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Lay Leadership

Temple Beth David’s lay leaders are devoted to our temple community and active in the life of our congregation. Our board consists of eight officers, twelve elected members and the presidents of Sisterhood and Brotherhood.

Meet the Board of Trustees

Michelle Shapiro Arroyo
Michelle Shapiro Arroyo, her husband Jorge, and their 13-year old son Gabriel live in Westwood and have been members of TBD since moving to the area in 2019. She served on the Shorashim Committee from 2020-2023, most recently serving as co-chair. Michelle is a white collar criminal defense attorney in private practice. She represents executives and companies in high-stakes internal and government investigations and prosecutions. She also counsels companies on how to prevent and detect legal and ethical violations by building and implementing effective compliance programs. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys exploring the area with her family (especially after spending most of their first two+ years here at home, courtesy of Covid), going to the theater, singing karaoke, relaxing at the ocean and
discovering good restaurants.

David Baime
David and his wife Stacy have been members of Beth David for a little over 20 years. They have been living in Medfield since 1997 and their daughter Melanie attended Hebrew school and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at the Temple in 2012. David grew up in northern NJ and went to undergraduate college in western NY before moving to Boston to study at BU’s Graduate School of Business Management. After graduation David remained in Boston and worked at The Boston Company (since acquired by BNY/Mellon) for a number of years before becoming the 3rd Regional Owner of APPS Paramedical –Massachusetts. Recently retired after running the regional APPS business for 30 years, David enjoys the outdoors, a wide variety of sports (and somehow delicately balancing being a fan of the Boston teams
and still some of the NY teams he grew up with), meteorology and some other hobbies and interests, as well as more time to travel after what could be described as a rather workaholic life style. Temple activities have included occasional Friday evening Shabbat services and participating in the annual Shabbat home dinners (which are a lot of fun), as well as a few years pitching with the Temple Torahnadoes softball team.

Wendy Berliner
Wendy has been a member at Temple Beth David for 20 years. She is currently the Congregational Secretary and has served as the VP of Education, Chair of the Shorashim (Religious School) Committee, VP of Administration, and the Board of Trustees.  Wendy is a “recovering lawyer” who is the Director at Camp Lindenmere, a coed overnight summer camp in the Poconos. She lives in Westwood with her husband, Marc, and has two very busy kids (a daughter in college who became Bat Mitzvah and completed Confirmation and Double Chai at TBD and a son who is a Junior at Westwood HS and became Bar Mitzvah, completed Confirmation and continues to be involved at Double Chai and the Temple’s youth group). 

Jonah Berman
Jonah has been with Google for 11+ years, and currently serves as the Site Program Manager for Google Cambridge. In this role, he oversees local strategy and operations, employee development and cultural programming, and works to ensure the health and success of this 2500-person campus. Prior to this role, Jonah worked on a Google Advertising sales team, helping health industry clients maximize their marketing investments with Google. His professional life before Google includes work in the non-profit and education sector, in various roles including development, program management, and leadership training.  Jonah holds a Dual Bachelor's from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Sociology and Jazz Performance (Saxophone), and an MBA from Boston College. As a temple member, Jonah enjoys attending Shorashim, Tot Shabbat and holiday celebrations with his family. He lives in Medfield with his wife, Beth, and three children Caleb, Micah, and Hazel.

Rebecca Brogadir
Becca, her husband, Josh, and two children, Sophie (14) and Nate (12), live in Norwood and have been members of TBD since 2016. Becca has been an elementary school principal for 8 years and currently serves the Newton Public Schools as principal of Ward Elementary School. Becca is passionate about supporting students, staff, and families and building an inclusive community of learning. Prior to her current role, Becca was a school leader in Walpole, Lexington, and at Milestones Day School in Waltham. Before embarking on
school leadership, Becca worked in various roles in the non-profit and academic sectors including as bilingual teacher in the Dominican Republic and Marlboro, MA, Educational Coordinator at Community Resources for Justice in Cambridge, MA, Director at Partnerships With Industry (a work program for adults with disabilities) in San Diego, CA, Development and Education Coordinator at the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, IL, Human Resources & Training Director at Thompson Mailing Company in Bloomsburg, PA, and Spanish Instructor and Researcher at the University of Scranton while she pursued her Master's Degree in School Administration. Since joining TBD, Becca has served on the Safety Committee and as a member of the Education Director search committee. She enjoys attending Shorashim and hearing the ins and outs from Josh, who is on the Shorashim Committee. Nate is looking forward to joining Sophie at Double Chai this fall as he
prepares to become bar mitzvah next year.

