Faculty Biographies

rachel adelman

Rachel Adelman
Assistant Professor, Bible
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rachel Adelman, who joined the full-time faculty in 2012 after serving as an adjunct instructor in 2011-12, provides a dynamic, open approach to text study, drawing on a wide range of sources, from Tanakh and classical midrash to modern Israeli poetry. She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Matan/Baltimore Hebrew University and a Ph.D in Hebrew literature, with a specialty in midrash, from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Adelman's book "The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha" (Brill, 2009) is based on her dissertation work.

rabbi sharon cohen anisfeld 

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Dean, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women's writings on Passover, "The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and "The Women's Passover Companion: Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). In both 2011 and 2012, Anisfeld was named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.

tzilla barone

Tzilla Barone
Hebrew Language Coordinator and Director of Ulpan

Tzilla Barone joined Hebrew College in 1987 after teaching stints at the University of Oklahoma, Brandeis University and Clark University. In addition to her duties for Ulpan and the Hebrew language program, she serves as the coordinator of Israel affairs for Prozdor at Hebrew College. Barone studied at Haifa University and graduated from SUNY Albany. She is affiliated with the Boston Haifa Connection, Technion Alumni Association and Friends of Haifa University and is a member of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew and other professional organizations.

harvey bock 

Harvey Bock
Hebrew Language Coordinator, Rabbinical School
J.D., Yale Law School

Harvey Bock is a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush; Yale College, where he majored in linguistics; and Yale Law School. After more than 20 years of practicing law, with a specialty in banking regulation (most recently as general counsel of Discover Card), Bock embarked in 2001 upon a second career at Hebrew College as a teacher of Hebrew language and Aramaic, areas of study in which he has long maintained an intense interest. He has translated several books, articles and poems from Hebrew into English, including "An Introduction to Biblical Literature" by Alexander Rofé.

sigalit davis

Sigalit Davis
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Language; Specialist in Curriculum Development and Instruction of Hebrew; and Coordinator of Hebrew Language-M'korot Program

Sigalit Davis is an expert in the history and development of the Hebrew language, She has developed numerous curricula and approaches to Hebrew teaching while at Hebrew College. Born in Tel Aviv and a native Hebrew speaker, Davis has taught Hebrew and Jewish studies at many levels for more than 20 years in diverse educational settings throughout the United States. She holds a dual degree in education and Hebrew language from Hebrew University. 

deborah skolnick einhorn
Deborah Skolnick Einhorn

Assistant Dean for Academic Development and Advising, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education; Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, assistant professor of Jewish education in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, took on the additional duties of assistant dean for academic development and advising in July 2013. Her teaching currently focuses on American Jewish history and contemporary life. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Einhorn taught undergraduate students at Brandeis and Tufts universities. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on gender, philanthropy and organizational change in American Jewish life.

art green 

Rabbi Arthur Green
Rector, Rabbinical School
Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion

Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Art Green, a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion and a theologian, is the founding dean of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and now serves as its rector. He has lectured widely and taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as both dean and president; Brandeis University; and Hebrew College. Green is the founder of Havurat Shalom, an egalitarian Jewish communityin Somerville, Mass., and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement. He is the author of more than a dozen books; his most recent is "Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition," (Yale University Press, 2010). Green has been named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.

marion gribetz

Marion Gribetz
Director of Educational Initiatives, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
M.A., Tufts University

A member of the Hebrew College faculty since 1995, Marion Gribetz is director of the Pardes Educators Program in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Gribetz has taught courses on a variety of topics in contemporary Jewish education and the place of art in Jewish education. She holds a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a master's degree from Tufts University, was a Jerusalem Fellow and studied Jewish education and Jewish art at Hebrew University.

rabbi dan judson

Rabbi Dan Judson
Director of Professional Development and Placement, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Prior to joining Hebrew College in 2007, Dan Judson served for 10 years as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Canton, Mass. In 2003, he was the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University. Judson has co-authored a number of books on Jewish rituals, including "The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002), "The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind During Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003) and "Meeting at the Well: A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged" (URJ Press, 2002). His articles on American Jewish history have appeared in various journals. Judson is a doctoral candidate in Jewish history at Brandeis University, where his research focuses on the history of synagogues and money.

