Meet the Professional Team

Rabbi Danny Burkeman, Senior Rabbi

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Danny Burkeman

Rabbi Danny (he/him) is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Shir Tikva. In his own words he is committed “to making Judaism relevant in the modern world,” believing that it offers many answers to the major problems affecting society today. In his rabbinic work he has looked for ways to engage people with their Judaism in new and creative ways.

In 2019 Rabbi Danny was a recipient of the CJP’s Chai in the Hub Award for Jewish leaders under 40. He also recently completed an UpStart fellowship for communal intrapreuners and he was a member of the inaugural cohort of the UJA Federation of New York’s Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders. He is a regular contributor to the MetroWest Daily News, EJewish Philanthropy, and the Union for Reform Judaism blog. For several years he had a podcast Two Minutes of Torah, which was included in a list of the Top Seven Jewish podcasts.

Outside of the Synagogue Rabbi Danny is married to Micol, a Jewish educator, and together they are the proud parents of Gabby and Benny. While most of his time outside of the synagogue is spent with his family he still finds opportunities to follow sports (pretty much all sports). Since moving here he has adopted all of the Boston sports teams as his own, although his heart still belongs to his beloved Liverpool Football Club first and foremost. He is a big fan of the British TV series Doctor Who, and he would be happy to talk to you about it at length.

Read Rabbi Danny’s sermons.

Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner, Cantor


Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner

Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner (she/her) has been delighted to serve on the clergy team of Temple Shir Tikva since July 2001. She believes in the power of music to bring people together in prayer, friendship, and across differences, and sees her leadership role as  empowering the congregation to find and use its own voice. She is passionate about learning and teaching Torah and is a dedicated pastoral counselor. Cantor Hollis is especially excited about enabling our community to explore new pathways to deeper connections through meditation, Mussar, Jewish yoga, and the contemplative offerings of the TST Center for Jewish Spirituality. 

Cantor Hollis grew up in Miami, Florida, where she was a musical theatre major at the New World School of the Arts and studied in the jazz and vocal performance departments of the University of Miami, where her crowning achievement was fronting a Joni Mitchell Ensemble before graduating with double majors in Music and Judaic Studies. She was the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, where her voice was heard weekly throughout South Florida on a live Shabbat radio broadcast. During her studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion she served Temple B’nai Israel of Woodbury, Connecticut for three years until her Cantorial ordination in May, 2001. 

Cantor Hollis is a founding board member of the organization “Uprooted: A Jewish Communal Response to Fertility Journeys,” and a past board member and frequent teacher at the Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center, and has served as a coach for the Hebrew College Cantorial Program. She is a member of the second Clergy Leadership Program cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and is currently training in the Manchim: Advanced Certification in Mussar Facilitation program of The Mussar Institute. 

Cantor Hollis is still a musical theatre nerd who also loves throwing pottery, cooking for crowds of friends and family, reading, traveling and camping. She and her husband, Cantor Jeffrey Stock, are the proud parents of Gavriel and Liat who are blessed to have had the gift of growing up as children of Temple Shir Tikva. 

Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, Rabbi


Rabbi Lisa Eiduson

Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, EdD (she/her) has cherished her work as a congregational rabbi since 1992. Prior to joining the clergy team at Temple Shir Tikva, she served for 8 years as rabbi of Congregation B’nai Torah in Sudbury MA. From 2003-2015, she was Rabbi/Educator at Temple Beth Avodah of Newton Centre, MA. Rabbi Lisa also served congregations in Cincinnati and Beachwood, Ohio as well as Buffalo, New York.

Rabbi Lisa was a summa cum laude, phi beta kappa graduate of Boston University, where she completed her undergraduate work for distinction with Elie Wiesel. She went on to receive a Masters degree and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. In May 2019, Rabbi Lisa received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership Studies, writing her dissertation on shared leadership among a synagogue professional team. Rabbi Eiduson has been an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, the University at Buffalo, and Brandeis University’s International Business School, where she helped prepare MBA students from all over the world for travel to Israel as part of a class on Israel’s economy, start-up culture, and business sector. She is a 20-year regular member of Boston Children’s Hospital IRB (Institutional Review Board), the body that reviews and approves all of the Hospital’s research studies, in accordance with the ethics surrounding children, and the laws governing the protection of human subjects in medical research.  

In addition to her rabbinic roles at Temple Shir Tikva, Rabbi Lisa holds faculty teaching appointments at Boston College, Northeastern University and Emerson College. She loves formal and informal learning and teaching, and believes deeply in the synagogue as the central address for Jewish education, social justice and community. She is passionate about Israel. Rabbi Lisa takes great pride in being a Reform rabbi, and is eager to partner with the superb professionals, lay leaders, adults, teens, and children at Temple Shir Tikva. 

