I am Mara Bloom and my family (Joel, Aliya and Nathaniel) relocated from New York in 2009 and we have been thrilled to be part of a Temple Reyim since 2011. We have found Reyim to be a welcoming, warm, joyous, and vibrant Jewish community that is both a spiritual home and an engaged community that promotes friendships, Jewish education and personal learning, traditions and celebrations, mitzvot, intergenerational programming, and social action. I enjoy serving on the Board and am personally very excited about the new social action initiatives including support for asylum seekers and victims of domestic violence, as well as green initiatives to improve the environment by reducing our carbon footprint. In my professional life, I serve as the Executive Director for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center where I am passionate about improving the lives of cancer patients and their families through personalized, high-quality clinical care and innovative clinical and translational research.
Leslie and her husband Alan have been members of Temple Reyim for 20 years. Their three boys, Evan and Tyler (twins, age 22) and Noah (age 19) have grown up at Reyim and still join us frequently on Shabbat and holidays when they are in Newton. Leslie is a long-time board member, has served on numerous committees over the last two decades, and is currently the co-chair of the Campaign for Reyim. Leslie is a lawyer by training and previously served as an administrative law judge before leaving the workforce to raise her children.
My family and I have been members of Temple Reyim since 2007. Temple Reyim has become a very important part of our lives. We are involved on many different levels and enjoy all aspects of what Temple Reyim has to offer. My family and I feel very fortunate to have found Temple Reyim and be a part of the community.
It is a great pleasure to be a member of the Temple Reyim community and also to serve on the Executive Committee. Carl and I were warmly welcomed into the community from the moment we visited and our relationship with the Temple has become more significant in our lives as our children were bat/bar mitzvahed and have grown up here.
Ian and his wife Jen have been active members since 2008, and especially involved in Young Families activities. With their two girls, who love to dance during Friday evening services, they've enjoyed celebrating Shabbat, the holidays and lifecycle events with the warm and welcoming Reyim community.
The Byer Mermelstein family has been a member of Temple Reyim for 11 years and looks forward to many more! We were welcomed the moment we walked through the front door and greatly value the wonderful and warm friendships we have found in the Temple Reyim community. We enjoy all that Reyim offers ranging from engaging lectures and presentations to monthly Shabbat Reyim dinners, preparing food in the kitchen, and celebrating Shabbat and Jewish Holidays with our Reyim family.
Andy and his family have been members of Reyim since 1994. Jewish life has been an integral part of his life in New England. His three boys, Adam, David and Yoni attended Solomon Schechter and Gann Academy. His wife, Suzanne, was in the first class at Hebrew College Rabbinical School and graduated as a Rabbi in 2009. Andy is the lightweight in the group, picking up learning crumbs from his family and friends along the way!
Andy has been the President of Reyim for the last four years. "I never saw myself as a synagogue President, but I can honestly say, this has been the most rewarding endeavor of my lay leadership work. We have a loving and caring community, and have worked together to honor and support each other. Working closely with Rabbi Berman, I am proud to have led this effort.”
Shell and I joined Temple Reyim in 1980. We are extremely proud that after celebrating namings, bat mitzvahs and weddings with our daughters Jessie and Rina at Reyim, this year we became three generation members of the congregation with the birth of our granddaughters, Rivka and Ziva Zampieron. I currently am the Director of Litigation at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, a national public interest organization representing low income and elderly consumers in the areas of consumer finance, affordable home ownership and access to utilities, while Shell is the Executive Director of the Billy Dalwin Preschool at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA.
My family and I have been members of the reyim community for the past 13 years. We all very much enjoy many of the different services, activities and especially the members at the shul. I have been part of the lay leadership of Temple Reyim for the past 6 year.
My family and I have been members of Temple Reyim since 2002. We joined after initially belonging to another synagogue in Newton, but did not connect with any of the members there. From the instant we walked into synagogue that first Rosh Hashanah we were members, we have been welcomed into the community. When we decided to adopt internationally, the community welcomed our daughter with open arms. My three children have grown up in the shul and have been able to explore their religious roots. I own my own law practice with an office in Newton Centre where I represent litigants in civil disputes ranging from business disputes to landlord/tenant to problems with home improvement problems.
I look forward to filling Andy's very big shoes as President come July.