Lay Leadership


Mara Bloom

Mara Bloom

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 Crane

Leslie Crane

Leslie and her husband Alan have been members of Temple Reyim for 20 years. Their three boys, Evan and Tyler (twins, age 24) and Noah (age 20) have grown up at Reyim and still join them 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.


Gita Foster

Gita Foster

My husband David and I have been members of Temple Reyim since 1995. We have many close friends among the members. Our two boys, Nathan and Aaron were raised and had their bar mitzvahs here. I am happy to be rejoining the board and the executive committee after an absence of a few years. I am a physics teacher by profession.


Ari Goldberg

Ari Goldberg

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.


Rich Housman

Rich Housman

My wife Nancy and I joined the Reyim congregation two years ago. We found a welcoming community where one can participate to whatever level they are comfortable with. We have three sons: Max, Jake, and Adam. I volunteered to be a part of the Executive Committee and look forward to focusing on continuing to make Reyim a great place while staying on sound financial footing. My career background includes several years as Chief Financial Officer for various companies.


Rich Klein

Rich Klein

My wife Ronnie and I joined Temple Reyim in 2013, and were immediately struck by its warm and welcoming environment. Since then we have developed many strong friendships, and have had the opportunity for several unique learning experiences. I’m honored to be asked to serve on the Executive Committee and will work hard to maintain Reyim’s culture and fiscal stability.


Andy Offit

Andy Offit

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 was President of Reyim from 2013 - 2017. "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.”


Josh Siegel

Josh Siegel

My wife Rachel and children Noah and Isabel have been members of the Reyim congregation for four years and have truly found a home here. We all enjoy the participatory nature of the services and the warm sense of community that is at Reyim’s core. I’m honored to be a part of the Executive Committee and look forward to focusing on continuing to make Reyim a great place for new and growing families.


Ellen Tanowitz

Ellen Tanowitz

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.

I look forward to filling Andy's very big shoes as President come July.


Lina Zaslavsky

Lina Zaslavsky

My name is Lina Zaslavsky. My family and I have been members at Temple Reyim for the past 7 years. From the moment my husband and I came in the door, we have found here an open and welcoming place and a strong sense of community. My sons, now 9 and 11 years old, feel a sense of belonging and are always eager to see their Reyim friends. We have all enjoyed many family-oriented programs and educational activities. Three years ago I joined Reyim board, so I could take a more active role in the congregation. This year I am honored to be part of the executive committee and I will continue to work on family programs and serve as a liaison to Kesher. Outside of Reyim, I am a neurologist in private practice in the Metrowest area.