Faculty

 

Jeff-Amshalem

Rabbi Jeff Amshalem

In addition to being a husband and parent of two daughters and one son, Rabbi Jeff Amshalem teaches both kids and parents at Gann Academy, where he is also Coordinator of Spiritual Advising. Jeff worked in community and family education throughout Boston for a number of years, and then spent some years in Israel at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. In 2014 he received smicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Rabbi Daniel Landes, along with an MA in Jewish Thought from Ben-Gurion University, with a focus on Hasidism and Kabbalah. He is currently working with Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education to bring a focus on spiritual growth into Jewish day schools across the country.

 

rabbi audrey marcus berkman

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Audrey Marcus Berkman has been a chaplain, cantor, teacher and lifecycle officiant in the Boston area for the past seven years. She currently serves as rabbi and chaplain at Center Communities of Brookline. From 2007 to 2013, she was congregational rabbi at Congregation Shir Hadash. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, holds a master's from Harvard University and was ordained in 2007 from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania.

rabbi allison berry

Rabbi Allison Berry

Allison Berry has served since 2011 as associate rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass. She served previously as director of education at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill and as rabbi and education director at Temple Beth David in Canton. A classically trained vocalist, Berry formerly worked as a cantorial solist for several Boston-area congregations. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and was ordained in 2007 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Sabrina Burger

Sabrina Burger

Sabrina Burger has lived in Israel for 12 years, where she studied English literature and linguistics at Hebrew University and attended the Bezalel School of Art and Design. She studied rabbinic texts and Hasidic philosophy at the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Studies and Midreshet Bat Ayin. Burger has taught for Ikkarim, Pathways, Ma'ayan and in private classes, where she integrates Torah, art and parenting skills.

 

Jillian-Camero

Rabbi Jillian Cameron

Rabbi Jillian Cameron was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 2012 after receiving a Masters Degree in Jewish Education in 2008. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, she worked at several Jewish organizations and synagogues, pursuing her passion for education, Israel and Judaism. During her time at HUC-JIR, she had the opportunity to work on a variety of publications from prayer books to a collection of essays on Jewish food ethics to a guide to creating Jewish weddings. Following her ordination, Rabbi Cameron served as the Assistant Rabbi and Educator at a synagogue in Virginia where she had the privilege to work with many different types of families and individuals, helping them to find relevance in Judaism and explore an array of Jewish paths. She believes in the power and importance of everyone’s story and how diversity can only strengthen the Jewish community. Jillian is a New Jersey native, the proud product of an interfaith family and a Salem resident.

shari churwin

Shari Churwin

Shari Churwin has worked for more than 17 years in many capacities at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass., most recently as education director. She is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Master of Jewish Education and a certificate in Jewish family education from Hebrew College. Churwin is a member of the National Association of Temple Educators, the National Association Education of Young People and the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism.

rabbi sharon clevenger

Rabbi Sharon Clevenger

Sharon Clevenger is the middle-school rabbi at the Rashi School in Dedham, Mass. She previously served as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass., where she taught numerous adult-learning classes. Clevenger is married and the mother of two young daughters.

shira m. cohen-goldberg

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, holds a certificate in program planning, management, monitoring and evaluation from Boston University and an Ed.M. in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has engaged in multiple Jewish learning opportunities.

behzad dayanim

Behzad Dayanim

Behzad Dayanim has been involved in Jewish education for 18 years. He has dedicated himself to the Jewish community, serving as a youth director and family educator, and has designed numerous informal-education programs. He is also a seasoned artist and musician who has performed throughout the world. Dayanim is graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and holds an MBA and M.A. through the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University.

Judy Elkin

Judy Elkin

Judy Elkin is a long-time Jewish educator and a certified personal and professional coach, working with individuals, couples and professional teams. As a Jewish educator, she has worked with adolescents, parents, parent educators, teachers and graduate students, and was the founding director of Ramah Family Camp. Learn more about Elkin at her website.

Roselyn Farren

Roselyn Farren, Ph.D.

Roselyn Farren is an English teacher at Plymouth North High School and has also taught English at the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass.  She is the former executive director of Ma'ayan: Torah Studies Initiative for Women. She enjoys teaching Jewish texts to teens through senior adults, as well as singing and gardening with her husband and three children. Farren holds a doctorate in English literature from Brandeis University.

