Lenny and his wife, Suzi, and their four grown children have been members of the shul for four decades. Lenny grew up in Yekke Washington Heights but has grown to love cholent, the Red Sox, and everything Boston. He has also chaired or worked on various YI committees, including Membership, Hospitality, Youth, and Rabbinic Search. He is a graduate of YU and BU. Most important, the Young Israel was and remains the center of his Jewish life in Brookline. Email Lenny at email@example.com.
Joan and her husband, David, have been members of Young Israel
for over 35 years. They have four daughters and six grandchildren. Though she grew up in New York, Joan is an avid Red Sox fan through good times and otherwise. Joan graduated from Finch College, and from Columbia University with a Masters Degree. Following her teaching career (first at The Dalton School in Manhattan and then at Westchester Day School), Joan moved to Boston in 1977 and immediately became involved in the Jewish community. Joan has served on the board of CJP Women’s Division, was chair of CJP’s Synagogue Program Fund, and was active at the Maimonides School. She directed YIB’s successful mishloach manot project for two years. She is currently a realtor with Coldwell Banker's Brookline office.
Merv is originally from South Africa and is an electrical engineer. For the past 14 years he has been working at Maimonides as the Director of Operations. Merv has been a member of YIB since 1984, and has served on the Board for over 25 years. For the first five years as a member, he worked on various committees, including hospitality, singles, kiddush, the Rabbi’s house, and seating, and has been running the house and security committees for the past 20 years. Merv also served as the VP of YIB for approximately 10 years. Merv is married to Sharon, who is a Brookline native. They met at Young Israel and have been married for over 26 years. Sharon also has been involved with YI for the past 20 years, and was the sisterhood president for two years. They have three great kids: Joshua, Avishai, and Michal.
Ari Behar is originally from Sharon, MA, and has been attending the Young Israel of Brookline for about 13 years, since he moved to Brookline for law school. Ari has served on the Programming Committee, the Learning Committee, and the Legal Committee. He has also been assisting in the shul kitchen for many years, including being a Cholent Captain and cooking for shul events. As a Board member, Ari would like to work on making sure that the shul is a welcoming place for young single people and also on updating and improving the shul by-laws.
Carrie Benedon and her husband, Matt Sienkiewicz, have been active members of the YIB community since they moved to Brookline in 2012. A native Wisconsinite, Carrie enjoys cheese and beer, and fortunately also running, skiing, and yoga. Carrie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and is an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she practices administrative law and handles major institutional reform litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth. Carrie has been involved with membership and programming at YIB, and is constantly working to make YIB a more welcoming, inclusive community.
As Gabbai of the shul, I have the opportunity to meet out of town visitors and local non-members at the daily Minyanim. This affords me the chance to highlight some of our Shul’s unique qualities and to answer any questions that they might have. Meeting new people on Shabbos, both men and women, allows me to get to know people and then connect them with the membership and other committees. My goals this year are to continue to work with other committees such has House, Membership and Finance to help sustain financial stability of our Shul and to help the new administration succeed with the new vision plan.
Yitzi has regularly attended YIB since living in Cambridge during graduate school, and he and his family have been active and enthusiastic members for the past 5 years. Yitzi is excited to become involved in all aspects of Board membership.
Aaron Feuerstein has served YIB in numerous capacities, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of YIB, contributing to the building design, leading fundraising efforts and generously contributing towards the new sanctuary. Aaron has been recognized nationally in the press and was praised on TV’s 60 Minutes for his unbelievable altruism to his employees in Malden Mills, longstanding service to YIB, and commendable leadership in the Greater Boston community.
Originally from Florida, Tamar Davis Galper moved from New York City in 2013 when she married Allan Galper, a Brookline native more recently hailing from Newton with his children, Eitan, Daniel and Liana. Tamar also has roots in Brookline, where her mother (Meira Katz) grew up, and her grandparents, Lotte and Erwin Katz (a”h), are widely respected as true pillars of hachnasat orchim and community builders. Tamar is currently JCRC's Chief Development Officer and has a Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business. When living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, Tamar first served as a trustee and then as a Vice President of Congregation Ohab Zedek, as a member of JNFuture’s Leadership Ring, and is a founding chair of ViZion, a growing network of professionals working for Jewish, Israel and Zionist-related non-profits.
