Alumni & Career Placement:
Become a Rabbi
Creating and Sustaining Change Around the World
In a changing Jewish world, the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College prepares spiritual leaders to be authentic inheritors and innovators of Jewish tradition. Our alumni serve as guides and companions in communities all over the world. As the role of the rabbi continues to expand well beyond the pulpit, our graduates are prepared to be:
- Spiritual leaders
- Executive Directors
- Pastoral counselors
- Educators and Heads of School
- Social activists
- Community organizers
The Hebrew College Innovation Lab is a new incubator for Hebrew College graduate students (rabbinic, cantorial and education) and recent Hebrew College alumni/ae in the Boston area to design and implement creative educational, spiritual, social justice and interfaith projects in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Participants receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to run – or supplement the running – of a project that they conceptualize and design.Learn more
Hebrew College offers inspiring rabbinic education, vibrant community and professional opportunities.
Our graduates currently serve as congregational rabbis in affiliated and independent congregations, Hillel rabbis and executive directors, hospital chaplains and organizational innovators in institutions across the country. Having successfully placed nearly all of our graduates, Hebrew College is a thriving enterprise in rabbinic education.
At Hebrew College, you are not alone in your search. Our Director of Professional Development, Rabbi Shoshana Friedman, works with students and graduates to help them prepare for and find the rabbinic position that is right for each of them.
- Individualized Placement Support: We will provide you with highly individualized support during your job search to enable you to find the right opportunity.
- Job-Search Skills: Our staff, along with other professionals with whom we work, help with drafting resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and negotiating contracts.
- Alumni Resources: We continue to provide these job-placement resources to alumni of the rabbinical school.
Internships in the Greater Boston Community
Our students serve as rabbinic interns in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Here are some of the synagogues and organizations where they are currently serving:
Shanah Heh Internships
- Clinical Pastoral Education Intern, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (2)
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA [Reform] (2)
- Rabbinic Intern, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline, MA [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Beth David of the South Shore, Canton, MA [Reform]
- Rabbinic Intern, Nehar Shalom, Jamaica Plain, MA [Independent]
- Rabbinic Intern, Tufts University Hillel, Medford, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, Common Street Spiritual Center, Natick, MA
- Admissions Intern, Hebrew College, Newton, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, Asiyah Jewish Community, Somerville, MA [Independent]
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Beth David, Westwood, MA [Reform]
- Rabbinic Intern, The Center for Small Town Jewish Life (Colby College), Waterville, ME (2)
- Rabbinic Intern, Bethel Synagogue Center, New Rochelle, NY [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, Mechon Hadar, New York City, NY
Shanah Dalet Internships
- Rabbinic Intern, Congregation Eitz Chayyim, Marietta, GA [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA (2)
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA [Independent]
- Rabbinic Intern, Maayim Hayyim, Newton, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Shalom, Newton, MA [Reform]
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Israel, Sharon, MA [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, Congregation Betenu, Amherst, NH
- Rabbinic Intern, Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Glens Falls, NY [Conservative]
- Rabbinic Intern, The Boston Synagogue, Boston, MA [Independent]
- Rabbinic Intern, Northeastern University Hillel, Boston, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, 2Life Communities, Brighton, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, Boston College Hillel, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Rabbinic Intern, Temple Tifereth Israel, Winthrop, MA [Independent]
As Keshet’s* intern for the year, I am the person anchoring the justice work. I am primarily working with them on a ballot initiative campaign here in Massachusetts aimed at repealing public protection that was enshrined into law for transgender people. We’re working with a coalition of different organization and movements trying to maintain the laws that we have now. Keshet is organizing the Jewish community to be involved.
– Mimi Micner, Rabbinical student and Campaign Specialist Intern at Keshet, Boston, MA. Keshet is a national grassroots organization with offices in Boston, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Jews in Jewish life.
Rabbinical students also have the opportunity to hone their teaching and curriculum building skills as instructors in Hebrew College’s young adult community learning program, Eser (Ten). Learn about the experience from two past Rabbinical School instructors.
Where Our Alumni Serve
Humans of Hebrew College
“I cannot imagine working in pluralistic settings without the remarkable experience of Jewish pluralism at Hebrew College—I continue to be most grateful for my education and the opportunities it has opened for me.”
—- Rabbi Jim Morgan, Rab’08, Chaplain at Center Communities of Brookline, MA, a division of Hebrew SeniorLife.