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 was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Dena Glasgow

Dena Glasgow is director of faculty and curriculum development in the adult learning division at Hebrew College. Before joining Hebrew College, she worked for five years as director of the Boston-area Jewish Education Program, a Sunday school community at Brandeis University. She was also a long-term member of the PJ Library Book Selection Committee. As a mother of four children, Glasgow particularly enjoys teaching on parenting topics. She holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's degree in Jewish studies and Jewish communal service from Brandeis University.

bonnie glickman

Bonnie Glickman

Bonnie Glickman consults with teachers, families, schools and employers. She has worked as a classroom teacher, special-education teacher, curriculum developer, school counselor and private consultant. She founded and administered a school for high-school dropouts in Montreal, which won an award from the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Glickman holds master's degrees in reading instruction and special education from McGill University and a master's in counseling from the University of Vermont.

rabbi hillel greene

Rabbi Hillel Greene, Rab'14

Hillel Greene is an educator at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass. He formerly served as a rabbinic adviser and Jewish chaplain at Boston College and Northeastern University. He is a graduate of Columbia University and was ordained in 2014 from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, An avid reader, Greene is slowly working his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare.

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Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris has worked for the past 20 years as a school psychologist at Sharon (Mass.) High School. Prior to that, she worked for eight years as a teacher of students with learning disabilities at The Ramaz School in New York City. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in English from Barnard College and three master's degree — an M.A. in remedial reading, an Ed.M. in learning disabilities and an Ed.M. in school psychology — from Teachers College at Columbia University.

rabbi david jaffe

Rabbi David Jaffe

David Jaffe is the school chaplain at Gann Academy: The New Jewish High School and the founder and dean of The Kirva Institute for Torah and Spiritual Practice. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Jewish Theological Seminary Communal Service program, Jaffe received his rabbinic ordination from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel. He is a veteran Ikkarim instructor and has taught widely throughout the Boston community.

rabbi daniel klein 

Rabbi Daniel Klein, Rab'10

Daniel Klein is director of admissions for the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and director of student life at Hebrew College. He also serves as rabbi-in-residence at The Boston Synagogue. Klein's passion is to help people find their voice in the world through the prism, practice, rituals and traditions of Judaism. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained in 2010 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

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Rav Claudia Kreiman

Claudia Kreiman has served since 1997 as associate rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Mass. Originally from Chile, she moved to Israel and entered the Rabbinical School of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, where she was ordained in 2002. Prior to accepting her position at TBZ, Kreiman was director of Jewish studies at the Jewish Community Day School of Greater Boston, in Watertown. She is married to Rabbi Ebn Leader, a faculty member at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Rabbi Navah Levine, Rab'10

Navah Levine is the rabbi at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Mass. Previoulsy, she served as rabbi-educator at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill, where she focused on adult education and spiritual engagement. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2010, and is a proud mother who finds much inspiration and guidance when parenting "through a Jewish lens."

Daniel Liben

Rabbi Daniel Liben

Daniel Liben has served since 1991 as spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Natck, Mass. A prolific teacher, he is a recipient of the Bureau of Jewish Education's Keter Torah Award for his work in family education. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1983.

Layah Kranz Lipsker

Layah Kranz Lipsker is a Jewish educator currently teaching for Kevah and Eim Chai. She is also a research associate at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the creator of www.getyourget.com, a website that supports women seeking Jewish divorce. Lipsker is part of the newly formed Boston Agunah Taskforce, and serves as a liaison for women with the Boston Bet Din. She lives with her husband and six children in Swampscott.

emily-mathis

Rabbi Emily Mathis

Emily Mathis was ordained in 2009 by Hebrew College, with a Certificate in Organizational Leadership through a joint program of HC and Boston University.  Rabbi Mathis serves as the Director of Community Development at the Tremont Street Shul in Cambridge, and served as rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody for seven years. Additionally, she has taught children, teens, and adults in Reform, Conservative, and independent congregations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to her work in Jewish settings, Rabbi Mathis directed programming at several organizations in Providence in the fields of environmental education, urban gardening, and family literacy. She and her spouse, Hali Diecidue live in West Newton with their three girls (18, 8, and 21 months) and their labradoodle.

 

rabbi natan margalit

Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.

Natan Margalit is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in western Connecticut, and visiting rabbi at Congregation Adas Yoshuron, in Rockville, Maine. He is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore., received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jacob Meskin

Jacob Meskin, Ph.D.

Jacob Meskin is an instructor and faculty adviser at Me'ah, Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program. He also teaches in the Tzion program and is a co-author of the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens curriculum. Meskin teaches a variety of adult Jewish education classes in Greater Boston and works as a consultant on adult Jewish education and teacher training. He has also taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, Williams College and Lehigh University.

Rabbi Jim Morgan 

 Rabbi Jim Morgan is rabbinic adviser for the Worship and Study Minyan at Harvard Radcliffe Hillel, a lay-led congregation that serves the university and the larger community. Morgan also teaches a course for seekers and aspiring converts to Judaism at Harvard, and serves as spiritual counselor for the Elder Service Plan at Harbor Health Services in Mattapan, where he runs spirituality groups for seniors. He holds a PhD in Russian literature, and enjoys teaching Torah to Russian-speaking residents at Hebrew SeniorLife in Roslindale. He lives in Brookline with his wife and two children.  

