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TBZ's Rabbis, Staff, and Leaders

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Spiritual & Educational Leadership

Rav Claudia Kreiman, Senior Rabbi
ravclaudia@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x11
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion and has been with our community since 2007. Read Rav Claudia's full bio

 

Reb Moshe Waldoks, Founding Rabbi
rebmoshe@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x12
Along with an infectious laugh and a soulful voice, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks brings many years of deep and eclectic experiences to his role as Temple Beth Zion’s Founding Rabbi.  Read Reb Moshe's full bio

 

 

Rav Tiferet Berenbaum,
Director of Congregational Learning & Programming

ravtiferet@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x14
Rav Tiferet works at TBZ full-time to manage Beit Rabban (TBZ's Hebrew school) and support our community's spiritual, social, and educational programming. 
ABOUT RAV TIFERET: Originally from Brookline, Rav Tiferet studied at Tufts University in Medford MA, majoring in Judaic studies and clinical psychology. She received Rabbinic Ordination and a Master’s in Jewish Education from Hebrew college and spent her summers in the Berkshires living, growing, teaching and serving at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. She has taught at numerous synagogues in the Boston Area and day schools, as well as directing summer camp and establishing an independent youth education program. Rav Tiferet served as rabbi to congregations in Milwaukee, WI and Mt. Holly, NJ before stepping away from the pulpit and returning home to TBZ.

In her multifaceted career, she has a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion, giving her valuable insights into how different groups of people see the world and refining her powers of empathy. She believes, “At this time, we need to reach out to vulnerable groups in our society. We need to model overcoming ignorance and fear in favor of understanding and relationships. When we genuinely ask questions and seek understanding, we build trust that leads to strong relationships.” This core belief translates into her work. Her rabbinate is built on a foundation of relationships. She has a strong passion for working with children and a deep commitment to connection across generations and across communities. She desires to know each congregant personally and cultivate relationships in order to tailor their experience of Judaism and meet them where they are.

Tyler Dratch, Rabbinic Intern
Tyler works at TBZ ~15 hours per week to spiritually support our community by helping to lead services and Torah Study, guiding our B'nei Mitzvah students, and more!
ABOUT TYLER: Tyler Dratch is a Rabbinical Student at Hebrew College in Newton. Massachusetts, part of the class of 2021. Before moving to Boston, he served as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism advocating for economic justice and disability rights issues. During his time at the RAC, Tyler staffed the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar and worked with teens from across the country, engaging students in the treasure of Jewish texts that calls us to pursue justice. He graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and Hebrew Bible. Tyler is an educator of fellow learners ten to ninety-one years old.  In his free time Tyler enjoys hiking, playing the guitar, and studying Torah.

Noah Weinberg, Musical Prayer Leader
Noah works at TBZ 3 Shabbatot each month to help lead the community in musical prayer. 
ABOUT NOAH: Noah is filled with gratitude to have the opportunity to bring the TBZ community together in song. On weekdays, you can find Noah at Gann Academy working as a Jewish Life Coordinator, accompanying students on their Jewish journeys. You could also find Noah outside with his hands in the earth working to found Kedem Farm, a greater Boston Jewish community farm. 

Noah grew up in Evanston, IL in a family of Jewish educators and came to the Boston-area to attend Tufts University, where he studied Peace and Justice Studies and Education and founded a Jewish meditation group and minyan called Kavanah (intention). Noah has served as a song and prayer leader in diverse communities including Asiyah, Eden Village Camp, OSRUI, and Isabella Freedman. Noah is an alum of the Adamah Fellowship, Machar Fellowship, Lotan Permaculture Green Apprenticeship, and Kivunim. Noah draws inspiration from his time learning with Joey Weisenberg at the Singing Communities Intensive, and from his internship in the Nava Tehila Levites musicians’ circle. Noah now lives in Jamaica Plain, and is a member of the Kavod community.

Noah has been a part of the TBZ community since 2017 when he began leading Shabbat Nariya, and is excited to expand that energy and continue to nourish the vibrant song culture at TBZ. Noah’s work is grounded in the intention that our communal songful prayer will stir us and spur us to live out our most authentic selves, and to build a world of peace and justice.


Executive & Administrative Staff

Susan Diller, Executive Director
execdirector@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x10
Susan grew up on Long Island, moved to the Boston area in 1990 and quickly became a Red Sox fan, which was not a hard adjustment since she had never rooted for the Yankees anyway. Susan is excited to take on the role of Executive Director, bringing 20 years of non-profit administration experience to TBZ.

Susan’s childhood was filled with Jewish summer camping – starting at age 6 months at Camp Cummings and Camp Solomon in Brewster NY run by the Educational Alliance where her parents were the Waterfront and Arts & Crafts Directors, then onto Wel-Met, a Jewish Centers Camp Association camp and finally to the YM-YWHA Day Camps where she served, in her youth, as dance and drama counselor. After moving on from camping and childhood, Susan earned a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She’s been a teacher and/or administrator at diverse independent schools including Cambridge Friends School, Rashi School, Atrium School, Winsor School and most recently Head of School at Touchtone Community School in Grafton.

Susan has two “launched” millennials – one living in Seattle and one in Brooklyn. Now, an empty nester, Susan’s dog Roxie, is her regular hiking companion. You will find Susan most weekends choosing a romping off-leash hike.

Beth Ehrenreich, Assistant Director 
asstdirector@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x17
Beth is the assistant director at TBZ and provides support to the Rabbis, congregants and lay leaders regarding scheduling, billing and programming. She lives in Brookline, where she is in close proximity to Brookline Booksmith and the public library. Beth holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Lindsay Eagle, Administrative Assistant
office@tbzbrookline.org | 617-566-8171 x13
Lindsay is an experienced administrator and no stranger to Jewish Life, having served as Boston University Hillel's Office Manager for 4 years before joining the TBZ team. Lindsay also facilitates interactive educational programming at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, with a focus on civic engagement, and Deana’s Educational Theater, with a focus on intimate partner violence, bullying, and healthy relationships. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Suffolk University and freelances as a stage actor, director, and producer in the Boston area. Her greatest passion is for theatre and the performing arts, and using them to make a difference in the world.

Edward S. Kleiman, Bookkeeper
Ed is the principal of ESP Small Business Support. His background includes ownership of a manufacturing company, synagogue administration, and tax preparation. In addition to his business and accounting experience Ed holds a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University and two Masters in Education. Ed and his wife Nancy raised two sons in Newton. They now reside in a restored mill in Dedham.

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