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Shari Churwin, Executive Director of Education and Administration

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 Camp Micah.

Shari and her husband, Mike, have three beautiful daughters, Hannah, Ashley and Julia, and a lovable dog named Moxie.

Shari can be reached at schurwin@ohabei.org.

Amy Deutsch, Ansin Religious School Director

Amy Deutsch has over twenty 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 children in Brookline.

Amy can be reached at adeutsch@ohabei.org.

Amelia Remy, Assistant Director, TCEE

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!

You can reach Amelia at aremy@ohabei.org.

Daniel Anderson, Educations Admissions Coordinator

In 2015, Daniel moved to the Boston area from San Diego, California and joined our staff. He is a passionate educator with a heart for music and theater, and literature. Daniel is excited to continue his role in the school office team this school year.

Daniel can be reached at: educationoffice@ohabei.org

Stacey Boisvert, Event Coordinator

Stacey took on the role of Event Coordinator here at TOS in 2019 after spending her first year working at HomeBASE, our afterschool program. 

Stacey completed her undergraduate degree at Suffolk University in Boston where she studied English and minored in the Foundations of Education. She then went on to earn her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Rhode Island College. Soon after, she spent several years working for various school districts throughout Massachusetts.

Stacey’s love of event planning started at an early age, but came to fruition when she worked for Partners HealthCare (Now Mass General Brigham) in their Employee Programs Department while attending college. During her time at Partners, Stacey was able to learn all aspects of events from data entry and marketing, managing volunteers, to the actual production of the event. She hopes to take all skills learned and apply them here at Ohabei Shalom to make all events exciting and run seamlessly.

Stacey lives in Framingham with her husband, Brett, and their toddler, Nathan.

Stacey can be reached at sboisvert@ohabei.org.

Josh Cohen, Music Educator

Joshua Cohen brings his natural enthusiasm and creativity to Temple Ohabei Shalom 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.

Josh can be reached at jcohen@ohabei.org.

Sarah Ouellette, HomeBASE Program Director

Sarah is excited to start her first year here at Temple Ohabei Shalom as the Program Director for HomeBASE. Prior to this year, Sarah worked as the Program Coordinator at Charles River Center, working with children and adults with disabilities, and was the liason between the organization to Special Olympics Massachusetts. She then moved onto becoming the Youth and Families Director at the YMCA of Greater Boston working with children and families of various backgrounds. 

Sarah's goal here at HomeBASE is to help children by giving each child the support they need to develop into thriving members of our community through our afterschool program. She believes in allowing each child to choose their own path while gently guiding them along the way. She is honored to work along side teachers and faculty who believe that a nurturing and loving environment is necessary for children to feel empowered to become drivers of change in their communities.

Sarah can be reached at: souellette@ohabei.org


Cassie Samuels, Membership and Engagement Coordinator

As the Membership and Engagement Coordinator, Cassie is focused on programming and engagement for all aspects of our TOS community. This is her second year at TOS and she is so excited to continue her work here! As an educator, she believes that understanding our own Jewish identities, how we fit and can make a difference within our community is an integral part of our Jewish lives. Outside of TOS, Cassie is an avid baker, cyclist and loves doing 1000+ piece puzzles. 

Cassie can be reached at csamuels@ohabei.org.

David Sparr, Music Director

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.

David can be reached at dsparr@ohabei.org.

Elizabeth Suga, Executive Clergy Assistant

Elizabeth has been passionate about Jewish Education and temple life since graduating from college. Over the years in addition to her work as a Classroom and Special Education teacher, she has been a General Studies teacher at Maimonides in Brookline, a Religious School teacher at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, and the Education Coordinator at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland. Elizabeth grew up in Florida, graduated from Boston University and has lived in Newton for the past 20 years. Her older daughter Samantha works as a compliance analyst and just moved out to Los Angeles, and her younger daughter Grace is finishing her junior year at the University of Vermont. During her off hours, Elizabeth loves writing, decorating, meeting up with friends and family, and spending time with her 17 year old cat, Manny Ramirez. 

Elizabeth can be reached at: esuga@ohabei.org

David Stewart, Facility Supervisor

David has worked at Temple Ohabei Shalom since August of 2014.

Tom W. Young, Facility Associate

Tom has worked at Ohabei Shalom since the Fall of 2018.

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