For Those Working in Pulpits
- 28% work in synagogues affiliated with the Reform movement
- 28% work in synagogues affiliated with the Conservative movement
- 28% work in Independent Synagogues
- 13% work in synagogues affiliated with the Reconstructing Judaism movement
- 2% work in synagogues affiliated with the Renewal movement
- Julia Appel,’11, Senior Jewish Educator, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
- Ezra Balser ’17, Rabbi, BASE Hillel, Chicago, IL
- Jordan Braunig ’14, Senior Jewish Educator, Tufts University, Medford, MA
- Getzel Davis ’13, Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Jevin Eagle ’19, Executive Director, Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA
- Jeremy Fierstien ’11, Executive Director, University of Maryland Baltimore Country, Baltimore, MD
- Aaron Fine ’09, Executive Director, University of Massachusetts Hillel, Amherst, MA
- Hayley Goldstein ’19, BASE Rabbi, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Joel Goldstein ’19, Campus Rabbi, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
- Steven Jablow ’15, Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
- Emma Kippley-Ogman ’10, Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN
- Elie Lehmann ’17, Senior Jewish Educator, Boston University, Boston, MA
- Stephanie Sanger-Miller ’19, Assistant Director, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- Micah Shapiro ’17, Steinhardt Innovation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Lisa Stella ’14, Senior Jewish Educator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
- Seth Wax ’13, Jewish Chaplain, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Jewish Communal Leadership
- Adina Allen ’14, Founder and Creative Director, The Jewish Studio Project, San Francisco, CA
- Minna Bromberg ’10, Director, Israel Program, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Jerusalem
- Nate de Groot, ’16, Director, Hazon Detroit, Detroit, MI
- Ayalon Eliach ’18, Director of Learning and Strategic Communications, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, Brooklyn, NY
- Shoshana Friedman ’14, Director of Field Placement, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton, MA
- Avi Killip ’14, Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Mechon Hadar, New York City, NY
- Daniel Klein ’10, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA
- Margie Klein Ronkin ’11, Director of Clergy & Leadership Development, Essex County Community Organization, Essex County, MA
- Sarah Mulhern ‘17, Manager of Rabbinic and Lay Education, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, New York, NY
- Lev Meirowitz Nelson ’13, Director of Education, Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, New York City, NY
- Salem Pearce ’18, Director of Congregational Organizing, Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, New York City, NY
- Avi Strausberg ’15, Director of National Learning Initiatives, Mechon Hadar, Washington, DC
- Ilana Zietman ’19, Rabbi Gather DC, Washington, DC
- Benjamin Barer ’18, Jewish Text Teacher, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington, DC
- Laura Bellows ’18, Senior Jewish Educator/Director of BIMA and Genesis, Brandeis University Precollege Department, Waltham,MA
- Tiferet Gordon Berenbaum ’13, Director of Education, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA (Independent)
- Rogerio Cukierman ’11, Director of Jewish Studies, Eliezer Max Jewish Day School, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Shahar Colt ’16, Director of Education, Dorshei Tzedek, Newton, MA (Reconstructionist)
- Hillel Greene ’14, Faculty in Jewish Studies, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
- Marci Kamerow ’15, Director of Education, Temple Beth Am, Framingham, MA (Reform)
- Jessica Lenza ’15, Director of Religious School, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York City, NY (Reform)
- Sara Meirowitz ’13, Faculty in Jewish Studies, Beit Midrash Co-Director, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
- Gray Myrseth ’17, Director of Education, Kehillah Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA (Independent)
- Shayna Rhodes ’08, Co-director of Beit Midrash, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA
- Jordan Schuster ’18, Associate Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning & Director of Mekorot, Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA
- Shira Shazeer ’10, School Rabbi, Metrowest Jewish Day School, Framingham, MA
- Rebecca Weinstein ’18, Judaics Teacher, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Newton, MA
- Joel Baron ’14, Hospice Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Dedham, MA
- Michael Cohen ’08, Chaplaincy Supervisor, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Dallas
- Israel de la Piedra ’13, Rabbi and Director of Spiritual Care, Miami Jewish Health Systems, Miami, FL
