The Synagogue Council has a small but devoted staff who work closely with their partners from the Board of Directors to design programs and key initiatives for the Jewish community. Meet our staff...

David Bernat PhD, Executive Director

David Bernat is a Lecturer in Judaic Studies at UMass Amherst whose scholarly interests include ritual, and violence in sacred texts. He is the author of Sign of the Covenant, and co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage. Dr. Bernat is also the Scholar-in-Residence at Hillel Council of New England, where he is committed to Jewish pluralism and multi-faith engagement. Dr. Bernat lectures actively in New England and the Tri-State area, is a Meah faculty veteran, and has planned and led Israel tours with an archaeological focus. He is passionate about the outdoors, and pursues that interest during the summer, leading the Ropes and Challenge Course at the JCC’s Grossman Day Camp.



Marilin Lipman, Associate DirectorImage of Marilin Lipman
Marilin Lipman is the Assistant Director of the Synagogue Council and Director of its Women's Learning Initiative, which offers a wide range of study and dialogue opportunities for Jewish women. In addition, Marilin serves as the staff coordinator of the SCM Shabbaton and editor of the long-standing Synagogue Directory, which is a heavily relied upon resource throughout the Massachusetts Jewish community. She has been on staff at SCM since 1999 and is passionately committed to the principles of K'lal Yisrael. Marilin and her husband, Steve, are members of TBZ (Temple Beth Zion), an innovative independent synagogue in Brookline.


Image of Paul KellyPaul Kelly, Administrator
Paul Kelly has been with the Synagogue Council in a number of capacities, starting out as a part-time Administrative Assistant, since 2001. Prior to coming to SCM, Paul worked in the banking industry as a Senior Technical Analyst. In addition to the numerous projects he oversees at SCM, he is best known and appreciated for the myriad tasks he performs at our Shabbaton. Paul resides in Dedham and is a proud father and grandfather.