rabbi jane kanarek 

Rabbi Jane Kanarek
Associate Professor of Rabbinics
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jane Kanarek teaches Talmud, Midrash and Jewish law at the Rabbinical School. In addition to those duties, she helps run the Northwoods kollel and beit midrash at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, an intensive Talmud program for campers and college-age staff. Her book manuscript, "Legalizing Genesis: Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law," is currently under review. She has also published in a number of journals, including AJS Review, Journal of Jewish Education, and Teaching Theology and Religion. Kanarek is part of Tal Ilan's Feminist Talmud Commentary project, where she is writing a commentary on Tractate Arakhin. In addition to her scholarly work, she is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

judith kates 

Judith Kates
Professor of Jewish Women's Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University

Judith Kates, a member of the Hebrew College faculty since 1992, comes to the teaching of Tanakh and midrash from the study of literature. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she also taught and developed a lifelong interest in women's studies. Kates began a process of educating herself in Jewish sources about 25 years ago, which continues to this day. She has edited, with Gail Twersky Reimer, "Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story" (Ballantine Books, 1996) and "Beginning Anew: A Woman's Companion to the High Holy Days" (Touchstone, 1997).

rabbi ebn leader

Rabbi Ebn Leader
Faculty, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

Ebn Leader grew up in Jerusalem and was a "talmid" (student-disciple) of Rabbi David Hartman, where he learned Talmud, and of Amos Hetz, where he studied movement and movement notation. He is currently a talmid of Hebrew College Rector Art Green, from whom he has received semicha. Leader has a growing international reputation as a Jewish spiritual teacher in the neo-Hasidic tradition and is an authority on Jewish prayer. He is co-editor, with Rabbi Or Rose, of "God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom From Hasidic Masters" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011).

rabbi allan lehmann 

Rabbi Allan Lehmann
Associate Dean, Rabbinical School
Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Whether in his office, the bet midrash or the classroom, Allan Lehmann counsels, teaches and advises rabbinical students in his role as associate dean of the Rabbinical School. Before joining Hebrew College in 2007, Lehmann served for seven years as Jewish chaplain and Rabbinic Hillel director at Brandeis University. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as the rabbi of a Conservative synagogue in Gainesville, Fla. Lehmann and his wife, Joanne Schindler, often host Minyan Olat Shabbat at their house in Newton Centre on Friday evenings.

president daniel l. lehmann 

Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann
Professor of Pluralism and Jewish Education

Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University Rabbinical School

Daniel Lehmann, a Jewish innovator who has devoted his career to pluralistic Jewish education, has served since 2008 as the eighth president of Hebrew College. Prior to joining the college, he served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and as founding director of the Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts. Lehmann received the Covenant Foundation Award as well as the Benjamin Shevach Award from Hebrew College for his innovative leadership in Jewish education. He has both studied and taught at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the National Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. In addition, he has written numerous articles and chapters on Jewish education and interreligious learning, and has lectured widely to professional and communal audiences.

michal levy 

Michal Levy
Hebrew Language Online Instructor and Coordinator
M.A., Boston University

Michal Levy has worked at the Hebrew College for more than 20 years, teaching primarily in the Ulpan and online Hebrew language programs. She is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University in Israel and later earned a Master of Arts in second-language acquisition and multicultural studies from Boston University.

brian j mayer 

Cantor Brian J. Mayer
Dean, School of Jewish Music
Associate Professor of Jewish Music
Cantorial Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
D.S.M., Jewish Theological Seminary

Brian J. Mayer, a recognized scholar of "hazzanut" (cantorial music), has served as acting dean of the school since 2011. Prior to his appointment at Hebrew College, Mayer taught for 14 years at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York as an assistant professor of hazzanut. Since 1989, he has also served as cantor of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, R.I. Mayer was featured in the ABC-TV documentary "To God's Ear," which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002. In 2008, he was the artistic director of "Shining Through Broken Glass: Kristallnacht Concert," a highly acclaimed multimedia production featuring Leonard Nimoy. In 2003, he produced the CD "Kolot Emanu-El."

