Congregational Needs Committee

The Committee has met for the first time just this past week. We are already hard at work working on ways to best reach out to all of you. We will be conducting a member survey, as well as using other means of gathering information. Your responses will be critical in helping to continue to build a vibrant religious community that truly meets your needs and those of our entire community.

This is an important opportunity for every member to influence the selection of our next permanent Rabbi and shape the future of our Synagogue.

 Meet the Committee

Edie Selles, Co-Chair, is a past President, empty nester, and active learner and teacher at Temple Beth David.   Edie is a senior/longtime member of our community.

Dan Weller, Co-Chair, is from Westwood and is the Immediate Past President and father of a Double Chai student who is active in our youth group.

Wendy Berliner lives in Westwood and has two children in our school.  She is the chair of the School Committee and a Board member.

Gary Kaplan lives in Westwood. Both of his children have grown up at Temple Beth David.  Gary will help represent our interfaith families and served on the last Needs committee.

Anne Kupferschmid lives in Walpole and is an active member of the Sisterhood and also represents our empty nesters.  Anne has joined us from her Synagogue in New York where she was a long time member. Both Anne and her husband Geoff were active members of that congregation and bring with them many of their experiences.

David Lapp is a Board of Trustees member and lives in Westwood.  He brings with him a strong marketing background.  David and his wife Cori have two young children in our school and have been very active with the youth programming at TBD.

Marcia Colagiovanni lives in Dedham and is frequently seen assisting in the TBD office.  Marcia is now retired and brings to the committee a strong legal background.

Nathan Allan is currently our youth group President. He and his family live in Norwood. He has been active in the youth group for many years and recently served on the Education Director Search Committee.

Our mission statement

To examine, assess and compile a list of our Community’s needs in order to guide the Rabbinic Search Committee and the Board of Trustees in the selection of our next permanent Rabbi, and to assist Temple leadership, clergy and staff with strategic planning to best serve current membership and attract new members.

In the near future there will be information and updates from the committee available on our website,

Since the purpose of the needs assessment is to gather information so that the clergy, staff, and Temple leadership, can best serve you, it is important that you feel comfortable honestly sharing your thoughts with us. Your identity will be kept confidential when you share information on the survey or in any kind of private communication with committee members.  If you have questions about the assessment process or wish to contact us for any reason, we can be reached by e-mail at We will check messages daily and get back to you as soon as possible.