Faculty

rabbi audrey marcus berkman

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Audrey Marcus Berkman has been a chaplain, cantor, teacher and lifecycle officiant in the Boston area for the past seven years. She currently serves as rabbi and chaplain at Center Communities of Brookline. From 2007 to 2013, she was congregational rabbi at Congregation Shir Hadash. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, holds a master's from Harvard University and was ordained in 2007 from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania.

rabbi allison berry

Rabbi Allison Berry

Allison Berry has served since 2011 as associate rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass. She served previously as director of education at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill and as rabbi and education director at Temple Beth David in Canton. A classically trained vocalist, Berry formerly worked as a cantorial solist for several Boston-area congregations. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and was ordained in 2007 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Margie Bogdanow

Margie Bogdanow

Margie Bogdanow is a national youth specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism and a consultant to the Youth Educator Initiative of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. She co-founded and served as co-executive director of Parenting Resource Associates in Lexington, Mass. Bogdanow holds a bachelor's degree in Russian language and literature from Brandeis University and a Master of Social Work from Simmons College.

Sabrina Burger

Sabrina Burger

Sabrina Burger has lived in Israel for 12 years, where she studied English literature and linguistics at Hebrew University and attended the Bezalel School of Art and Design. She studied rabbinic texts and Hasidic philosophy at the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Studies and Midreshet Bat Ayin. Burger has taught for Ikkarim, Pathways, Ma'ayan and in private classes, where she integrates Torah, art and parenting skills.

shari churwin

Shari Churwin

Shari Churwin has worked for more than 17 years in many capacities at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass., most recently as education director. She is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Master of Jewish Education and a certificate in Jewish family education from Hebrew College. Churwin is a member of the National Association of Temple Educators, the National Association Education of Young People and the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism.

rabbi sharon clevenger

Rabbi Sharon Clevenger

Sharon Clevenger is the middle-school rabbi at the Rashi School in Dedham, Mass. She previously served as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass., where she taught numerous adult-learning classes. Clevenger is married and the mother of two young daughters.

shira m. cohen-goldberg

Shira M. Cohen-Goldberg

Shira Cohen-Goldberg works as a literacy specialist at an educational nonprofit focused on organizational change, teaching teachers and coaching administrators. She is a graduate of Barnard College, holds a certificate in program planning, management, monitoring and evaluation from Boston University and an Ed.M. in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has engaged in multiple Jewish learning opportunities. 

behzad dayanim

Behzad Dayanim

Behzad Dayanim has been involved in Jewish education for 18 years. He has dedicated himself to the Jewish community, serving as a youth director and family educator, and has designed numerous informal-education programs. He is also a seasoned artist and musician who has performed throughout the world. Dayanim is graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and holds an MBA and M.A. through the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University.

Judy Elkin

Judy Elkin

Judy Elkin is a long-time Jewish educator and a certified personal and professional coach, working with individuals, couples and professional teams. As a Jewish educator, she has worked with adolescents, parents, parent educators, teachers and graduate students, and was the founding director of Ramah Family Camp. Learn more about Elkin at her website.

Roselyn Farren

Roselyn Farren, Ph.D.

Roselyn Farren is an English teacher at Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass., and former executive director of Ma'ayan: Torah Studies Initiative for Women. She enjoys teaching Jewish texts to teens through senior adults, as well as singing and gardening with her husband and three children. Farren holds a doctorate in English literature from Brandeis University. 

Rabbi Sue Fendrick

Sue Fendrick is a teacher, editor, writer and spiritual director. She has served as an adult educator and editor on a variety of Jewish educational projects. Her writings on Jewish texts and Jewish life appear in numerous books and publications, and she writes a biweekly parenting column for Boston's Jewish Advocate. Fendrick is an alumna of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. 

Sally Finestone

Rabbi Sally Finestone

Sally Finestone has served since 1998 as rabbi of Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, Mass. She was among the first group of female rabbis to be ordained, in 1982 from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Finestone holds a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School, where she is currently the denominational counselor for Jewish students. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate by HUC.

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 was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub honoree by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

bonnie glickman

Bonnie Glickman

Bonnie Glickman consults with teachers, families, schools and employers. She has worked as a classroom teacher, special-education teacher, curriculum developer, school counselor and private consultant. She founded and administered a school for high-school dropouts in Montreal, which won an award from the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Glickman holds master's degrees in reading instruction and special education from McGill University and a master's in counseling from the University of Vermont.

rabbi hillel greene

Rabbi Hillel Greene, Rab'14

Hillel Green is an educator at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass. He formerly served as a rabbinic adviser and Jewish chaplain at Boston College and Northeastern University. He is a graduate of Columbia University and was ordained in 2014 from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, An avid reader, Greene is slowly working his way through the complete works of William Shakespeare. 

rabbi eric gurvis

Rabbi Eric Gurvis

Eric Gurvis has served since 1999 as senior rabbi of Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass. His rabbinic career spans more than 30 years, including positions at synagogues in New York City; Jackson, Miss.; and Teaneck, N.J. Gurvis is a leader of youth and camping programs in the Union for Reform Judaism and is currently part of a three-year Rabbinic Leadership Initiative of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

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Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris has worked for the past 20 years as a school psychologist at Sharon (Mass.) High School. Prior to that, she worked for eight years as a teacher of students with learning disabilities at The Ramaz School in New York City. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in English from Barnard College and three master's degree — an M.A. in remedial reading, an Ed.M. in learning disabilities and an Ed.M. in school psychology — from Teachers College at Columbia University.

