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Executive Director, Jewish Living & Learning
Alison Kur, Temple Beth Elohim’s Executive Director, Jewish Living & Learning, oversees Jewish programming at TBE that connects members of all ages — children, youth and adults — to Jewish history, traditions and values.
In 2014, Alison received the prestigious Covenant Foundation Award for excellence and innovation in Jewish education. Before coming to TBE in 2003, Alison worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s federation, where she helped launch the Leadership Development Institute, designed to train teams of professional and volunteer leaders from Boston-area congregations. Alison is a past president of the Rashi School Board of Directors and currently holds an honorary board position at the school.
Prior to becoming a Jewish educator, Alison was chosen to participate in the Wexner Heritage Leadership program, a two-year initiative designed to strengthen Jewish volunteer leaders by engaging them in comprehensive Jewish learning with outstanding faculty. After a career as an attorney and child advocate in the public sector, Alison obtained a Master’s degree from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University and made the career change to Jewish education. Alison and her husband, Michael Oshins, live in Newton, Massachusetts and have three children, Abigail, Jeremy, and Zachary.
Director, Early Childhood
Nancy Ostroff is the Director of Early Childhood. Nancy is passionate about fostering relationships where children, families and educators grow and work together to ensure a lifelong love of learning.
After earning a BA in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Syracuse University, she became an early childhood educator. Nancy has taught preschool for over 20 years and became the Director of Gan Elohim Early Learning Center in July of 2007.
Nancy is an active participant in Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, on the board of NECA (a metrowest Early Childhood Association), and a participant in various communities of practices for early childhood Jewish professionals.
Being the Director of Early Childhood at Temple Beth Elohim gives her the opportunity to embrace her Jewish identity and provide families a path to learn about the Jewish part of their world and life.
Daphna works with our community on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. Please leave Daphna a message and she will respond as soon as possible.
Mental Health Clinician Facilitator
Daphna Bernstein joins TBE in partnership with Wellesley Human Relations Service. Daphna is an associate clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working with children, youth, and individuals as an agent of guidance and support. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and her BA in Social Work from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Her professional life includes working as a mental health therapist in various settings such as schools, counseling centers, and in-home therapy providing individual therapy, group therapy, parenting guidance, crisis intervention, and case management. Daphna has a special interest in practicing community social work that includes conducting evaluations, assessing needs, and making referrals to resources in the community to help promote health and wellness.
Daphna relocated from Israel 13 years ago to the United States and she is living in Newton with her husband and three kids. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Jillian joined TBE as Director of Development after traveling the country as a leadership gift officer for Brandeis University. Prior to Brandeis, Jillian worked in development at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA. Jillian’s career pre-fundraising/engagement focused on residential life, student experience, curriculum and operations at a number of artistic educational institutions in New York City including The Actors Connection, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Alan Filderman Casting, etc.
A completely unexpected but gratifying career twist for Jillian was her eight-year stint as a dorm parent at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a role she and her family held while Jillian simultaneously worked at the school in development and program oversight. There are no words to describe living in an apartment in a dormitory with 40 teenage girls as you raise a family of your own, but suffice to say, it provided Jillian and her husband with training and memories to last a lifetime.
Jillian is a former member of Temple Beth Elohim and fully acknowledges the incredible impact the temple made on her family’s relationship to Judaism, Tikkun Olam and spirituality. To re-enter the community as a member of the senior leadership in this meaningful manner is a gift. Jillian lives in Wayland with her husband, Bryan, and two children, Ori and Talia.
Executive Director, Administration & Operations
Stephen joins TBE as Executive Director of Administration and Operations following his years as the Regional Development Agent for Brooklyn Water Bagels. Previously, Stephen was the COO of a New York-based creative solutions company where he managed operations as well as expanded their business model to include an inhouse advertising agency. Stephen also founded and served as CEO of an award-winning portfolio of companies in New York City that included a live action production company, design and visual effects company, and editorial facility.
Stephen lives in Sudbury with his wife Jennifer and two daughters, Jamie and Sydney.