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 the Rutland Jewish Center in Vermont, from October 2017 through June 2019, and before that as interim rabbi at Congregation Agudat Achim in Leominster, Massachusetts.
Contact Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman at 603-436-5301 ext. 12 or by email.
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.
Tzipporah (Tzippy) joined Temple Israel as Head of School and Family Programming Coordinator in June 2021. She has dedicated her professional life to creating unique Jewish experiences in a variety of settings, including USY and Camp Ramah. A current rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, Tzippy has been developing a community without walls that serves the Jewish live music community, with a focus on creating Jewish experiences at music festivals and concerts. Once the pandemic began, she transferred the entire operation online. She is now in the process of creating a recorded guitar series that delivers music education with a curriculum built around Jewish music.
Tzippy speaks Hebrew and Swahili.
Contact Tzippy Horowitz at 603-436-5301 ext. 14 or by email.
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.
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 Robert Zimman, President of Temple Israel. Elections to fill board seats are held at the annual meeting in May.