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

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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 currently serves on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. She 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 fifth grade twins, Itai and Yonah.

 

Helen Coates, Administrative Assistant

Helen is thrilled to join the team at Temple Beth David. Born and raised in Llantwit Major, Wales, Helen has worked in project management, operations and business organization in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Areas of focus have been in academia, the demolition and construction industries and e-commerce for a Boston startup. Helen is also the founder and recipe perfectionist of her own online bakery for authentic Welsh Cakes – www.CopperKettleBakery.com.

When she is not working, Helen and her partner, Christopher, are renovating their home with their twin 17-year-old sons, Miles and Noah. Helen and her family are pleased to call Westwood home and look forward to making new friends at the Temple.

Helen’s interests include baking, sampling and drinking tea, skiing, gardening, and Indian food. Her bucket list includes learning to surf and learning ASL. She asks that you please stop by and say hello.

 

Leah Graff, Administrative Assistant

Shalom, I am so excited to be a part of the Temple Beth David community.

Leah was born and raised in Easton, Massachusetts with her loving and supportive parents and two brothers. She attended Religious School, became a Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton. Leah graduated from Bridgewater State University and then headed to Israel. During the 2016-2017 year, she lived in Ashdod, Israel where she was a participant in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program and worked as an elementary school English teacher. Her students and their families opened her eyes to the wonders of teaching and to learning more about Israeli life. While in the MITF program, Leah also became a Birthright Israel Fellow.

During college, Leah worked in various office and administrative settings. In her free time, Leah enjoys hiking at Borderland State Park, yoga classes, leading Birthright groups, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also teaching in our Religious School on Sunday mornings. Leah is happy to be at Temple Beth David, especially supporting the Religious School, and looks forward to getting to know all of you.

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 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! Hannah is also working as the administrative assistant in the temple office on Sunday mornings. 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

IMG_1119Roberto 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.