 Rabbi Lisa is married to Rabbi Joseph Eiduson, and they have two adult daughters, Rosie and Carly, and Bailey, their Chocolate Labrador retriever. 

Heather Renetzky, Student Rabbi

Student Rabbi

Heather Renetzky

Heather Renetzky (she/her) joined us in 2022 as our new Student Rabbi, as a part of her studies at Hebrew College. Previously, she was the Director of the Boston-Area Jewish Education Program and worked as the Rabbinic Intern at 2Life Communities where she offered pastoral care, Jewish services, and learning for the residents. She is also the Centennial Lecture Series Teaching Assistant at Hebrew College, which has involved an exploration of Judaism’s approach to communal and existential challenges.

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg

In 1986, after more than ten years of leadership as a day school headmaster and Jewish Communal Relations professional, Rabbi Blumberg returned to congregational life by assuming the Rabbinic leadership of Temple Shir Tikva.

During his 19-year tenure, Shir Tikva’s membership, congregant participation and new programs grew significantly, making Shir Tikva more than a place of worship. The synagogue developed into an inviting and welcoming environment where Jews of all ages could gather in search of knowledge, spirituality and community. Under Rabbi Blumberg’s guidance, Shir Tikva became a Reform congregation that embraced Jewish tradition and sacred teachings viewed through modern and post-modern lenses. Rabbi Blumberg retired from his post at Temple Shir Tikva in July, 2005.

Currently Rabbi Blumberg is a member of the Religious Services and Palliative Care staff at Hebrew Senior Life. His work focuses on counseling patients and families who are facing serious illness and end of life concerns. Rabbi Blumberg is also a spiritual care coordinator at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Newton, Massachusetts, and a member of a Community Ethics Committee, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, which deliberates on significant bio-medical ethical questions.

Rabbi Blumberg and his wife Paula have three grown children, several grandchildren and reside in Newton.

Executive Director

Dan Brosgol

Dan Brosgol joined Temple Shir Tikva as Executive Director in September of 2023. In that role, he serves as a strategic partner to clergy, temple leadership, the President, and Board of Directors, leads and manages all aspects of temple administration, provides financial management and oversight, oversees building maintenance and operations, supports the Early Learning Center and Religious School business operation, and promotes congregational engagement.

Prior to coming to Shir Tikva, Dan served in leadership positions at The Rashi School, Kesher Newton, and Hebrew College, in addition to working as a department head for the Town of Bedford. Dan was also honored in the first Chai in the Hub Cohort in 2013, participated in the Boston PresenTense Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship in 2011, and is pursuing a doctorate in education at Northeastern University. Dan has also been a writer for since its launch and writes and podcasts on a variety of platforms. Dan serves on the Bedford School Committee and volunteers for an array of non-profit organizations.

Dan lives in Bedford with his wife and five children.



Alison Weikel, Director of Education

Director of Education

Alison Weikel

Alison Weikel (she/her) joined Temple Shir Tikva in 2018 as our Director of Education and is responsible for meaningful and engaging learning programs for our Kindergarten through 12th grade children and teens. Alison’s commitment to Jewish education is based on the idea that Judaism, Jewish community, and Jewish learning can offer us something we cannot get anywhere else. She believes strongly in listening to children and teens and to their parents, providing flexibility, support, and solutions to difficult situations.

Alison’s background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania as well as certificates from the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and the University of Cincinnati in Jewish educational leadership. She is one of the 2014 National winners of the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Alison came to us from The Valley Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was Director of Education for almost 10 years.

Before entering Jewish education, Alison spent several years in public education in Pennsylvania, New York and Germany. She is a strong believer in ongoing professional development and mentoring of teachers and has presented and published on several topics including reflective practice, innovation, teacher inquiry, and practitioner research.

Alison lives in Carlisle with her husband, Rob. They have  two college-aged children, Josh and Maddie. When she is not at TST, Alison loves to garden, cook, and read, and she’d love to talk to you about any of those interests!

Articles by Alison:

Stephanie Lerner, Early Learning Center Director

Early Learning Center Director

Stephanie Lerner

Stephanie Lerner (she/her) joined the ELC in July 2020 after more than 17 years as a teacher in the field of early childhood education. During her tenure as a teacher, Stephanie has had experience working in classrooms of all ages, from infants to pre-kindergarten. Her background includes an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Connecticut, and a M.Ed from Lesley University in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts.  She has studied the Reggio approach to early childhood education in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and spent a summer teaching preschool in Taichung, Taiwan.

