Our Officers

Todd Katzman, President
Member Since 2004

Todd was one of the founding members of CRT. Although he was not temple shopping at the time, he was immediately drawn in by the inclusive services, music, meaningful sermons and most importantly the people. He is a Certified Public Accountant and presently is the Executive Director for the Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital where he is a member of, and leader of, many committees and strategic initiatives. Additionally Todd is an Adjunct Professor at Regis College where he is completing a Master’s degree. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his husband Marc and their dogs Luke and Luca. With the exception of the wintertime, most weekends you will find Todd and Marc on Cape Cod, enjoying the beach, light and all that Provincetown has to offer.

Larry PetersTreasurer
Member Since Founding in 2004

My wife and I have been active members of Central Reform since its founding. We were initially attracted by the center city location, but it has been Rabbi Berman’s liberal, inclusive theology and the diversity and warmth of the congregation that have made Central Reform our spiritual home. When not practicing law, minding the Temple books or running through the streets of Boston, I have been known (on appropriate occasions) to blow the shofar.

 

Marc LaCasseClerk
Member Since Founding in 2004

I am the Clerk of Central Reform Temple responsible for all of the Temple’s legal and corporate affairs. I’ve been  a member since the congregation was founded in 2004. Professionally, I am an attorney with my own firm at which specializes in real estate development, transactions, condominium law, business advice and non-profit organizations. I serve on numerous boards of charitable and civic organizations to fulfill my strong belief that giving back to the community is vital and important. Todd Katzman, the current President of the temple, is my husband. We enjoy travel, art, and spending time with friends and family at our summer home in Provincetown.

 

JillSilversteinJill S. Silverstein, Ed.D., Past President (2009-2012)
Member Since 2005

I am an “education junkie” and repeat offender in the university system – with a masters from New England Conservatory (theory and composition), and master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Boston University (where I am an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education). Probably no big surprise, professionally, I am an education/organizational development consultant committed to building life-long learners in the workplace. Having worked with leadership teams developing talent at all levels of organizations (for a long time!), I am known for my ability to work collaboratively with folks across boundaries of all sorts (“plays well with others!”).  In my free time, my favorite thing to do is spend time with David doing anything.  After that, I serve on a couple not-for-profit Boards (related to education and the arts), volunteer at a dog rescue with my niece, love music, read, do yoga, and like entertaining friends and family.

Board of Directors

SEW headshots 012_compressedSusan Werbe, Member since 2013

Throughout my careers in education and institutional advancement, I have had the good fortune to work in schools and for nonprofit organizations whose missions embrace diversity, empowerment, and social justice. These qualities – complementing aspects of my own spiritual journey – are what initially drew me to join Central Reform Temple!

With a BA from New York University and an MEd from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, I work today as an independent scholar with special interest in early 20th C. British history, including a focus on the social and cultural history of World War One. I am especially interested in the arts as a pathway into this history and have used dance, theatre, and music to create performance pieces to mark The Great War’s centennial. The theatre piece, The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth, of which I was co-creator and producer, was performed at the Emmanuel Center, in Boston public high schools as well as in other Boston venues, New York City, and the UK.

Dickerman_PaulaPaula Dickerman, Member since 2005

I have been a cantorial soloist at CRT since the beginning of our partnership with Emmanuel Church, and manage our music programs. Currently, I co-chair our annual Chanukah celebration, A Light Through the Ages. Professionally, I was a learning & development executive and a commercial banker, and have an MBA from Yale University. For me, Central Reform Temple provides a supportive, stimulating spiritual community from which we practice “torah” daily through our relationships at CRT, with our families, in our local communities, and as citizens of the world.

 

staceyStacey Cannon

Stacey Cannon has been a member of CRT for almost 10 years; well before moving into Boston from the suburbs. Stacey has an interfaith marriage and was seeking a spiritual outlet for her Judaism. In Rabbi Berman and the welcoming congregation, she found fellowship and a shared sense of commitment to exploration of the her Jewish identity. Stacey has been a practising international attorney for over 30 years, and been lucky to have lived and worked outside of the US as part of her career. She has two grown children living on both coasts, and a grandchild. She and her husband are avid travelers, and regular participants in all that the Temple has to offer. Summer worship in Provincetown is one of the highlights of the year for her and her husband Tim.

Joseph_ZibrakJoseph Zibrak

I am a charter member of CRT. The first organizational meeting was held at my home in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. I was drawn to CRT by its commitment to diversity, focus on adult learning and most importantly by the remarkable individuals in the congregation who have become my close friends.

I have been an enthusiastic advocate for Reform Judaism since my teenage leadership in NYFTY (New York Federation of Temple Youth).I have led Missions to Israel to strengthen ties to our Israeli brothers and sisters.I have three wonderful children and four grandchildren. My oldest just received her Bat Mitzvah date! I have been a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for many years. I support a number of local LGBTQ organizations and am looking forward to my marriage next summer to my partner, Matthew.