Why TBA

It feels like home. We care about each other, and our loving relationships are at the heart of everything we do.

Come celebrate holidays, share a meal, go on a nature walk, get your hands dirty in our vegetable garden, cook for neighbors in need, discuss ethics or theology, do some Jewish yoga or join us for a Shabbat service at the beach. Our community includes interfaith and LGBTQ families and individuals, singles, and people from all kinds of Jewish backgrounds. Stop by and introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you.

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Our Rabbi

Rabbi Alison Adler was ordained at the trans-denominational Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She seeks to help people of all ages find their own spiritual path while being part of a vibrant community and is passionate about how Jewish study and history inspire us to live with kindness and empathy. Rabbi Adler is on The Human Rights Committee of Beverly and is a Board member of ECCO (Essex County Community Organization). She is a founding member of the Beverly Multifaith Coalition and serves as the President of the North Shore Rabbis and Cantors Association. She received her BA from Kenyon College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Her greatest joys are her husband Chuck and son Leo and she enjoys hiking, yoga and Chuck’s excellent cooking.

Staff

Deb Schutzman

Executive Director

Deborah has been the part-time Education Director at Temple B’nai Abraham since 2005. In 2008 Deborah added the role of Executive Director to her position. Deborah taught Religious School throughout the North Shore prior to becoming Education Director at TBA, and before teaching, she was a successful retail store manager for fourteen years. Deborah left retail to stay home and raise her children, Benjamin and Andrew. She returned to the workforce as a volunteer soon after her son Benjamin was born and began teaching part-time after having Andrew. With both boys grown, Deborah now focuses her management experience and extensive Judaic education on her role at TBA.

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Erin Lipkowitz

Administrative Assistant

Erin officially joined the TBA staff as our administrative assistant in 2014. Previously, Erin volunteered in the office a few days a week for two years before accepting a permanent position. She joined TBA in 1998 when her two daughters were young. Erin served several terms on the Temple’s Board of Directors and on numerous committees at TBA including Family Programming, Religious School and Sisterhood.

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Cantor Evan Grossman

Cantor Grossman is a third-generation cantor and lifelong Boston-area resident. He has been joining TBA for high holidays and b’nai mitzvah for over 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst and lives in Needham with his wife Sarah and their two children, Benjamin and Ella. Cantor Grossman adores the community at TBA in Beverly and loves seeing the congregation grow and prosper.

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Leadership

Ken Hartman

President

Ken and his wife Peg are residents of Beverly who joined Temple B’nai Abraham 11 years ago. Ken is a Supply Chain manager and Peg is a retired Marketing Manager. They have two daughters: Becca, a Certified Behavior Analyst who works with children on the Autism spectrum and Allison, a PhD physicist who is developing optical medical devices.

Ken was asked to join the Board of Directors to bring his perspective as a new member and as an interfaith family. Ken served as Treasurer for three years and Vice President for one year before assuming the presidency in 2017. He completed Hebrew College’s two-year Me’ah Adult Education Program.

In his “spare time” Ken enjoys cycling around the roads of the North Shore, camping and hiking in the White Mountains and practicing his saxophone.

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Sandy Freiberg Kelliher

First VP

Sandy hails from Long Island, New York, where he grew up near and never lived far from the Atlantic Ocean. When he relocated to Massachusetts in 2010 and Beverly in 2012, he not only felt at home on the Atlantic again, but immediately sensed a feeling of being at home at TBA – not surprisingly first found at a “Shabbat by the Sea.” Sandy holds a business degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in education from Hofstra University and a degree in School Administration from Stony Brook University. He is currently a middle school math teacher in Andover, MA and brings both his education and business backgrounds to his Board position. He is particularly interested in social justice, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Sandy resides in Beverly with his husband Tim.

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David Carnevale

Second VP

David currently serves as 2nd Vice President having been a long-time member of the Board and Recording Secretary from 2012-2017. He has always been one of the go-to people for fixing anything! David has run the Monday Night Suppers at the First Baptist Church since 2010 and was recently honored for his many acts of kindness and good deeds by the Jewish Journal as one of the North Shore’s true mensches. He lives with his wife Sue and son Roman in Beverly.

