Many talented and learned lay members participate in the services and activities of Temple B'Nai Shalom. We are also proud to have the spiritual leadership of RABBI MA'AYAN SANDS and CANTOR SETH GROSSMAN and fondly recall RABBI EMRITUS MILTON FEIERSTEIN (of Blessed Memory).
RABBI MA’AYAN SANDS
Rabbi Ma’ayan Sands received ordination from the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in June 2016. She has been the visiting Rabbi at a Conservative congregation in Brookline since 2016 and has served as the Rabbinic presence at several assisted living facilities for more than eight years. For ten years she was the Director of BJEP and independent Hebrew School located on the campus of Brandeis University. During her tenure she was nationally recognized for creating an outstanding progressive curriculum for grades k-7.
As a person, a teacher, a story-teller and a Rabbi, Rabbi Sands’ passion is to bring Judaism and people together. She brings her curiosity, compassion and enthusiasm together with her experience with and knowledge of Jewish tradition, to her congregants. Her passion is to be a link in the chain of Jewish wisdom and tradition; a transmitter of our Jewish past, our ever-evolving Jewish present and a relevant and vibrant future of the Jewish people.
Rabbi Sands is an avid gardener. She loves to be at the ocean, to cross-country ski, and other outdoor activities in all seasons. She lives in Brookline with her husband Rick. They have four adult children. Rabbi Sands is called Savta (Grandmother) by Sam, Mikah, Zeviah and Jonah.
Rabbi Feierstein a native of Pennsylvania, earned his BS degree at Columbia University and Ed. M. and Ed. D. degrees at SUNY Buffalo. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree. He served numerous professional organizations, including the Rabbinical Assembly, the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, pursuing his interests are in spiritual matters and in personal relationships.
Rabbi Feierstein served several congregations in New York after ordination and until 2002. Temple B'nai Shalom then appointed him as our Rabbi, a position he held until 2011, when he became our Rabbi Emeritus.
Rabbi Feierstein passed away in 2015 at the age of 90. He and his dear wife Lenore have three children and eight grandchildren.
Cantor Seth Grossman
Cantor Grossman comes from a distinguished family of cantors. He carries on this tradition in his unique style making our services enjoyable from start to finish. He is actively involved in the weekly Religious Education classes of our students and also conducts Bar and Bat Mitzvah education around the Shabbat service. He and his wife Jennifer have two children.
We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful talent at Temple B’nai Shalom.