A volunteer Board of Directors oversees the operations of Kerem Shalom, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Board includes officers, vice presidents focused on specific programmatic or administrative areas, and several at-large members. Board members are elected by members at Kerem Shalom’s Annual Meeting in June and serve two-year terms.
Guests are welcome to attend Board meetings, which are held monthly. Currently , these meetings are held via Zoom but at some point the Board will resume in-person meetings at the synagogue. Information about upcoming meetings is available on Kerem Shalom’s online calendar and in the weekly email sent to members and friends of Kerem Shalom.
Board members work closely with staff, with members serving on committees, task forces, working groups, and with other volunteers. These efforts focus on a wide range of areas and topics including: Adult Programs, Building & Grounds, Chesed (Caring), Communications, Development, Family Education, Finances (including dues, fees, and abatements), Fundraising, Governance, High Holidays, Membership and Member Engagement, Operations (including policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic), Religious and Hebrew School, Scholarships, Security, Social Action, Spiritual Life, and Technology. If you are interested in becoming involved in some of these activities, please contact the Temple Administrator at or 978-369-1223.
Kerem Shalom Board
Deena is a founding member of Kerem Shalom and a former member of the Concord Area Jewish Group. She has served in several capacities during her long-time membership: School Committee chair, Treasurer, Nominating Committee Chair, and more recently, as chair of Membership Engagement Committee and co-chair of the 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee. Prior to her retirement in 2013, she spent 10 years as a partner in an executive search firm that focused on finding senior-level administrators for colleges, universities, and non-profits and ten years in college admissions as an Associate Dean of Graduate and Adult Baccalaureate Admissions at Lesley University and as Dean of Admissions at Brandeis University. After retirement, Deena served on the Board of Open Table for six years, three years as chair, and continues to be active in the organization. She lives in Concord with her husband, Ron. She has two adult children and five grandchildren, the oldest of whom was a Bar Mitzvah at KS in 2018.
Elisabeth, her spouse, Liz, and their two children joined Kerem Shalom in 2001. Elisabeth brings her enthusiasm for new possibilities, her long-standing interest in consensus building, and her commitments to inclusion and community building to her position as Board President.
She has been part of Kerem Shalom’s small interfaith conversation group and was honored to serve as a member of the Rabbinic Search Committee.
Elisabeth has been a clinical social worker and couple and family therapist for more than 25 years and has also been very active in local schools. She and her family live in Lexington. Her children are now in high school and college.
Ted and his wife, Iris Werbalowsky Barten, have been members of Kerem Shalom since 2013 and have found Kerem Shalom to be very welcoming to interfaith couples. They both enjoy Rabbi Darby’s dynamic and moving services and the beautiful music provided by Cantor Rosalie and the Kerem Shalom musicians and they have participated in a number of the adult ed offerings.
Ted is an environmental engineer, who has served on Boards in his technical field and for the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, based in Concord.
Iris and Ted live in Bolton where they enjoy walking, gardening, and the sunsets over Mount Wachusett.
Vice President for Development
Matt has been a member of Kerem Shalom since 2009. After many years of “temple-shopping,” Matt and his wife, Val, found the inclusive culture of Kerem Shalom ideal for their interfaith family. Matt is a corporate lawyer with a life science company and enjoys coaching youth sports. He lives in Bedford with his wife, Val, and their two sons, Riley and Parker.
Vice President for Family Education
Susan and her husband, Doug Cohen, joined Kerem Shalom in 2008, a few years after their oldest child was born. After visiting many synagogues, they were excited to find a warm, welcoming, and supportive community for their interfaith family. Their two children currently attend KS Hebrew school and participate in many of the synagogue’s Family Education activities. Susan joined the combined Education & Family Education committee in 2014 and was asked to join the Board in 2015. Prior to starting a family, she worked in educational software research and development at an organization focused on using technology to improve learning outcomes for people with disabilities. She and her family reside in West Concord.
Member at Large
Scott Goldman was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, attended Lehigh University to study Biology and psychology, and eventually went on to attend veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania on a U.S. Army scholarship. He spent about 15 years in the Army as a Veterinary Corps officer and also obtained a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Rutgers University during that time. His last military assignment brought him to Natick, MA, where he served as the Executive Officer of the U.S Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. During that time, he and his family settled in Sudbury and discovered the Kerem Shalom community. In 2014, Scott left the Army to work as a Program and Alliance manager at the Broad (pronounced br-oh-d) Institute in Cambridge and then moved on to Mersana Therapeutics.
