Meet the Team Making Connections
We represent a mix of synagogue affiliations and reflect the Jewish diversity of the communities we serve.
Adam Smith, Executive Director:
Adam was hired to begin as JTI’s (then NSTI’s) first Executive Director in September 2008. Previously, he spent eight years working with the teens of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts, building one of the premier youth programs in the Boston area. He has been the creative and implementing force behind informal opportunities for teens including tikkun olam projects, trips and retreats, mentoring programs and youth group activities for years.
A product of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Adam earned a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he returned to the Boston area to work with the Jewish community, he continued studying Jewish educational theory at both Hebrew College and Brandeis University. Adam and his wife Jodi, who is a Reform Rabbi working at Rashi School in Dedham, currently live in Needham with their son, Noah, daughter, Tali, and dog, Tova.
Brett Lubarsky, Associate Director:
Brett joined our team as Associate Director and oversees the Metrowest region and Peer Leaders Fellowship while also supporting and infusing our North Shore program with his remarkable creativity and vision. Previously, he spent 12 years helping to build a nationally-recognized model of youth engagement at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Brett is a Birthright Israel Fellow and has worked extensively with Jewish youth and professionals at congregations and organizations throughout the country, sharing his passions for youth programming, leadership and team development, Jewish service learning, educational technology and mission-driven communications strategy. Brett was a CJP Teaching and Technology Fellow, in addition to being a reader, pilot facilitator and Fellow for Moving Traditions’ Campaign For Jewish Boys and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood program. Brett holds a Certificate in Informal Jewish Education, Youth Leadership and Camping from Hebrew College. A lifelong camper at heart, Brett has spent his summers at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, URJ Eisner Camp, Camp Bauercrest, NFTY in Israel, Brandeis University and with the JCC Maccabi Games.
Sarah Wood, Operations Manager:
Sarah joined JTI at the beginning of 2015, after working for nearly a decade in two different non-profit youth development organizations: a community center in Beacon Hill and an outdoor and adventure education organization in the hills of Western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Recreation Administration and has a professional passion for making things “work better and be more fun.”
Originally from Chicago, Sarah has loved living near the ocean, learning to drop her r’s and rooting for New England teams (unless they play against Chicago teams…then, look out.) When she’s not at work, she can be found enjoying the company of her husband and two daughters, who generally light up her life.
Gabe Miner, Program Director:
Gabe serves as our Program Director, managing programs and growing community relationships for JTI. He holds a Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a focus on Experiential Learning. He is a Birthright Israel Fellow, graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Fellowship, a recipient of the Spielberg Fellowship for Jewish Theatre and the Goodman Fellowship for Israel Education. The Jewish Educator’s Assembly also named Gabe as one of their 20at20, an emerging Jewish leader in his twenties.
Gabe loves building community and creating meaningful experiences, whether it’s looking at Jewish humor in the bible or singing union songs to teach about the Jewish labor movement. Prior to joining the team at JTI, Gabe served as Assistant Director of Pinemere Camp, an overnight camp in the Poconos. Before Pinemere, Gabe was the Youth Director at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan and the Assistant Director at the 92nd St Y’s day camp. Gabe loves folk/bluegrass music and theatre. He has worked for Tony and OBIE award-winning theatre companies, and produced the Folk Play Project, a 24-hour play festival. He has written plays for synagogues and Jewish communities in New York, Philadelphia and Princeton, and he has written digital media for Shalom Sesame.
JTI Board of Directors:
Our board is one of our greatest assets. They are tireless champions of our mission, wise counselors in times of need, and they have shaped, molded, supported and celebrated with us as we strive to serve the North Shore and Metrowest communities through JTI.
Since the pilot period, board members have done whatever is needed to make events a success, from setting up tables to transportation to myriad other critical tasks. Today, with the conclusion of the Foundation grant, JTI has transitioned to sustainability through local support, and the board also focuses on organizational capacity and fundraising. Having a board whose directors reflect the entire Jewish community increases networking and fundraising opportunities.