Stephanie is passionate about the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy of education, in which teachers and parents work as partners in their children’s education. She understands the importance of creating an environment with parents and teachers that will inspire creativity, curiosity and foster a sense of wonder in children. She finds great joy in working with teachers to design rich provocations and invitations for learning that will allow children to engage deeply in the world around them.

Stephanie lives in Framingham with her husband, Abraham, and two young children, Gabrielle and Micah. She is delighted that she and her family have found a home here as part of the Temple Shir Tikva community.

Articles by Stephanie:

Jenna Friedman, Director of Youth Engagement

Director of Youth Engagement

Jenna Friedman

Jenna (she/her) is thrilled to be embarking on her seventh year as the Director of Youth Engagement here at Temple Shir Tikva, and to continue building on the relationships she has established in her first six years. In her role, Jenna serves as the coordinator for our Madrichim (teen classroom leadership) Program, an educator in AISH (our teen learning program), the advisor for STIFTY (our teen youth group), the facilitator for our new Team Teen Tikkun social action program, and the manager of all Junior Youth programming. She has also taught both Hebrew and Judaics throughout all grades in Hineini. 

Jenna is beyond excited to welcome your children to TST, and to get to know as many of you as possible! You are always welcome in her office, and she will always have a snack on hand for those who seek it.

Feel free to give Jenna a call at 508-358-9992 ext. 221 or email her.

Leah Staffin, Director of Community Engagement

Director of Community Engagement

Leah Staffin

Leah Staffin (she/her) is a program manager, community builder, and Jewish educator. Nearing a decade in the work, Leah is excited to return to Temple Shir Tikva as the Director of Community Engagement. She formerly served TST as Youth Director.

Before returning to the Boston area, Leah worked at two Hillels, including Trinity College Hillel. There, she served as Assistant Director, creating programs, managing operations, and training student leaders. She looks forward to working with the dynamic TST community and to helping provide engaging programs for congregants.

Karen Edwards, Assistant to the Clergy

Assistant to the Clergy

Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards has been part of the TST team since April 2006 and calls Natick, MA home. When she’s not working with our clergy and community members, she loves to garden, volunteer, host Shabbat meals, and learn Torah. She has a daughter, Rivka, who lives in Brooklyn.

Office Manager

Christina Loftus

Christina Loftus has been in the role of Office Manager for almost three years. She lives in Wellesley with her two children, Brooke and Lincoln. Before coming to TST, Christina graduated from Ohio Wesleyan and has held a real estate license, working with residential clients and non-profits. Christina is the president of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, working to raise $200,000 a year for grants and services for the community.

Marissa Kaye, Early Learning Center Administrator

Early Learning Center Administrator

Marissa Kaye

Marissa (she/her) is going into her fifth year working in the ELC, but she has been working and volunteering at Shir Tikva since she was a teenager! She started out as a madricha and volunteered in the office during the summers throughout high school and college. She also assisted the Ed Team before starting her current position in the ELC. Marissa graduated from Smith College in 2016 with a BA in East Asian Studies. She lives in Watertown with her partner and her cat, Mushroom.  When she’s not working with the youngest members of our community, Marissa likes Sudoku, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

John Legg, IT Specialist

IT Specialist

John Legg

John Legg (he/him) is excited to join as the IT specialist at Temple Shir Tikva, having started as an IT intern in June 2021. He graduated from Framingham State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He loves to tackle challenges that come from the audio-visual needs of Temple Shir Tikva. Alongside Richard Kaye, he has steadily improved the quality of the live-streaming offerings of Temple Shir Tikva. John is excited to be presented with new interesting challenges that need to be researched and solved, such as improvements to the office phone system. He lives in Hudson with his dog Sparky and gecko Gizmo. Outside of work, John enjoys fishing, listening to jazz records on his victor talking machine, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Beth Goldfarb, Development and Communications Coordinator

Development and Communications Coordinator

Beth Goldfarb

Beth Goldfarb (she/her) recently joined Temple Shir Tikva as the Development and Communications Coordinator. She will provide administrative support for the annual campaign, capital campaign, and other fundraising needs for TST. Beth will also manage our multiple communications streams, including weekly newsletters, social media postings, and other TST communications.

Prior to joining Temple Shir Tikva, Beth worked as an association management consultant for both local and national associations. After earning her hospitality management degree at UMASS – Amherst, she worked in sales and marketing for multiple hotel chains. Beth moved to event management before starting her family.

She looks forward to collaborating with the TST community to help publicize Temple Shir Tikva’s inclusive, welcoming and growing community as well as their creative and engaging programs and within MetroWest.

Beth and her husband Jay live in Framingham and have four kids, Seth, Ethan, Brett, Bailey, and their dog Brody. When Beth is not volunteering her time supporting many local organizations, she enjoys Pilates, playing Mah Jongg, reading, and traveling.

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