BIOGRAPHIES OF OUR PRESENTERS
REBECCA E. AMARIGLIO, Ph.D.
Rebecca is a clinical neuropsychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Assistant Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Her work focuses on using sensitive subjective and objective cognitive tools in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. After completing her doctoral degree at the University of New Mexico, she trained as an intern at Yale School of Medicine and as a post-doctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her work is funded by the NIH and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ken is a lifelong professional actor, director, and acting teacher, and trained with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studio in New York City. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at Brandeis University in the mid-1970’s, he has performed regularly on Boston area stages, including Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Gloucester Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Jewish Theatre of New England, Lyric Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and SpeakEasy Stage Company. His most recent film credits include Equalizer 2, Vault, and A Case of Blue. Ken recently retired from his post as Associate Professor of Acting at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he taught for eighteen years. Prior to that, he taught at Bridgewater State College, Curry College, Franklin Pierce College, Northeastern University, SUNY Fredonia and UMASS Boston. He has lived in Needham since 1993 with his wife Margie Glazer and daughter Dara Baltin.
DAVID BERNAT, Ph.D.
David is the Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a Lecturer in Judaic Studies at UMass Amherst. He is the author of Sign of the Covenant, and co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage. David lectures actively in New England and in the tri-state area, is a Meah Faculty veteran, and has planned and led Israel tours with an archaeological focus. A member of Temple Aliyah for many years, David has been a regular and frequent lecturer for Temple Aliyah adult education classes.
SANDRA DEJONG, MD. Dr. DeJong, a former high-school English teacher, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in practice since 1999. She completed her training at MGH and McLean Hospital, and helped to build the child psychiatry service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital before joining Cambridge Health Alliance as a director of child psychiatry training in 2004. She has been in private practice in Metrowest since 2001, seeing primarily adolescents and their families. She has provided consultation to a number of different school systems, particularly around issues of digital technology use in teens. She has numerous publications and has received recognition for her teaching, including the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Outstanding Psychiatrist in Education Award (2016).
LYNN DENNIS, LICSW
Lynn has been a psychotherapist for ten years, most recently in private practice in North Easton, treating both adults and couples. Before opening her practice, she worked for five years as a social worker for Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice in Boston. Lynn has also served as Program Director of Temple Emanuel in St. Louis, Missouri, where she developed and led programs for all age groups, developing a special interest in working with interfaith couples and their families. Lynn earned an MSW degree from Washington University of St. Louis, a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College, and also trained for the chaplaincy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She facilitated the Rosh Chodesh group at Temple Aliyah for several years and is currently an enthusiastic member of Koleinu, a Jewish community choir.
Karen works as a writer for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health communications department, where she writes press releases and articles for the School’s website about topics ranging from health policy to nutrition to climate change. Karen and her family have been members of Temple Aliyah for 20 years. She is currently a member of the Sisterhood Steering Committee, serves as Co-Chair of Publicity for the Temple, and is extremely grateful for this wonderful kehillah.
SETH GALE, MD.
Dr. Gale is a behavioral neurologist and a Study Physician and Investigator at the Center for Alzheimer Research & Treatment at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, as well as an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gale’s clinical focus is in the degenerative dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. His interests span a broad spectrum of cognitive and behavioral disorders.
CANTOR JAMIE GLOTH.
Cantor Gloth joined Temple Aliyah two years ago, having served as a cantor in several other synagogues. Cantor Gloth grew up in Akron, Ohio, where he began his singing career at age 10 in his synagogue’s Junior Choir. Cantor Gloth earned his B.A. at the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Sacred Music and Investiture as Hazzan from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Married to Bina Carr, Cantor Gloth is the proud parent of four children. When Cantor Gloth is not teaching, leading the congregation in prayer, or singing his favorite Broadway show tunes, he is usually relaxing with his family while rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, and yes, even the Browns.
RABBI LESLIE GORDON
Rabbi Gordon, Temple Aliyah’s Rabbi-in-Residence and Temple Aliyah’s Interim Rabbi again for the first half of 2019, has been an active member of the Temple Aliyah community since 1997, teaching and leading numerous classes and workshops. Rabbi Gordon received her Rabbinic Ordination and Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She has served previously as our Interim Rabbi twice during Rabbi Perkins’ sabbaticals, as well as the Senior Interim Rabbi at Temple Israel in Sharon. She has also served as a rabbi at synagogues in Alexandria, Virginia, and in Lowell, Massachusetts. The recipient of many awards, Rabbi Gordon also teaches several conversion classes for Jews by Choice in the Boston area.
