Congratulations to our new trustees!

At our Annual Meeting on June 17, 2020, we shared highlights from the 2019-2020 year, provided a financial update, and elected a new slate of trustees.

Mazel tov to incoming trustees Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine (At-Large), Richard Weinstein (Communications), Jodi Hecht (Youth Education), Aliza Glasser (Early Education), Eric Brass (Facilities), and Lauren Pyes (Development)!  Thank you to our outgoing trustees, Jay Morris, Debra Shapiro, Sari Fein, and Natasha Woolfson!

The 2020 annual report (available here) includes updates from our Rabbis, senior professionals and board members.

The 2020 end-of-year social action report is available here.

KI Board of Directors, 2020-2021

KI’s Board of Directors are elected by the congregation during our Annual Meeting. They serve on staggered 2 year terms. Please feel free to contact any Board Member. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the Board Member in charge of that portfolio, or Ted Folkman, VP of Leadership.

Gordon Bennett
Jennie Roffman
VP of Administration
Jennie Roffman is happy to be VP Administration. In the past, she has also served as VP Youth Education and VP Leadership, and she’s a member of the Youth Education Committee and the Building Committee. Jennie, her husband Ian, and their kids Sam (19), Eli (16), and Zac (12) live in Brookline Village and have been members at KI since 2003.
Anna Katsnelson
VP of Adult Education
Anna Katsnelson received her PhD in art history from Harvard University. She has taught there, as well as at Tufts, Hebrew University, Princeton University, and BU.  Her research focuses on 20th century Russian and then Soviet visual culture and more broadly on the ways in which politics, ideology, and governments determine artistic output in the modern era. Anna last academic position was the Assistant Director for academic Affairs at Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College. Anna is the founder of StandOut Applicant, a college and career consulting services.

Anna was born in the former USSR to a family of refuseniks. When they were finally given the permission to immigrate, Anna’s family settled in Jerusalem. Anna served in the army intelligence unit of the IDF and completed her BA at the Hebrew University before coming to the USA to pursue her academic career.

Anna is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.

Henry Braun
VP / Advisory
Henry Braun, his wife Rita and son Jonathan have been members of KI since 2010, when they moved here permanently from Lawrenceville NJ. Henry served on the board of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville. Presently, Henry is a professor of education and public policy at Boston College. He serves on a number of boards and advisory committees both in the U.S. and abroad.
Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine
VP at Large
Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine is Founder and President of the Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research, an entity focused on funding research on neurodegenerative diseases and providing care for indigent patients in rural Asia. Prior to this, she actively practiced corporate law, serving as Senior Counsel in derivatives and alternative investments at Bracebridge Capital in Boston for many years. She is a board member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Rashi School, Harvard Hillel, the Women’s Foundation of Boston, and the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council.  She served on the KI board for almost a decade in the early 2000s and is happy to be back to serve the KI community.  She and her husband Gabe live with their three children, Teddy, David, and Sophie in Boston, MA.
Jill Altshuler
VP At Large
Jill and her husband, David, have been KI members for over 15 years.  Their sons attended KINS, KIRS, and were bar mitzvah’d at KI; Zach is now a senior at Harvard College and Jason is a sophomore at Yale College.  Jill is a strategy consultant to universities and academic health centers at AltshulerStaats LLC.  She is also Vice Chair of the Brookline High School Innovation Fund, and is the founder and leader of the 17-piece Harvard Alumni Jazz Band.
Jonathan Slutzman
VP of Avodah/Ritual
Jonathan has been at KI since 2001 (minus 4 years away from Brookline for more schooling) and lives with his wife, Amy Weiss (who grew up in Brookline and going to KI for much of her childhood), and two children, Noam (8) and Eitan (6). Professionally, he is an emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, working clinically as well as researching the environmental impacts and financial costs of health care services.
Richard Weinstein
VP of Communications
Richard grew up in Trumbull CT with his parents and 2 brothers, and continued his education not far away at Wesleyan University.  He began his professional career in the world of retail, working at B. Altman & Company in New York for several years.  He then moved to the Boston area to embark upon a career in advertising, which led to the past 30 years working at agencies such as Houston Herstek Favat, Arnold Worldwide, and Connelly Partners. After living in Allston, Cambridge and the South End, Richard currently resides in Brookline with his partner Meilssa.

Richard’s area of advertising expertise is focused on paid media strategy and buying/implementation, and over his career has worked on campaigns for national and regional clients in categories such as Banking/Finance, Retail, CPG, Restaurant, Higher Education, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality & Attractions and Healthcare.  He is most proud of the contributions he made leading paid media efforts on behalf of the American Legacy Foundation’s truth anti-tobacco campaign, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s “It’s Time We Made Smoking History” Tobacco Control program.

Richard’s relationship with KI and its community began in 2006, and has deepened each year through his active support of daily minyan and participation in Shabbat services.  He also served a previous stint on the board, and helped organize and run the Acapella Fest charity events at KI.

In his leisure time Richard pursues his passions earnestly–including his love of travel, family visits, golf, spending time in New Hampshire and traveling near and far in pursuit of the best live music experience.  Whether it’s tethered to family, religion, business, travel, golf or music, Richard most enjoys and values the closeness of community that can be built with others who share those pursuits.

