Eser Facilitators and Committee


Rabbi Jeff Amshalem

Rabbi Jeff Amshalem teaches Jewish Studies at Gann Academy and recently began working with the Moishe House. Before moving to Boston, Amshalem studied in Israel at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. He received smicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and an MA in Jewish Thought with a focus on Hasidism and Kabbalah. Amshalem is currently preparing a new translation of Shivhei haBesht, the earliest collection of stories about the Baal Shem Tov.

Benjamin Barer

Benjamin is a rabbinical school student at Hebrew College, as well as the Editorial Director of State of Formation, an international blog for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Benjamin is passionate about interfaith dialogue and Jewish text, and blogs at

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Shira M. Cohen-Goldberg

Shira Cohen-Goldberg works as a literacy specialist at an educational nonprofit focused on organizational change, teaching teachers and coaching administrators. She is a graduate of Barnard College and has an Ed.M. in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. A long-time member of the Cambridge-Somerville Jewish community, she loves teaching and learning with Jewish text.

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Matthew Conti

 Matt Conti is the Chair of Jewish Life at Gann Academy. Before working at Gann, Conti lived in Jerusalem for two years and served as an Educator Fellow at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.  Conti is also an alumnus of Hebrew College’s Masters in Jewish Education  program. When not teaching, Matt can be found running after his 15 month old son, walking his dog, or finding a home repair projects.  

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Rabbi Getzel Davis

Getzel Davis is associate rabbi and Jewish educator at Harvard Hillel. Before joining Harvard, he was a rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue and spiritual director at Eden Village Camp. He has also worked as an educator for American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, the Teva Learning Alliance and Larchmont Temple. A graduate of Brandeis University, Davis received his rabbinic ordination and Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He loves to get lost in deep forests and rock out to brass-band music.


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Amy Deutsch

Amy Deutsch is the Religious School Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. After receiving her master’s degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Deutsch joined the inaugural cohort of full-time religious school teachers at Central Synagogue; worked as assistant editor at the launch of; and created innovative family education programming for Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not teaching, she’s writing about the intersection of parenting, Boston, and Judaism either for Boston Moms Blog or

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Rabbi Aviva Fellman 

After completing her bachelor’s in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Fellman earned a master’s in Talmud and Jewish Law from Machon Schechter in Jerusalem and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in NYC in 2012. Aviva, her husband Ari, and their two children live in Worcester, Massachusetts where Aviva serves as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel.

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Rabbi David Finkelstein 

Rabbi David Finkelstein was ordained from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in June, 2014 and now serves as the Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Waltham. Finkelstein previously served at Temple Shalom in Salem and as an intern at the Boston Synagogue in Boston. Prior to entering Rabbinical school, he taught English and humanities at colleges in the Boston area. He holds a MA in Humanities from University of Chicago, and a BA in English from University of Wisconsin. Finkelstein lives in Waltham, MA with his wife, Rabbi Sara Meirowitz, and their son Rafi.

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter, former associate director of community engagement for adult learning at Hebrew College, is program manager of the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A graduate of the Heller Hornstein master's program at Brandeis University, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and daughter. Gechter was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Debbie Gerofsky

As a Prozdor alum and inaugural Eser member, Debbie is excited to be back at Hebrew College to teach in Eser's new venture, Expressing Our Book: Creative Approaches to Jewish Text Study. Debbie received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College in 2002 and currently specializes in in-home family therapy. Debbie is also a student at the Grub Street writing center in Boston, focusing on creative non-fiction, and serves on the Executive Council for the New Center Now, as chair of the film circle. 

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Rabbi Yaakov Komisar 

Rabbi Yaakov Komisar is a co-director of beit midrash at Gann Academy. He studied for rabbinic ordination under Rabbis Adin Steinsaltz, Ariel Holland, and Menachem Froman, at Yeshivat Hesder Tekoa, while also serving in the IDF's artillery unit. He holds a BA in Political Science, a MA in International Affairs, and a MA in Jewish Education. Previously, he was a managing editor of Rabbi Steinsaltz's Koren translation of the Talmud Bavli. Rabbi Komisar lives with his wife and children in Sharon, MA.

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Rabbi Sara Meirowitz 

Rabbi Sara Meirowitz serves as a Judaic studies educator and co-director of the beit midrash at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school outside Boston. Meirowitz spent several years studying in yeshivot in Israel and teaching in Jewish institutions in Israel and the United States before graduating from the rabbinical school at Hebrew College in 2013. Meirowitz lives in Waltham, MA with her husband, Rabbi David Finkelstein, and their son Rafi.


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Rabbi Margot Meitner 

Margot Meitner, LCSW, LICSW is a Boston-based psychotherapist and an ordained rabbi. She holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and History from Yale University, an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, and rabbinical ordination and a Masters in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Margot is committed to accompanying people on their journeys toward emotional and spiritual health. As a rabbi and ritual facilitator, she strives to create ritual that explicitly honors diversity and helps people see the relevance of Judaism to their lives. 

Rabbi Avi Poupko 

Rabbi Avi Poupko served as the Hillel Campus Rabbi at Harvard University from 2005-2007 and then spent  four years teaching in Israel, first at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and then at Midreshet Ein Prat-The Israeli Academy for Leadership. Poupko is currently the Rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport in addition to serving as a chaplain at the Essex County Prison in Middleton, MA.


Becky Price

Becky graduated from Emerson College in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Education, and has since been teaching drama in Newton Public Schools as well as in Jewish educational programs including Prozdor Makor, Kesher, and Congregation Shir Tikva. Becky recently completed her Masters coursework toward an MA in Directing at Roosevelt University and looks forward to completing her thesis production this fall. Having served as an Eser committee chair for 3 years, she is excited to venture into her new role as group facilitator for Eser’s new Expressing Our Book series. 


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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.


Karen Nahary

Lisa Jacobs

Dimitry Neyshtadt

Pete Ziegler

Andrea Bullock

Emily Kates

Ruth Ginsburg

Amanda Dropkin

Debbie Gerofsky

Ben Ginsburg

Becky Price

Andrew Oberstein

Hillary Kern

Robin Cohen

Hannah Delucia

Matt Bubley


"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."