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.
Rabbi Getzel Davis, Rab'13
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.
Rabbi Josh Franklin
Josh Franklin serves as assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass. 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 rabbinic 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. Gechter was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Joseph Gindi is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College. He holds master's degrees from Brandeis University, in Near Eastern and Judaic studies, and the University of North Carolina, in religious studies. Gindi has also studied at The Pardes Institute, Mechon Hadar and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is excited by the opportunity Eser provides for engaged conversation and intimate community.
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.
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 in her final year of studies at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. She has served as a rabbinic intern at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, Mass., and is a graduate of Central Synagogue's full-time teacher program. A former cantorial student, Lenza enjoys singing and playing the guitar, ukulele and djembe.
Rabbi Dani Passow
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."