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Michael Katzenstein

Treasurer

Michael has been a member of Temple B’nai Abraham since 1993. Michael has served on the TBA board in the past as Financial Secretary and currently serves as the TBA Treasurer. Michael is the President of Behavioral Health Care Consultants, a small hospital management consulting firm which he founded in 1994. Michael lives in Beverly with his wife Paige.

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Tom Cheatham

Financial Secretary

Tom and his wife Suzie have been residents of Swampscott since 1984. They joined Temple B’nai Abraham as part of the merger with Temple Shalom in Salem. Tom is in his second career acting as CFO of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore. Tom started his first career in high tech where he served 6.5 years in the IDF Computer Corps. Tom has been an entrepreneur and helped found a high tech company that was based in Yokneam Israel. Tom is the Financial Secretary at the Temple and helps out with the books. Tom also enjoys participating in the ritual life of the Temple. Tom has recently taken up ocean sculling and loves it. Tom and Suzie have three children and ten grandchildren.

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Alan Pierce

Recording Secretary

Alan currently serves as Recording Secretary having served 7 years as President of TBA. Alan is senior partner in the Salem law firm of Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano. He is past president of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore for whom he authored/edited two books on North Shore Jewish history. Alan lives in Beverly with his wife Donna, a Board Member at TBA who recently completed several years as co-President of our Sisterhood. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

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Board of Directors

  • Leslie Colten
  • Lorraine Der
  • Eileen Edelstein
  • Michael Grant
  • Martin Greenstein
  • Alyssa Handler
  • Cindy Lann
  • Rob Leshin
  • Donna Pierce
  • Susan Richard
  • Larry Taitlebaum
  • Jim Younger

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History

On June 4, 1908, Congregation Sons of Abraham was established to serve the religious needs of the growing Jewish population in Beverly. Now well into our second century, Temple B’nai Abraham remains the spiritual, educational and social center of Jewish life for over 15 cities and towns in the Greater Beverly area.

Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA 1908

1908

The local Hebrew colony has formed a congregation, known as the Sons of Abraham, and with 80 names on the list, will meet in the Wood Building at 71 Rantoul Street, at the corner of Rantoul and Pleasant.

Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA 1911

1911

Building erected on property purchased at 37 Bow Street. The building will house three merged congregations – Sons of Abraham, Sons of Abraham and Isaac and Sons of Israel.

Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA 1913

1913

A Cornerstone was laid at the Bow Street Shul for the newly named Congregation Sons of Abraham and Isaac.

Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA 1930

1930

A two-story Hebrew Community Center is built alongside the Synagogue on Bow Street.

Rabbi Meyer Finklestein 1936 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1936-1945

Rabbi Meyer Finklestein becomes the first ordained Rabbi at Congregation Sons of Abraham and Isaac on Bow Street.

Cole Street Cemetery Dedication Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1942-1947

A permit is granted by the Board of Aldermen to the Sons of Abraham to build a cemetery on Cole Street. Cemetery on Cole Street is dedicated.

Fire destroys synagogue 1945 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1945

Fire destroys the Synagogue and Community Center on Bow Street.

rededication 1947 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1947

Rededication of the new combination Synagogue and Community Center on Bow Street.

Fundraising event 1960 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1960

Fundraising began for new building on East Lothrop Street.

Ground breaking ceremony 1961 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1961

Ground breaking for new building on East Lothrop Street. Board votes to rename the corporation Temple B’nai Abraham.

Dedication of new Temple 1962 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1962

Dedication of new Temple.

Bette Siegel, First Female President 1975, Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1975

First Female Temple President – Bette Siegel was elected to a 2-year term.

Mortgage burning ceremony. 1978 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

1978

Mortgage burning ceremony.

Cemetery Sign

2007

Temple B’nai Abraham Interfaith cemetery established.

Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA 100th anniversary 2008

2008

TBA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the congregation.

Rubenstein Garden Dedication Ceremony 2009 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

2009

Martha and Max Rubenstein Garden dedication ceremony.

Rabbi Alison Adler 2010 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

2011

First Woman Rabbi, Rabbi Alison Adler.

Pe'ah Garden established 2012 Temple B'nai Abraham Beverly MA

2012

Pe'ah Garden established.

Temple Shalom, Salem, MA

2014

Temple B'nai Abraham merges with Temple Shalom of Salem.

Temple B'nai Abraham new logo, 2017

2017

TBA undergoes a rebrand. New logo designed.