Harvey Greenberg spent three decades with Polaroid Corporation; one in engineering, one in manufacturing, and one in Human Resources. During that time, he led an effort to restructure and redesign Polaroid’s largest manufacturing plant, a 1,000 person workplace, from narrowly defined roles to a team based environment. That experience led him to pursue a second graduate degree in human resource and organization development, followed by a decade working in Polaroid’s Human Resources, culminating as Senior VP of HR. After leaving Polaroid in 2001, he became an independent consultant working with leaders in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations, with a primary focus on synagogue leaders and their boards, helping improve leadership and organization effectiveness. He has also served as president of the Board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services and has been active as a Temple member for the last 41 years.
LENORE JACKSON-POPE, RN
Lenore is the Co-Director of Primary Care Outreach at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, and the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is instrumental in educating primary care physicians about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and direct referral networks. Lenore is the former Manager of Research and Medical Education at the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and has supported clinical research operations for more than 30 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Emmanuel College in the Graduate and Professionals Management Program, and a registered nurse who has worked in both acute and long-term care settings. Lenore is passionate about the importance of clinical trial participation and is forever grateful to the many wonderful research volunteers she has been privileged to work with over the years.
RABBI WILLIAM KAUFMAN, Ph.D.
Rabbi Kaufman was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Masters of Hebrew Letters and obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Boston University. He served as Rabbi at several synagogues and then found his spiritual and professional home at Temple Beth El in Fall River, where he served for twenty-five years (until retirement) and remains as Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Kaufman has worked as an adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Rhode Island College, has published many articles, and is the author of seven books, including Contemporary Jewish Philosophies. He and his wife Nathalie have been proud members of Temple Aliyah for almost a decade.
Temple Aliyah’s Director of Education, Alisa has worked for decades in the Greater Boston Jewish community, serving as Director of Education at Temple Israel of Sharon, Program Director at the Striar JCC in Stoughton, Jewish Family educator in Lexington, and as a teacher at several congregational schools and at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. Alisa holds a Masters degree in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College. She has been a member of Temple Aliyah for more than thirty years, served as a past Sisterhood President, and raised her family in this, her spiritual home.
Leah is a Recruitment Assistant at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment (CART) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She works to recruit and screen participants for clinical trials and observational studies, as well as aiding with both outreach and education efforts in the community and day-to-day operations at CART. She received a BA in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and Psychology from Brandeis University in 2017. In the future, she plans to pursue a dual MBA/MPH degree to further her goal of working in community health programming with the aging community.
KEITH LEWINSTEIN, Ph.D.
Keith is Professor and Chair in the History Department at Bridgewater State University. His research and teaching focus on Middle Eastern history, with particular attention to the early formation of Islam. Keith has held a number of positions around the synagogue, and he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. He and his family have been members of Temple Aliyah since 2001.
David and his family have been members of Temple Aliyah for more than twenty years. A lawyer by training (and temperament), he currently manages a technology group at Raytheon BBN Technologies in Cambridge. Although his training for studying biblical and apocryphal texts is limited (though increasingly less so), it is something he enjoys doing, particularly when perusing a text for the first time.
NAOMI LITROWNIK, LICSW
For many years, Naomi has brought her professional talents to enhance the spiritual life at Temple Aliyah. Naomi has been a psychotherapist for more than four decades. In addition to her clinical practice, she is a Behavioral Health Consultant, an EMDR psychotherapist, and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She also trained at the Institute For Jewish Spirituality Center. A Temple Aliyah member for many years, Naomi attends services regularly, and is a frequent Torah reader and Haftorah chanter.
RABBI CARL M . PERKINS . Rabbi Perkins, Temple Aliyah’s spiritual leader since 1991, was ordained and awarded a master’s degree in Talmud and Rabbinics from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Before pursuing the rabbinate, Rabbi Perkins practiced law for several years in Boston. Rabbi Perkins teaches and lectures widely in the Boston area and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He is the author of the revised edition of Embracing Judaism and also of many articles, sermons in various journals, and responsa published on the Jewish Values Online website.
RACHAEL ROSNER, Ph.D. Rachael’s unusual academic career—a B.A. in Ancient Greek from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester, a Ph.D. in Psychology from York University (Toronto) and a National Science Post- Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Science at Harvard University—led to her pursuit of interdisciplinary research as an independent scholar in the history of psychotherapy. Having developed an expertise in this unique area, Rachael was guest-editor of a special issue of History of Psychology (August 2018) on the history of psychotherapy in North and South America, which is being coordinated with a special issue of History of the Human Sciences (Sarah Marks, guest editor, October 2018) on the history of psychotherapy in Europe. She is currently at work on a biography of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, father-figure of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Rachael, her husband, Larry Denenberg and their children, Ayla and Eli, have been members of Temple Aliyah since 2010.
