When she is not busy with her studies, she can be found in the education office assisting in and out of the classroom.
Luis is our weekday morning custodian. He is always the first one in the building, and the first one to greet everyone with a “Good morning!”. Luis has been with the Temple Ohabei Shalom for many years. He has been married even longer! He and his wife have been together for 49 years. Together they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
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.
Kirk is just joining the TOS staff and is excited to be part of the community. Kirk lives in Cambridge and has a young son. Kirk enjoys playing and watching almost every sport and loves to hang out with friends.
David is our head custodian. He has worked at Temple Ohabei Shalom since August of 2014.
Sean is the newest member of our custodial staff. He has worked at Temple Ohabei Shalom since 2015.