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Louis GrossmanLouis J. Grossman, Me'ah'00

Louis J. Grossman has been President and Treasurer of The Grossman Companies, Inc. (www.grossmanco.com) since 1980, when he and his father, Morton, purchased the family real estate business. In January, 2015 he became Chairman and passed along the leadership to his sons, David and Jacob who have been working with him for the past 5-7 years. Under Louis' thoughtful guidance and leadership, the Company has successfully developed and acquired a portfolio of over forty
commercial and residential properties, primarily located in New England.

Louis began his real estate career in 1973, when he joined Sonnenblick-Goldman Advisory Corporation in New York, serving as Mortgage Officer for two real estate investment trusts, North American Mortgage Investors and Mortgage Growth Investors. 
A graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Economics, Louis earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University's School of Business with a major in Finance.

Louis currently serves on the Boards of one public company, three residential condominiums and three philanthropic organizations.  He has also been active in numerous local and national civic and charitable organizations including Brown
Hillel, Union for Reform Judaism, Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, The Rivers School, Hebrew College and the JCC of Greater Boston.  Louis and his wife of 45 years, Patti, raised their four children in Needham and currently live in Newton.  They have 9 grandchildren.


Susan AinSusan Ain, MAJS '11

Jewish learning and study has been an important part of Susan’s life and she credits the rich opportunities which Hebrew College offers.  In addition to taking Me’ah and numerous other adult learning classes at Hebrew College, she completed a MAJS degree in 2011.  Susan is past board chair at Hebrew College and continues to promote the school.  Her community involvement includes serving on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies and is a founding board member at the MetroWest Jewish Day School.  Susan aspires to provide Jewish education for children and to enable the next generation of leaders and knowledgeable Jews.  Susan has visited Israel numerous times and has studied at Machon Pardes and at the Hartmann Institute.  Susan taught and played violin professionally in the Chicago and Boston areas for many years.  She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Chicago Musical College.  Susan and her husband Aron live in Newton and are the parents of two grown daughters.

 

Rabbi Ma'ayan SandsRabbi Ma’ayan Sands, Rab'16

Rabbi Ma’ayan Sands received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in June, 2016.  Jewish family education is her “soul’s work”, her passion.  For six years she was the Family Educator at a Conservative synagogue in metro west and subsequently was the Director of an independent Hebrew School located on the campus of Brandeis University.  During those years she was nationally recognized for having created and implemented innovative and progressive curricula for all ages, including families, toddlers, seniors and everyone in between.

Ma’ayan received her Master’s in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College in 1993, at which time she was the Hebrew valedictorian.  Simultaneously, she received a certificate both in family education and in pastoral care.  She has been a hospital chaplain and has served as the Rabbi in several local senior facilities.  Currently, Ma’ayan is a visiting Rabbi at a synagogue in Brookline.

In 2016 Rabbi Sands published her first children’s book entitled “Does God Have Ears That Really Work?” She does family readings of the book using it as a foundation to help parents talk with their children about God. She is currently working on a second manuscript.

She and her husband Rick, have four grown children (all living independently and gainfully employed; proof that there is a God) and three grandchildren (who are being held hostage by their parents in Philadelphia and Santa Barbara, California.)

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