The Synagogue Council has a small but devoted staff who work closely with their partners from the Board of Directors to design programs and key initiatives for the Jewish community. Meet our staff...

Alan Teperow, Executive Director
Alan Teperow has been Executive Director of the Synagogue Council since 1982. A product of USY, Camp Ramah and the Conservative movement, he has been involved with the Zamir Chorale of Boston since its inception in 1969 (and now sings in Koleinu). Alan is a graduate of the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University and has been Managing Director of the Mass. Board of Rabbis since 2005. There are a few things "Tep" is really passionate about: his wonderful and growing family and especially the London-based grandkids; preserving the memory of his stepson, Samuel B. Hanser; and bringing harmony to the Jewish community through dialogue, learning, music and humor. Oh yes, and also chocolate... He and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Newton and are active members of Temple Emanuel.


Marilin Lipman, Assistant Director
Marilin Lipman is the Assistant Director of the Synagogue Council and Director of its Women's Learning Initiative, which offers a wide range of study and dialogue opportunities for Jewish women. In addition, Marilin serves as the staff coordinator of the SCM Shabbaton and editor of the long-standing Synagogue Directory, which is a heavily relied upon resource throughout the Massachusetts Jewish community. She has been on staff at SCM since 1999 and is passionately committed to the principles of K'lal Yisrael. Marilin and her husband, Steve, are members of TBZ (Temple Beth Zion), an innovative independent synagogue in Brookline.


Ellen Michelson, Program Associate
Ellen Michelson joined Synagogue Council’s staff in 2007, after retiring from her first career as a Middle School math teacher.  Ellen serves as the coordinator of the Unity Mission to New York, the Annual Tribute Celebration, the Synagogue Management Symposium, and assorted additional projects for SCM.  Ellen and her husband, Sonny, live in Sharon and are active members of Temple Israel, Sharon.

Paul Kelly, Administrator
Paul Kelly has been with the Synagogue Council in a number of capacities, starting out as a part-time Administrative Assistant, since 2001. Prior to coming to SCM, Paul worked in the banking industry as a Senior Technical Analyst. In addition to the numerous projects he oversees at SCM, he is best known and appreciated for the myriad tasks he performs at our Shabbaton. Paul resides in Dedham with his wife, Wilma, and is a proud father and grandfather.



Peggy Sunshire, Institutional Advancement Consultant

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