School of Jewish Education Faculty

rabbi michael shire

Rabbi Michael Shire
Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew College
Dean, Shoolman Graduate School and Jewish Studies Program

Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College
Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Michael Shire joined Hebrew College in 2011 as professor of Jewish education and dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. In July 2015, he assumed the additional responsibilities of chief academic officer of the college and dean of the graduate programs in Jewish studies. Shire has published widely in the field of religious growth and development as well as the Jewish theology of childhood. He has also published four books of creative liturgy with medieval illuminations in association with the British Museum. He and his wife, Rabbi Marcia Plumb, have two children.

Steve Copeland

Steve Copeland
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jewish Education
Ed.D., Harvard University

Steve Copeland served as lecturer at Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Education and beginning in 1988 he was engaged as Assistant Professor of Jewish thought and education at Hebrew College. Since his return to Israel in 2007 he has continued as part of the College's adjunct faculty, teaching Hebrew College students both online and in person during their time in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute. In addition, he teaches at Hebrew University, Machon Schechter, Young Judaea Year Course and Alma, as well as holds popular shi'urim (informal classes) at his apartment on topics such as religiosity without delusion.

deborah skolnick einhorn

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn
Associate Dean for Academic Development and 
Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn is the Associate Dean for Academic Development and an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education in the Shoolman Graduate School at Hebrew College.  Within these roles, Deborah recruits, advises and teaches graduate students, while working with faculty and administration to hone and enhance the Jewish Education and Jewish studies programs.   Her teaching focuses on Jewish American history education, leadership and students’ graduate thesis research.  In addition to speaking and writing on Jewish education, Deborah’s focuses her scholarship on gender, philanthropy and organizational change in American Jewish life. 

neil janes

Rabbi Neil Janes
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College

Rabbi Neil Janes is the spiritual leader of the West London Synagogue in the U.K. Ordained in 2006, he spent a year at Haifa University, in 2011, working toward a doctorate in Jewish thought and continues to conduct research in this area. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Cardiff University and teaches courses related to pedagogic issues in teaching rabbinic literature for Hebrew College.

Alvan Kaunfer

Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer
Director, Congregational Education Initiative
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary

Alvan Kaunfer is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Emanu-El, Providence, where he served for 25 years as Religious School and High School Principal, Youth Director, Adult Education Coordinator and Associate Rabbi. He is also the founding Director of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Providence. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, Teachers’ College of Columbia University, and he was ordained and received a doctorate in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Kaunfer teaches courses in Jewish Education at the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew College in Boston.

ariel margolis

Ariel Margolis
Adjunct Instructor
M.A., Bridgewater State University 

Ariel Margolis joined Hebrew College in 2014 as director of Makor, director of online learning, and instructor in special education at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. He is known in the Jewish day school teaching community for his commitment to innovative educational models and leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM and Judaic curriculum. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Margolis worked at Kehillah Schechter Academy for 15 years, where he served as a math, science and Tanakh teacher; middle-school principal; teacher coach; and instructional technology coach.

Ariel Mayse

Rabbi Ariel Mayse, Ph.D.
Director, Jewish Studies
Ph.D. Harvard University
Rabbinic Ordination, Beit Midrash Har'el 

In addition to authoring several scholarly and popular articles on Kabbalah and Chassidut, he is co-editor of the two-volume collection Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings From Around the Maggid’s Table (Jewish Lights, 2013) and editor of From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism (Paulist Press, 2014). His current research deals with the role of language in Hasidic theology, expressions of Jewish mysticism in the twentieth century, the formation of early Hasidic literature, and the relationship between spirituality and law.

Keren McGinity

Keren McGinity, Ph.D.
Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement
Ph.D. Brown University

Keren R. McGinity is the Founding Director of the Love & Tradition Institute. She is the author of Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage in America (NYU Press, 2009) and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014) among other publications. She was the inaugural Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2008-2010) and earned her Ph.D. from Brown University, where she subsequently held an appointment as a visiting assistant professor of history (2005-2008). Dr. McGinity is affiliated with Brandeis University. 

nina price

Nina Price
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
M.A., Hebrew Union College

Nina Price has been as an instructor of Jewish education in a variety of settings, including congregations and camps. Most recently, she served as director of Jewish Learning Connections at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, overseeing innovation in supplementary education programs throughout Greater Boston. In 2009-10, Price was a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow and participated in the Melton Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University.

rachel raz

Rachel Raz, MJEd'06
Director, Early Childhood Institute

Rachel Raz, director of the Early Childhood Institute in the Shoolman Graduate School, has worked as a teacher, developed curricula and conducted professional-development training for educators during her distinguished career in education. In addition, she serves as director of the Boston-Haifa Early Childhood Connection and the Greater Boston Early Childhood Directors Council, both of which operate under the auspices of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Raz earned her undergraduate degree at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and Master of Jewish Education at Hebrew College.
ina regosin 

Ina Regosin
Adjunct Instructor
M.A., Wheelock College

A national leader in the field of early-childhood education, Ina Regosin is the founding director of the school's Early Childhood Institute. She serves as editor of "Milk and Honey: A Curriculum Compendium for Early Childhood Educators." A veteran Jewish educator who has worked in all aspects of Jewish education, from days schools to Jewish camps, Regosin has undertaken graduate Jewish studies at Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Susie Rodenstein

Susie Rodenstein
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
M.A., Harvard University

Susie Rodenstein, Instructor in Jewish Education, is an experienced teacher of Jewish Education. She received her BA from Queens College, CUNY and a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature and teacher certification from the Jewish Theological Seminary. At Hebrew University she earned certification as a school counselor. Her Masters degree in Cognitive Stage Theories, focusing on moral development and second language acquisition, is from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Ms. Rodenstein was a Jerusalem Fellow from 1992 – 1996, where she studied theories of professional development and reflective practice in addition to enjoying intensive Torah Lishma opportunities.

Marlene Schultz

Marlene Schultz
Director of Field Experiences, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
M.S., Lesley University

Marlene Schultz oversees all field-based courses and works with both students and supervisors in the School of Education to craft robust field-based experiences. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Schultz was assistant professor and director of fieldwork at Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and associate director of field placement at Lesley University. A licensed certified social worker and licensed mental health counselor, Schultz works with students in the areas of personal, professional and career counseling as well as academic advisement. She is an active lay leader in her synagogue and a commissioner on her local Human Rights Commission.