Clergy and Staff
The leadership at Temple Beth David consists of a team of dedicated professionals including:
Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah Citrin, Co-Rabbis and Co-Educators
Rabbi Karen S. Citrin
Originally from Belmont, MA and a graduate of Brandeis University, Rabbi Karen Citrin was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2003, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Rabbi Karen served as Associate Rabbi and Rabbi/Educator at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA for ten years. In addition to leading worship, lifecycle, and other pastoral roles, Rabbi Karen directed a variety of education programs including a nationally recognized Shabbat family education experience. Along with Rabbi Micah, Rabbi Karen served as Co-Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Tulsa, OK from 2013-2016. Rabbi Karen enjoys learning and teaching, being outdoors, reading novels, Jewish music, and strong coffee.
Rabbi Micah J. Citrin
Originally from Albuquerque, NM and a graduate of the University of Oregon, Rabbi Micah Citrin was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2005, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Rabbi Micah served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA, and Director of Community Life and Learning at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA. Rabbi Micah worked with the clergy team at Peninsula Temple Beth El for three years in San Mateo, CA as Rabbi/Educator, especially focusing on teen engagement. Along with Rabbi Karen, Rabbi Micah served as Co-Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Tulsa, OK from 2013-2016. Rabbi Micah’s interests include running, playing guitar, singing, reading, and being outdoors.
Together, the Rabbis Citrin value the warmth of tradition and the spirit of innovation. They value shared leadership, and partnering with lay leaders and staff to shape vibrant Jewish community. They guide people of all ages to connect to Judaism through thought-provoking study, uplifting prayer and music, and acts of loving-kindness in order to repair our world. Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah invite you to engage in enriching and meaningful Jewish experiences at Temple Beth David.
Rabbi Karen and Rabbi Micah are the proud parents of fourth grade twins, Itai and Yonah.
Rita Cohen, Temple Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Rita joined the Temple Beth David community in January of 2012. The majority of her past work experience has been in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health working with non-profit community organizations. She holds a BA in Public Sector/Human Services Management from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Involved in synagogue life for most of her adult years, Rita is very happy to be working for and with the TBD community. Rita lives with her two daughters in Newton.
Rebecca Kanter, School Administrative Assistant
Beginning her second year at Temple Beth David, Rebecca lives on the South Shore and enjoys watching Netflix and taking care of her golden retriever, Wilson. Rebecca loves working at Temple Beth David and especially enjoys making the religious school a happy learning environment.
Hannah Cohn, Youth Group Advisor
Hannah Cohn grew up at Temple Beth David, becoming a Bat Mitzvah in 2004, and continuing on to Confirmation in 2007. As a young member of the congregation, she participated in many activities, including Mitzvah Day, youth group, and choir.
Hannah graduated Westwood High in 2009, followed by a gap year spent volunteering in an orphanage in rural Peru, and working in a kindergarten classroom in Sharon, MA.
She graduated Cornell (No, not the one in Ithaca) College in Iowa, in 2014 with a degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, and spent a year post-college working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home, before deciding to move back to the Boston area.
Currently, she has hopes of entering a graduate program in Occupational Therapy, but until then is very excited to be working with the youth group, and watching them grow! You can usually find Hannah obsessing over her dog, trying to learn conversational Hebrew, eating Thai food, or humming a section of her Bat Mitzvah portion that she just can’t seem to get out of her head.
Roberto Vasconcelos, Custodian
Roberto has worked at Temple Beth David since 2003. You might find him at any hour of the day or night hard at work. He lives in Northborough with his daughter and grandson. When he is not working, he loves to kayak and play tennis.