He lives in Sudbury with his wife Lisa (a Veterinary Practice Owner in Medway, MA), their three children, Josh, Sadie, and Max, along with their Golden Retriever—Sparkle, their cat—Sophie, two dumbo rats—Simon and Rex and, occasionally, some chickens. They have been members of the Kerem Shalom community since about 2011.
Jan Huber O'Callaghan
Member at Large
Jan has been a member of Kerem Shalom since the 1990s, at which time she and her husband Don were looking to join an ‘interfaith family-friendly’ synagogue. They found a welcoming home at Kerem Shalom—and their now adult twins grew up at Kerem Shalom, assisting Jan as an active volunteer at concerts, holiday festivals, and other events. Jan has served as Co-President of the Board, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, VP-Education, and on numerous committees, such as Rabbinic Liaison, KS Retreat, High Holidays and the Governance Taskforce, among others. Prior to retirement, Jan worked for the Commonwealth of MA, Dept of Mental Health for 42 years. She resides in Littleton with her husband Don.
Vice President for Education
Michelle Kahan and her family joined Kerem Shalom in 2013. Professionally, Michelle is a social policy researcher, focusing on issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. She is also a proficient nonprofit manager and leader, educator at the graduate and undergraduate level, consultant, and group facilitator. While she currently does not work outside the home, Michelle has a great deal of experience as a long-term volunteer at Jewish Family & Children’s Services (Adoption Resources), Lexington Montessori School (in admissions, long-range planning, and diversity), and the Bedford Public Schools (on the parents’ diversity council).
At Kerem Shalom, Michelle has served on the Governance Task Force, Interim Education Director Search Committee, Director of Congregational Learning Search Committee (co-chair), and Youth Advisory Group. She and her family are also active volunteers at JF&CS’ Family Table. Michelle and her husband Bob Fagan have two teenage children—Calla (who had her Bat Mitzvah 2018) and Arlo. Michelle is excited to join the KS Board and to have the opportunity to work closely with Rabbi Sam Pollak as Vice President of Education.
Vice President for House
John has been a member of Kerem Shalom since 2013 and, for some years prior to that, he was a frequent visitor and attendee, along with his partner of 30 years, Kitty Stein, and her service dog Charger. Prior to becoming a member, John studied Hebrew and took many other Adult Ed classes at Kerem Shalom, including completing Me’ah in 2014. Trained as an Electrical Engineer, he was a computer programmer for many years before becoming a Product Manager and Director. Although he has no children, he takes great pride in the work of Kerem Shalom’s Hebrew School. He lives in Lincoln with Kitty, Charger, and his pet golden retriever, Fig Newton.
Clerk & Vice President of Communications
David and his wife Jody Tannenbaum have been Kerem Shalom members since 1997, when they found the synagogue after many years of “temple shopping.” Both of their now-adult daughters became B’nai Mitzvot at Kerem Shalom. David returned to the Board after a long hiatus, having served from 2002 to 2004 as a member-at-large focused on communications.
Currently, the Deputy Director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, he’s held a variety of positions at Harvard and elsewhere focused on the interplay of urban policy, politics, administration, and governance, particularly as they relate to land use and infrastructure, especially in Greater Boston.
David and Jody live in Lexington.
Vice President for Adult Programming
Scott and his wife, Sheryl Tattelman, have been members of Kerem Shalom since 1994. KS was the right choice for their family because of the welcome they received as a mixed-faith couple, the values held by the community, and Sheryl’s connection with Rabbi Luckens from Temple Beth Abraham. They joined Kerem Shalom in order to give their first child, Ben, a religious education, and they never left! Kerem Shalom has become their extended family. Scott and Sheryl have worked on many projects for the temple over the years.
Vice President for Development
Mark has been a member of Kerem Shalom for more than twenty years He previously served as Clerk/Member at Large. During the past several years, Mark has played a critical role in enhancing Kerem Shalom’s fundraising capacity, developing a culture of charitable giving here at Kerem Shalom. Mark’s expertise in international corporate law has been a great asset to the KS Board. Mark and his wife, Rosa, and their two daughters, live in Concord.
Member at Large
Sue Wolff joined Kerem Shalom in 2014. During a life phase of trying new things, she wondered, “Can I find a local Jewish community where I’ll feel at home?” Sue became one of the 2017 B’not Mitzvah group, and since then, the weekly Torah Conversations group. She has served on the Adult Programming Committee, the 2019 Communications Task Force, and the Ad Hoc CRM Committee. Since early 2020, she has been “co-captain” of the KS Communications Team. As a KS Board member, she will continue to work with KS Communications and on the implementation of the CRM.
Prior to becoming a parent, Sue had a career as a physician. She lives in Lincoln along with her son Izak.