Eser Facilitators and Committee
Rabbi Yonah Berman
Rabbi 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.
Rabbi Getzel Davis
Rabbi Getzel Davis is associate rabbi and Jewish educator at Harvard Hillel. Prior to starting at Harvard, he was the rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue and the spiritual director at Eden Village Camp. Geztel has also worked as an educator for the AJWS, Bend the Arc, the Teva Learning Alliance and Larchmont Temple. A graduate of Brandeis University, Getzel received his rabbinic ordination and masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. Getzel loves to get lost in deep forests and rock out to brass band music.
Rabbi Josh Franklin
Rabbi Josh Franklin serves as assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. He brings a passion for enlivening the Jewish experience through music, technology, and creative forms of Jewish education. After graduating from Clark University, he received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York.
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 lives in Cambridge with her husband and daughter.
Joseph Gindi is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, and holds a masters from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and a masters in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina. He has studied at The Pardes Institute, Mechon Hadar, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Joseph is very excited by the opportunity Eser provides for engaged conversation and intimate community.
Rabbi Hillel Greene, Rab'14
Rabbi Hillel Greene is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of the rabbinical school at Hebrew College. He has served as rabbinic adviser and Jewish chaplain at Boston College and Northeastern University. Currently, Greene is a Jewish educator at Gann Academy in Waltham. An avid reader, he is slowly working his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare.
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.
Shira Lenza is currently in her last year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. She has served as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, and is a graduate of Central Synagogue's innovative full-time teacher program.
A former cantorial student, Shira loves to sing, and play the guitar, ukulele, and djembe.
Rabbi Dani Passow
Rabbi Dani Passow is associate Rabbi and Jewish educator at
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.
Laura Conrad Mandel
WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
"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."