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.

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. 


Marion Gribetz
Director, COngregational Education Initiative
M.A. Tufts University

Marion is on the faculty of the Shoolman Graduate of Jewish Education and is the Director of Educational Initiatives at Hebrew College in Newton MA.  She teaches in, oversees and directs all aspects of many professional learning programs at the college including the Pardes Educator Program and community initiatives in teacher learning. As a faculty member at Hebrew College she has taught on a variety of topics in Jewish Education including Strategic Planning for Jewish Education, Arts and Jewish Studies in the Jewish School, Foundations of Congregational Education, Seminar in Jewish Pluralism, Theory and Practice of Experiential Education, Issues in the Teaching of Israel and the Graduate Research Seminar.

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. 

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.


Linna Ettinger
Assistant Director, Early Childhood Institute

Linna Ettinger is Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Institute of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Linna has a Bachelor is Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Applied Mathematics and a MJEd from Hebrew College. While she has worked in the fields of Mathematical modeling and Software Engineering, Linna also has experience teaching at the Billy Dalwin Preschool of Temple Emunah and has served as lay cochair of Adult Education at Temple Emunah in Lexington, MA for over a decade. Linna is a group leader for the Shalom Hartman Institute and she brings groups to study in the Community Leadership Program in Jerusalem each year. Linna's blogs include:,, and


Susan Morrell
Director, Field Experience
M.A. Religious Education, Hebrew Union
College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Susan Morrel oversees all
field-based courses and works with both students and supervisors in the Shoolman
School of Education to craft robust field-based experiences, and in building
curricula for diverse settings.
Susan has over 25 years of congregational
education experience, as well as work in Jewish camps and organizations. 
last served as the Director of Education at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont,
and she continues her work as a Jewish education consultant in the Greater
Boston area. 
She is also a teacher educator and consultant in Philosophical Inquiry in Jewish Education


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.

Susie Rodenstein

Susie Rodenstein
Senior Lecturer, 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.

Allison Cook

Allison Cook
Director, Clinical Mentor Faculty

Allison Cook is the founding coordinator of Hebrew College’s Clinical Mentor Faculty Program and a faculty member of the Congregational Education Initiative.  She is the co-creator and co-director of The Pedagogy of Partnership, an innovative research-based pedagogy for the design of relationship-centered education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations, and coaching with educators. Areas of interest include design and pedagogy for civil discourse, pluralistic Jewish education, learning as a spiritual practice, and interpreting texts with others. Allison is affiliated with both Hebrew College and Brandeis University.  An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and three children.

Additional Faculty

Lauren Applebaum, PhD
Rabbi Jethro Berkman
Edward Breuer
Efrat Furst, PhD
Shiri Katz Gershon, PHD
Sandy Gold
Rabbi Neil James
Andrea Kasper
Caren Levine
Jared Matas, PHD
Barbara Merson
Ora Minder-Levin
Ina Regosin
Jeffrey Schein, PHD
Alex Sinclair, PHD
Ilene Vogelstein