Lauren Pyes
VP of Development
Lauren Pyes has been attending KI for several years and became a member in 2019. She works in the Development and Alumni Relations office at Boston University. Outside of the office, Lauren serves on the boards of CJP’s Campaign Cabinet and Ben-Gurion Society, and volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also enjoys participating in Base Boston, KI’s young adult initiative.
Eric Brass
VP of Facilities
I have been a member of KI for about 23 years, and have had the privilege of having served on the KI Board in the past.  I’m looking forward to helping in the care and feeding of our new and improved campus and having it ready for our eventual return to the buildings.   I live at 118 Winchester Street, around the corner from the shul and within hailing distance when a minyan is needed.  My work is ‘at’ WGBH, where I am an in-house lawyer (but don’t play one on tv or radio!)  I hope all KI members will feel free to contact me if they have questions or suggestions for our facilities.
Ari Katz
VP of Finance
Ari and his wife, Eliza, are new to the KI community.  They have made a number of new friends at KI, and enjoy attending Shabbat services and other events in the Jewish community.  Ari is a software engineer, and Eliza works in administration.  They are looking forward to the arrival of their first child, due in September, just in time for the High Holidays!  In his free time, Ari enjoys cycling, inline skating, and reading.
Ted Folkman
VP of Leadership
Ted Folkman lives in Roslindale with his wife, Kerry, and their children, Jonah (15) and Isabelle (13). Ted is a partner of Pierce, Bainbridge, Beck, Price & Hecht, LLP where he practices in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation and cross-border litigation. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Arbitration Association’s national panel of arbitrators, and the Boston Bar Association’s amicus committee. He is an avid reader and writer (his blog, Letters Blogatory, has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best law blogs in America by the ABA), an amateur choral singer, and the unofficial scorekeeper for Isabelle’s U-13 club softball team.
Shari Lecker
VP of Membership
Shari and her husband Stewart have been members of KI since moving to Brookline in the summer of 1995.  After spending the high holidays at KI they never looked elsewhere. Their children Rachel and Jonah are graduates of KINS, Schechter Day School and Brookline High School.  Shari has served in years past on the boards of KI and KINS and the KI Gala Committee.  Shari is a physician practicing primary care pediatrics.
Candice Kiss
VP of Social Action
Candice is an investor relations associate at Cross Shore Capital Management, LLC and a former Vice President in institutional equity sales at Credit Suisse.  Candice is KI’s site coordinator for the Family Table program of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Boston, and a member of the board of the Azorean Jewish Heritage Foundation.  She is a member of the McLean Hospital Board of Visitors, and is active in the fight against breast cancer.
Nelson Stacks
A veteran entrepreneur who has been CEO with three companies most recently across the technology and life sciences industries (Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Tarpon Biosystems, Vascular Pathways). Mr. Stacks brings a diverse background spanning biology, sales and venture financing to the WaveGuide team. Prior to his executive operating positions, Mr. Stacks was a General Partner at 3i Group Plc, and previously Oak Investment Partners where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. He began his career in the medical device industry, serving in product management and executive sales management roles.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Stacks has raised several hundred million dollars into a variety of ventures, though most active in the life sciences domain. Over $30MM has been raised by Mr. Stacks to secure the product development, engineering leadership and productization of the world s first battery-operated and truly portable NMR device with exclusive license secured from the Technology Licensing Office of Harvard University.
Mr. Stacks graduated from The University of Rochester NY with a B.A. in Philosophy, Double Minors in Biology and Organizational Psychology. Earned his MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, then went on to earn a Kauffman Fellowship (Class IV) engaging in all aspects of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.
Jodi Hecht
VP of Youth Education
Jodi was born in Toronto and raised in a small Jewish community in Waterloo, Ontario. Her formative Jewish education was delivered in Sunday school at Temple Shalom, culminating in a bat mitzvah. The reform ideology fostered a passion for Israel and Jewish culture. As a teen her family joined an orthodox congregation, Beth Jacob, exposing her to new learning and approaches to Jewish worship. At the University of Waterloo, Jodi studied biochemistry and vision science.  She was an active member of the Jewish Students Association (JSA), including serving one year as its President. At a JSA shabbat dinner, Jodi met Bruce (electrical engineer), they married a few years later in Montreal and then moved to Brookline for her PhD studies in molecular biology at Boston University.  Jodi is a technology licensing professional and currently works at Dana-Farber Innovations office.  Pre-children, Jodi and Bruce enjoyed participating in the BU Hillel, Porter Square minyan and Minyan Shaleym, then they joined KI in 2002. Jodi is raising three children with Bruce.  Miriam (rising junior in university) and Elijah (rising senior at Brookline high school) are alumni of the KI religious school and Leah (rising 5th grader in the Brookline public schools) is still in the program. In the Brookline community, Jodi served more than ten years as a member and officer on both the Lincoln Extended Day board and Brookline Extended Day Advisory council.  At KI, Jodi led nitzanim services, volunteered for various holiday programming, served one term on the KI Board and served ten years on the KI Youth committee.

She looks forward to the opportunity to join the 2020-2021 KI board.

Aliza Glasser
VP of Early Education
Aliza Saivetz Glasser has been a member of KI for eight years. She has been involved with the KI Preschool, serving as the chair of the Parent Advisory Committee and the co-chair of the Transition Committee. Aliza is a museum educator, most recently teaching for Historic New England in both their on and off-site programs. Aliza also serves on the board for Revolutionary Spaces, an organization that stewards both the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House in downtown Boston.