Eser Facilitators and Committee
Elisha Gechter is associate director of adult learning at Hebrew College and spent four years working in CJP's Young Leadership Division. She leads services at Minyan Tehillah and enjoys Jewish education and cooking, which she writes about in her blog. A native of New York, she currently lives in Cambridge, Mass.
|Rabbi Neil Hirsch
Neil Hirsch joined the staff of Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass., in 2010. Born and raised in Houston, he attended Tufts University and and received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College. Hirsch is an avid cyclist and runner, having completed the New York City Marathon in 2009.
|Rabbi Rachel Silverman
Rachel Silverman is director of congregational learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Mass. A graduate of Brandeis University, she received her rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Silverman created a line of T-shirts, Real Men Marry Rabbis, and launched Homegrown Judaica, an online art marketplace.
Seth Wax, a native of Sharon, Mass., is in his final year at the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. His study of Buddhism sparked a strong interest in Kabbalah, Hasidut and comparative Jewish-Buddhist theology. Wax has worked and taught at Prozdor, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Becky Price, chair
Laura Conrad Mandel
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
"The program made me realize just how important Judaism is to my identity and how I long to be around others who are strongly connected to our heritage."
"The Shabbat dinner was the best Friday night of my life. It made me realize how much I enjoy being a part of the Jewish community. I was hesitant to sign up for this program but am so glad I did."