Staff Bios

Rabbi Jonathan Kraus


Rabbi Jonathan Kraus
was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1989 and has been the Rabbi of Beth El Temple Center since 1994.   A child of the Reform Movement who grew up in its synagogues and programs, Rabbi Kraus was deeply influenced by the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) summer camps, its youth movement (NFTY) and its Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.  All are programs he continues to support enthusiastically as a rabbi.  A longtime song leader, composer and musician, Rabbi Kraus also has been nourished by his great love for and involvement with Jewish music.  All those experiences, combined with several, transformative opportunities to visit and live in Israel, have been among the most defining influences on his Jewish identity and rabbinate.

Rabbi Kraus’ vision for Beth El is of a warm, welcoming and vibrant Jewish religious community that does its best to express the values of Judaism in every area of its life.  He believes that the congregation’s shared life is always at its best when firmly rooted in a creative, highly participatory and deeply felt embrace of Jewish religious learning and living.  Whether wrestling with profound questions of meaning, working for social justice, nurturing strong and sustaining relationships, singing, celebrating, creating, laughing, grieving, eating, praying, learning, healing or just wondering together, Rabbi Kraus’ highest aspiration is to help lead a holy Jewish community.

Cantor Louise Treitman



Cantor Louise Treitman was invested by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1998 and officially became the Cantor of the Beth El Temple Center community in the summer of 2015. Her connection to Beth El began nearly 25 years ago when she filled in for an ailing Cantor Baruch Greisdorf z”l. Since that time she has stayed connected to this congregation, singing concerts with former Cantor Geoffrey Fine and filling in for his sabbatical. She has also been connected to Rabbi Jonathan Kraus for many years through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and other local Jewish organizations. 

In Cantor Treitman’s own words from her installation service: “Well, it has taken me a few years, but I am happy to say that I am finally here! I have found a congregation that loves to join together and pray with beautiful music, using new melodies by young composers as well as hazzanut and choral music from previous centuries and everything in between. I have found a community that enjoys a variety of traditions, that loves to learn and that works hard to repair the world. I have found colleagues (Rabbi, Rabbi-Educator, Education Director, Classroom teachers, staff) that love to work together and support each other. I have found a Rabbi who, in addition to being a friend and a wonderful clergy partner, is also a talented musician. I have found a congregation of people that take time for each other and feel the importance of creating a caring community. It feels beshert, like a perfect match, and I am so glad that you invited me to be your Cantor.” 

Cantor Treitman believes that music helps us to connect to God - that music opens up our soul and our heart to experience the Holy. It is her deepest wish to be part of a congregation that treasures personal relationship and connection as it celebrates Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (Jewish service and worship) and Gemilut Chasadim (giving back to the community). She looks forward to sharing the journey with you.

Director of Education, Beth Goldstein

beth-goldstein-smBeth R. Goldstein, RJE, is excited to have joined the Beth El Temple Center staff in July of 2016 as the Director of Education.  After graduating Brandeis in 2001, Beth earned a Masters in Jewish Education and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006.

Following HUC-JIR, Beth served as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, WI, where she oversaw all education programs within the synagogue from preschool through adult education.  Beth then moved to Pittsburgh, PA and was the Director of Teen Education for the Agency for Jewish Learning where she oversaw J-SITE (the community Hebrew high school of 180 students), as well as the informal Jewish programming for this same age group. 

After moving back to the Boston area three years ago, Beth was the founding Education Director for B’Yachad South Area Religious School in Brockton/Randolph, MA, where she created and ran a religious school for two synagogues in the South Area.  Through that position, Beth was able to design a religious school program from the very beginning and create community-wide programs such as the first ever South Area Sukkot Family Camp! 

Beth believes that a student who learns about Judaism in a kind and loving way will think about Judaism affectionately for the rest of his or her life.  And only when students of all ages think about Judaism affectionately will they strive to learn more because it is something they love and respect.  She believes that the best way to do this is through creating a warm and caring learning community by building strong relationships and shared experiences.  In addition, Beth is an experienced songleader (both for religious schools and camps) and believes that music and the arts play an integral part of a person’s Jewish education.

When Beth is not at BETC, she enjoys playing guitar and spending time with her partner Rabbi Amy Hertz and their dog Mason!

Rabbi-Educator, Rabbi Sandi Intraub


Rabbi Sandi Intraub is beginning her 7th year at BETC and is our Rabbi-Educator who coordinates the Rishonim-Second Grade Program, leads our Mishpachah, Family Education and Adult Learning Teams, and assists with Shabbat Services and Pastoral Needs of the community. Rabbi Sandi believes that all students, young and older, should have opportunities to study all aspects of Judaism with each other, using creative, accessible and interactive methods that inspire further growth and learning.  Sandi feels a Jewish obligation to respond to those in need and effect change in the world with education, hands-on work, fundraising, and advocacy and looks forward to engaging in Tikkun Olam at BETC! Sandi treasures the wisdom in Jewish traditions, worship, holidays, life-cycle events, and rituals and enjoys leading others in learning, celebration, and prayer.

Before coming to BETC, Rabbi Sandi was the Family Educator and Havurah Coordinator at Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA where she created the curriculum and led family education programs for students in grades kindergarten through seven, and brought groups of families together to get to know each other and enjoy being Jewish together in groups called Havurot. In addition, Rabbi Sandi is a N.A.J.C. Board Certified Chaplain and she completed a Chaplaincy Residency program at Hebrew SeniorLife during which she served as a rabbi and chaplain to patients at Children’s Hospital and seniors at The Jack Satter House in Revere and Orchard Cove in Canton. Rabbi Sandi continues to serve as the rabbi and interfaith chaplain at The Jack Satter House.

In 2010, Rabbi Sandi was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  Her thesis centered on End of Life Decision Making and informs her work with pastoral care, and as a chaplain. While in rabbinical school, she was an intern at Central Synagogue in New York and participated in a thought-provoking and life-changing Rabbinical Student Delegation to Senegal with American Jewish World Service.

Rabbi Sandi grew up in Queens, New York and graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Judaic Studies and Masters in Teaching.  Upon graduation, Sandi was a DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) fellow and then taught second and fifth grades at The Rashi School in Newton, MA.

Rabbi Sandi recently moved to Needham, where she lives with her spouse, Stephanie Rotsky, and two sons, Ilan and Asher. When she's not at BETC, she can be found enjoying motherhood, kayaking in Vermont, reading John Grisham and Daniel Silva novels, and listening to WBUR.  Rabbi Sandi is eager to meet you, get to know you, and engage in learning and celebration throughout the year!


Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668