Meet Our Team

Staff

Ashley Arnold 
Associate Director, Young Adult Programs

Ashley is a Jewish educator and Associate Director of the Young Adult programs at Hebrew College. She holds an MA in Jewish Leadership and an MBA in Nonprofit Management through the Hornstein Jewish Leadership Program at Brandeis University and a BA in Communications from Wichita State University. Ashley has worked as a Development Officer at CJP, a consultant with JOIN for Justice and as a health volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. Ashley is passionate about motherhood, Jewish storytelling and global Jewry. 

 

Educators

Rabbi Jeff Amshalem

When not working as a carpenter, Rabbi Jeff Amshalem teaches adults and kids around the Boston area. Before moving to Sharon, Amshalem studied in Israel at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. He received smicha from Rabbi Daniel Landes and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and is pursuing a PhD 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 rabbinic intern at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA. Benjamin is passionate about interfaith dialogue, social justice and Jewish text. Benjamin believes that text study, at it’s best, offers us a unique way to discuss matters of timeless import where we learn at least as much about ourselves as we do about the text.

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Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College and rabbinic intern at Temple Reyim. She is passionate about Torah, ecology, art, and justice and has been a leader in the field of experiential Jewish environmental education, food justice, and curriculum development. Laura has a B.A. from Oberlin College and has studied at Pardes, Hartman, Conservative Yeshiva, and privately as a soferet (scribe). She spends summers in California on the faculty of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute and savors autumns painting and exploring Boston.

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Misha Clebaner

Misha is in his third year of Rabbinical School at Hebrew College. Originally from San Francisco, Misha graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Sociology and Religion. Misha has served with AmeriCorps and also with American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in India through the World Partners Fellowship. He has studied at the Hebrew University, as well as the Conservative Yeshiva of Jerusalem. 

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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.

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Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Rabbi Jen Gubitz is the Director of the Riverway Project at Temple Israel, an initiative that connects adults in their 20’s and 30’s to each other, to Judaism and their community. Rabbi Gubitz was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in May 2012 and is a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in Jewish Studies and English. She has previously served as Associate Rabbi and Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA; as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and as the Hochberg Israel Education Fellow at Hillel’s Schusterman International Center. 

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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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Ilana Krakowski

Ilana Krakowski is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, where she is also pursuing a Master's in Jewish Education. During her time in rabbinical school, Ilana continues to enjoy teaching, learning and praying with people of various ages and flavors of Jewish identity and practice. She currently serves on the Student Advisory Council of the Boston Theological Institute and for the past two years has led a Jewish teen social change leadership program in New York called The JustCity Leadership Institute. Before starting rabbinical school, Ilana lived in Washington, DC, where she participated in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and worked for organizations dedicated to securing women's health and empowerment. Ilana graduated in 2011 from the Double Degree program between Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Elie Lehmann 

Elie Lehmann is in his final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College and currently serves as Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. He recently returned from a year learning in Israel and summer teaching in Kenya. He loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. Elie is an alumnus of Mechon Hadar, Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. In his spare time Elie enjoys cooking, cycling around new neighborhoods, and finding airfare deals for fun encounters.

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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.

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Sarah Mulhern

Sarah Mulhern is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, where she is also working towards a Masters in Jewish Education and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. During rabbinical school, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings—including synagogues, social justice organizations, mikvaot, hospitals, and adult and youth education. Previously, Sarah worked for several years as a Jewish educator at the American Jewish World Service. Sarah is an alumna of Yeshivat Hadar, Pardes Institute, Drisha Institute, Beit Midrash Har El, and Brandeis University. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Will, and too many books. Sarah is passionate about the idea that Torah belongs to every Jew, and can open up wise and exciting conversations about the issues which really matter to us. She is thrilled to be putting these ideas into practice with Eser.

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Daniel Schaefer

Daniel Schaefer is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College. He is passionate about Torah study, experiential learning, nature connection, and innovation. Prior to rabbinical school, he worked as a wilderness educator, ghostwriter, and social entrepreneur. he is an alum of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Torah Trek, and PresenTense. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and has studied at Mechon Hadar, HUC and the Hartman Institute.

Rabbi Rachel Silverman

Rabbi Rachel Silverman has served the Temple Israel community in Sharon since July of 2016. Rachel previously served Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. Rachel graduated from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), from the Davidson School with a Masters in Jewish Education, and was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2010. She lives in Sharon with her husband Josh, their two children and yellow lab.

Eser on Campus Educators
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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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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.

Committee 

Robin Cohen, Co-chair
Emily Kates, Co-chair 

Seth Brooks
Hannah Delucia 
Amanda Dropkin
Josh Fox
Dara Freedman-Weiss
Ben Ginsburg
Meredith Grabek
Hillary Kern
Karen Nahary
Jessica Later
Becky Price
Jacob Sugerman 

Interested in being an educator or serving on our committee? Let’s get together

CONTACT INFO

 

 

Ashley Arnold
Associate Director, Eser
aarnold@hebrewcollege.edu 
(617) 559-8809 


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