Marcia Plumb

Rabbi Marcia R. Plumb

Marcia R. Plumb is associate rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut HIll, Mass. She has taught adult-education courses for more than 20 years and is the former director of spiritual formation at Leo Baeck College in London. She led a Parents Coping With Adolescents group for three years and created and led a national program for adolescents across the U.K. Plumb is a trained Mussar teacher and Jewish spiritual guide. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, holds a master's degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Rabbi Michael Ragozin

Rabbi Michael Ragozin

Michael Ragozin is the rabbi at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, MA.  He learned the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) at age 25 and fell in love with Jewish life while living in Jerusalem and studying at Pardes from 2000 – 2002.  Prior to becoming a rabbi, Ragozin owned a bakery (from age 9 – 14), taught Algebra through Teach for America, and worked in technology.  He is married to Sarah; their children were born in 2007 and 2009.  He enjoys basketball and the outdoors.

Ken Richmond

Cantor Ken Richmond

Ken Richmond is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and has served since 2006 as cantor and family educator at Temple Israel in Natick, Mass. He enjoys leading the congregation in participatory prayer and teaching and learning with students of all ages. Richmond and his wife, Rabbi Shira Shazeer, are klezmer musicians and speak Yiddish with their two sons.

Rabbi Michelle Robinson

Rabbi Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson is rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass. She is deeply committed to sharing her love of text study with others and has greatly enjoyed teaching in Hebrew College's Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program since its inception. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received ordination in 1999 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

Renee Rudnick

Renee Rudnick

Renee Rudnick’s passion for education and Jewish education have converged for over 20 years in her various roles in the Jewish education world. As parent, teacher, administrator, consultant, and head of a Jewish day school, she has found tremendous fulfillment working with children, parents, and fellow educators, including her own three grown daughters. Renee holds a BA in Elementary Education from Goucher College and a MA in Near Eastern Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.  

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Benjamin Samuels has served since 1995 as rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, Mass., and is a co-curriculum designer, educational consultant and instructor for the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program. He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. Samuels is a doctoral candidate in science, philosophy and religion at Boston University. He serves on the faculty of Me'ah and Ma'ayan and is a Genesis scholar at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

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Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld

Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld has been the rabbi of Shir Hadash Havurah in Newton since 2013.  She has also been the Education Director at Kahal Braira in Cambridge since 2013.  She was ordained in 2005 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Originally from Toronto, she lives in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury with her husband, toddler and infant. 

 

Pete Sperber

Pete Sperber is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a range of experience working with children and adolescents. He is currently the school social worker at the Jewish Community Day School of Greater Boston, where he works with children and families to support them in managing social, emotional and behavioral challenges as they work to be successful in their academic, peer and adult relationships. Prior to earning his Master of Social Work, Sperber taught middle-school and high-school math for eight years at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass.

Reb Moshe Waldoks, Ph.D.

Moshe Waldoks is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Mass. He has been active in creating a center for Jewish-Muslim Relations in Boston and has initiated and supported TBZ's affiliation with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. He is an active member of the Brookline Clergy Association, a storyteller and stand-up comedian. He holds a doctorate in Jewish intellectual history and received "smicha" from Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green and Everett Gendler.

ronit ziv-kreger

Ronit Ziv-Kreger, Ph.D.

Ronit Ziv-Kreger is principal at Ziv-Kreger & Associates and has been serving as a consultant to innovative initiatives in day schools and congregational schools in Israel and the Boston area since 1998. She is a consultant for CJP's Innovators Community of Practice initiative to help revitalize and reinvent supplementary education in the Boston area. She is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program and holds a doctorate from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Heather-Zacker

Heather Zacker

Heather Zacker, M.S., is a consultant and certified personal and professional coach. She holds an undergraduate degree in religion from Brown University and a Master’s from Harvard School of Public Health. Heather served as a parenting columnist for the Jewish Advocate and currently works with adolescents preparing for b’nei mitzvah, young adults transitioning to independence, parents, health educators and others.  She and her husband have two young-adult sons and a teenage daughter. Heather is passionate about sharing ways that Judaism strengthens families through fun, meaningful, and creative engagement. Learn more about Heather at her website.  

 

Rabbi Julie Zupan

Rabbi Julie Zupan

Julie Zupan is on the staff of Reform Jewish Outreach Boston, working with interfaith couples, families and individuals exploring Judaism. She guides and accompanies couples, individuals and families on their spiritual journeys. She has served previously as a congregational rabbi, an elder-care chaplain and a Jewish family educator. Zupan is a graduate of Tufts University and received ordination in 1999 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

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