About The Vilna Shul


Barnet Kessel, Executive Director

Barnet Kessel

Barnet brings over twenty-four years of managerial experience and exceptional leadership in the Jewish community to the Vilna Shul. Before coming to the Vilna, Barnet was  vice president of commercial products at Mantua Manufacturing Company. He has also volunteered at CJP for nearly a decade as well as for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  Barnet currently sits on the board of directors of Jewish Community Relations Council and of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. from Syracuse University's School of Management and lives in Newton with his wife Nava and two children.

Contact Barnet at barnet@vilnashul.org

Rosa Kramer Franck, Director of Development

With 16 years of fundraising experience behind her, Rosa brings with her a passion for working at Jewish non-profits with exceptional missions. In Boston, Rosa has played an integral role in development efforts at Hebrew College, Mayyim Hayyim, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. She holds an MBA in mission-driven management and an MA in Jewish Communal Leadership, both from Brandeis University; and an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was born just three miles from where the Vilna Shul stands, and lives just five miles away with her husband and two children.

Contact Rosa at rosa@vilnashul.org.

Lynne Krasker Schultz, Director of Communications and Community Outreach

Lynne joins the Vilna after consulting with CJP on their Families with Young Children North Shore initiative. Prior to working with CJP, she served as Director of Development at Stoneham Theatre and Founder/Director of Prism, the young adult initiative of the New Center for Arts and Culture.  She worked with the New Center for nearly seven years on marketing, programming and board development. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Public Relations from Boston University and currently resides on the North Shore with her husband and two children. 

Contact Lynne at lynne@vilnashul.org.

Tamara Thiel, Office Manager

Rabbi Sam Seicol

Tamara brings over ten years of administrative experience in the fast paced financial industry to the Vilna Shul. She is a Montanan at heart, born and raised in the Big Sky State. Tamara was raised to be an active member in her community. As a dedicated member of the Optimist Club, she works to brighten the furure of today’s children. Tamara is very excited to find opportunities to give back and become involved in her Boston community, embracing Massachusetts as her new home. She holds a B.A. from the University of Montana in Anthropology and lives in Melrose with her fiancé, Ayal.

Contact Tamara at tamara@vilnashul.org