provost barry mesch 

Barry Mesch, H'13
Stone-Teplow Families Professor of Jewish Thought
Special Adviser to the President
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Barry Mesch, an expert in medieval and modern Jewish thought, theology and the Holocaust, and the history of biblical interpretation, oversees the academic programs of the college and takes special responsibility for the Jewish studies and Hebrew language programs. In 2001, he guided the creation and administration of the first online Master of Arts in Jewish Studies program on the Internet. Prior to his arrival at Hebrew College in 1990, Mesch had a 20-year career as the founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. During this time, he was instrumental in acquiring several large collections of Judaica for the university. These became the Isser and Ray Price Library, the largest Judaica collection in the southeast. His book, "Joseph Ibn Caspi, Fourteenth Century Philosopher and Exegete," was published in 1975. 

nehemia polen 

Rabbi Nehemia Polen
Professor of Jewish Thought
Rabbinic Ordination, Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Ph.D., Boston University

Nehemia Polen is a leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. A widely published author, his books include "The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto" (Jason Aronson Inc., first ed., 1977); "The Rebbe's Daughter" (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), based on Polen's research as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and recipient of a National Jewish Book Award; and "Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004), written with Lawrence Kushner. Polen holds a doctorate from Boston University, where he studied with and served as a teaching fellow for Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Prior to his career in Jewish academia, Polen served for 23 years as a congregational rabbi.

rabbi shayna rhodes 

Rabbi Shayna Rhodes, Rab'08
Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew College

Shayna Rhodes joined the Rabbinical School as a bet midrash instructor after earning her rabbic ordination at Hebrew College. She now divides her time between the classroom and the bet midrash, teaching Talmud, tanakh (canon of the Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Jewish law) and facilitating tefilla (prayer). Rhodes combines tradition with feminism, empowering students to discover their own voice in sacred text.

rabbi or rose 

Rabbi Or Rose
Director, Center for Global Judaism
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

A leading writer and social activist, Or Rose is the founding director of the Center for Global Judaism, which provides educational programming and resources on issues of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Israel-Diaspora relations, religious pluralism and environmental responsibility. In addition to his duties at the center, Rose serves as co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to taking this position, Rose was associate dean and director of informal education at the Rabbinical School, where he still teaches. He is co-editor of "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections" (Jewish Lights, 2010), and "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth and Transformation (Orbis, 2012).

rabbi micha'el rosenberg 

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg
Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
Rabbinic Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary

Micha'el Rosenberg joined the Hebrew College faculty in August 2012. He formerly served as rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center and an adjunct professor of Talmud and codes at the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York City. He has taught bible, Talmud and halakhah in a variety of settings, including the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, the National Havurah Institute and the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash of Ramah Wisconsin, and has a particular interest in the intersection of Jewish studies and legal theory. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program and Harvard College, Rosenberg holds a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinic literature.

solomon schimmel 

Solomon Schimmel
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Solomon Schimmel, a longtime professor of Jewish education and psychology at Hebrew College, is the author of three books, "The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth," "Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness" and "The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology," all published by Oxford University Press. His research interests include the psychology of religion, comparative religious ethics and classical Jewish thought and texts. Schimmel was a Fulbright senior research scholar and visiting fellow at Cambridge University in England in 1998, where he researched the concepts and practices of repentance and forgiveness in the Abrahamic religions, psychology and moral and legal philosophy. He has been a National Science Foundation research fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University and, most recently, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and Shalom College in Sydney, Australia.

marlene schultz 

Marlene Schultz
Director of Field Experiences, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
M.S., Lesley University

Marlene Schultz oversees all field-based courses and works with both students and supervisors in the School of Education to craft robust field-based experiences. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Schultz was assistant professor and director of fieldwork at Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and associate director of field placement at Lesley University. A licensed certified social worker and licensed mental health counselor, Schultz works with students in the areas of personal, professional and career counseling as well as academic advisement. She is an active lay leader in her synagogue and a commissioner on her local Human Rights Commission.

