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 Board of Directors

  • President, Kathy Krechevsky
  • 1st Vice President, Harold Kramer
  • 2nd Vice President, Gary Lippin
  • Recording Secretary, Tony Bettencourt
  • Corresponding Secretary, Ira Caplan
  • Treasurer, Rachel Shanok
  • Immediate Past President, Chris Shafer
  • Financial Secretary, Julie Danetz
  • Trustee, Ann Curiale
  • Trustee, Ruth Ratner
  • Trustee, Don Altschuler
  • Membership, Elyse Krantz
  • Sisterhood President, Gab Tougas
  • Brotherhood President, Larry Segal
  • Ritual, Ed Rosenblatt
  • High Holy Day Ritual, Larry Segal
  • Advertising and Public Relations, Rachel Barnett
  • Social Action, open
  • Finance and Budget Chair, John Ramadei
  • Building and Grounds, Sam Ratner

Temple board meetings are open to all Temple members. Please see the monthly calendar for a schedule of meetings. Board meeting minutes are available here.

From Our President

On the first day of my presidency I am thinking back to the day Kim Math invited me to lunch with an intimidating proposal. Would I consider taking on a VP role and eventually the presidency of TBD? I was extremely flattered and honored to be considered. I was also perhaps a little petrified and maybe a lot worried about handling the responsibilities that come with the position. Who was I to think I had the chops to be successful? What if I failed to make every congregant happy with every decision made? What if it was too hard? 

Fast forward a few years to 2020, a year that is challenging all of us in so many ways. On a professional level, I made a career change to working in Infection Prevention, and COVID-19 has been front and center in my work life. On a personal level, COVID-19 is front and center as it guides my personal behavior regarding social distancing and wearing a mask. And as President of TBD, COVID-19 is front and center as we respond to state mandates and ethical guidelines in providing our congregants and our community with the connection and support they need during these unique times. 

Perhaps our biggest challenge in the near future is focused on High Holy Day services. Since the beginning of the pandemic, what we know about how to prevent COVID-19 from spreading has changed significantly. Sadly, current best practice as recommended by the scientific community and supported by the URJ does not make it possible for us to physically enter our holy spaces to pray together for HHDs this year. Despite this, TBD is committed to finding the best way possible for us to worship together in spirit. We have a great team that is working tirelessly on upgrading TBD’s streaming capabilities, not only for HHDs but as a permanent way to bring services to those who may not always be able to attend in person. Several other teams are working to create innovative ways to engage members until we can meet as a community again. 

We are a congregation of many individuals, each with his or her own special gifts to offer our community, and I encourage you all to reach beyond your comfort zone to be involved and support TBD. As I reflect on the fears I had when I started this journey, I can honestly say I am confident my journey will continue to be successful despite those concerns. This is  because TBD continues to be the welcoming and supportive Jewish community I found when my family joined so many years ago. I want to extend my gratitude to the many TBD leaders that have come before me. Chris Shafer is the immediate past president and one of my biggest supporters. As he has built upon the foundations of those who came before him, I am committed to doing the same, as well as supporting those who will help lead us into the future. Together, let’s have a great year! 

Kathy Krechevsky
president@tbdcheshire.org

Past Presidents

2018-2020 Chris Shafer
2016-2018 Kim Math
2014-2016 Don Altschuler
2012-2014 Debbie Gaudette
2010-2012 Mindy Fricke
2008-2010 Jodi Harris
2006-2008 Gerry Barker
2004-2006 Sam Brown
2002-2004 Michael Laden
2000-2002 Larry Tannenbaum
1998-2000 Ellen Levada
1997-1998 Marty Cobern
1996-1997 Barry Pinkus
1994-1996 Ken Kurz
1992-1994 Natan Bauman
1990-1992 Barry Kelmachter
1988-1990 Andy Kampf
1986-1988 Marty Cobern
1984-1986 Brett Gerstenhaber
1982-1984 Jerrold Lehrman
1980-1982 Honey Zeiger
1978-1980 Murray Gallant
1976-1978 Robert Zeidman
1975-1976 David Sommer
1974-1975 Jay Charkow
1972-1974 Myron Smith
1970-1972 Murray Gallant
1968-1970 Dick Fiske

Tue, July 7 2020 15 Tammuz 5780