The MWJDS Board of Directors (BOD) works closely with staff and parent volunteers to create an excellent educational program and a warm and welcoming community.
Hope is the Co-President of MWJDS. She chaired the Marketing Committee beginning in 2007 and has been co-editor of the MWJDS yearbook. She and her husband Clay are proud parents of a two current MWJDS students and one graduate.
Hope has a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has had a vast career in marketing for the technology industry and is currently employed at American Express. She has had experience in conceiving and implementing new business ideas in different industries, developing concepts and business cases and managing complex programs.
As an interfaith couple, Hope and Clay decided long ago to raise their children in the Jewish Faith. The MWJDS affords them the opportunity to help raise their children develop a strong Jewish identity. “MWJDS is fulfilling an important role in the Metro West community and I look forward to the opportunity to be part of its success.”
Steven has been a founder and major contributor to the MWJDS from the day his wife, Renée proposed its creation. Steven is the current Co-President of MWJDS. He has been a volunteer for the Jewish community at Temple Beth Sholom for many years, holding the position of Trustee, Vice President, Treasurer, chair of various committees and ultimately the President. As a volunteer with CJP he has contributed to creating the vision of Jewish Boston 2020 while serving on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Vice President of Finance
F. David Rothkopf is currently the MWJDS Vice President of Finance. He is the CEO of MEDIcept, Inc., a regulatory medical device consulting firm. He previously served as the COO of ZMed, Inc., and the Vice President of Operations and Regulatory Affairs of MRad, Inc., until both were sold. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of two medical device companies: PointCare and OrthoCor. David earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Boston University.
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Evie Kintzer, currently Vice-President of Strategic Planning at MWJDS, is a 28-year veteran of WGBH Educational Foundation, where she works as Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development. With a focus on new media, Evie is responsible for developing and negotiating strategic partnerships for WGBH’s education, children’s, and general audience projects. As an attorney, Evie spent over 10 years with the Business and Legal Affairs Department before becoming Director of Strategic Planning. She’s been an instrumental part of the Children’s Media team putting together production, financing and distribution deals for Arthur, Between the Lions, and Martha Speaks, and provides strategic leadership and management oversight, and was one of the lead architects in the deal with PBS, for PBS LearningMedia.
Lou Kates, the current Treasurer of MWJDS, is a resident of Framingham and has lived here for almost 40 years. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in finance. Lou is a Certified Public Accountant and tax partner in the firm Starr, Finer, Starr LLP, in Boston.
Mark Needleman, Secretary of the Board of MWJDS, was born in Framingham, to parents both born in Framingham, and educated in the Framingham Public School system. One of his grandfathers was a founder of the Coolidge Street Schul, which later grew into Temple Beth Sholom on Clinton Street in Framingham. He became a bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom. He lived in central and eastern MA before returning to Framingham over 40 years ago. Mark has been a member of Temple Israel of Natick for 30+ years having served as School Committee Chair, Vice President of the ritual and education committees, and is a Past-President of the synagogue
Dr. Lindsay A. Farrer
Immediate Past President
Lindsay is a Past President of MWJDS. A native of New Jersey, has lived in Metro West for 27 years. He is married to Dr. Fran Davis, a clinical psychologist who has a private psychotherapy practice and is a career counselor at Harvard Business School. They have four children and live in Wayland. Lindsay earned his doctorate in medical genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral training in genetic epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is Chief of Genetics at Boston University School of Medicine where he teaches several genetics courses, mentors PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, provides genetic counseling to patients with neurological disorders, and conducts research. His research team has discovered genes predisposing to several common chronic diseases including Alzheimer disease, age-related macular degeneration and substance dependence.
Lindsay has a strong passion for Israel and education. He participated in the Young Judaea Year Course after completing high school and has returned to Israel on a regular basis, in part due to professional collaborations with Israeli doctors and scientists. He has been a member of several area congregations including Temple Beth Am in Framingham, Congregation Shar’arei Shalom in Ashland (where he was a founding member and served as vice-president), and currently Congregation Beth-El in Sudbury. Lindsay served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Area Bureau of Jewish Education from 2003 until its dissolution in 2010, including the last four years as the President. He is also a member of CJP’s Board of Governors.
