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Alex Matthews                              
Congregational Leader

After graduating from Cornell University in 2009, Alex spent a few years working and adventuring in Peru with the Peace Corps, then hiking the Appalachian Trail in its entirety.  Although he grew up on the edge of New York City, farming and outdoor life sparked passion and Alex spent the last 7 years managing vegetable farms in northeast Massachusetts, while living in Newburyport since 2015.  The understanding that so much of the Torah is deeply rooted in agriculture and community helped bring Alex back into the fold of Jewish life and inspired him to become more deeply involved in the CAA community. He brings a wealth of Jewish knowledge with him to the job from his years attending The Ramaz School, a coeducational Jewish Modern Orthodox Day School in New York.  Alex is excited to start this new chapter at Ahavas Achim and at Hebrew College in Newton.  In his spare time you can find him running, biking or helping out at his fiancĂ© Mac's farm. Alex can be reached via email at


Marie Katzen                              
Synogogue Administrator

Marie and her husband Alan joined CAA in 2017 and Marie is currently on the Ed Committee.  Her two girls, Maddie and Rebecca are part of the Hebrew School community and Maddie had her Bat Mitzvah in 2018.  Professionally Marie works in the tech field and has a wealth of computer knowledge and organizational skills. Marie manages communications and media for CAA.  She also takes care of a number of day to day administrative duties that were formerly part of the rabbi's job and help keep our synagogue running smoothly.  Marie can be reached via email at

Noa Bourke                              
Hebrew School Director

Noa is a New England native who has spent decades living in Boston and the surrounding towns.  In addition to loving Jewish education, Noa is a professionally trained nurse and has worked in hospice, pediatrics and solid organ transplant practice.  Noa has been deeply involved in Jewish education for more than 25 years and has taught students in all the major Jewish denominations and has been the Director of Education at three synagogues. He has been a member of CAA since 2012, and enjoys attending services and community events. You may have seen him on shabbat chanting haftarah or with the kids downstairs as a substitute.  Noa is avid outdoor walker and black belt chocoholic. He tries to do more of the former and less of the latter.   Noa can be reached via email at

Joan Nagler                               
Hebrew School Teacher

 Joan F. Nagler has been a Jewish Educator and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor for over 25 years.  She served as Director of Education at synagogues in Newburyport, Brookline, Portsmouth, Haverhill and Peabody.  Joan is a certified family educator, curriculum director, and has been the officiant for Bar and Bat Mitzvah services.  In addition to teaching at CAA, Joan is Head Teacher at Havurat Shalom in Andover and tutors many children for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah. 

Shira Moss                              
Tot Shabbat Leader

Shira Moss has been teaching in Jewish educational settings for over 20 years, integrating visual, movement and percussive arts into aspects of prayer, ritual, holiday and ethical themes. She has worked with many different age groups designing lessons and activities to best engage a range of skills and interests. Shira enjoys the energy and imagination of the tot participants and their families and looks forward to another dynamic year at CAA. 


Tue, January 28 2020 2 Shevat 5780