TBA Now!

by Rabbi Keith Stern

Temple Beth Avodah is a vibrant reform congregation in Newton, Massachusetts, comprised of great people doing extraordinary things in the world. Our members, and the people who they are connected to, have tremendous stories about their passions, their work, and their lives. TBA Now! is an opportunity to meet our neighbors, learn about their adventures, and feel inspired from their experiences. Send us your feedback or an idea ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • Janet Nahirny: Getting Back by Giving Back

    Janet Nahirny: Getting Back by Giving Back

    April is National Volunteer Month. In today’s podcast we introduce you to a congregant who has turned volunteering into her full-time gig. From Atlanta, to Yale, to prosecuting criminals, Janet Nahirny switched from practicing law to devoting her time to various causes near and dear to her heart. A few of those causes include voting rights, helping to end racism, and supporting disadvantaged people. When the 2016 election came around Janet began to volunteer her time at a phone bank encouraging people to get out and vote. Post-election, she decided to concentrate her time at the Movement Voter Project, an initiative focused on communities of color and/or youth, especially in key battleground states and districts. Janet is also very dedicated to Beacon Academy, an organization that supports limited resource students and prepares them for acceptance into independent high schools. As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, listen as Janet describes how in addition to giving to so many, she receives much in return.

  • Ben Sachs on Labor Unions: Sharing Power to Build a More Equitable World

    Ben Sachs on Labor Unions: Sharing Power to Build a More Equitable World

    Benjamin Sachs is the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School and a leading expert in the field of labor law and labor relations. He graduated from Yale Law School and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ben is an expert on the history of labor unions, their rise and decline, examining their benefits to both companies and workers, and detailing how they affect the economy and racial inequality. You will learn a lot in this podcast. For example, do you know how long it would take an Amazon worker to make the same amount of money equal to Jeff Bezos’ worth? Do you know why there aren’t more unions today even though 50% of the workforce wants them? Listen in to learn the answers to these questions and more.

  • Sarah Wanger: There's No Place Like Home

    Sarah Wanger: There's No Place Like Home

    Sarah Wanger grew up at TBA. She is exuberant, joyful, and absolutely loves our TBA community. She earned a BA in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College and a BS in Registered Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In this podcast episode Sarah reminisces about her early beginnings in theatre at TBA and her excitement of being cast as Dorothy Gale in this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz. She also talks at length with Rabbi about her adoption story, how it has shaped her life, her love for her parents Wendy and Barry, and eventually meeting her birth family. You will be moved by her story!

  • Susan Glickman: A Legacy of Promoting Community and Belonging Through Music

    Susan Glickman: A Legacy of Promoting Community and Belonging Through Music

    TBA's Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman has been an inspiration on the TBA bimah for almost 20 years. She has elevated our music scene and worked tirelessly on services both joyful and sorrowful. Through her leadership, hundreds of Temple members have sung together for High Holy Days, special Shabbat Services and Purim Spiels to name a few. Susan’s love of TBA, Jewish music, and caring for those in need are demonstrated daily when she sings with preschool children, plans an upcoming concert, or makes a pastoral visit. Her warmth and spirituality shine through in all aspects of Temple life. Listen to TBA Now! to learn more about Susan's early beginnings at Beth Avodah and what adventures she has planned following her Summer 2023 retirement.

  • Erwin Liverman: Living with Chutzpah

    Erwin Liverman: Living with Chutzpah

    In our first podcast of season 3 of TBA Now! TBA congregant Erwin Liverman entertains us with stories from his past. You may already be familiar with Erwin as a well-known chimney sweep in the Newton area, but do you know the rest of his story? Erwin has taken several professional detours from chimney sweeping throughout the years. As an award-winning billiards player in college to trying out as a kicker for the Patriots he has quite an interesting background. He has also brushed shoulders with many famous people whether they be clients such as a local TV French chef or former boyfriend of his sister!