About the Honorees
Jennifer and Dror Michaelson
Jennifer and Dror Michaelson have been members of the Young Israel of Brookline since 1997. YIB has been a central institution as they raised their children, Sam, Jonathan and Ilana, enjoying the many family-oriented activities over the years, with the children eventually taking on leadership roles at the shul in teen minyan and youth groups. The Michaelson family has celebrated countless special occasions, everything from holidays to Bar/Bat mitzvahs, at YIB. In recent years, they have particularly enjoyed welcoming new members of the family to the YIB community, including Chloe (married to Jonathan), Zahava (married to Sam) and Benjy (the next generation!). As a native of Brookline, Jennifer has fond childhood memories of YIB and the original building on 62 Green Street. The Michaelson’s dedication to YIB is modeled after their parents’ examples. Jennifer’s parents, Dr. Bernard z”l and Joyce Kosowsky are pillars of the community who contributed so much time, effort and resources to YIB, Maimonides and other institutions within the greater Boston Jewish community. Dror’s parents, Michael and Serena Michaelson, and grandparents were deeply committed to the synagogues in their communities from Borough Park to Teaneck and now Jerusalem. Jennifer, who is a senior executive in biotech, currently serves on the Board of YIB and chairs the Rabbinic Liaison Committee. Previously, Jennifer served on the Synagogue Ritual committee and was co-chair of the Rabbinic Transition Committee that played an instrumental role in bringing Rabbi Hellman to YIB. Dror, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, has served as a Board member and Vice President of YIB. He regularly volunteers to lead the services throughout the year, and was the chazan for the High Holidays Auxiliary service for twenty five years. Jennifer and Dror believe passionately that YIB is a physical, spiritual and social center for the observant community in Boston. Among the qualities that they most appreciate about YIB are the diverse membership of the synagogue, its warm and friendly welcoming to all guests and members, and the inspirational leadership of Rabbi Hellman.
Carrie Benedon and Matt Sienkiewicz
Carrie Benedon and Matt Sienkiewicz moved to Brookline six years ago and have been active members of Young Israel of Brookline in various capacities ever since. From captaining the shul softball team to leading Tot Shabbat programming every week to ensuring that front-of-the-house operations run smoothly at YIB’s own Green Street Deli, Matt’s talents are wide-ranging. And though every shul has its candy man (or woman), Matt is well-known among YIB’s youth as the “baseball card guy,” never without a stack of cards to hand out to the children.
Carrie’s contributions to the community are decidedly less fun, though no less important. She has served on the YIB board for several years and chaired the Membership and Community committees, where she works tirelessly to help make YIB a more welcoming and inclusive community. She oversees Shabbat meal hospitality for visitors and locals, and has spearheaded a variety of the shul’s core programming, including the annual welcome dinner and the winter young family Shabbat dinner series, and also eagerly steps in when volunteers are needed for other fundraising or programming efforts.
Matt, a native of the Boston area, and Carrie, a proud Wisconsinite, have two young children: Leon, 3, and Dottie, 4 months.
Please join us for a special Shabbat afternoon program. Musical entertainment will be provided by the well-known Jewish a capella group Six13. If you need help identifying a YIB teen who could babysit so you can attend - let us know!
Debbie and Mark Lovich
Jennifer and Amiel Weinstock