Interim Rabbi Search Update


I am happy to report that we are moving ahead in our search for an interim rabbi. I have asked Amy Cook and Lisa Fassberg Weller to co-chair the Interim Rabbi Search Committee (“IRSC”). Lisa Altman, Vice President of Religious Practices, Dr. Mark Beal and David Goldfisher will join them.

I looked for temple members from different constituencies to make up this small committee.

–Amy Cook serves on the Board after serving as VP of Education, President and Immediate Past President.  She lives in Westwood with her husband Jamie and is the mother of two teenagers, one in high school and one in college.

–Lisa Fassberg Weller also lives in Westwood with her husband, Immediate Past President Dan Weller, and their 13-year-old daughter Sophie.  Lisa F.W. is active with Sisterhood and has served on several committees at the Temple.  She works at Liberty Mutual.  Lisa has extensive experience with interviewing and hiring professionals.

–Lisa Altman lives in South Natick with her husband, Mark.  They have two daughters, one in high school and one in college. Lisa A. served as Mitzvah Day Chair and Social Action Chair for several years.  She served on the Board several years ago, took a break, then rejoined the Board and joined the Executive Committee as VP of Religious Practices.

–Mark Beal lives in Westwood with his wife, Linda Levitan. They have a son, Benjamin, who is a junior at UMass. Their oldest daughter, Mariel, has her MBA, and is a financial analyst; their youngest daughter, Hannah, a graduate from the University of Vermont, manages a small organic farm in Tivoli, NY.   Mark is a regular participant at the Shabbat morning early service and Torah study.  Mark works as a dentist in Boston.

–David Goldfisher, a Dover resident, and his wife Tammy have one young child in elementary school and one entering middle school.  Their son, Wyatt, will become a Bar Mitzvah during the tenure of our interim rabbi.  David is the founder of The Henley Group, a Natick-based real estate advisor specializing in representing borrowers in commercial mortgage-backed securities.  

By the time you read this, an application will have been submitted to the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the CCAR) and applications will be received shortly, if they have not already.  Amy and Lisa F.W. will keep us informed as to the committee’s progress.

The CCAR has said “a synagogue’s work with a trained interim rabbi allows time for thoughtful, intentional work, strengthening congregations for a healthy search process.”  I thank this committee in advance for their dedicated work in bringing us to our next stage in this process.

David Wang