Jenni Bushinsky
Jenni, her husband Lou, and their three children, Ethan, Ayla, and Rachel, live in Medfield and have been members of Temple Beth David since 2018. Jenni teaches first grade at TBD Shorashim and is a teacher at the Shalom Corner preschool. Jenni is a registered nurse who  works in the Medfield public school system. Jenni has been part of the Social Action Committee and Lou has been part of the Religious Practice Committee. You will often find us in attendance at the Shorashim and other great events geared for families with young children. We are overjoyed with the many great connections we have made at the TBD community so far and look forward to establishing much more in the years to come.

Lori Friedman
Lori Friedman has been a professional fundraiser for the past twenty-eight years and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Simmons University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she double majored in economics and public policy analysis and later received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She has been an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations for more than forty years. Over the past eight years, Lori has volunteered her time for the Sisterhood, for the Fundraising Committee, and for the Member Connections Committee. Lori has two sons - David, who lives in North Carolina, and Steven, who is a senior at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She lives in Dedham with her dog, Jackie, and cat, Toni.

Jim Grasfield
Jim grew up at Temple Beth David, had his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation at the Temple, served as president of DWEFTY (now known as NAWDTY), was married to his wife Ruth by Rabbi Zoob, and has been a member of Temple Beth David for 50 years. Jim, Ruth, and their sons Jonathan and Robert live in Sharon. Jonathan and Robert are active participants in Shorashim, and they love being third generation members of the TBD community. Jim has been a member of the Board of Trustees for several years; and he has continuously served on the Membership Committee, House and HVAC Committees, and Safety Committee. Together with Mark Lampie, Jim has been very involved in significantly reducing the Temple's energy consumption over the past three years, and he has designed and/or installed most of the upgrades to the Temple's security systems. Jim is an inventor and entrepreneur in the high-tech industry where he creates and develops innovative products in numerous fields including medical devices, energy efficiency systems, and state-of-the-art security systems.

David Grossbaum
I did not need a lot of convincing to accept a nomination to be a trustee. But I needed some. I had many good reasons to decline: I work long hours at my day job as a lawyer and more meetings and obligations after work will be a burden; Temple Beth David is doing just fine with others carrying the load; I don’t have anything unique or valuable to offer TBD (after all, there is no shortage of lawyers at TBD); my wife, Debbie, and I are new here (members for about 4 years) and we are not part of the establishment; I am already active on the social action committee, so I am doing enough. We joined TBD because we did not feel connected to our last synagogue. Our four kids were grown, but we wanted a Jewish affiliation. Debbie’s sister (then a trustee) told us about TBD. We have found a warm, fun, supportive and stimulating congregation here at TBD. We try not to miss Friday Night Live (known in our house as “Shul of Rock”). It has become our hometown, as much as is Dover, where we have lived for 30 years. How does something this special happen? Near as I can tell, it is the level of commitment by so many people. This is not one of those places where the very few do all the work and the many are along for the ride. Here, everyone we have met are officers, trustees, organizers, leaders, and contributors. They all have busy lives, but they did it and were enriched by it and enriched others. All right then, count me in.

Matt Malin
Katy and I live in Walpole with our two children Jacob and Mackenzie. I am an International Sales Manager for a small family business, having served on a variety of boards representing small business owners in our industry. My family have been members of Temple Beth David for more than 11 years now. Our children attend Religious School at the Temple and we are looking forward to start the Bar and Bat Mitzvah process with them in the coming years. For the past 5 years I have been a member of the Men’s Shul Softball team and serve as Co-Manager the program. I look forward to continuing to serve the Temple Beth David in this new position.

Paul Marsh
Paul and Nancy live in Dover and have three children, Suzannah, Leslie, and Aaron. All three children went thru the TBD religious school, had their B’nei Mitzvah here and then continued on with Double Chai. We joined TBD in 2006 and Paul has been Membership VP of the Brotherhood since 2007. During the day, Paul is an IT Program Manager for CVS Health, who loves performing in community theater and writing plays.

Sondra Traister
Sondra and her husband, Lawrence, live in Westwood, and have been part of the TBD community for over 20 years. Their two sons, Evan and Adam, grew up at temple, having become Bar Mitzvah, attending religious school, and having been confirmed. Sondra has been on the Board for 5+ years, and has been part of the Education Committee, the Fundraising Committee and the Religious Practices Committee in the past. She has worked on many temple events including, the Music Series, Shabbat Dinners, Social Events, and Re-homing the Afghani Refugees. Sondra works in the development field in the nonprofit sector. In her spare time, she takes Hebrew language classes, works to engage interfaith dialogue, and is an avid sports fan.

Rachel Ziegler
Rachel Ziegler and her family joined Temple Beth David about seven (7) years ago. She lives in Westwood with her husband Adam and two (2) children -- Owen and Mae. Both kids have attended Shorashim and Owen became a Bar Mitzvah at TBD. We're especially fond of participating in the Sunday Sandwich Hevre. Rachel is also a practicing attorney with a law practice in Needham. In her spare time, Rachel is an avid reader, always in search of a new good book.

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