Board Members & Roles 2014-2015

Our Vision 

We honor and value the uniqueness of every Jewish journey and try to provide many points of entry and opportunities for connection. Torah (Learning), Avodah (worship) and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) remain our most precious gateways to spiritual sustenance. Our vision is of a community like no other in your life.

We dream of a warm, caring and inclusive community dedicated to nurturing a vibrant spiritual Jewish life. We strive to use our unique gifts and offerings to help develop our synagogue community as a place of discovery and meaning.  At TBE you will be part of an environment where you are surrounded by blessing and you are never alone.  Read more...

2014/2015 Officers

Executive Committee

Pam Forman*, President
Pam is entering her second year as Temple Beth Elohim’s President of the Board of Trustees. Prior to this role, Pam served for three years as TBE’s Vice President of Development. She also led TBE’s Interior Design Committee for our new building and was a member of our HaBonim Committee as we rebuilt our Makom.


Tony Starr*, Vice President Administration
Tony and his wife Kathy (and their four sons: Jason–27, Bradley–25, Tyler–22, and Clayton–18) joined TBE in 2010.  Tony is a litigation partner at the Boston law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo where he serves as co-chair of the Construction Law Practice Group.  He represents Owners and General Contractors on both public and private construction projects. 

Ilissa Povich*, Vice President Caring Community
Ilissa Povich and her husband, Lon, have been members of TBE for 21 years and their children, Emily (23) and Steven (20), have grown up at the Temple. Ilissa is the Vice President for Caring Community, was a member of the search committee for our two new assistant rabbis and volunteers with Bikur Cholim (comforting the sick) and the College Connection. She long ago served as a co-chair of the Temple Nursery School. 


Nancy Schwartz*, Vice President Congregational Learning
Nancy is a long-time TBE member and volunteer.  She currently serves on the Governance Taskforce and has served as Co-chair of the search committee for religious school director.


Erica Recht*, Vice President Development
Erica has just been elected as TBE’s Vice President of Development.  Prior to this role, Erica served on Gan Elohim’s Parent Committee, was a member of the 2013 Evening to Remember Committee, and most recently co-chaired the 2014 Evening to Remember.



Peter Biro*, Vice President Finance
Peter Biro is currently VP of Finance and a member of the Strategic Campaign Committee.  Peter is an entrepreneur and executive in the software and restaurant space; his current full-time position is CFO of Tel Aviv-founded and Boston-headquartered ObserveIT, Inc., a security software company.  He is also the co-founder of the local franchise group for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, with 12 operating stores and more in development.


Daniel Navisky*, Vice President T'filah
Daniel Navisky lives in Newton with his wife Elizabeth (who grew up at TBE) and their sons Asher (7) and Lev (4).  He has contributed to the T’filah Committee, working to continually enrich the TBE prayer experience, the Families with Young Children Committee, organizing ritual programming for the younger members of TBE, L’Kareiv, helping to deepen personal connections across the TBE community, and the most recent Rabbi Search Committee.  


Neil Silverston*, Vice President Tikkun Olam
Neil and his family joined the Temple Beth Elohim Community in 2004 and Neil has been deeply engaged in organizing and social action programming, learning, tefillah, and softball.  Neil serves as TBE VP of Tikkun Olam where he is fortunate to be able to partner with so many extraordinary leaders in the community.  Outside of TBE Neil is on the Board of Directors of Tufts University Hillel. 

Jessica Carroll*, Recording Secretary
Jessica Carroll grew up at TBE, and celebrated many life events in the community including Bat Mitzvah, and Confirmation.   She joined, with her husband Mike, six years ago, and has three children, two who are at the Rashi School and one at the Temple Nursery School.  Jessica has been on the Nursery School Parent Committee for the past five years, including the co-chair role of the committee. She has also served as co-chair for the growing Yaldeinu (families with young children) committee for the past 2+years.   

Michael Levinger*, Immediate Past President
Michael Levinger is the Immediate Past President and a member of the Board and Executive Committee at Beth Elohim. Mike has been a long-time leader of TBE serving as President, Vice President of Finance, Recording Secretary, member of the Finance Committee and Co-chair of the Congregational Learning Task Force. 

Tom Bloch*, President AppointeeTom and his wife, Jessica Wolfe, joined TBE in 1990 with their daughters, Alison and Margot. They remained largely invisible in the TBE community for about 15 years until Tom was asked to be a member of the Architect Selection Committee for the new building. Subsequently, Rabbi Joel offered to take Tom to breakfast at Louie's in town where he persuaded Tom that chairing HaBonim would be an opportunity of a lifetime (what opportunity and whose lifetime were unclear!) As usual, Joel was right and the participation by Tom (and his wife) in the realization of our new building proved to be a joyous experience and, as a continuing bonus, introduced them to the truly wonderful community that is TBE.

Carol Clingan*, President Appointee
Carol and her husband Eldon have been members of TBE since 1985, when they moved from New York with their two young daughters.  Over the years, she has served on the school committee, as youth commissioner, and on the Board.  She served four years as VP of Tefilah and has been a member of the Executive Committee for several years.

Ed Wagner*, President Appointee
Ed Wagner is a TBE member since August 2000. He’s married to Cynthia and has three daughters Michaela, Sage and Kendra, (he’s surrounded by great woman), a field spaniel named Lasko and two blue and gold macaws, Cosmo and Phoenix. Ed was a board member and VP Administration at TBE from 2009 to 2012 responsible for House activities, IT, HR and communications. He also served on the Habonim committee to help with the IT systems in the new building.

Michelle Black*, President Appointee
Michelle Black has been active as a community leader within the Jewish community for many years.  She currently serves on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), The Rashi School  and Gann Academy.   Throughout her various volunteer positions Michelle has always played a role in helping to shape the organization’s strategic vision, build a strong leadership team and help develop opportunities for volunteer engagement.                 

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Board: Elected Trustees  


WENDY GARBER              

PAM REMIS       


PAMELA NORDEN           


JERRY GOLDBERG            


Board: VP Appointees

ROSS TAYLOR, Administration-Human Resources

AMY FLEMING, Caring Community

BERNICE SPEISER, Caring Community

CAROLYN KOHLMAN, Caring Community

NANCY WOLK, Jewish Living

AMY GORIN, Jewish Living

LISA WALLACK, Development


HELENE GELBER, Development

SETH STIER, Development








NICOLE ROOS, Tikkun Olam

JACK PRICE, Honorary Member

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JUDY CANNON*, Executive Director, Administration and Operations

JOSHUA FRANKLIN, Assistant Rabbi

ALISON KUR*, Executive Director of Jewish Living

MONIQUE MARTIN*, Director of Development

RACHEL SAPHIRE, Associate Rabbi

PHILIP SHERMAN, Assistant Rabbi



* Executive Committee