Update from Rabbinic Search Committee

June 29, 2015


We, the members of the Rabbinic Search Committee of Temple Beth David, are honored that the leaders of our synagogue have entrusted us with the sacred responsibility of searching for our next Rabbi.

With this communication, we want to introduce you to the members of the Committee and to share information about the way this Committee will operate. At our first meeting, we promised to carry out our charge with integrity and fairness and signed a covenant outlining the values we will uphold.

In summary, we agreed that:

  • We will work in the best interests of our entire congregation.
  • We will speak and listen carefully and that every member’s words are important.
  • We will treat each other with respect.
  • We will not engage in gossip and we will maintain confidentiality.
  • We will remember that when all is said and done, we are one congregation.

We also pledged to keep the Congregation informed on a regular basis, within the confines of the nature of this process. There are things that need to be kept confidential, both for the benefit of our Congregation and in fairness and respect to the candidates who apply. For example, we cannot share the identity of applicants for the position or why a specific candidate was not selected to advance to a later round.

The creation of the application and the questions that will be asked at the interviews will be based on the results of the Congregational Needs Committee (CNC) survey as well as the information gained at the September community forums. The CNC will be sharing the survey results with the Congregation soon. Please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns and considerations with any member of the Committee or the CNC; your feedback will also be considered as we move ahead. Contact information is below.

We have broken into sub-groups to begin work on the application and the creation of interview scripts. The groups will meet throughout the summer in anticipation of receiving resumes in September and October.

All of our Committee members look forward to the work ahead to identify and present to the Board and congregation the best candidate for the position of Rabbi at Temple Beth David.


Rabbinic Search Committee


Lisa Altman

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

Liz Atkins

Liz Atkins has a long-time connection with Temple Beth David; her parents, Cynthia and Harvey Atkins are founding members. She celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation with her TBD family, and has been a choir member; she also served on the Me’ah Gimmel Steering Committee, the Art Green Scholar in Residence Committee, and was an ad hoc member of the recent Cantor Search Committee. Liz and her husband, Bob Cassidy, are both piano technicians and take care of the Sanctuary piano. They are active members of the Saturday morning Torah study group, and enjoy spending time at their home in Maynard.

Amy Cook

Amy Cook, Co-Chair, serves on the Board after serving as Vice President of Education, President and Immediate Past President and most recently, as Co-Chair of the Interim Rabbi Search Committee. She also contributes to the Membership Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, as well as supports the Temple website and Shofar. She lives in Westwood with her husband Jamie and two children, one in high school and one in college.

Lisa Fassberg Weller

Lisa Fassberg Weller, Co-Chair, also lives in Westwood with her husband, Immediate Past President Dan Weller, and their fourteen-year-old daughter Sophie. Lisa F.W. is active on the Sisterhood Committee and has served on several other committees at the Temple, including the Caring Committee and as Co-Chair of the Interim Rabbi Search Committee. She works at Liberty Mutual. Lisa has extensive experience with interviewing and hiring professionals.

Daron Forman

Daron Forman joined the temple in 2015 along with his wife, Leslie, and their two daughters: Shayla, age eight, and Meira, age five. He grew up in Newton and has lived in Medfield for the past seven years. He works for Bristol Myers Squibb as a Principal Scientist.

Sandy Grasfield

Sandy Grasfield lives in Norwood with her husband Harvey, a past president of Temple Beth David.  She was a librarian for thirty years and is now retired although she continues to be TBD’s volunteer librarian, a role she has held for many years.  In retirement, she joyfully spends much of her energy on her seven grandchildren and in her involvement with two lifelong learning programs, the one at Brandeis and an independent one, both taking courses and teaching them.

Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg is from Westwood. An active participant for many years on the Adult Education Committee, he is currently the Vice President of Education.  He and his wife, Renee, are long time members of the congregation.  They have two children who became a Bar and Bat Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple Beth David.

Simone Greenberg

Simone Greenberg is from Westwood. She is a student at Westwood High School and a former student at Temple Beth David. She became a Bat Mitzvah and recently celebrated her Confirmation at the Temple, and has been a long time member of the congregation along with her family.

Will Krasnow

Will Krasnow lives in Norwood with his wife, Marcy, and has been a member of Temple Beth David for over forty years.  He is currently a member of the Board, a member of the Religious Practices and Israel Action Committees and the Choir.  He has served as Temple President twice and was a longtime Vice President of Religious Practices and Executive Committee member.

David Lapp

David Lapp and his wife Cori, and two children, Mikayla and Noah, are residents of Westwood and have been members of Temple Beth David since 2012.  In his short time as a member David has been an active member of the TBD community serving on the Board of Trustees, Congregational Needs Committee and now on the Rabbi Search Committee.  His wife Cori is equally involved working to organize Kabbalat Shabbat onegs and the Mazel-Tots program for pre-school age children.

John McNamara

John McNamara and his wife, Bonnie, have been members of the Temple for twenty-five years and residents of Medfield for thirty-three years. He served as Temple President for three years, Temple Board member for thirteen years, Brotherhood President, URJ Regional Board member for two terms, URJ Nominating Committee member, and URJ Outreach Committee Chair.

Alana Sharenow

Alana Sharenow has been a Temple member for thirteen years.  She lives in Medfield with her husband, Bill Graham, and their two children, ages eleven and fifteen, both in Religious School.  She is on the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Religious Practices Committee and coordinates Ushers for services.

David Wang

David Wang was recently re-elected to serve his second year as President of Temple Beth David. Prior to that he served two years as Treasurer and served as a Board Member under presidents Bernstein, Watsky and Cook. He lives in Medfield with his wife Debbie and their fifteen-year-old son Sam. Their twenty-year old son Ben currently resides in California.   An attorney by training, he is currently involved in several businesses.

Roseli Weiss

Roseli Weiss has been a School Superintendent for seven years and an Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum Director and School Principal and other positions in education for over fifteen years. She has chaired many search committees, interviewed dozens of candidates, and hired staff for two large school districts and for principals at individual schools.   Roseli has education degrees in critical and creative thinking, a doctoral degree in leadership and a degree in counseling/psychotherapy.