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.

Rachel Spilecki, Administrator

Rabbi Sam SeicolRachel began volunteering as a docent at the Vilna Shul in June 2012 and became the administrator in February 2013. Originally from Lewiston, Maine, Rachel attended Suffolk University where she studied European History, French, and Theatre. While in the Honors Program there, she was afforded the opportunity to study and travel to CAVILAM (Centre d’Approches Vivantes des Langues et des Médias) in Vichy, France; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic; National Honors Program conference in San Antonio, Texas; and Education Without Borders in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. When she is not assisting with programs, managing the donor database, and leading tours in French at the Vilna Shul, Rachel is an active member of the Beacon Hill Friends House, a Quaker intentional living community. She also acts with Slightly Off Broadway in Saugus, MA, and the Moss Hart award-winning Out of the Box Theater in Lewiston, ME.

Contact Rachel at rachels@vilnashul.org