Renée is the Founding President and now Founding Chair of MetroWest Jewish Day School, the institution founded by her and her husband in 1999. A former resident of Framingham for more than 30 years, she had served as a Town Meeting Representative, President of a public school PTO, and as an incorporator of the Framingham Education Foundation. Currently, Renee and Steven live in Natick. She is an active member of Temple Beth Sholom and has served on the Board of Directors of JFS/MW. As a graduate of the Me’ah program for adult learners, Renée is passionate about Jewish education at all ages as a critical link to Jewish continuity. Renée currently serves on the Board of Directors at CJP.
David Bayer joined the MWJDS BOD in July 2012. David resides in Framingham with his wife of more than 50 years, Nancy. A long standing member and Past President of Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, David has also served on the Beth Sholom Ritual, Budget/Finance, Membership and Strength to Strength Campaign Committees. In addition, he was a Board member of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest for seven years.
David received his BA in Political Science from Boston University and his MBA from Northeastern University. He retired from Polaroid Corporation after 37 years of service in finance, accounting and taxes. Prior to Polaroid, he held positions in banking; customer service; and Treasury service at a major bank and manufacturing corporations.
David is the proud father of two children and three grandchildren. His son Mark had been the Chief of Staff for Senator Ed Markey in his Congressional office, and now runs Bayer Strategic Consulting.
Annie Blank is the Co-President of Family Connection, MWJDS’s parent association. She received her B.A. in Economics and Language Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and then moved to Boston to receive her M.A. in Global Marketing Communications and Advertising at Emerson College. She and her husband, Andrew, moved to Tel Aviv, where she worked in marketing while he volunteered in the IDF as a tactical sharpshooter in a combat unit. She currently works in website design and marketing for her husband’s businesses and they live in Sudbury with their two children.
Donald M. Bloch
Donald had been President of Metrowest Jewish Day School, Inc. beginning in July 1, 2007 and remained through June 2011, having previously served as corporate Clerk and a member of the Site Acquisition Committee. He also serves as Chairperson of the Board of Mary Ann Morse Health Care Corp., the non-profit owner and operator of Heritage at Framingham Assisted Living and Mary Ann Morse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of the Board of Directors of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly and a Past President, Trustee and legal counsel for Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham.
Harvey is a founder and original member of the Board of Directors. He received his BS degree from Northeastern University in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering followed by an MBA. He is a past officer of Temple Israel and served as chairman of the Disaster Response Committee for the Metrowest Red Cross. He has been a participant with the speaker’s bureau of the Boston Alzheimer Association.
Milly L. Katzman
Milly is a retired K-8 principal from the Heath School in Brookline, MA. She took time from January to June in 2013 to serve as the Interim Principal at the Center School in Hopkinton, MA. Milly also participated on the Framingham School Committee from 1983-1990, serving as Chair in 1986-1987. She has presented on several panels and was the Commencement Speaker at Lesley College School of Education in June 1996.
Yael’s bio is coming soon!
Rabbi Beth Naditch
Rabbi Beth Naditch is currently the Vice President of Education on the MWJDS Board. She was raised in Framingham, MA, and was a member of Temple Beth Sholom as a child. Beth attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate, and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999, earning a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from J.T.S. that same year.
Rabbi Beth Naditch is a board certified chaplain. She currently serves as an ACPE Certified Chaplaincy Educator (CPE Supervisor) at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has taught the art and skills of spiritual care at Hebrew SeniorLife, Temple Beth Elohim, and many other area institutions. Beth also teaches both Torah and education widely in the Boston Jewish community, including a long running Women’s Torah study class at Mayyim Hayyim. Beth has served as adjunct faculty of the DeLeT/MAT program at the Mandel Center for Jewish Education at Brandeis University, Andover-Newton Theological Seminary, and Hebrew College.
