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 Congregation Sha'aray Shalom


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Who's Who 



Rabbi Joseph

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Rabbi Joseph joined Congregation Sh’aray Shalom in July 2003.  She has developed and implemented a host of innovative educational, spiritual and social programs for congregants of all ages and backgrounds. Rabbi Joseph has been very involved in helping youth with special needs, and the education of interfaith families. She represents Congregation Sha’aray Shalom within the general community as an active member of the Hingham/Hull Religious Leaders Association. She has also often been a speaker at the URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) Biennial conferences. Rabbi Joseph has also co-authored a women’s Haggadah, “The Matriarchs’ Dance,” which has become the basis of annual Women’s Seder she initiated with the inception Congregation Sha’aray Shalom’s Sisterhood.

Prior to Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, Rabbi Joseph served for nine years as one of the rabbis at Congregation Shir Ami, a 1,000 family synagogue located in Newtown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Rabbi Joseph was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in June 1995. She received her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIR in May 1994.

Rabbi Joseph lives in Weymouth with her husband Saul. They have three grown daughters, Shayna, Samantha, and Lauren.

Email :    Rabbi Shira Joseph

Cantor Steven Weiss


Cantor Steven Weiss is the Cantor and Director of Education at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts. He has developed innovative musical and educational programs for the entire congregation. His ever-popular Bible to Broadway, Friday Night Live Musical Shabbat and Adult and Children’s Choirs have enriched the Jewish life of both children and adults.  

In addition to his work within the Congregation, is also a board member of the Young Leadership Division of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston.  He has served on the executive committee of the URJ Commission on Synagogue Management and as a member of the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors.
Before joining Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, he served at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Georgia for ten years, both as a student and a professional cantor. Prior to that Cantor Weiss served as the Student Cantor at Temple B’nai Brith in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Cantor Weiss received his Master’s Degree and investiture from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in May, 1996.  Originally from Great Neck, New York, Cantor Weiss holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College where he studied Human Resource Management and Opera Performance at its esteemed music school.    

Cantor Weiss is married to Dr. Stephanie Gertz. They have two children – Breanna and Micah.

Email:   Cantor Steven Weiss



Ellen and Annette Summer Shabbat Cooks

Executive Director Ellen Bernstein & School Administrator Annette L'Heureux

Lay Leadership

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  • Scott Garland: President
  • Deborah Farber: 1st Vice President
  • Adam Brodsky: 2nd Vice President
  • Michael Goldberg: 3rd Vice President
  • David Miller: Treasurer
  • Steven Pohl: Financial Secretary
  • Renee McDonald: Assistant Financial Secretary
  • Brenda Elfman: Recording Secretary
  • Wendy Barrett: Corresponding Secretary
  • Grace Strake: Immediate Past President

Board of Trustees

  • David Alschuler
  • Charles Dannison
  • Allison Gall
  • Joshua Hoch
  • Ellen Jacobs
  • Ross Kerber
  • Ken Kuperstein
  • Beverly Levine
  • Angelo Lobosco
  • Naomi Preble
  • Catherine Rein
  • Lillie Seeger
  • Chana Snyder
  • Heidi Short
  • Leslie Wentworth
  • Hank Wolfson
  • Judy Kalla: CSS Sisterhood President
  • David Heller: CSS Men's Club President