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 Casey has chaired the Marketing Committee since 2007 and is co-editor of the annual school yearbook. Hope has a BA from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing for the technology industry and is currently employed at American Express. She has experience in conceiving and implementing new business ideas in different industries, developing concepts and business cases and managing complex programs. She and her husband Clay are proud parents of two current MWJDS students and a recent MWJDS graduate. As an interfaith couple, Hope and Clay decided long ago to raise their children in the Jewish Faith. MWJDS affords them the opportunity to help their children develop strong Jewish identities.
Steven has been a founder and major contributor to the MWJDS from the day his wife, Renée proposed its creation. He has been a volunteer for the Jewish community at Temple Beth Sholom for many years, holding the positions of Trustee, Vice President, Treasurer, chair of various committees and ultimately President. As a volunteer with CJP, he has contributed to creating the vision of Jewish Boston 2020 while serving on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Steve graduated from MIT in the field of electrical engineering and has volunteered at the institution in various roles for over thirty years. He is currently a principal scientist at MIT and a senior member of the technical staff at Lincoln Laboratory. He is an entrepreneur who has been involved in the start-up of several businesses and sits on the boards of directors of several companies. As the MWJDS Vice President of Administration and Finance, he is working to build our educational dreams on a solid and sustainable foundation.
Vice President of Finance
David Rothkopf 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 his Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received his MBA from Boston University.
David serves on two Advisory Boards: The Learning Program and Parenting Thru a Jewish Lens. The Learning Program Boston is an educational program for children with a primary diagnosis of Down syndrome. David’s daughter is also a student in the Learning Program. Parenting Thru a Jewish Lens is the 10-week program, offered by Hebrew College and CJP’s Commission on Jewish Life and Learning, which brings together caring parents and expert facilitators.
David and his wife Francine have sent all three of their children to MWJDS; their sons Sam and Micah were in the first and second graduating classes respectively. David’s daughter Sofia was the first student with Down syndrome to attend MWJDS. The Rothkopfs are active members at Temple Israel of Natick, where David served on the Ritual Committee for several years.
Vice President of Strategic Planning
Evie Kintzer is a 27-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.
Evie has been on the Board of Trustees for Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham since 2007, and is a member of the Committee on Caring and Social Justice, CJP since 2012. She has a BA from Brandeis University and a JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Evie lives in Framingham with her husband and has two daughters in their 20’s who she wishes could have attended MWJDS.
Louis Kates is a resident of Framingham and has lived here for over 30 years. He is married to Rosanne and they have three adult children. 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. He has been active in not-for-profit organizations in the Jewish and secular communities. Lou is a past president of Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham and currently serves on the board. He is currently the President of Jewish Family Services. He has also served on many committees with both organizations. The Jewish Theological Seminary has honored Lou for his commitment to the greater Jewish community.
Lou strives to help accomplish the goals of the MetroWest Jewish Day School because he believes Jewish day school education enhances the greater Jewish community. Lou wants to help MWJDS build a “block” in the Framingham area that enhances our corner of the world and educates our youngsters to be better functioning Jews.
Mark 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 Beth Sholom on Clinton Street in Framingham. He became a bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom. He lived in central and eastern Massachusetts before returning to Framingham 36 years ago. Mark has been a member of Temple Israel of Natick for over 30 years having served as School Committee Chair, VP of the ritual and education committees, and is a past president of the synagogue.
Mark handled the logistical arrangements for the MWJDS moves from its location on Upper Joclyn Ave. to Temple Beth Am and finally to Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham. He also serves on several committees. Mark lives in the home he moved into 29 years ago with his wife of 40 years, Debbie. They have a daughter living in Washington DC, and a son and daughter in law living Silver Spring, MD. He states “I am growing older, but not old.”
Dr. Lindsay Farrer
Immediate Past President
Dr. Lindsay Farrer, a native of New Jersey, has lived in Metro West for 27 years. He earned his doctorate in medical genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral training in genetic epidemiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Farrer is Chief of Genetics at the Boston University School of Medicine where he teaches several genetics courses, mentors Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows, provides genetic counseling to patients with neurological disorders, and conducts research. Lindsay has a strong passion for Israel and education. 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 and as the President of the Boston Area Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) from 2003 until its dissolution in 2010. He is also a member of CJP’s Board of Governors. Lindsay and his wife, Dr. Fran Davis, have four children and live in Wayland.
Renée is the Founding President and now Founding Chair of MetroWest Jewish Day School. Renée and her husband Steven founded MWJDS in 1999. As a resident of Framingham for more than 30 years, she has served as a Town Meeting Representative, president of a public school PTO, and as an incorporator of the Framingham Education Foundation. She is an active member of Temple Beth Sholom and has served on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest. 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.
