Eser Facilitators and Committee


Rabbi Yonah Berman

Yonah Berman is rabbi of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe in Brighton, Mass., and teaches at the Jewish Community Day School of Boston. He is part of the founding cohort of Rabbis Without Borders and lives in Brighton with his wife, Dr. Rachel Stein.


Jordan Braunig

Jordan Brauning is a sixth-year student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Originally from Shreveport, La., Braunig's work has taken him from New York to New Haven to Miami Beach. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Casey, and their two children. 

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter is the associate director of community engagement at Hebrew College’s Adult Learning Department, doing community organizing for Eser and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. She also teaches in both programs and previously worked at CJP in the Young Leadership Division. A graduate of the Heller Hornstein master's program at Brandeis, she has lived in Cambridge for eight years, now with her husband Sam and daughter Zoe.


Hillel Greene

Hillel Green is a Massachusetts native in his fifth and final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. He serves as rabbinic adviser and Jewish chaplain at Boston College and Northeastern University. An avid reader, Greene is slowly working his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare.

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Rabbi Neil Hirsch

Neil Hirsch joined the staff of Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass., in 2010. Born and raised in Houston, he attended Tufts University and received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College. Hirsch is an avid cyclist and runner, having completed the New York City Marathon in 2009.

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Rabbi Dani Passow

Rabbi Dani Passow is Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator at
Harvard Hillel.  He is graduate of Cooper Union’s engineering school and formerly a researcher in chemistry and
at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, where he also served as the director of the Tav HaYosher.

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Rabbi Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman is director of congregational learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, Mass. A graduate of Brandeis University, she received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Silverman created a line of T-shirts, Real Men Marry Rabbis, and launched Homegrown Judaica, an online art marketplace.

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Lisa Stella

Lisa Stella is in her final year at Hebrew College Rabbinical School and is the rabbinic intern at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass. She volunteers as a mikveh guide and educator at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters and is a not-so-secret lover of food blogs, cooking shows and recipe swapping.


Sarah Kirshenbaum, Co-chair
Becky Price, Co-chair
Deb Berlin
Gabrielle Blonder
Matt Cohen
Rachel Daniels
Amanda Dropkin
Ben Einseidler
Debbie Gerofsky
Ben Ginsburg
Dori Goldberg
Jared Katz
Laura Conrad Mandel
Rianne Mares
Dimitry Neyshtadt
Andrew Oberstein
Marc Sloat
Samantha Soloway
Pete Ziegler


"The program made me realize just how important Judaism is to my identity and how I long to be around others who are strongly connected to our heritage."

"The Shabbat dinner was the best Friday night of my life. It made me realize how much I enjoy being a part of the Jewish community. I was hesitant to sign up for this program but am so glad I did."