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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

Rusty Sachs, President

RustyRusty 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 works with Deb Kaplan on the Joint Planning & Building Committee. Contact Rusty at


 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

Laura Rosenthal, V.P.

Laura Rosenthal photoOriginally from Montreal and now back in the Upper Valley after 20 years in Ann Arbor and Vancouver, BC (where she was co-chair of Or Shalom Synagogue for five years), Laura has been on the board since 2014. In 1994, the UVJC’s Rabbi Daniel Siegel, taught Laura that individuals should take an active role in creating a Jewish community even if they are not regular shul goers. With her husband Rob Schertzer, and two teenagers, she is grateful that the UVJC is still going strong. Her MBA comes in handy for serving on the board. Contact Laura at

Rob Shumsky, V.P.

Screenshot 2016-02-17 21.42.27Rob Shumsky has been a member of the UVJC since 2005 and joined the board in 2012. His children Ben and Lyra enjoy attending the Hebrew School. Rob is a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and lives with his family in Hanover. Contact Rob at


Bill Brown, Treasurer

billbrownBill and his wife Jean moved to the Upper Valley in 2002 from Palm Beach County, Florida yearning for four seasons. This was a return for Bill who graduated from the Tuck School after serving in the US Navy on board submarines. Bill’s son Ari attended Hebrew School at the UVJC and had his Bar Mitzvah at the Roth Center. Bill has served with a number of local non-profits including CATV-8, Civil Air Patrol, was a founding board member of both the Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps and Project VetCare and is currently also the Treasurer of SAU 70 and the Hanover School District.

Bill Brown was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, and has filled the role of Treasurer since a few weeks after his election. He also had a previous tour of duty as Treasurer some years ago. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire and is active with several local non-profits and is also treasurer for the Hanover School District. If you have questions about UVJC fees or if you are undergoing financial hardships that make any UVJC expenses difficult for you, please contact Bill Brown at

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

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), and works at DHMC in three pediatric outpatient clinics. Contact Alice at


Debbe Callaghan

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

Thomas was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He joined the UVJC in 2014 when he learned about his Jewish roots. A French teacher at Hanover High School for 15 years, he is happily serving on the UVJC Education Committee, while pursuing his own Jewish education. Thomas is married to Tanya and the father of two children: Antonio and Sophie. Contact Thomas at

Felixa Eskey

Felixa and her family moved to the Upper Valley from Boston in 2000 and joined the UVJC shortly thereafter. Felixa enjoys Torah study and other adult education programs. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013 and is the Chair of the Education Committee. She teaches beginner Hebrew to adults and occasionally tutors students at the Hebrew School. Felixa teaches Technical Writing and English as a second language; she lives in Hanover with her husband and son. Contact Felixa at

Paul Etkind

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.

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

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


Lynn Schwartz

Lynn and her husband Gary, and daughters Allison and Erica, have been members of the UVJC since moving to the Upper Valley in 2000. Lynn is an Internist; and in 2013 transitioned from the clinical practice of medicine to teaching at the Geisel School of Medicine and serving on the Admissions Committee there. After retiring from clinical practice, Lynn joined the Social Action Committee; and then the Board of Trustees in 2015. Contact Lynn 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 co-directs the Center for Medicine and the media with his wife, Lisa Schwartz. Steven, Lisa, Emma and Eli live in Norwich with their two dogs. Contact Steven at