KI Board of Directors

KI’s Board of Directors are elected by the congregation during our Annual Meeting. They serve on staggered 2 year terms. Please feel free to contact any Board Member. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the Board Member in charge of that portfolio, or Scott Plotkin, VP of Leadership.

President David Williams president@congki.org David and his wife, Nyna Urovitch have been KI members since the late 1990s. Their children Harry (19), Dafna (16), Seth (14) and Eli (11) are graduates of KINS and either attended or still attend Schechter. Harry is studying mechanical engineering at BU and Dafna is entering her junior year at Brookline High School. David is president of Health Business Group, author of the Health Business Blog, and a member of for-profit and not-for-profit boards.
Adult Education Benjamin Raby adulted@congki.org Though members for only the past 4 years, Benji and his wife, Jacalyn Rosenblatt, have involved with KI for about 10 years, as both of their children (Sydney age 12, and Ariella age 10) attended KINS. The girls now attend Solomon Schechter. Benji spent 4 years on the KINS board and was VP Membership for KI for the past 2 yeasr. Benji and Jacalyn are originally from Montreal, having moved to Boston in 2001. Benji is a pulmonologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he is Director of the BWH Pulmonary Genetics Center.
Advisory Stuart Rose advisory@congki.org Stuart has been a member of KI since his family joined the congregation over 50 years ago. Stuart (and his brothers and sister) attended KI’s Hebrew school in the1960’s and 1970’s and was Bar Mitzvah’d in the shul. In 1999, he brought his wife, Jan, into the KI family when they married in the synagogue. He is an active member of the synagogue and the daily minyan.
At-Large #1 Jay Morris atlarge1@congki.org Jay is an MIT engineering graduate and has worked as an aircraft engine design and test engineer for both the USAF and the General Electric company.  He is also an attorney and has been the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for two different multibillion dollar European-American companies over the last 30 years.   Jay first started coming to KI in the late 1950’s through his mother’s family (Oberman) and has been a regular member as his travels have permitted.
At-Large #2 Daniel Friedman atlarge2@congki.org Daniel and his family (wife Emily, Sophia [14], and Caleb [12]) have been active members at KI since the summer of 2010. Daniel and his family can often be found in services, at the Kiddush, at KIRS, and on the softball fields representing KI. Daniel has been on the Board since July 2012, and has been actively-involved in shaping and shepherding the KI Next initiative.  Daniel has served on the building committee, the campaign cabinet, and is also active in shaping the communication campaign.
Avodah / Ritual Jonathan Slutzman ritual@congki.org Jonathan has been a part of the KI community for the last 15 years (with a four-year sojourn in the Bronx in the middle). His wife, Amy Weiss, grew up going to KI, and now their children, Noam (7, entering second grade at Schechter) and Eitan (5, entering Kindergarten at Schechter), can be seen most shabbatot. Jonathan and Amy moved back to Brookline to be closer to family when Jonathan started his residency and then stayed when the pull of grandma (Susan Weiss) was too great to withstand. Now Jonathan is an emergency physician at UMassMemorial Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UMass.
Communications Jordan Weil communications@congki.org
Development Peter Lefkowitz development@congki.org
Facilities Markus Orchowski facilities@congki.org Markus, his wife Noemi and 2 children have been members of KI since 2012. The family has lived in Brookline since 2005. Markus, a California native, is the VP of IT for an investment firm in Kendall Sq. and received his degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. Markus has also served on the Gala committee and provides AV support for KI Events.
Finance Stuart Rose (new TBD) finance@congki.org
Leadership Scott Plotkin leadership@congki.org Scott and his wife Candace have been members of KI since 1999, and live across from Maimonides High School with their daughter Serena (13) and son Jacob (9).  Serena and Jacob attend KI Religious school and Serena just had her bat mitzvah last October.   Scott previously served on the Board for many years, including a brief stint as President and is currently serving as VP Leadership.  His long term interest is creating and sustaining a leadership team that can meet the complex needs of an established shul in Brookline.
Membership Rosa Kramer Franck membership@congki.org Rosa and her husband, Michael, were married at KI and have been active participants in Young Families programming with their two children, Mira, age 8, and Ezra, age 5. Mira attends the Rashi School and Ezra attends the Trotter Innovation School this fall. Originally from the Berkshires, Rosa is the Director of Development at the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, and sits on the Board of Rashi.
Social Action Candice Kiss socialaction@congki.org
Treasurer Gordon Bennett treasurer@congki.org Gordon is co-founder and co-manager of Algorithmic Investment Models, a company that uses machine learning to uncover patterns in financial markets. He has worked in investments for over thirty years and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. A Boston native, he and his wife Lucy Goodhart have two sons, Teddy and Eli, and have been members of KI since 2009.
Youth Education Marci Grossman youtheducation@congki.org Marci, and her husband Brian, both grew up in Sharon, MA and have been members of KI for 15 years. They live in Brookline with their three children Max (15), Carly (13), and Eden (10) – all of whom attended the KI Nursery School (KINS) and KI’s religious school (KIRS).
Marci previously served on the advisory board for KINS for several years, the search committee for KI’s past two Directors of Congregational Learning and was a founding member of the current KIRS school committee. On occasion, Marci has also helped to lead Mini Minyan during Shabbat services. She was also involved in the congregation’s community-wide Ashrei Project in 2008, with a focus on Chesed efforts.
Youth education is close to Marci’s heart, both due to her children’s involvement, but also due to her own upbringing. Marci treasures the value of her experiences as an alumna of Solomon Schechter, Maimonides and Prozdor and as a former camper/counselor at Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, New Hampshire.Marci is Vice President, Group Director at the global advertising/marketing agency – DigitasLBi, where she’s been working across various roles and clients for the past 18 years.
Administration Andria Weil administration@congki.org