rabbi michael shire 

Rabbi Michael Shire
Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
Professor of Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College
Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Michael Shire joined Hebrew College in 2011 from Leo Baeck College in London, where he served as vice principal and director of education. 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.

cantor louise treitman 

Cantor Louise Treitman
Associate Dean, School of Jewish Music
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Louise Treitman, who helped to create the Jewish Music Institute — now the School of Jewish Music — in the 1980s, returned to Hebrew College in 2008 to work in the cantor-educator program. She instructs not only cantorial students, but also those enrolled in the college's rabbinic, education and music-certificate programs. Treitman, who holds the position of cantor emerita at Temple Beth David in Westwood, Mass., has served as assistant conductor of the Zamir Chorale of Boston and currently sings with the group. She is also co-director of Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo. She serves on the board of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh and family-education center in Newton, Mass.

Adjunct Faculty
rabbi debra reed blank  Rabbi Debra Reed Blank

Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary 

Debra Reed Blank teaches the history, structure and theology of Jewish
liturgy. In addition, she is a visiting scholar at Brandeis University’s
Women’s Studies Research Center, where she is writing a book about
innovative Jewish rituals for newborn girls. From 1998 to 2009, Blank
taught liturgy and Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
City. She has also taught at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New
York and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.

edward bruer  Edward Breuer

Ph.D., Harvard University

Edward Breuer teaches Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work focuses on medieval and modern Jewish intellectual history, specializing in the Jewish Enlightenment of the 18th and 19th centuries. Breuer is the author of "The Limits of Enlightenment: Jews, Germans and the 18th Century Study of Scripture" (Harvard University Press, 1996).

steve copeland  Steve Copeland

Ed.D., Harvard University

Steve Copeland, who has devoted more than three decades to teaching young adults, was a member of Hebrew College's full-time faculty before moving to Israel in 2007. His work focuses on the exploration of Jewish texts as an active encounter between those sources and particular readers, with special emphasis on figurative rather than literal understandings of religious language.

Joshua Elkin
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Columbia Teachers College

Joshua Elkin is an executive and leadership coach and consultant, with a particular focus on strengthening the executive and board chair leadership dyad. Most recently, Josh served as the founding executive director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) – a position that he held for 14 years. Prior to PEJE, he was the Head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston for 20 years.

rabbi david frankel  Rabbi David Frankel
Rabbinic Ordination, Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies

Ph.D., Hebrew University

David Frankel, an adjunct instructor in Bible, has served since 1992 as a senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 1991 to 1996, he was rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo, Jerusalem. Among his published works are "The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School: A Retrieval of Ancient Sacerdotal Lore" (Brill, 2002) and "The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel: Theologies of Territory in the Hebrew Bible" (Eisenbrauns, 2011).

rabbi ilan fuchs

Rabbi Ilan Fuchs
Rabbinic Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Ph.D., Bar Ilan University

Ilan Fuchs is an expert in legal history; gender and Judaism; religion and politics; and international public law. At Hebrew College, he will teach courses in the medieval and modern periods of Jewish history. Fuchs formerly was a visiting professor at Tulane University and the University of Calgary. He has a forthcoming book, "Women’s Torah Study: Orthodox Religious Education and Modernity."

abigail gillman 

Abigail Gillman
Ph.D., Harvard University

Abigail Gillman, associate professor of modern languages and comparative literature at Boston University, is an expert on German Jewish culture, bible translation, the art and architecture of memory and on the historic dialogue between German and Hebrew language and literature. She is the author of "Viennese Jewish Modernism: Freud, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler and Beer-Hofmann" (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008) and is writing a cultural history of German Jewish Bible translation from 1783 to 1961.

eric golombek

Eric Golombek
M.Ed., Chatham College
M.A., Hebrew University

Eric Golombek, a graduate of Hebrew University's Melton Senior Educator's Program, serves on the faculty of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Previously, he served for seven years as principal of Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto’s Posluns Education Centre and as head of Hebrew and Judaic studies at Community Day School / Solomon Schechter in Pittsburgh. Golombek and his family made aliya in 2012.

rabbi zvi grumet  Rabbi Zvi Grumet
Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University

