Eser Facilitators and Committee
Rabbi Yonah Berman
Yonah Berman is rabbi of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe in Brighton, Mass., and teaches at the Jewish Community Day School of Boston. He is part of the founding cohort of Rabbis Without Borders and lives in Brighton with his wife, Dr. Rachel Stein.
Jordan Brauning is a sixth-year student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Originally from Shreveport, La., Braunig's work has taken him from New York to New Haven to Miami Beach. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Casey, and their two children.
Elisha Gechter is the associate director of community engagement at Hebrew College’s Adult Learning Department, doing community organizing for Eser and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. She also teaches in both programs and previously worked at CJP in the Young Leadership Division. A graduate of the Heller Hornstein master's program at Brandeis, she has lived in Cambridge for eight years, now with her husband Sam and daughter Zoe.
Hillel Green is a Massachusetts native in his fifth and final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. He serves as rabbinic adviser and Jewish chaplain at Boston College and Northeastern University. An avid reader, Greene is slowly working his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare.
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 received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College. Hirsch is an avid cyclist and runner, having completed the New York City Marathon in 2009.
Rabbi Dani Passow
Rabbi Dani Passow is Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator at
Rabbi Rachel Silverman
Rachel Silverman is director of congregational learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Mass. A graduate of Brandeis University, she received 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.
Lisa Stella is in her final year at Hebrew College Rabbinical School and is the rabbinic intern at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass. She volunteers as a mikveh guide and educator at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters and is a not-so-secret lover of food blogs, cooking shows and recipe swapping.
Sarah Kirshenbaum, Co-chair
Becky Price, Co-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."