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.

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Misha Clebaner

Misha is in his fourth 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. He recently worked for his second summer at the pioneering Brandeis-Bardin Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley, CA. He is currently the rabbinic figure at Temple B'nai Israel in Revere, MA.


Eli Cohn-Postell

Eli Cohn-Postell is the Director of Israel Engagement at the JCRC of Greater Boston. Originally from Minneapolis, Eli holds a BA in philosophy from Lewis and Clark College and Master’s Degrees from the Hornstein Program for Jewish Leadership at Brandeis University. Eli has been privileged to serve in a variety of educational roles in the Jewish community, and he has particular passion for modern Jewish history and early Zionism. An experienced teacher and Israel trip leader, Eli is committed to finding new pathways for Jews to discuss their relationship to Israel as a Jewish state. In recent years he has also developed an interest in Jewish communal attitudes toward mixed marriage. He lives in Malden with his wife, Cheyenne.

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter

Elisha is former Associate Director of community engagement for Adult Learning at Hebrew College, is Senior Program Manager of Wexner Israel Programs at Harvard Kennedy School. A graduate of the Heller Hornstein master's program at Brandeis University, she lives in Cambridge with her husband, daughter and son. Gechter is the recipient of the Nachshon Leadership Award from Mayyim Hayyim and was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

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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 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.

Allison Poirier

Allison is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, where she is also pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education. Allison graduated from Barnard College and spent two years living and working for the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS. She is happy to be back home in Boston, and excited to be serving as the Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel in Sharon. When she is not studying or teaching, Allison loves to be outdoors, and is a super obnoxious Boston sportsfan.
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Dena Trugman 

Dena is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton, MA and the Rabbinic Intern at Harvard Hillel. She is also training to become a clinically certified interfaith chaplain. Dena has worked for NPR, The New Republic, and The Public Defender Service for D.C. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, Dena holds a BA in English and History from Northwestern University. Dena loves to sing, dance, swim and play basketball.


 


 

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Ilana Zeitman

Ilana Zietman is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, where she is also pursuing a master's degree 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 as the rabbinic fellow at Tufts Hillel. During the past two years, she has led a precollege social change leadership program at JTS 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. She is excited to be teaching with Eser again this year. 

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 Elie Lehmann 

Elie Lehmann loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. He is Senior Jewish Educator at BU Hillel, a graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and former Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Recently, he returned from a year of learning in Israel and summer teaching Judaic Studies in Kenya. Elie is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. When not jamming on drums, Elie can be found experimenting in the kitchen or cycling around new neighborhoods. 
 

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 of Young Adult Programs
aarnold@hebrewcollege.edu 
(617) 559-8809 

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