Ed.D., Yeshiva University

Zvi Grumet is on the faculty of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and is the coordinator of the Tanakh program at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi. He also serves as a senior staff member at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, where he edits the professional journal Jewish Educational Leadership. Grumet's primary research focus is on literary-theological reading of Tanakh; he is currently completing a book on Moses' development as a leader.

celene ibrahim-lizzio

Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School

Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio is the Islamic studies scholar-in-residence jointly appointed to the faculties of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School, and co-director of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education. She lectures and publishes widely on topics including the histories and theologies of interreligious relations, Islamic religious leadership and higher education, Islam and Muslims in North America, Islamic family law, Muslim feminist theology,and Qur’anic studies. She is completing a doctorate at Brandeis University in Arabic and Islamic civilizations and also serves as the Muslim chaplain at Tufts University.

joshua r. jacobson 

Joshua R. Jacobson
Senior Adviser, School of Jewish Music
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati

Joshua Jacobson is professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, where he served for nine years as chair of the music department and six years as the Bernard Stotsky Professor of Jewish Cultural Studies. He is also founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble specializing in Hebrew music. Jacobson has written numerous articles and books, including "Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Art of Cantillation" (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.

neil janes 

Rabbi Neil Janes
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College

Neil Janes is spiritual leader of London's Liberal Jewish Synagogue in the U.K. Ordained in 2006, he spent a year at Haifa University, in 2011, working toward a doctorate in Jewish thought and continues to conduct research in this area. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Cardiff University and teaches courses related to pedagogic issues in teaching rabbinic literature for Hebrew College.

rabbi alvan kaunfer 

Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer
Director, Congregational Education Initiative
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary 
D.H.L., Jewish Theological Seminary

Alvan Kaunfer is rabbi emeritus at Temple Emanu-El, Providence, R.I., where he served for 25 years as religious-school and high-school principal, youth director, adult-education coordinator and associate rabbi, and supervised educational and family programming. He is also founding director of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Providence. Kaunfer has published many articles on Jewish education and on midrash.

jonathan klawans 

Jonathan Klawans
Ph.D., Columbia University

Jonathan Klawans is professor of religion at Boston University, where he teaches courses in Western religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history and rabbinic literature. He has published several articles, written two books — "Purity, Sacrifice and the Temple: Symbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism" (Oxford University Press, 2009) and "Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism" (Oxford University Press, 2000) — and and serves as editor for ancient Judaism for the journal Currents in Biblical Research.

cantor jeff klepper 

Cantor Jeff Klepper
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion

Jeff Klepper is a practicing cantor and one of the world's leading composers of contemporary synagogue music. Several of his compositions, including "Modeh Ani" and "Lo Alecha" (both written with Klepper's former music partner, Rabbi Dan Freelander), have become synagogue standards. Their setting of "Shalom Rav," composed in 1974, is the defining Jewish melody of a new style of worship, bridging varied traditions and connecting multiple generations. Klepper, who has served since 2003 as cantor of Temple Sinai in Sharon, Mass., holds an honorary Doctor of Music from his alma mater, Hebrew Union College.

amy lieberman 

Amy Lieberman
M.M., Yale University

Amy Lieberman is a conductor equally at home in orchestral and choral music. For five years, she was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she conducted the NEC concert choir, chamber singers and women's chorus. Lieberman has also been a visiting assistant professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where she was director of choral activities and music director for the opera and theater division.

sarunas liekis

Šarūnas Liekis
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Šarūnas Liekis is a Lithuanian historian and political scientist. He serves as dean of the faculty of political science and diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania, where he has worked since 2010. His research and scholarship areas include Eastern European history, political science, minorities, and international relations. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned a doctorate at Brandeis University in 1998.

ariel margolis

Ariel Margolis

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.

sandy miller-jacobs 

Sandy Miller-Jacobs
Ed.D., Boston College

Sandy Miller-Jacobs is professor emerita in special education at Fitchburg State University and the former director of special education services at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston. She consults to synagogues and day schools and leads workshops on differentiated instruction, the impact of disabilities on academic and social behavior and behavior management.