A retired clinical audiologist, Renée practiced at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Newton Wellesley Hospital from 1970 through 1996. She holds a B.S. in education from Boston University (1968) and an M.A. degree in Audiology from Northwestern University (1970). She is a certified clinical audiologist with CCC designation from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
David Bayer joined the MWJDS Board of Directors in 2012. A longstanding member and Past President of Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, David has also served on the Temple 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 7 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 has provided a valuable role at Metrowest Jewish Day School by assisting the Director of Operations with financial matters. David resides in Framingham with his wife of 49 years, Nancy, and they have two children and three grandchildren.
Donald M. Bloch
Donald was President of MWJDS for several years, and prior to 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. He has previously served on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the Boards of South Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens and the Metrowest Mental Health Association, as a Framingham Town Meeting member, a member of a Framingham Town Charter Commission and a member of the Town of Framingham Finance Committee and as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army.
Donald has practiced business and commercial real estate development law in Boston, Massachusetts since 1966, first as an associate and then a partner of Lane, Altman & Owens and, since 2001, as Of Counsel to Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP. Donald graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. degree in 1960 and from Harvard Law School with an LLB in 1963. He married Ellen Green Bloch in 1961. They have three children, Andrew, Linda and David, and three grandchildren, Lauren Bloch and Michelle and Daniel Kirsh.
Harvey is a founder and original member of the Board of Directors and has previously served at the Vice President of Facilities. 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.
Harvey feels that education is one of the priorities in his life and believes that continuing education keeps him in real time contact with the world and its ongoing changes. His feelings about being Jewish are more personal because he realizes that he is part of a minority living in the Diaspora.” If I don’t promote the importance of Jewish education for myself, my children and my grandchildren then I run the risk of having my religion assimilating into the bigger competing beliefs.” He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Marsha and they have three children and five grandchildren, including one current MWJDS student and one recent MWJDS graduate.
Marshall Karp has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1969 and is a former Partner of Gray, Gray & Gray CPAs. He currently practices in Natick with a diversified base of business, tax and consulting clients where his work includes audits, reviews, consulting, and taxes for a not-for-profit, a Jewish preschool, and afterschool program. Marshall is the CPA for a local not-for-profit school whose curriculum is for a diverse group of students in grades 5-12. He is the chair of the Executive Committee of the MA CPA Peer Review Board where he coordinates peer review activities for CPA firms throughout MA. Marshall also performs peer reviews and consults with accounting firms for accounting practices and reporting issues.
Marshall is Past Master of Moses Michael Hayes Masonic Lodge in Needham, a former board member of Temple Israel of Natick, and served on professional committees including the AICPA and MSCPA. He is an active member of the Metrowest YMCA and loves to walk with his wife, Rolene, and work in his garden. Their daughter, Caren, is a second grade teacher at MWJDS, and her two daughters are former MWJDS students.
Mildred 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.
Milly is an active volunteer. Her volunteering endeavors include: docent at Danforth Art Museum, membership chair of the Framingham League of Voters and a Town meeting member of Precinct 11. She is a past President of the Beth Sholom Nursing School Board. She currently resides in Framingham with her husband, David.
Rabbi Beth Naditch
Rabbi Beth Naditch was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1999, and she earned a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from J.T.S. that same year. She was certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Jewish Chaplains in 2003. Rabbi Naditch has served many institutions in the New York and Boston areas as a chaplain and teacher, including Selfhelp Community Services, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Hebrew Senior Life, Temple Beth Elohim, and Mayyim Hayyim. Beth is an Associate Supervisor (pastoral educator) with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and supervises nationally accredited C.P.E. groups at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this role, she teaches laypeople, clergy, and seminarians about the art and skills of pastoral care. Rabbi Naditch’s particular interest is geriatric chaplaincy. In addition to her pastoral care work, Beth is a member of the faculty of the DeLeT/MAT program at the Mandel Center for Jewish Education at Brandeis University (her alma mater), where she teaches future day school teachers in the areas of tefillah, Tanakh, and spiritual formation. Recently, Beth co-authored and edited Halleli Nafshi, a siddur for elementary aged children, as well as a companion youth version of the siddur. Beth, her husband, and their three sons live in Newton, MA. Her eldest and her youngest sons attend the Metrowest Jewish Day School.
Dr. Jennifer Novick
Jennifer Novick is a licensed board certified pediatrician and mother of three, with a long-standing dedication to traditional Judaism. Jennifer grew up in Woodbridge, CT in an egalitarian conservative home. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Psychology, and she 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 a capella group, and her love of singing Jewish music continued after she moved to New York and joined the group Neranena.
Jennifer’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 her favorite passions: babies, medicine, Jewish observance and music. She now is a certified Mohelet and helps families celebrate this first important milestone.
Jennifer currently resides in Framingham, with her husband Steve and their three daughters. She has been actively involved with MWJDS for several years, having served as President of the Family Connection and now as director. One of her daughters is a current MWJDS student and two of her daughters are proud MWJDS alumni.
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.
Amy received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Urban Planning from M.I.T. She currently resides in Brookline with her husband, Mitchell Rosenberg, and the youngest of her three sons
Irit Tau-Webber is the President of Family Connection, MWJDS’s parent association. 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.