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Our Rabbi  

Rabbi: Caryn B. Broitman 

Rabbi Caryn Broitman graduated from Harvard University in the Comparative Study of Religion, and received her Rabbinical Ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has been a Senior Educators Fellow at the Melton Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1996/7) and a Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University (2017).​

Rabbi Broitman began her tenure as Rabbi of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in 2003. Some of her interests  include: religion and literature, interfaith and multi-faith dialogue, and faith-based approaches to issues of justice and human rights.Rabbi Broitman's vision for the Hebrew Center is to be a community of Jewish learning, spiritual growth, community connection and social responsibility for issues both locally and globally.

On her free time Rabbi Caryn loves to spend time with her family; read literature and poetry; cook (and eat) Middle Eastern Food; and walk, bike and Kayak around our beautiful Island.

Our Lay Leadership

Robert Herman, DMD, President

1974-East Midwood / Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School, Brooklyn, NY
1978-James Madison High School, Brooklyn, NY
1982-Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
1986-Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
Resident of West Tisbury
Joined the MVHC 1988
Married to Madeline Way, 
Parent of Julian and Rose. 

Sharon Kleinberg,                     1st Vice President 

Sharon received her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at the Yeshiva University.  She had a clinical practice for over 20 years.  Sharon has been an active member of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center for 12 years working on many committees including chairing the Program and Adult Education Committee  for the past 6 years.

Our Lay Staff

Sally Cohn
Director of Development Events & Holiday Planner 

Sally Cohn has been doing  production work, event planning, fundraising and development  for organizations for over 25 years. Sally is happy to be working at the MVHC.


Anita Smith        Education Director

A professional educator and school administrator, Anita maintains a high standard of Jewish education. We look forward to a year filled with collaborative learning in the classroom, in the synagogue and in our homes.

Max Jasny 
Office Manager

Max Jasny  has been actively involved in the Hebrew Center for thirty years, serving as    Minhag  Committee Chair, Trustee, and vice president.   He has  led lay services and taught in the Religious School.  He brings to his job  years of experience in office and business administration, computer skills, and customer service.  Max has also worked as a social worker and scientist. 

Toni Kauffman
Office Manager

Toni joins the Hebrew Center with many years of Administrative experience.  She enjoyed a career in education for over thirty years.  As Director of Community Relations and Service Learning
for the PA Virtual Charter School in Pennsylvania, her programs were the connecting, common thread in the diverse fabric of the school  community.  She served in her local community in various capacities, including  Burlington County  Commissioner and an elected member of the Burlington City School Board, where she advocated for the education and future of the children and families of Burlington City, NJ. Retiring to the Vineyard in 2016, with a heart to serve,  she is a member of several Island organizations and comes to The Hebrew Center with a passion for ​event planning and is known to find delight in the details. 

Sat, April 13 2024 5 Nisan 5784