Eser Facilitators and Committee


Rabbi Jeff Amshalem

Rabbi Jeff Amshalem teaches Jewish Studies at Gann Academy and recently began working with the Moishe House. Before moving to Boston, Amshalem studied in Israel at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. He received smicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and an MA in Jewish Thought with a focus on Hasidism and Kabbalah. Amshalem is currently preparing a new translation of Shivhei haBesht, the earliest collection of stories about the Baal Shem Tov.

Benjamin Barer

Benjamin is a rabbinical school student at Hebrew College, as well as the Editorial Director of State of Formation, an international blog for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Benjamin is passionate about interfaith dialogue and Jewish text, and blogs at

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Rabbi Getzel Davis

Getzel Davis is associate rabbi and Jewish educator at Harvard Hillel. Before joining Harvard, he was a rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue and spiritual director at Eden Village Camp. He has also worked as an educator for American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, the Teva Learning Alliance and Larchmont Temple. A graduate of Brandeis University, Davis received his rabbinic ordination and Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He loves to get lost in deep forests and rock out to brass-band music.

Elisha Gechter

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 lives in Cambridge with her husband and daughter. Gechter was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Debbie Gerofsky

As a Prozdor alum and inaugural Eser member, Debbie is excited to be back at Hebrew College to teach in Eser's new venture, Expressing Our Book: Creative Approaches to Jewish Text Study. Debbie received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College in 2002 and currently specializes in in-home family therapy. Debbie is also a student at the Grub Street writing center in Boston, focusing on creative non-fiction, and serves on the Executive Council for the New Center Now, as chair of the film circle. 

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Rabbi Hillel Greene, Rab'14

Hillel Greene, a 2014 graduate of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, is a Jewish educator at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass. He previously served 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.

Rabbi Avi Poupko 

Rabbi Avi Poupko served as the Hillel Campus Rabbi at Harvard University from 2005-2007 and then spent  four years teaching in Israel, first at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and then at Midreshet Ein Prat-The Israeli Academy for Leadership. Poupko is currently the Rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport in addition to serving as a chaplain at the Essex County Prison in Middleton, MA.


Becky Price

Becky graduated from Emerson College in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Education, and has since been teaching drama in Newton Public Schools as well as in Jewish educational programs including Prozdor Makor, Kesher, and Congregation Shir Tikva. Becky recently completed her Masters coursework toward an MA in Directing at Roosevelt University and looks forward to completing her thesis production this fall. Having served as an Eser committee chair for 3 years, she is excited to venture into her new role as group facilitator for Eser’s new Expressing Our Book series. 

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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.


Karen Nahary

Lisa Jacobs

Dimitry Neyshtadt

Pete Ziegler

Andrea Bullock

Emily Kates

Ruth Ginsburg

Amanda Dropkin

Debbie Gerofsky

Ben Ginsburg

Becky Price

Andrew Oberstein

Hillary Kern

Robin Cohen

Hannah Delucia

Matt Bubley


"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."