deborah nagler 

Deborah Nagler
M.A, Jewish Theological Seminary
M.S., Full Sail University 

Deborah Nagler teaches and lectures in the field of Jewish educational technology and distance learning. She currently serves as instructional designer and course manager for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion online cantorial certification program and as director of Simnik.com, a company that develops Virtual Worlds for training and education. She previously worked as a day-school principal, as executive director of a central agency and as director and national director of leadership and education at Hadassah, WZOA.

judith pinnolis

Judith Pinnolis
M.M., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

M.S., Simmons College

Judith S. Pinnolis is academic outreach librarian for humanities at Brandeis University, where she has served for more than 20 years. She also specializes in graduate student academic support for the campus. Pinnolis is creator and editor of The Jewish Music WebCenter, a go-to resource in Jewish music. Pinnolis has published many book reviews and scholarly articles on Jewish music. She has served as past chair of the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries; past president of the ACRL New England chapter; and past chair of the Jewish Music Roundtable of the Music Library Association.

nina price 

Nina Price
M.A., Hebrew Union College

Nina Price has been as an instructor of Jewish education in a variety of settings, including congregations and camps. Most recently, she served as director of Jewish Learning Connections at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, overseeing innovation in supplementary education programs throughout Greater Boston. In 2009-10, Price was a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow and participated in the Melton Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University.

ina regosin 

Ina Regosin
M.A., Wheelock College

A national leader in the field of early-childhood education, Ina Regosin is the founding director of the Early Childhood Institute in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. She serves as editor of "Milk and Honey: A Curriculum Compendium for Early Childhood Educators." A veteran Jewish educator who has worked in all aspects of Jewish education, from days schools to Jewish camps, Regosin has undertaken graduate Jewish studies at Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

susie rodenstein 

Susie Rodenstein
M.A., Harvard University

Susie Rodenstein is an experienced instructor in Jewish education and a certified school counselor. From 1992 to 1996, she was a Jerusalem Fellow. Upon her return to the United States, she joined the Mandel Teacher Educators Network, an organization that provides opportunities for text-based learning with colleagues from the United States, Canada and Israel.

francine ferraro rothkopf

Francine Ferraro Rothkopf, MJLS'10

Francine Ferraro Rothkopf is tefillah coordinator and Web director at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, Mass., and was a member of the school’s founding board of directors. An independent torah teacher for b'nai mitzvah students, she served for 13 years as cantorial soloist for the High Holy Days at Congregation Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland, Mass. The focus of Rothkopf's Master of Arts in Jewish Liberal Studies at Hebrew College was biblical and rabbinic text interpretation, concentrating on educating people with special needs.

neil schwartz 

Cantor Neil Schwartz
Cantorial Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary 

Neil Schwartz is cantor at a synagogue in Saskatoon, Canada, and Jewish chaplain for the University of Saskatchewan. He has taught in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Imun program for adult lay religious leaders, and he notates nusach and trope for Kinnor Software.

Susan Shevitz
Ph.D., Harvard University

Susan Shevitz teaches the seminar in rabbinic leadership to fifth year students. In addition, she is professor emerita at Brandeis University where she taught in and then directed the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service (now Jewish Professional Leadership) for over twenty years. Susan is currently on the faculty of the executive doctoral program at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Her research and teaching focus on organizational culture and change, leadership and pluralism in Jewish life.

jeffrey spitzer

Jeffrey Spitzer
M.Phil., Jewish Theological Seminary 

Jeffrey Spitzer is a master teacher and educational leader in the field of
Jewish studies and Jewish educational technology. He is former chair of the rabbinic literature department at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass., and is currently on the Jewish studies faculty at American Hebrew Academy, an Jewish, college-preparatory boarding school in Greensboro, N.C. Spitzer holds a Master of Philosophy in ancient Judaism with distinction from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

cantor lynn torgove 

Cantor Lynn Torgove, MAJS'11, Can'12
Head of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew College

Lynn Torgove is a mezzo-soprano and stage director and has had an international career as a soloist in many genres of classical music. She has served on the opera faculty at the New England Conservatory and the Boston University Opera Institute and currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory Vocal and Choral Institute.