steven jablow

Steven Jablow

Steven Jablow is in his final year at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is an experienced Jewish educator with more than 25 years spent teaching in formal and informal settings, with students from grammar school through adult education. Jablow currently serves as the Jewish chaplain and Hillel rabbi at Bryant University in Rhode Island and as a rabbinic intern at the Jewish Discovery Institute in Newton, Mass.  

rabbi david jaffe

Rabbi David Jaffe

David Jaffe is the school chaplain at Gann Academy: The New Jewish High School and the founder and dean of The Kirva Institute for Torah and Spiritual Practice. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Jewish Theological Seminary Communal Service program, Jaffe received his rabbinic ordination from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel. He is a veteran Ikkarim instructor and has taught widely throughout the Boston community.

rabbi daniel klein 

Rabbi Daniel Klein, Rab'10

Daniel Klein is director of admissions for the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and director of student life at Hebrew College. He also serves as rabbi-in-residence at The Boston Synagogue. Klein's passion is to help people find their voice in the world through the prism, practice, rituals and traditions of Judaism. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained in 2010 by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

rav claudia kreiman

Rav Claudia Kreiman

Claudia Kreiman has served since 1997 as associate rabbi of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Mass. Originally from Chile, she moved to Israel and entered the Rabbinical School of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, where she was ordained in 2002. Prior to accepting her position at TBZ, Kreiman was director of Jewish studies at the Jewish Community Day School of Greater Boston, in Watertown. She is married to Rabbi Ebn Leader, a faculty member at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Daniel Liben

Rabbi Daniel Liben

Daniel Liben has served since 1991 as spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Natck, Mass. A prolific teacher, he is a recipient of the Bureau of Jewish Education's Keter Torah Award for his work in family education. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1983. 

 

rabbi natan margalit

Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.

Natan Margalit is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in western Connecticut, and visiting rabbi at Congregation Adas Yoshuron, in Rockville, Maine. He is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore., received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jacob Meskin

Jacob Meskin, Ph.D.

Jacob Meskin is an instructor and faculty adviser at Me'ah, Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program. He also teaches in the Tzion program and is a co-author of the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens curriculum. Meskin teaches a variety of adult Jewish education classes in Greater Boston and works as a consultant on adult Jewish education and teacher training. He has also taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, Williams College and Lehigh University.

Elana Kling Perkins

Elana Kling Perkins is a co-founder of Perspectives: Jewish Living through the Lifecycle, which incorporates a Jewish dimension and sensibility in helping people successfully navigate life transitions. She specializes in psycho-educational workshops and courses for parents of Jewish children, for those choosing Judaism and for those in interfaith relationships.

Marcia Plumb

Rabbi Marcia R. Plumb

Marcia R. Plumb is associate rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut HIll, Mass. She has taught adult-education courses for more than 20 years and is the former director of spiritual formation at Leo Baeck College in London. She led a Parents Coping With Adolescents group for three years and created and led a national program for adolescents across the U.K. Plumb is a trained Mussar teacher and Jewish spiritual guide. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, holds a master's degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Ken Richmond

Cantor Ken Richmond

Ken Richmond is a graduate of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and has served since 2006 as cantor and family educator at Temple Israel in Natick, Mass. He enjoys leading the congregation in participatory prayer and teaching and learning with students of all ages. Richmond and his wife, Rabbi Shira Shazeer, are klezmer musicians and speak Yiddish with their two sons.

Rabbi Michelle Robinson

Rabbi Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson is rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass. She is deeply committed to sharing her love of text study with others and has greatly enjoyed teaching in Hebrew College's Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program since its inception. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received ordination in 1999 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

judith rosenbaum

Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Judith Rosenbaum is executive director of the Jewish Women's Archive in Brookline Mass., and formerly served as the organization's director of public history and director of education. A highly regarded educator, historian and writer, she has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women's studies at institutions including Brown University, Boston University, Hebrew College and Gann Academy. Rosenbaum holds a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University. 

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Benjamin Samuels has served since 1995 as rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton, Mass., and is a co-curriculum designer, educational consultant and instructor for the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program. He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. Samuels is a doctoral candidate in science, philosophy and religion at Boston University. He serves on the faculty of Me'ah and Ma'ayan and is a Genesis scholar at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Pete Sperber

Pete Sperber is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a range of experience working with children and adolescents. He is currently the school social worker at the Jewish Community Day School of Greater Boston, where he works with children and families to support them in managing social, emotional and behavioral challenges as they work to be successful in their academic, peer and adult relationships. Prior to earning his Master of Social Work, Sperber taught middle-school and high-school math for eight years at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass.

Reb Moshe Waldoks, Ph.D.

Moshe Waldoks is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, Mass. He has been active in creating a center for Jewish-Muslim Relations in Boston and has initiated and supported TBZ's affiliation with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. He is an active member of the Brookline Clergy Association, a storyteller and stand-up comedian. He holds a doctorate in Jewish intellectual history and received "smicha" from Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green and Everett Gendler.

ronit ziv-kreger

Ronit Ziv-Kreger, Ph.D.

Ronit Ziv-Kreger is principal at Ziv-Kreger & Associates and has been serving as a consultant to innovative initiatives in day schools and congregational schools in Israel and the Boston area since 1998. She is a consultant for CJP's Innovators Community of Practice initiative to help revitalize and reinvent supplementary education in the Boston area. She is a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program and holds a doctorate from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Rabbi Julie Zupan

Rabbi Julie Zupan

Julie Zupan is on the staff of Reform Jewish Outreach Boston, working with interfaith couples, families and individuals exploring Judaism. She guides and accompanies couples, individuals and families on their spiritual journeys. She has served previously as a congregational rabbi, an elder-care chaplain and a Jewish family educator. Zupan is a graduate of Tufts University and received ordination in 1999 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.