Beth is the co-author and editor of Halleli Nafshi, a siddur for elementary aged children and youth, which is now used in day schools around the country, including MWJDS. She and her husband live in Newton, and are the parents of MWJDS graduate Yonatan (’16), Aaron, a current 4th grader at MWJDS, and Gabriel, who hopes to attend Gann Academy after his graduation from 8th grade.
Dr. Jennifer Novick
Jen Novick is a licensed, board certified pediatrician, a Mohelet, and has a long standing dedication to traditional Judaism.
Though she currently resides in Framingham, Jen grew up in Woodbridge, CT in an egalitarian Conservative home. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Psychology, and then completed medical studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During her residency in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center she fell in love with the parts of her job that allowed her the privilege to help parents care for their new babies. While in college Jen discovered the excitement of performing with an Acapella group, and her love of singing Jewish music continued after she moved to New York and joined the group Neranena.
Jen’s training continued at the Brit Kodesh course at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which allowed her the opportunity to study the Halacha (Jewish Law), rituals and art surrounding Brit Milah with the leading scholars in the Conservative movement. When she began contemplating becoming a Mohelet she was struck by how beautifully this centuries old ritual sat at the intersection of my favorite passions; babies, medicine, Jewish observance and music.
Jen, her husband Steve and 3 girls, Yael, Hadass and Dafna are actively involved with MWJDS. Jen served as President of the Family Connection and has been a full member of the BOD for several years.
Sarah Newman joined the Board in 2017. She is a dedicated educator with 16 years’ experience working for the Massachusetts public schools. She has been working as a speech-language pathologist at the Newton Early Childhood Program of the Newton Public Schools since 2000. In the school setting, Sarah regularly acts a field supervisor for graduate students in speech-language pathology from local universities. In addition to being a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Sarah is a certified Early Intervention Specialist and holds Educator Certification in Massachusetts. Sarah and her husband David make up an interfaith family with two daughters. Sarah’s younger daughter began attending MWJDS in September 2015.
Amy Schectman joined the MWJDS Board in 2014 with a plethora of experience in the urban planning field, with a focus on affordable housing in both the non-profit and public sectors. Amy is the current President and CEO of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), and previously served as the Associate Director for Public Housing & Rental Assistance for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Prior to her exceptional work at DHCD, she served as VP of Real Estate Development for Hebrew SeniorLife and prior to that as the first Economic Development Officer for the Town of Brookline.
Cantor Linda Sue Sohn
Linda Sue Sohn is delighted to be joining the Board of MWJDS. She is currently the Cantor and co-Spiritual Leader for Temple Emanuel of Marlborough, MA. In addition, she is the Cantor-in-Residence at Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA.
She was ordained as a Hazzan at Hebrew College in June 2011, while also earning a Master of Jewish Education with a specialization in Jewish Special Education. Her studies concentrated on developing teaching techniques and innovative Hebrew text formatting methods for individuals of all learning styles.
Her volunteer time in the last few years has been connected to her transition from a career in software engineering to becoming and cantor and Jewish educator. Much of it was spent as a cantorial intern and as a special needs B’nei mitzvah tutor trainee. Her most rewarding volunteer experience was as a teacher to 13 amazing women in the B’not Mitzvah Class in 2012 at Temple Beth Sholom. Linda Sue brings to bear over 25 years’ experience as a Software Usability Engineer to her work in creating innovative tools for working with Hebrew texts both in print and on-line.
Irit Tau-Webber served as the President of Family Connection, MWJDS’s parent association, and now formally joins the MWJDS BoD. She lives in Natick with her husband, David, and their three children. Her eldest two children attend MWJDS. The boys’ enthusiasm for chess inspired Irit and David to revive the MWJDS Chess Club. Prior to leaving the paid workforce to raise her children, Irit practiced matrimonial and family law at a boutique firm in Manhattan. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.