School of Jewish Education Faculty

Michael Shire

Rabbi Michael Shire
Dean
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.

Steve Copeland

Steve Copeland
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jewish Education
Ed.D., Harvard University

Steve Copeland served as lecturer at Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Education and beginning in 1988 he was engaged as Assistant Professor of Jewish thought and education at Hebrew College. Since his return to Israel in 2007 he has continued as part of the College's adjunct faculty, teaching Hebrew College students both online and in person during their time in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute. In addition, he teaches at Hebrew University, Machon Schechter, Young Judaea Year Course and Alma, as well as holds popular shi'urim (informal classes) at his apartment on topics such as religiosity without delusion.

deborah skolnick einhorn

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn
Assistant Dean for Academic Development and Advising
Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, assistant professor of Jewish education in the Shoolman School, 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.

neil janes

Rabbi Neil Janes
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College

Rabbi Neil Janes is the 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.

Alvan Kaunfer

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

Alvan Kaunfer is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Emanu-El, Providence, where he served for 25 years as Religious School and High School Principal, Youth Director, Adult Education Coordinator and Associate Rabbi. He is also the founding Director of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Providence. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, Teachers’ College of Columbia University, and he was ordained and received a doctorate in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Kaunfer teaches courses in Jewish Education at the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew College in Boston.

david levy

David Levy, MAJS'10, MJEd'10
Adjunct Instructor

David Levy is the marketing director of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. From 2010 to 2013, he served as managing editor of JewishBoston.com, a website for the Jewish community of Boston. He is a member of board of directors of Keshet, a Boston-based nonprofit working for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals in Jewish life. He also serves on the board of directors of the Alumni & Friends of New England Region United Synagogue Youth. Levy received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University before earning master's degrees in Jewish studies and Jewish education from Hebrew College.

sandy miller-jacobs

Sandy Miller-Jacobs
Professor and Director of Jewish Special Education 
Ed.D., Boston College

Sandy Miller-Jacobs, has been a professor at Hebrew College since 2007. After teaching students with special needs for five years, she joined the faculty of Fitchburg State College, now Fitchburg State University. For over 25 years, she served as a professor in the Special Education Department, including six years as Department Chair and two years as the College’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Academic Personnel. Dr. Miller-Jacobs earned her BA from Queens College, CUNY, MEd from Boston University and EdD from Boston College. She received a Keter Torah award from the BJE in 2007. She currently holds the title of Professor Emerita in Special Education at Fitchburg State University.

deborah nagler

Deborah Nagler
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
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.

nina price

Nina Price
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
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.

Rachel Raz

Rachel Raz, MJEd'04
Director, Early Childhood Institute

Rachel Raz, director of the Early Childhood Institute in the Shoolman Graduate School, has worked as a teacher, developed curricula and conducted professional-development training for educators during her distinguished career in education. In addition, she serves as director of the Boston-Haifa Early Childhood Connection and the Greater Boston Early Childhood Directors Council, both of which operate under the auspices of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Raz earned her undergraduate degree at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and Master of Jewish Education at Hebrew College.
ina regosin 

Ina Regosin
Adjunct Instructor
M.A., Wheelock College

A national leader in the field of early-childhood education, Ina Regosin is the founding director of the school's Early Childhood Institute. 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
Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Education
M.A., Harvard University

Susie Rodenstein, Instructor in Jewish Education, is an experienced teacher of Jewish Education. She received her BA from Queens College, CUNY and a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature and teacher certification from the Jewish Theological Seminary. At Hebrew University she earned certification as a school counselor. Her Masters degree in Cognitive Stage Theories, focusing on moral development and second language acquisition, is from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Ms. Rodenstein was a Jerusalem Fellow from 1992 – 1996, where she studied theories of professional development and reflective practice in addition to enjoying intensive Torah Lishma opportunities.

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.