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Rabbi David Kudan
Rabbi Kudan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in Glencoe, Illinois. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds graduate degrees from Hebrew Union College and Harvard University. He was ordained a rabbi in 1987.
During his rabbinic training, Rabbi Kudan studied Semitic Languages at the Catholic Institute of Paris and worked at a Paris synagogue. He has served congregations in the New York, Boston, and Chicago areas. Rabbi Kudan was Reform Rabbinic Advisor and Director of Outreach at Harvard Hillel, and last year enjoyed the privilege of serving as Rabbi in Residence at the Memorial Church at Harvard.
Rabbi Kudan is a member of the outreach faculty of the Union of Reform Judaism, and in this capacity teaches introduction to Judaism courses in local synagogues. He has made outreach to the unaffiliated a major thrust of his rabbinic work, and enjoys working with individuals and families to create personalized courses of study and rituals to mark life cycle events such as Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Weddings, and Conversions. Rabbi Kudan has been active in interfaith dialogue on local campuses and is committed to building bridges between the Jewish community and other ethnic and religious groups. He is frequently invited to local synagogues and churches to lecture and teach on scholarly topics within his fields of specialization, including the ancient Jewish lore of angels and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rabbi Kudan has pursued graduate work in Aramaic, Ethiopic, and Hebrew Bible at New York University and at Harvard, and is completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in the field of Second Temple Judaism. He recently presented aspects of his dissertation research on the liturgical patterns in the Book of I Enoch, at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Washington D.C.
Rabbi Kudan lives in Cambridge with his wife, Professor Barbara Abrams. His daughter Talia is a senoir at Suffolk University.. His son Ari lives in the Boston area. Rabbi Kudan enjoys baking and organic gardening.
Bryna Tabasky, Music Director
Bryna Toder Tabasky was the Organist and Music Director at Temple Tifereth Israel for many years. She trains and directs the choir and acts as Cantorial Soloist for many services. She is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with degrees in Piano and Music Education. She studied organ and liturgy with Evelyn Barofsky Roskin and has accompanied and learned from many cantors throughout the area. She is a singer, composer and arranger and has written many of the settings used in this congregation.
Bryna, known as "Bunny" to her friends and family, is married to Sam Tabasky. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
New members of the choir are always welcome. If you have done some choral singing, and would like to try singing in our choir, call the Temple office and leave a message. Bryna will be very happy to talk to you.
Beth Simons, Office Manager
Beth Simons has been a member of Temple Beth Shalom, now Temple Tiferet Shalom for 32 years. She has been taking care of all of the temple needs for the past 16 years, running the office with extreme efficiency. She is focused on ensuring all congregants needs are taken care of from ritual / life cycle events, to school needs and making sure each congregant has a fulfilling spiritual experience as a member of our congregation.
Beth lives in Wakefiled with her husband Mark. All five of their children attended the temple preschool and celebrated Bar and Bat Mitzvah at our former Temple Beth Shalom. Please reach out to Beth with any questions you may have about Temple Tiferet Shalom.