Congratulations to our new trustees!

At our Annual Meeting on June 18, 2019, we shared highlights from the 2018-2019 year, provided a financial update, and elected a new slate of trustees.

Mazel tov to our new president, Gordon Bennett, and incoming trustees Jennie Roffman (Administration), Anna Katsnelson (Adult Education), Natasha Woolfson (Development), Jill Altshuler (VP at Large 2) and Ted Folkman (Leadership)! Thank you to our outgoing trustees, David Williams, Daniel Friedman, Stuart Rose, Scott Plotkin, and Markus Orchowski. (Markus will continue providing support for facilities and systems until his permanent replacement is finalized.)

The 2019 annual report (available here) includes updates from our Rabbis, senior professionals and board members.

KI Board of Directors, 2019-2020

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
President
president@congki.org
Jennie Roffman
VP of Administration
administration@congki.org
Anna Katsnelson
VP of Adult Education
adulted@congki.org
Henry Braun
VP / Advisory
advisory@congki.org
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.
Jay Morris
VP at Large
atlarge1@congki.org
Jay is an MIT engineering graduate and has worked as an aircraft engine design and test engineer for both the USAF and the General Electric company.  He is also an attorney and has been the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for two different multibillion dollar European-American companies over the last 30 years.   Jay first started coming to KI in the late 1950’s through his mother’s family (Oberman) and has been a regular member as his travels have permitted.
Jill Altshuler
VP At Large
atlarge2@congki.org
Jonathan Slutzman
VP of Avodah/Ritual
ritual@congki.org
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.
Debra Shapiro
VP of Communications
communications@congki.org
Debra and her husband Charlie have been members of KI for about ten years, though Charlie’s grandparents were original members of KI, when they followed Rabbi Epstein from the Crawford Street Shul.  They live in Newton with their daughter Rebecca (24), a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island.  Their son David (27) lives and works in DC.  Charlie & Debra are partners in Massmedia, an advertising and consulting agency.  Deb is also on the National Committee & Alumni Boards at Brandeis University.
Natasha Woolfson
VP of Development
development@congki.org
Markus Orchowski
Acting VP of Facilities
facilities@congki.org
Markus, his wife Noemi and 2 children have been members of KI since 2012. The family has lived in Brookline since 2005. Markus, a California native, is the VP of IT for an investment firm in Kendall Sq. and received his degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. Markus provides IT and AV strategy support to KI
Ari Katz
VP of Finance
finance@congki.org
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
leadership@congki.org
Shari Lecker
VP of Membership
membership@congki.org
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
socialaction@congki.org
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.
Andrea Weil
Treasurer
treasurer@congki.org
Sari Fein
VP of Youth Education
youtheducation@congki.org
Sari and her husband, Casey, have been involved at KI since they moved to Boston in 2012. They now live in Newton with their daughter, Mira (1). Sari has served on the KICKS Leadership Team and is a member of the Davenning Corps, leading both Shabbat and holiday services. She has taught at KIRS and now leads Nitzanim and Cuddle Up Shabbat. Sari is a PhD student in Hebrew Bible at Brandeis University, and Casey is a pediatric resident at UMass Memorial Hospital. She is excited to be joining the KI board as VP of Youth Education this year.