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Rabbi Kenneth A. Kanter
Rabbinic Director







rabbi-howard-a-berman-01 Rabbi Howard A. Berman
Founding Rabbinic Director

After attaining his undergraduate degree in European History from the University of London, England, he studied for the Rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College in London, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he received the degree of Master of Hebrew Letters and was ordained in 1974. He has also pursued graduate studies in American Religious History at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the  Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1999 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Berman is the Co-Editor of The Union Prayer Book- Sinai Edition, Revised, the contemporary-language version of the historic liturgy of American Reform Judaism, published in 2012. He is also the Editor of The New Union Haggadah, published in 2014 by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as well as the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Rise and Growth of Reform Judaism, the landmark study by W. Gunther Plaut, published in Autumn, 2015 by the Jewish Publication Society of America.


rabbi-devon-a-lerner-01Rabbi Devon A. Lerner
Program Director

Rabbi Lerner was ordained in 1979 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and earned a Master of Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity Degree from the same institution. In 1986, she also received a Master of Social Work from Boston University. She has served congregations in Atlanta, GA, Richmond, VA, and Boston, MA, and has been active in social justice issues and interfaith relations throughout her career.

Rabbi Lerner was the Executive Director for the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Massachusetts and is the author of Celebrating Interfaith Marriages.




Jill S. Silverstein, Ed.D.
Administrative Director
Boston, Massachusetts

I am an experienced education and organizational development professional with a passionate commitment to life-long learning and building a collaborative, productive workplace. With more than thirty years’ experience working with corporate leadership teams and executives, I have focused on strategy, talent development and succession. My strong sense of community in every work setting, along with deep facilitative and assessment skills, have allowed working in the not-for-profit arena to become a natural part of my consulting practice. As an energetic team player committed to individual and organizational effectiveness, I use a balance of head, heart, and humor to find common ground.



Merle Marquis
Finance Manager
Boston, Massachusetts

Merle graduated from Framingham State College, in Framingham, Massachusetts, with a degree in history and political science. After raising her family she worked for eleven years in finance and human resources prior to joining the staff of the SCRJ. In addition to her work with the SCRJ she is the Temple Administrator at Central Reform Temple of Boston.  Merle is a passionate supporter of Classical Reform Judaism.

In her personal life, Merle is a mentor and active member in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She has completed eight half-marathons as a fundraising participant, and she has received several awards and recognitions for her volunteer work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.