Rabbi In Residence: Rabbi Daniel Klein

Rabbi Daniel Klein is director of admissions for the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and director of student life of Hebrew College. His Jewish soul was nurtured down the road in Newton in his parents’ home, to whom his gratitude and admiration is immeasurable. His first stirrings of becoming a rabbi occurred in the afterglow of one of my many summers at Camp Yavneh.

Rabbi Klein earned a BA from The University of Chicago, majoring in History. He then lived in San Francisco, dabbling in political consulting and programs supporting people transitioning from welfare to work. He found his way back into Judaism as, of all things, a middle school social studies teacher at Solomon Schechter in West Orange, New Jersey. Rabbi Klein started rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and then transferred to the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, from where he was ordained in 2010.

Rabbi Klein’s passion is to help people find their voice in the world through the prism, practice, rituals and traditions of Judaism. In particular, he loves to be in joyous and song-filled prayer communities and to explore sacred texts, particularly the teachings of Baal Shem Tov and his followers, to help us find our paths in the world.

Rabbi Klein leads lifecycle events and is available for weddings, funerals, bar and bat mitzvahs, and welcoming ceremonies. He is also available for religious questions of any nature, or just to talk. He can be contacted through the synagogue for his hours of availability.

Most importantly, Rabbi Klein is married to Jen, an attorney. They have a son Micah and daughter Norah.

Check out our Upcoming Events page to see when Rabbi Klein will be with us, or email the office at office@bostonsynagogue.org.

Rabbinic Intern: Allison Poirier

poirieAllison is originally from Medfield, MA. She is a graduate of both Barnard College of Columbia University and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where she majored in Talmud.

Most recently, Allison spent two years working as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Mississippi, supporting Jewish educators across the South.

She is glad to be back in Boston, where she is studying at Hebrew College, and she is delighted to get involved here at the Synagogue, where she will lead services and contribute to fun and engaging events with the Young Pro’s.

Allison loves to hike, read, and travel, and is also an avid Boston sports fan!

Check out our Upcoming Events page to see when Allison will be with us, or email the office at office@bostonsynagogue.org.

Rabbinical Support

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Rabbi Ben Lanckton (Conservative)

Rabbi Lanckton received his BA in Theater Studies and Philosophy from Yale College in 1990 and his rabbinic ordination, with a major in Talmud, from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1996. He served at two Jewish Community Centers and a Hillel Center before joining the Chaplaincy at Mass General Hospital, and beginning his time teaching at The Boston Synagogue.

He enjoys nurturing creative connections in the Jewish community and in the larger community. He lives with his family in Brookline.

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Dr. David Fishman (Conservative)

David is an ‘old friend’ of The Boston Synagogue, from his student days at Harvard. He is now a tenured Professor of Modern Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City. Dr. Fishman also serves as Director of Project Judaica, a Jewish Studies program based in Moscow that is sponsored jointly by JTS and the Russian State University for the Humanities.

Dr. Fishman travels to Moscow and Vilnius (Lithuania) frequently on behalf of Project Judaica. He has completed two surveys based on research completed on location: a Jewish archival survey in Belarus in cooperation with the Belarus State Archival Administration; and a survey of Jewish collections of the “Special Archive” in Moscow. Dr. Fishman is also an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Dr. Fishman is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry. His books include Russia’s First Modern Jews, Embers Plucked from the Fire: the Rescue of Jewish Cultural Treasures in Vilna, and The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture. Dr. Fishman is also the co-editor (with Burton Visotzky) of From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature, which also appeared in a revised Russian edition called Ot Abrama do sovremenosti. For 15 years (from 1988 to 2003), Dr. Fishman was editor in chief of YIVO-Bleter, the Yiddish-language scholarly journal of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He serves on the editorial boards of Jewish Social Studies, Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe, and Polin.

A native New Yorker, David received his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University (YU) and his master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard. He has taught at Brandeis University and Russian State University in Moscow, and was a fellow at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Studies.

David leads services at the Synagogue for the High Holidays. He also leads the synagogue’s first night Passover Seder and services during the first part of the holiday.

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Noah Weingarten: Lay Ritual Leader

A couple from New York visiting their son in Boston stopped by the Shul some years ago for one of our lay-led Shabbats, and saw a teenager conducting Saturday morning Shaharit services. That same young man then read the entire Torah portion for the week. They were amazed at something they had never seen before in any shul.

The young man is Noah Weingarten, who from the time of his bar mitzvah in 2002 until he left for college regularly led services and read Torah on Shabbat and holidays.

Noah is a graduate of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and Gann Academy/New Jewish High School in Waltham.

He graduated with undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He subsequently worked in NYC as a paralegal at a major law firm, and he will be entering law school in Fall 2015. However, he will be back with us for the High Holidays and periodically thereafter.

Officers for 2016-2017:

Chair

Susan S. Weingarten

Vice Presidents

Bette L. Siegel

Carol Trust

Secretary

Jeffrey Steinfeld

Treasurer

Michael Weingarten

Board of Directors

Ruth Aaron

Leslie Blachman

Charles Fineman

Stephanie Goldberg

David Kreisler

Marlene Meyer

Shlomo Pinkas

Robin Richman

Elaine Ruback

Gail Semigran

Marc Siegel

Board Member Emeritae

Ruth Fein

Yale Fried

Yale began working at the Synagogue in September of 2015. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he grew up in a large family with ten children. While in Buffalo he taught Hebrew Studies at a large Hebrew School, which prepared him for his time at The Boston Synagogue where he doubles as both a teacher and an administrator. While at the office, he is focused on event planning, marketing/outreach, and website development. His favorite events at The Boston Synagogue are the Friday Night Dinners where he has the opportunity to sit down with Young Professionals from all around Boston. Yale is currently studying Film Direction at Emerson College.

Email Yale at office@bostonsynagogue.org.

Karen Notovitz

Karen, who started with us last year, is currently studying Opera at New England Conservatory. Karen grew up in Long Island, New York before making the move to Boston. She enjoys relaxing, cooking, and listinening to Opera music. While at the office, Karen designs event posters and flyers, maintains the Synagogue’s social media presence, and develops programming. Her favorite events at the Temple are the music events such as Cabaret and Opera Night where she gets the chance to perform in front of the community.

Email Karen at office@bostonsynagogue.org.