Meet Our Team
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
Rabbi Gurvis became Senior Rabbi of Temple Shalom on July 19, 1999. His rabbinic career spans almost 30 years including synagogues in New York City, Jackson, Mississippi, and Teaneck, New Jersey, before coming to Temple Shalom. Rabbi Gurvis is a recognized leader of youth and camping programs in the Union of Reform Judaism.
He is past-chairperson of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis group, and is a past-president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis. He has served on the Adult Learning Committee of the Commission on Jewish Continuity of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, and is member of the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Rabbi Gurvis is the author of the Teacher’s Guide for Why Be Different? A Look Into Judaism, published by Behrman House, West Orange, New Jersey. He was a contributor to the URJ publication A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious – Program Guide. Rabbi Gurvis and his wife Laura have four children: Benjamin, Sarah, Aaron and Jacob and reside in Newton.
Ellie Goldman, MSW, MAJCS
Director of Youth Engagement
Ellie Goldman oversees all of the programs for our young people in Grades 7-12 and as a community builder she takes seriously the role of young people in synagogue life and works to create a vibrant and comprehensive Jewish experience for every teen member of our congregation. Ellie began her career as the Regional Director of NFTY Michigan and then went on to complete the Double Masters program at Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California in Jewish Communal Service and Social Work. Ellie’s previous congregational experience included time in Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO. Ellie moved to the Boston area in 2008 when she met and married her husband Jeff. They now live in Framingham with their three children Ada, Sam, and Teddy.
Assistant Director of Youth Engagement
Caleb Alemany is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in History, has been involved with Reform Jewish youth engagement for most of his life. His foundation for his Jewish youth experience can be credited to the Union for Reform Judaism Eisner Camp, which he attended for two summers as a camper and as a member of the staff for the past five summers. While in High School, Caleb was an active member of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)- North East Region, serving as the Liaison Vice-President on the regional board. In addition to his camping and NFTY experience, Caleb is a trained Outdoor Experiential Educator. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys listening to music, being outside and passionately rooting for Boston sports teams. Caleb is new to the Boston area and is excited to begin a new adventure living in Brighton, MA.
Education and Marketing Assistant
Caroline is a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. There, she studied Spanish and Studio art with a focus in Graphic Design. Caroline is new to the Boston area and is enjoying exploring the city. At Temple Shalom, Caroline serves as the Education and Marketing Administrative Assistant, helping the Education Team do amazing work. She is the creative force behind many SHACHARIT emails, event marketing, and promotional materials. She enjoys getting to know the Temple Shalom community and especially the SHACHARIT kids.
When she's not at Temple Shalom, Caroline enjoys painting, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Rabbi Allison Berry
Rabbi Berry joined the Temple Shalom clergy-team in 2011 and is beginning her sixth year with the community. In 2007, she received her Rabbinic Ordination and Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Berry has served congregations in Leonia, NJ and Hickory, NC as well as Temple Beth David in Canton, Massachusetts.
During her time at Temple Shalom, Rabbi Berry has launched the Families with Young Children (FwYC) engagement initiative and is honored to collaborate with an incredible team of staff and lay leaders to re-envision Jewish education resulting in the new grades K-6 education program, SHACHARIT.
Rabbi Berry and her family are Newton residents and thrilled to be part of the vibrant Temple Shalom community! When not at Temple Shalom, she can be found at the Cabot School playground with her two young children.
In her capacity as an educator, Lori Leiderman coordinates the primary grades (K-2) and the Judaica portion of the Grades 3 - 6 SHACHARIT program. She is also the creative force behind our popular Tot Shabbat program and is involved in activities that help connect the school to the larger Temple Shalom community. Lori has a Masters degree in education and continues post graduate work in learning difficulties and brain-based education. She has worked as an educator in both secular and religious schools for approximately 20 years and has been a member of our staff since 1992. Her experience on Temple Shalom.'s education team enhances her ability to assist prospective members with questions and concerns they may have regarding both Jewish education and membership here at Temple Shalom. Lori has been awarded certification as a Schindler Membership Fellow by the Union for Reform Judaism in recognition of her professionalism in assisting individuals and families to feel welcome and at home in our diverse Temple Shalom community.
Liz Corman Shiro
Liz Corman Shiro is a passionate Jewish Educator. She has worked in various Jewish programs in the Boston area and received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Most recently Liz was the Education Director at Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden and an Instructional Assistant at Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon. She is very excited to be a part of the Temple Shalom Educational team as the Assistant Education Director for grades 3-6 and to share an office with one of her childhood “moms.”
When she isn’t working, Liz volunteers as a Big Sister for Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister and sits on the Board of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. She enjoys listening to music, skyping with her twin and nieces and spending time with family and friends. Liz lives in Sharon with her husband Lee, and their twin daughters, Rose and Eliana.
Emily Kieval is thrilled to join the Temple Shalom community! She grew up in West Newton and has been working with children with learning differences for over 14 years in schools, synagogues, hospitals, and camps. She founded the Denver chapter of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and created and ran a Hebrew school program for children with disabilities in Denver. She has lived and studied in Israel and has led Israel trips for young adults with disabilities. Emily studied linguistics and psychology at the University of Massachusetts, with a specialization in developmental disabilities and human services, and received her MA from Columbia University's School of Education in Applied Linguistics, where she studied language disorders in children. In addition to being the Inclusion Coordinator at Temple Shalom, she works as a Special Education consultant for Shorashim: Birthright Israel and is a yoetzet at Camp Ramah in New England.