Richard Lupatkin has been a member of the Young Israel of Brookline since moving to Brookline from Chicago in September, 1980. Originally from Englewood, NJ, he has lived in the Washington, DC area, Chicago and Jerusalem, where he met his wife Donna Rosenbaum Lupatkin. She is originally from Marblehead by way of Revere and Chelsea. They raised their three children in YIB and have celebrated many life events there. They have both been very active throughout the years in a variety private and public ways.
Jennifer and her husband, Dror, have been members of YIB since 1997. Their three children all grew up with YIB as their shul, enjoying the many family-oriented activities over the years, and eventually taking on roles as teen minyan and youth group leaders. As a native of Brookline, Jennifer has fond memories of YIB from her childhood. She particularly appreciates the diverse membership at YIB and the many friendships that her family has built at the shul, as well as the excitement and inspiration that Rabbi Hellman and his wife, Ariella, have brought to the shul. As a member of the Board, Jennifer would like to contribute to efforts to expand the membership of the shul, and in particular, to enable the success of Rabbi Hellman in inspiring and leading our community in the years ahead.
Tova, her husband Hillel, and their children Yosef and Shoshana, joined YIB when they moved to Brookline in 2015. The whole family appreciates the community’s warm welcome. Tova currently works as a software engineer at Verily Life Sciences. As a board member, Tova is excited to work to strengthen the shul’s programming, in particular its youth programming and adult education offerings.
Recipient of Young Israel of Brookline's Chesed Award this year, Dan Sigel believes that giving back is essential, fun and spiritually fulfilling. Dan helps make Cholent, delivers Mishloach Manot, creates marketing materials (like the posters in the lobby), and acts as auctioneer on Shmini Atzeret, Dan has completed various assignments for the Finance Committee, and has attended board meetings regularly. Dan also helps change the shul over and back for the high holidays, and is always willing to lend a hand. Dan is on the YIB softball team, is a member of the Havdalah Kumtzitz band, and enjoys learning Gemara with the guys on Sundays. Dan hopes to create more connectivity and emotional buy-in for young families in the hope that they will want to make the investment and stay in Brookline.
Dan Sigel is the Northeast Regional Manager for Royal Wine Corp, the leading importer of Kosher Wine and Spirits in the US. Dan plays Ultimate Frisbee, and among his accolades he was awarded Sectional Coordinator of the Year for the Northeast Region of USA Ultimate in 2010. He completed the Boston Marathon in 2012 on a Monday. The following Shabbos Dan met his wife, the lovely and talented Dr. Lisa Tager (Lisa Sigel); they were married at YIB three years ago. They have a dog, Lady, and a cat, Cookie.
Ezra Zuckerman Sivan has been a member of Young Israel of Brookline since 2001, when he moved to Brookline with his family in 2001 from Palo Alto, California. He became president of YIB in July 2014. Over the years, he has been involved in various activities at YIB, including helping to manage its relationship with National Council of Young Israel. Prior to moving to Brookline, Ezra and his wife, Lisa Wasserman Sivan, previously lived in Chicago as graduate students and in New York as undergraduates. Ezra grew up in Providence and attended the Providence Hebrew Day School and the New England Academy of Torah. Lisa and Ezra have four children: Libby and Jesse, who attend the Jewish Community Day School of Boston; Nina, who attends Gann Academy; and Jack, who attends the Rhode Island School of Design. Ezra is a sociologist who is on the faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Chana feels privileged to have been a member of the Young Israel of Brookline community for the past 22 years. The Young Israel is the focus of her family’s religious and social life. They particularly appreciate the spiritual energy of YIB, in no small part due to the broad spectrum of people in the shul. The Sundels have met most of their friends at YIB, and their kids’ activities center around the shul and their participation as teen leaders. They are all enriched by the speakers, scholars and events that occur at the shul. Chana is very happy to be a member of the Board, to represent the many members who also appreciate this unique institution, and to help make YIB an even better place.