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Board of Trustees

The UVJC would not be possible without the hard work done by our volunteers, including our Board of Trustees, who manage much of the behind-the-scenes work that helps our synagogue to run smoothly. If you have questions or suggestions, or if you wish to learn more about the operations of our Hebrew school or of the various Roth Center committees, do not hesitate to reach out to one of the members of the board below.

Board Meeting Calendar and Minutes

Bylaws and Other Documents

Debbe Callaghan, President

Debbe Callaghan joined the Board in 2016. Debbe and her family moved to Upper Valley in 2005 from the New York City area and have been active members of the UVJC. Debbe and her husband Carey live in Hanover. Debbe can be reached at


Thomas Cochran, V.P.

Thomas Cochran has been a member of the UVJC since 2014 and a board member since 2016. A teacher for seventeen years at Hanover High School, he cherishes the many connections he has made with students. He is currently a member of the UVJC Education Committee and looks forward to providing our community with meaningful learning opportunities. He takes great delight in attending Saturday morning services with his daughter and friends.

Jeff Lubell, V.P.

Jeff Lubell has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014. He currently serves as chair of the Ruach (Spirit) Committee, which is focused on ensuring that UVJC’s religious services meet the needs of the UVJC community and supporting spirituality and community through other UVJC programs. In his day job, Jeff works on research, policy and technical assistance related to affordable housing, community development, asset building and financial capability for Abt Associates. Contact Jeff at

Kathy Parsonnet, V.P.

Paul Etkind, Treasurer

Paul Etkind and his wife Sue moved to the Upper Valley, aka the Greater Grantham Metropolitan Area, in 2014 upon retiring from his career as a public health epidemiologist. They joined the UVJC shortly after moving here. Paul is active in various governance and other committees of the Eastman Community Association, and is enjoying the rich cultural, academic, outdoor activities and social resources that abound in this area. Paul joined the Board in November 2017.

Susan Berg, Secretary

bergSue’s family has been members of the UVJC since 1991. She served on the board as secretary in the mid-90s, taught the pre-school class for 14 years and helped lead the tot services during the High Holidays for several years. She currently coordinates the monthly Friday night Shabbat services at Eastman in Grantham and also helps to organize the Eastman Community Passover Seder. Sue is an active member of the newly reinvigorated Social Action Committee. She joined the board in 2014. Contact Sue at

Rusty Sachs, Immediate Past President

Rusty Sachs was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012, and filled the role of treasurer until 2015. He has lived in Norwich since shortly after The Flood. He retired from the practice of law in 1999; he also spent a bit less than seven years as a helicopter pilot in the US Marine Corps, and served as executive director of the National Association of flight Instructors. Rusty is on the Joint Planning & Building Committee. Contact Rusty at


Alice Berliner

Alice joined Kol Ha’Emek on her arrival to the Upper Valley and return from Australia in 2015. She made aliya to Kibbutz Yasur in 1983, 18 months after completing her MSW at Yeshiva University in NYC where she was born. She met her ex-husband on the kibbutz and joined him on his return back to Melbourne, Australia in 1984. There she settled, joined the Progressive movement’s KEDEM and had a rich and rewarding social work career (30+ years) in adult public mental health services. She now lives in Norwich with Mellie her “fur baby” (see photo).


Bayle Drubel

Bayle moved to the Upper Valley with her family in 1998. She is a past president of the UVJC and after a ten year absence from the board she is delighted to once again be serving the Community.

Gloria Finkelstein

GloriaGloria and her family have been active UVJC members since 1993. Her daughter Erica enrolled in the Sunday preschool, and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in 2004, and afterward, worked as a teen madricha. Syd, Gloria’s husband served on the Hillel Board, has written articles for the newsletter, The Jewish Connection, and has been a Lunch & Learn speaker. Gloria worked as the Community Coordinator from 1995-1998 when the UVJC was located on Summer Street in Hanover and was actively involved with the move to the Roth Center. Throughout the years, Gloria has been a volunteer working on several committees, as well as writing “Membership News” in The Jewish Connection. The most memorable project for Gloria was when she served on the Roth Center for Jewish Life Building Committee. She returned to sit on the Board of Trustees in 2013. Contact Gloria at

Robert Greene

Rob Greene moved to the Upper Valley in the summer of 2014 and joined the UVJC shortly afterward. He is new to board this year. His two adult children, Ted and Claudia, who also live in the Upper Valley. His interests including singing, bicycling, and snowboarding. Rob consults nationally on health care strategy and health system quality


Laura Harris-Hirsch

Matthew Henken

Matthew Henken has been a member of of the UVJC since 2004 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a member of the Education Committee and can often be found attending Tot Shabbat, All-School Shabbat services or really anything that will foster a love of Judaism in his four children, Henry, Sam, Lily and Joe. His wife, Hilary Ryder, a member of the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, is active on the UVJC Membership Committee and seeks ways to increase involvement by women and interfaith couples. Matthew practices law at Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP in Hannover. He and his family live in Lebanon. Contact Matthew at

Steven Woloshin

woloshinSteven Woloshin has been a member of the UVJC since 1996 and joined the board in 2014. Steven is a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute Health Policy and Clinical Practice where he directs the Center for Medicine and the media. Steven lives in Norwich. Contact Steven at