Clergy and Staff

Rabbi Liza Stern

Rabbi SternFor more than a decade Rabbi Liza Stern has taught, inspired, and moved us. Under her leadership we have become known as a congregation with a huge heart, keen mind, and a resonant soul. We are fortunate to have a rabbi who is a dynamic congregational leader with extraordinary pastoral skills.

Rabbi Stern graduated from Vassar College and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She was a leader of HUC’s mentoring program for rabbinic students and recently ordained rabbis and has served as an associate faculty member at Brandeis University.

Rabbi Stern also is a leader of the Women’s Rabbi Network and the International Organization of Reform Women Rabbis. In recognition of her 25-year tenure as both a rabbi and insightful scholar, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by HUC.

Rabbi Stern has raised five wonderful children with her husband, Rabbi Keith Stern. She enjoys tilling the soil and playing competitive ice hockey. As our rabbi, she deepens our understanding of Jewish texts and traditions, comforts us in our sorrows and exults in our joys.

Dale Norman, School Director

Dale NormanDale Norman is our new School Director at the Kesher School at Eitz Chayim.  Originally from South Africa, Dale has lived in New England for over 35 years, and is currently a resident of Newton.

Dale has taught for the past seven years at the Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) religious school in Wellesley. Prior to that, she headed an educational program at Temple Emanuel in Newton for 17 years. In addition, Dale has taught first grade, second grade, fifth grade and sixth and seventh grade students, and also worked in public school as an eight grade Language Arts teacher and 1:1 with an autistic student in Brookline.

Paul Farwell, Synagogue Administrator



Paul has been the Administrator at Congregation Eitz Chayim since March 2014. He is a theatre professional, having acted and directed on stages thru-out the country. Paul lives in Watertown with his wife, Joanne and 12 year old twins, David & Patricia.