Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman
Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman joined Temple Israel as spiritual leader in July 2020. She is dedicated to the development of meaningful Jewish community rooted in our Jewish wisdom traditions and inspired by the contemporary call for tikkun olam — repairing the world. Before moving to New Hampshire, Rabba Kaya served as interim rabbi at synagogues in New England from 2016 through 2019. Rabba Kaya is the founder of Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality, where she served as executive director and spiritual leader from 2012 to 2016.

Contact Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman at 603-436-5301 ext. 12 or by email.

Benjamin (Beni) Summers

Rabbinic Intern, 2024-2025

Benjamin (Beni) Summers will be our rabbinic intern from September through May 2025. Beni is currently in his fourth year of rabbinic studies at Hebrew College in Boston. He is a graduate of Bighampton University with a BA in history. Beni taught for four years at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA and was an intern at Shirat Hayam in Swampscott and at Nava Tehila in Jerusalem. He looks forward to meeting our community and contributing to our spiritual life next year. 

Contact Beni by email (coming soon).


Erik Martin, Head of School / Family Programming Coordinator

Erik Martin joined Temple Israel as Head of School and Family Programming Coordinator in 2021. His duties include overseeing Temple Israel’s Religious School and coordinating programming for children and families.

Previously, Erik worked as the Director of NextGen for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and as District Executive of the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Contact Erik Martin at 603-436-5301 ext. 14 or by email.

Heather Tomlinson

Heather Tomlinson, Administrative Director

Heather Tomlinson, Temple Israel’s Administrative Director since 2017, manages the temple office. Her duties include communications, scheduling, event preparation, and administrative support for volunteers and staff. Her background in writing and publishing, which includes authoring several young adult fantasy novels, adds to her creative flair and skill in preparing The Doorpost newsletter, weekly bulletins, event flyers and other temple communications.

Heather grew up in southern California and Sanbornton, NH, and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in French. She enjoys quilting, playing mah jongg (as taught by Temple Israel member experts!), and sailing. She lives with her husband and son in the Seacoast area.

Contact Heather Tomlinson at 603-436-5301 ext. 10 or by email.

Tammy LaBonte

Tammy Roberge, Early Learning Center Director

Tammy Roberge, known as Miss Tammy to Early Learning Center children and families, joined Temple Israel as Director of the Early Learning Center Preschool in 2018. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She is certified by the North American Montessori Center and has 20 years of experience working with young children. 

Miss Tammy’s desire to teach started in a Head Start program. She has  also been a director of a large center, worked with special-needs preschoolers for a school district, and served as a Montessori lead teacher before coming to the Early Learning Center. She is committed to making the Early Learning Center Preschool a broad and stimulating learning environment that shares the richness of Jewish values to provide your child’s early foundation

Contact Tammy Roberge at 603-436-5301 ext. 23 or by email

Board of Directors

The Temple Israel Board of Directors is responsible for planning, budgeting and operations, as well as  maintaining the synagogue’s positive public standing in the community. This team of 16 dedicated congregant volunteers works tirelessly to promote Temple Israel’s mission: to provide a thriving synagogue for people interested in Jewish life, culture and tradition.

The Board of Directors generally meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, with Executive Committee meetings scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to members of the congregation. Please check with the Temple Israel office for any changes to the regular schedule.

If you’re interested in serving on the board or a committee, please contact Jared Nabel,  President of Temple Israel. Elections to fill board seats are held at the annual meeting in May.