GERALD C. ROVNER, J.D.
Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1967, Gerry has extensive and wide-ranging expertise in the practice of immigration and nationalitylaw. He has spent his career providing representation, guidance, and advice to a wide range of clients concerning immigrant and non-immigrant visas in business, student, and family related matters, as well as naturalization and consular issues. Among his many leadership positions in the field of immigration, he is Past Chair of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and served as a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Council on Immigrants and Refugees. He is a Life Fellow of the Mass Bar Foundation and lectures frequently on immigration law. In 2000, he was awarded the President’s Citation by AILA. In August 2017, Gerry was given the honor of delivering the welcome speech to 401 new United States citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony held in Faneuil Hall. Gerry is a past president of Temple Aliyah Men’s Club, and is presently the Chair of the Immigration Committee. He and his wife Miriam are longtime members of our synagogue.
Lesley Sachs is the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Jewish Women Jewel Bellush Outstanding Israeli Feminist award and was one of the founding members of “Isha L’isha – Haifa’s Feminist Center.” She has worked in the Israel Women’s Network; served as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC); served as Vice President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism; and was founding director of Project Kesher, Israel. She has also served on the board of directors for both the Jerusalem Women’s Shelter and Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael. She currently works as the Executive Director of Women of the Wall and is Chair of the pre- army Mechina Michmanim in Jaffa.
Hope is a program coordinator for the Brain Health Champions Study at the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which focuses on improving brain healthy behavior, especially exercise, diet, and social and cognitive activity, in patients with cognitive concerns. Hope graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a BA in economics, where she conducted research in public health and education policy. She plans to apply to medical school next year.
RABBI DONALD SPLANSKY, Ph.D
Educated at Columbia College and Hebrew University, Rabbi Splansky was ordained and obtained a Ph.D. in rabbinic literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He also received a Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union and a Doctor of Theology from the New England School of Law. Now retired, he served congregations in Cincinnati and Temple Beth Am in Framingham, and served on the faculty of St. Marks School in Southborough. He is married to Greta Lee and is the father of three children, including Temple Aliyah’s Karen Farbman.
RONALD S . WAIFE
Ron is the great-grandson of Sholom Aleichem, and is steeped in the history and literature of the famous Yiddish writer. His grandmother Maroussia is the author of the definitive biography of her father. Ron’s grandfather and father were also writers (in journalism and medicine, respectively), and much of his own career is based on the family imperative to write! Ron received his Masters in Public Health from Harvard, spent nine years in international public health, an equivalent time in high tech corporate management, and founded a consulting company for clinical research companies, Waife & Associates, Inc., which is in its 25th year. A frequent speaker at clinical research conferences, he has been writing a regular column in industry publications since 1996. Ron and his wife, Susan Maxwell, and daughters Emily and Madeline have been Temple Aliyah members for over 20 years and Needham residents since 1980.
KAREN WASSERMAN, LICSW
Karen, a licensed independent clinical social worker, founded the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) Care Management program in 1999, and has managed its growth into one of the Boston area’s leading Care Management practices. She is the Director of Your Elder Experts of JF&CS. A respected expert in her profession, she leads educational programs in the community about elder services, housing, and Care Management, providing insight into the complicated medical, emotional, and logistical concerns around aging. Karen is a nationally certified care manager (C-ASWCM), and is a member of the of National Association of Social Workers and both the national and New England chapters of the Aging Life Care Association.
Encouraged by her first teacher’s motto – “all you have to do is show up and breathe” – Deb developed a yoga practice that has enabled her to touch her toes and emotions more gracefully. A member of the Zamir Chorale of Boston for over 20 years, Deb’s classes offer a lyrical, light-hearted vinyasa flow that is accessible to all levels. Deb completed South Boston Yoga’s 200 hour training with David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund. Deb holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Simmons College and is a Registered Nurse and Certified Care Manager.
ERELA YAHALOM .
Erela received her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She was a flute teacher in the Performing Arts Department at the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna and has performed throughout Israel and on stages around the world. Erela is passionate about music and the Hebrew language, and has taught extensively and at many levels and in various educational settings in the Boston area.