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Executive Committee

Tim Holiner, President

Linda and I have been TBD members for about 20 years and our daughters, Sharon & Diana, both attended religious school and celebrated their Bat Mitzvahs.  I have been on the board for 5 years and have been on several committees, including House, Finance, HVAC and Inclusion, as well as the past VP of Building and Grounds. I am a retired Computer Scientist (fancy for programmer) and worked at MEDITECH, Inc. for 36 years designing and programming Health Care software and systems.

 

Howie Allen, VP Religious Practices and Social Action

Howie and his wife, Peggy, live in Norwood and have been members of Temple Beth David for 23 years. Their children, Nathan (24) and Jason (22), grew up at TBD, where they had their B’nai Mitzvah, sung in the Junior Choir, and attended our school through Confirmation. Jason is currently Youth Advisor and a Shorashim teacher. He has previously been
a member of the Board of Trustees, served as VP of Administration, VP of Membership, Chair of Religious Practices Committee, a member of the Rabbi Search Committee, By-Laws Committee, and Chair of the Cantor Search Committee. Howie is a Physics Teacher at Norwood High School, having earned a Master’s in Teaching through the DeLeT Program at Brandeis University.

 

Lisa Altman, VP Education

I have been a congregant of the Temple for 22 years and have served on various committees. I have served as Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee, on both Rabbi Search committees, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. I currently serve as the chair of the Early Learning Committee and I am looking forward to the opening of Shalom Corner ELC in September. I live in South Natick with my husband, Mark, and have 2 daughters Madison 21 and Alexis 26, who have both become B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmed at Temple Beth David. I love this congregation and believe we are a wonderful family led by amazing Rabbis.

 

Michael Kraft, VP of Admin, Building and Grounds

Debbie and I moved with our two boys from Milton to Westwood in October, 2000. We immediately joined TBD, and a few years later, we celebrated our son, Gregory’s bar mitzvah. That was followed two and a half years later by Jason. Both of our kids are now grown and living/working outside the house. They live nearby and spend time with us often.

Our house is no less exciting without the kids as we have a 2-year-old Border Collie/Aussie mix who requires constant attention and a long hike every day. We also have about a dozen koi which are much less work. I am a lawyer, practicing in a variety of areas. My primary client is a large accounts receivables management firm where I serve as General Counsel. There, I am typically engaged in regulatory and contract matters and overseeing litigation. I work with other clients on business start-ups and real estate issues. I was educated at the  University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law. Here in town, I chair of the Westwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee which reports to the Select Board. When I’m not busy with my work or the dog, Debbie and I work hard on landscaping and gardening and I dabble a bit in woodworking. Debbie is a custom floral designer who likes to grow her own flowers. I focus on the veggies. We also like to ski and sail. 

 

Wendy Berliner, VP of Administrative Services

Wendy, and her husband, Marc, have been members of Temple Beth David since 2005. They live in Westwood with their children, Rachel (16) and Jacob (13). Wendy has been an active member of TBD, serving on the Shorashim School Committee, including Chair, Adult Learning Committee, Gesher Family Services Coordinator, Families with Young Children Coordinator, HR Committee, Inclusion Committee, the ELC Committee and the By-Laws Committee. She has been a Board Member (Trustee and VP of Education) for many years. She is the year-round Director at Camp Lindenmere, an overnight, summer camp
in Pennsylvania. She's also a "Recovering Lawyer" specializing in employment litigation and HR matters, as well as legal research and writing and appellate work.

 

Alana Sharenow, VP of Member Resources

Alana and her husband Bill Graham have been members for 19 years. They live in Medfield with their two daughters Julia (20) and Rebecca (16). 

Alana has served on the Board for 10 years and was previously VP of Religious Practices for two years and on the Rabbi search committee. She has served as VP of Member Resources for the past three years and was active on the ELC director search committee. Over the years, she has also served on membership, social action and religious practices committees. Alana is Senior Director/Counsel for Marketing and IP at Inspire Brands (formerly Dunkin' Brands). Post Covid Alana looks forward to coordinating Temple dinners and cannot wait for the ELC to open!

 

Gary Shillin, Treasurer

My wife, Phoebe Peabody, son, Asher (12) and I live in Westwood and have been members of Temple Beth David for about seven years. Asher attends the Religious School program and we are very much looking forward to his Bar Mitzvah in October 2021. The Temple is a large part of our lives – from meaningful worship, to spiritual guidance, and lastly, the comfort of community and friendship. Having the unique perspective as a new congregant, I became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2018 and given my business background have assisted with a number of treasury functions, such as managing
payroll and collaborating on other fiscal matters, as well as participating on the Finance
Committee. I’ve worked in the healthcare industry for over 30-years and oversee
administrative operations for the Emergency Medicine network practices associated with Beth Israel Lahey Health system.

 

Seth Cohen, Financial Secretary

My wife, Zelayna Rauch, and I live in Westwood and have been members of Temple Beth David for over 30 years. We were fortunate that our 3 daughters, Jacqueline, Michelle and Anne were able to attend the Religious School and become B’not Mitzvah and Confirmed as well. I have always loved the many friendships and the community Temple Beth David has provided our family over these many years as well as the spirituality and meaning of our worship services. In the past, I have chaired the
Membership Committee as well as participated for two terms on the Temple Board and the
Brotherhood Board. I am enjoying being retired from my biotech career so that I have more
time to spend with my 5 grandchildren (Tamar – born 7-18-20) and ski, bike, kayak and hike as often as possible. 

 

Sondra Traister, Congregation Secretary

Sondra and Lawrence live in Westwood and have been TBD members for almost twenty years. Sons Evan and Adam became a Bar Mitzvah and were confirmed at the temple. This will be Sondra’s second term on the Board, and she is also a member of the Religious Practices committee. She sat on the Education committee in the past, and is active in and around temple. The Traister family travelled to Israel with TBD, and Sondra hopes to return with the next trip. Sondra is Manager, Events and Sponsorship at Ceres, a non-profit which advocates for sustainability and a just economy throughout the corporate and financial world.

 

Patricia Aronson, Immediate Past President

Beth David has been my temple home for over 20 years. I have been blessed by the support of this community through some challenges in the past; I count the members of my havurah as my closest friends. Each of my sons, Ted and Adam, became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth David. They were confirmed, served as madrichim, and presidents of NAWDTY.  I have been involved with youth group leadership, served as Mitzvah Day co-chair, helped organize a couple of fundraising events, chaired the Adult Ed committee, and now have served on the Board and Executive Board. I am looking forward to the best job at TBD – Immediate Past President. The past two years have been interesting, challenging, educational, and rewarding. Thank you to all who have been so supportive.

 

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Sh'vat 5782