Elizabeth H. Pressman, Co-President

Elizabeth was educated at a Conservative synagogue in Hartford CT and Camp Ramah. As an adult she continues to study and actively participate in the Jewish community, including as a past president of Temple Emunah in Lexington, past president of the former New England Region of USCJ and a current member and past president of the Camp Ramah in New England Board.  Elizabeth and her husband, Bob, have been married for 53 years and have two sons, a daughter and 9 grandchildren.

Craig Schneider, Co-President

Craig Schneider is a Senior Health Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where he conducts research and evaluation projects for the Medicare program and various state agencies. Craig was President of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, West Roxbury, from 2013-15 and served on its Board in multiple positions. Craig was active in the Young Judaea youth movement in high school and college, and lived on Kibbutz Ketura in the late 1980s. He is married to Tammy, who works at Camp Yavneh; their daughter Sarah graduated from BU and is an alumna of Gann Academy and Solomon Schechter Day School; their son Ben is at McGill University and an alumnus of Gann and Schechter. Craig has a doctorate in Health Policy from the Brandeis University Heller School and an MBA from Boston University.

Dr. B. David Stollar, Secretary

David, a native Canadian and graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, served on the Tufts University School of Medicine faculty for 41 years, including 15 as Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and two as Interim Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He, his wife Carol and their three children joined Temple Reyim in Newton in 1964. Active especially in its adult learning programs, he was congregation president in 2005-2007 and continues to serve on its Board. He is a singer with Koleinu. He and Carol, a clinical nutritionist who, in retirement, earned a Masters degree from Hebrew College, participated in the second Unity Mission to Israel in 2012.

Dr. Fred Cohen, Immediate Past President

After completing his term on the Regional Board of the UAHC (now URJ), and while still president of Temple Shalom of Newton, Fred was appointed the new Reform movement officer to the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. In that capacity he has been Secretary, Treasurer and Second Vice President. Fred has chaired the Membership Task Force, helped re-write SCM's By-Laws, and has helped lead the Reform Shabbat service at several Shabbatons. Residents of Newton, Fred and his wife, Stephanie, have gone on Unity Missions to New York and on both Unity Missions in Israel.

Sharon Levinson

Sharon has over 30 years of experience in the field of Jewish Communal Service. With a MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, she has held two national positions with Amit Women and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and has worked for Jewish Federations, JCCs, family agencies and geriatric centers. A seasoned professional in the area of volunteer management, Sharon administered a program that trains people 55 and over to become pro bono nonprofit management consultants for SOAR 55. She also serves on the board of Ma’ayan – the women’s torah study initiative, and resides in Newton and Jerusalem.

Liz Offen


Dr. Jay Sage

Jay Sage retired as a physicist from MIT Lincoln Laboratory to pursue his interest in Jewish genealogy. He served as president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and continues in many leadership roles. He is a "poster boy" for the Synagogue Council's unity message, having belonged over the years to Reform, Conservative, and now Orthodox synagogues.

Arnold Zaff z"l

Arnie is a retired lawyer who much prefers wrestling with Jewish texts to wrestling with opposing counsel. He is a Unity Mission alum and has chaired several Synagogue Council committees. Arnie and his wife, Dale, live in Newton, where they are members of Temple Emanuel, a Conservative synagogue. Their son Jonathan and his family live locally and are members of a Reform synagogue. Their son Eric received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a Modern Orthodox yeshiva, and he and his family are members of an Orthodox synagogue in Skokie, Illinois.

Past Presidents

Dr. Fred Cohen

Arnold M. Zaff z"l
Sharon Levinson
Richard G. Shulman
Anita Zetlan Redner z”l
Dr. Jesse Hefter
Ruth C. Glazerman
Richard S. Wissoker
Dr. Matthew Zizmor

Laura Dickerman
Marshall Schneider
Keith R. Osher
Lillian Shulman z”l
Alan M. Edelstein z"l
Irving Belansky
Norman Koss z”l
Robert Kahn

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