Gretchen Marks Brandt, Interim Director

The newest member of the Synagogue Council staff, Gretchen Marks Brandt joined the team as Associate Director in January, 2020.  A veteran Jewish educator, she has held administrative and teaching roles at multiple Jewish day schools and synagogues, and has taught students of all ages.  Gretchen is the Torah Godly Play Instructor at Hebrew College where she works with Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire.  She is a TELEM educator at Congregation Or Atid engaging high school students in service learning.  She is an active member of the Community Hevra Kadisha.  Gretchen was one of ten fellows in The Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom through JTS and the Lippman Kanfer Foundation.  A fifth generation Californian, Gretchen holds degrees in English and Earth Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, and after several years living, working and learning in Israel, she attended Boston University where she did graduate work in Social Psychology with a research emphasis in Jewish Identity.  An active member of Temple Israel of Natick and the Chabad Center of Natick, she is passionate about building Jewish community and committed to Jewish life and learning.

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Emma Savitz, Office Administrator

Emma Savitz joined the Synagogue Council in September 2018. Emma grew up in the Boston area. After spending a year in Israel, she attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. After college, Emma moved back to Boston, where she has been involved in the Jewish community both professionally and personally over the last several years, while also working for the Boston Red Sox. She is pleased to be able to serve the community as part of the Synagogue Council.

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