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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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Kimberly Yaari, Office Administrator

Kimberly is a nonprofit executive with over twenty years of experience. Most recently she was the Office Administrator at Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, and has held positions with the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and the choral group Cappella Clausura. A native Californian, Kimberly moved to Massachusetts in 2012 with her husband and has two daughters attending MetroWest Jewish Day School. In her spare time, Kimberly sings with Sound & Spirit in Natick and has performed with the Heritage Chorale in Framingham as well as the Temple Israel of Natick Singers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and studied Cinema at San Francisco State University.

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