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Dr. Howard Abrams, President

Dr. Howard Abrams serves as President of Congregation Shirat Hayam. Howie’s early congregational experiences were through Temple Mishkan Tefila (then in Roxbury) and Temple Emeth in South Brookline. He was active in United Synagogue Youth (USY), meeting his wife, the former Israella Kazis, through that organization and through Clark University in Worcester where they both graduated. They moved to the North Shore after he finished training in Psychiatry and they have both been active in local Jewish communal life, with Howie serving for many years on the Board at Cohen Hillel Academy and also the Board at the Jewish Federation. They have been active members of CSH since it’s inception  He maintains a practice of adult psychiatry in Salem and has held a variety of positions at North Shore Medical Center and Partners Health Care. He and Israella are the proud parents of Alex and Alisa and their spouses and the even prouder Nana and Papa of four beautiful grandchildren.

 

Executive Committee

PRESIDENT - Howard Abrams
VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES -  Karynn Needel
VICE PRESIDENT, PRESCHOOL EDUCATION & FINANCIAL CLERK - Renee Sidman
TREASURER & VICE PRESIDENT, BUDGET & FINANCE -  Jason Levine
CONGREGATIONAL HOME, CHAIR - Sheldon Frisch
CLERK - Alexandra Shube
EX OFFICIO - Melissa Kaplowitch
EX OFFICIO - Joseph Selby

 

Board of Directors

Howard Abrams
Brian Cohen
Michael Cohen
Fran Levy Freiman
Sheldon Frisch
Larry Goldberg
Larry Groipen
Jessica Heller
Yoni Hipsh
Jason Levine
Karynn Needel
Jerry Rosen
Hal Schwartz
Janna Schwartz
Alexandra Shube
Renee Sidman
Wayne Trebbin
Nathaniel Weiss

 

Immediate Past Presidents

Joseph Selby
David Rosenberg