Director of Engagement

Alan Teperow


Alan Teperow is Temple Aliyah’s Director of Engagement, working closely with TA’s leadership on engagement strategies for member integration and retention. Alan, also known as “Tep,” served as Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts for 33 years before retiring in 2015.  He was also the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis for 13 years and is Co-Chair of LimmudBoston’s Advisory Team. 

Tep received his MA from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University in 1976 and is past president of the Hornstein Alumni Association.  He served as Board Chair of the Zamir Chorale of Boston for 6 years, is a former member of the Board of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and served as Youth Committee Chair of Temple Emanuel in Newton for 6 years. A former consultant for the Genesis Program at Brandeis University and Camps Ramah and Yavneh, he has also worked for the Institute for Informal Jewish Education (IJE) at Brandeis on a study researching informal education at Jewish overnight camps. The author of Advisor In Training: A Manual for Jewish Youth Directors and Advisors, Tep has taught and lectured widely on topics ranging from synagogue affiliation to religious pluralism.  He has also written the chapter on "Religious Pluralism" in Dr. Bernard Reisman's The New Jewish Experiential Book.

He is past chair of CJP’s Community Services Team and has been involved with CJP’s Boston-Haifa Connection and its Commission on Jewish Learning & Living. Tep is a founding member of a number of Jewish organizations, including the Zamir Chorale of Boston, Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, Jewish Youth Directors Association of North America, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh & Education Center, and Family Table: Boston's Jewish Food Pantry.

An active member of Temple Emanuel, Alan Teperow resides in Newton with his wife of 17 years, Dr. Suzanne Hanser. The Hanser-Teperows have five children living with their partners/spouses in Washingotn DC, New York and Boston, and are the proud saba and savta of five grandchildren.