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

rabbiscitrin

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 served on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and currently serves as a rabbinic mentor for the joint CCAR/HUC-JIR mentoring program. 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 seventh grade twins, Itai and Yonah.

 

Leah Graff, Administrative Assistant

Leah is excited to be a part of the Temple Beth David community as an administrative assistant in the office and a religious school teacher.

Leah was born and raised in Easton, Massachusetts. 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. She was a participant in the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows program and worked as an elementary school English teacher. 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.

Leah is happy to be at Temple Beth David, supporting all aspects of Temple life, working with our youth, and getting to know all the wonderful people in our community.

Linda Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Linda Wilson, a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, is a retired attorney. She has extensive experience in mid-size law firm management and her areas of responsibility included managing the Accounting Department, the Human Resources Department, and training/supervising the firm’s management team and department heads. In addition, she was responsible for managing organizational growth and strategic planning. She is pleased to lend her expertise to the Temple Beth David community and enjoys her new role at Temple Beth David.

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.

Rabbi Emeritus Henry A. Zoob

Rabbi Zoob served as the rabbi of Temple Beth David of Westwood for thirty-six years. He became the temple’s Rabbi Emeritus in July 2006. Rabbi Zoob was the founding President of the Rashi School, the Boston Area Reform Jewish Day School. In 1989 he was awarded a Keter Torah Award by the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education in recognition of his pioneering work in Jewish Day School Education. He was a founding board member of the Gann Academy (The New Jewish High School). He helped initiate the Beit Din (Rabbinical Court) of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis and served as the first Rosh (Head) of the Beit Din from 1998 to 2001. He received the Nachshon Award from Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center in 2006. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, past Chairman of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis, past President of the Westwood Interfaith Council and is on the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal. Rabbi Zoob recently published A Lifetime of Genesis, a book which combines an explanation of the Covenant of Abraham in Genesis and events from his own life that parallel stories from the lives of the Patriarchs. It can be purchased at Amazon. Rabbi Zoob grew up in Philadelphia, and received a BA from Harvard University in 1961. He was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC – JIR) in 1967, earned a Masters Degree in Bible at Brandeis University, and an honorary Doctorate from HUC – JIR.

Cantor Emerita Louise


Louise Treitman web

Cantor Louise Treitman served for twenty years, first as cantorial soloist and then as Temple Beth David’s first Cantor after she completed her cantorial certification in 1998. She became Cantor Emerita in 2008. She is a past president of the New England Board of Cantors, and served on the national board of the American Conference of Cantors (the national association of Reform cantors) from 1999-2005. She helped to found the Jewish Music Institute, now the School of Jewish Music, at Hebrew College now located in Newton, Ma, and for several years, worked as its coordinator. After leaving the pulpit, she returned to Hebrew College where she instructs not only cantorial students, but also those enrolled in the college’s rabbinic, education and music-certificate programs. Cantor Treitman graduated from Wellesley College, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Music and Judaic Studies. Her continued studies led to a teaching certificate from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute and a MM Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music with honors in Performance of Early Music, specializing in the viola da gamba. She received her cantorial certification through Hebrew Union College in New York and the American Conference of Cantors. In addition, Cantor Treitman was the assistant conductor of the Zamir Chorale of Boston from 1998 until 2003 and also served on their board of directors for many years. She traveled with the chorale on several international tours and has done numerous recordings with them. She is co-director of Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo and serves on the board of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh and family-education center in Newton, Mass.