The synagogue’s Jewish Education Directors can be reached at (617) 332-7770 or at their email addresses below.
ERIN GUBERT, our much-loved and respected religious school teacher, is now our new Religious School Director. Previously, Erin has held Pre-K, Religious school, and Junior Congregation teaching positions at Mishkan Tefila. She has also worked as a Head Teacher at Gan Shelanu Preschool at Solomon Schechter of Greater Boston, and as a Junior Congregation Teacher at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Staten Island. Erin received her B.A. from Brandeis University; holds a certificate in Jewish Education for Early Childhood from Hebrew College; and is currently working toward an M.A. in Jewish Education.
WENDY HANDLER, a longtime member of Mishkan, has made a career out of touching lives, both within our congregation, and elsewhere. If synagogues had b’sherets (soulmates), ours would be Wendy. She has served on the Mishkan staff as Me’ah Coordinator, Family Educator, and Youth Director and has volunteered for our Family Table and Youth Department. Before her Mishkan days, Wendy was heavily involved in Jewish academic outreach, directing student activities at the Boston University Hillel. Wendy earned both a Bachelors and Masters of Law from York University in Toronto. She then went onto receive a second Masters in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University and her Certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College.
RABBI MARCIA PLUMB, most recently from London England, has a vibrancy that is the perfect match for Rabbi Gordon’s verve. Rabbi Plumb was the Rabbi for London’s Akiva School and the Southgate and District Reform Synagogue. For 15 years, she was the Director of Spiritual Formation at Leo Baeck, the rabbinic seminary in London. She has also served as the Rabbi at the North London Progressive Synagogue, and Deep River, Connecticut’s Congregation Beth Shalom. Hoping to lead others on a path towards spiritual enlightenment, she founded Neshama: For Spiritual Wellbeing, a center for spiritual reflection, meditation and the study of Mussar literature. Plumb was ordained a Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. She holds a Masters in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas.
Lisa Kideckel, Nursery School Director
Phone: 617-332-7770 x 3236
LISA KIDECKEL came to us with years of experience both as an educator and a director. She has dedicated her professional career to the education of young children. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University, with a concentration in Child Development and Family Studies; a Masters of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland; and she holds Director II Certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Lisa served as the Director of the Suzuki Preschool of Newton where she established the preschool from it’s inception. Lisa’s extensive background includes terms at Temple Emeth Nursery School, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, and Temple Israel of Swampscott.
Lisa is married to Rabbi Earl Kideckel of Temple Beth Torah in Holliston. They are the parents of Stacey, Cory and Bradley.