Today is February 20th, 2018 -
We have a dedicated staff at Temple Sinai, consisting of the following people:
Rabbi Andrew Vogel has served Temple Sinai as our rabbi since 2004.
Rabbi Vogel was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1998. He has served as the chair of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis (BARR), a member of the board of trustees of Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh, a member of CJP’sCommission on Jewish Life and Learning, and is co-chair of the rabbinic cabinet for Boston’s J Street chapter. He is also an active member of the Brookline Clergy Association.
Before coming to Temple Sinai, Rabbi Vogel also served Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, GA, and then as associate rabbi at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA. Rabbi Vogel earned a B.A. from Brandeis University, and studied at other institutions of higher learning, including The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. During his student years, Rabbi Vogel was the Family Educator at Central Synagogue in Manhattan and student rabbi at Temple Israel in Laconia, New Hampshire, and held a rabbinic internship at the Center for Leadership and Learning (CLAL). Rabbi Vogel grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, was a regional president of NFTY, the Reform youth movement, attended Reform Jewish summer camps, and lived for one year at Kibbutz Lotan, one of the Reform kibbutzim.
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is delighted to be the Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai. Rabbi Shoshana was ordained by Hebrew College in 2014. Prior to her work at Temple Sinai she has been a rabbi, educator, and rabbinic intern at multiple communities in the Boston area, including JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School; Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore; Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain; Temple Beth Abraham in Canton; Temple Israel of Boston; and Temple Agudas Israel of Newburgh, New York. She graduated Oberlin College with High Honors in Environmental Studies, and is an alumn of the Jewish Organizing Initiative & Network, where she worked for Teens for Tzedek at the JCC’s of Greater Boston. Rabbi Shoshana is also a member of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, class XXII.
Integrating her background in environmental studies with her calling to the rabbinate, she is passionate about bringing hope, resilience, and Jewish tradition to bear on the global crisis of climate change, and is involved in the interfaith climate justice movement. In addition to more traditional rabbinic experience, Rabbi Shoshana served as a medical clown with the Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe of Boston, and with the world renowned Israeli Dream Doctors while she studied for a year at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Rabbi Shoshana is also a singer-songwriter and released her first album, Guesthouse, in 2013.
Rabbi Shoshana grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. Her parents owned Kolbo Fine Judaica on Harvard Street in Brookline for many years, and she feels blessed to be working in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood and serving the community at Temple Sinai. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Yotam Schachter, and their dog Lulu.
Rabbi Emeritus Frank M. Waldorf started at Temple Sinai in 1974, teaching torah in synagogue services, in adult education, and in the religious school. He was ordained on the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1964. For four years he was an Army Chaplain including three years in Frankfurt, Germany. He was an assistant to Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn at Temple Israel of Boston, and served at Reform congregations in Winchester and Staunton, Virginia, and Kokomo, Indiana. He came to Temple Sinai, looking for a smaller congregation where he could really get to know the congregants on an individual basis; and it would be very hard to find one member or even the occasional visitor to the synagogue who could honestly say that Rabbi Waldorf didn’t make the effort to get to know them. Rabbi Waldorf retired in 2004, but he is still engaged in the Sinai community as Rabbi Emeritus.
Heidi Smith Hyde has been our Director of Education since 2002. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2001, she earned a certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College. Prior to becoming Temple Sinai’s Director of Education, she served for many years as a religious school teacher as well as a Jewish Family Educator. Heidi is the author of five children’s books; Mendel’s Accordion, Feivel’s Flying Horses, Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue, Elan – Son of Two Peoples, and Shanghai Sukkah (Kar-Ben Publishing). Feivel’s Flying Horses was the 2010 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Heidi is the 2008 recipient of the Keter Torah Award for outstanding contributions in Jewish education. She and her husband have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Linda Katz, the Temple’s Executive Director, began work at Temple Sinai in 2002. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Temple, including overseeing the facility and financial management. She also handles Temple communications, including editing and writing the weekly electronic newsletter, the Sinai Update. She and her husband are proud parents of three grown children and the grandparents of three adorable grandchildren. Linda enjoys speaking with both members and potential members and can be reached at Temple Sinai on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Cherina Eisenberg is a cantorial soloist who brings a joyful spirituality to prayer. She has served as spiritual leader in such congregations as Beth El in Storrs, CT, Temple Israel in Portsmouth, NH, and Agudath Achim in Shreveport, LA. She studied voice at Julliard, University of Washington, and privately with Cantor Henry Drejer. A recording artist and producer of award-winning classical music CDs, including The Golden Dove, King David’s Lyre (4-Tay records), and Music of Cecil Burleigh (Naxos), Ms. Eisenberg is also a composer of liturgical music, which has premiered at the Davvenen Leadership Training Institute at Hazon-Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and at the Ohalah Conference for clergy in Colorado. She has taught at the National Havurah Summer Institute, Limmud, Vilna Shul and Combined Jewish Philanthropy, as well as led adult, b’nei mitzvah and youth programs across the nation. Ms. Eisenberg was chosen as a PresenTense Fellow, mentored by Cantor Danny Maseng at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, and choreographed and danced in “Budzyn: A Holocaust Play” at Harvard University. She received a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary and is currently in her final year of Rabbinical School with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Nancy Hogan is the Administrative Assistant. She provides support for the Rabbi, the Board, the Director of Education, and Temple members.
Kathy Arnstein is the Office Assistant. She schedules oneg Shabbats and provides administrative support for various Temple programs.
Mario Calderon has served Temple Sinai as Custodian for more than 25 years.
Ron Luce, our weekend custodian, joined Temple Sinai’s staff in 2009 and Earl Crosby our part time custodian, came to Temple Sinai in 2016.
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