- Judi Ehrlich ’08, Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
- Rick Kline ’16, Chaplain, Bethany Senior Care, Calgary Canada
- Adam Lavitt ’12, Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
- Jim Morgan ’08, Staff Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Brookline, MA
- Suzanne Offit ’09, Staff Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
- Richard Rudnick ’11, Chaplain, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
- Dena Trugman ’19, Chaplain, Einstein Medical Center, Elkins Park, PA
- Leora Abelson ’17, Rabbi, Congregation Agudas Achim, Attleboro, MA (Reconstructionist)
- Alison Adler ’08, Rabbi, Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly, MA (Independent)
- Alana Alpert ’14, Congregation T’chivah, Detroit, MI (Reconstructionist)
- Elyssa Austerklein ‘11, Rabbi, Beth El Congregation, Akron OH (Conservative)
- Aliza Berger ’17, Rabbi/Cantor, Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA (Conservative)
- Daniel Berman ’10, Rabbi, Temple Reyim, Newton, MA (Conservative)
- Joseph Berman ’10, Rabbi, New Synagogue Project, Washington DC (Independent)
- Brian Besser ’10, Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom, Bloomington, IN (Reform)
- Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen ’18, Assistant Rabbi and Director of Outreach & Innovation, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline, MA (Conservative)
- Joshua Breindel ’09, Rabbi, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA (Reform)
- Phillip Bressler ’18, Rabbi, Beit Am, Corvallis, OR (Independent)
- Misha Clebaner ’19, Assistant Rabbi, North Shore Temple Emanuel, Sydney, Australia (Reform)
- Eric Cohen ’12, Rabbi, Flemington Jewish Center, Flemington, NJ(Conservative)
- David Cohen-Henriquez ’09, Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Marblehead, MA (Conservative)
- David Fainsilber ’14, Rabbi, Jewish Congregation of Greater Stowe, Stowe, VT (Independent)
- David Finkelstein ’14, Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel, Waltham, MA (Independent)
- Ari Lev Fornari ’14, Rabbi, Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA (Reconstructionist)
- Sarah Bracha Gershuny ’12, Rabbi, Nevei Kodesh, Boulder, CO (Renewal)
- Bekah Goldman ’16, Rabbi, Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, Simsbury, CT (Reform)
- Monica Gomery ’17, Rabbi, Music Director, Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA (Reconstructionist)
- Tamar Grimm ’10, Assistant Rabbi, Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights, MN (Conservative)
- Elie Herb, ’16, Rabbi, Temple Beth Shalom, Salem, OR (Reconstructionist)
- Eliana Jacobowitz ’10, Rabbi, Temple B’nai Brith, Somerville, MA (Independent)
- Randy Kafka ’08, Rabbi, Temple Kol Tikvah, Sharon, MA (Independent)
- Chaim Koritzinksy ’08, Rabbi, Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto, CA (Independent)
- Steven Lewis ’11, Rabbi, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, MA (Conservative)
- Jessica Lowenthal ’19, Rabbi, Temple Beth SHlaom, Melrose, MA (Reform)
- Bryan Mann ’18, Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom, Brandon, FL (Reform)*
- Jessica Kate Meyer ’14, Rabbi/Chazzan, The Kitchen, San Francisco, CA (Independent)
- J. Hannah Orden ’10, Rabbi, Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit, NJ (Reconstructionist)
- Allison Poirier ’19, Rabbi, Tempel Beth Sholom, Framingham, MA (Conservative)
- Scott Roland ’13, Rabbi, Shaarey Tikvah Congregation, Beachwood, OH (Conservative)
- Arielle Rosenberg ’17, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis, MN (Reform)
- Daniel Schaefer ’18, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, MA (Reform)
- Hal Schevitz ’13, Rabbi, Congregation Or Atid, Richmond, VA (Conservative)
- Philip Sherman ’13, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA (Reform)
- Suzie Schwartz-Jacobson ‘15 Assistant Rabbi & Director of Education, Temple Israel, Boston, MA (Reform)
- Michael Silbert ’12, Rabbi, Temple Beth David, Rochester, NY (Conservative)
- Stephen Slater ’18, Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Birmingham, AL (Conservative)
- Alyson Solomon ’09, Associate Rabbi, Beth Israel, San Diego, CA (Reform)
- Lila Veissid ’11, Rabbi, Kibbutz Ha-Ma’apil, Israel (Independent)
- Josh Weisman ’18, Rabbinic Fellow, Kavana Cooperative, Seattle, WA (Independent)
- David Winship ’17, Rabbi, Temple Beth David of the South Shore, Canton, MA (Reform)
- Shuki Zehavi ’19, Rabbi, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse, NY (Conservative)
Secondary positions of people listed above with a different primary position
- Oksana Chapman ’08, Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife
- Daniel Klein ’10, Rabbi, The Boston Synagogue, Boston, MA (Independent)
- Jim Morgan ’08, Rabbi, Worship & Study Minyan, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Independent)
- Margie Klein Ronkin ’11 Rabbi, Congregation Sha’arei Shalom, Ashland, MA (Independent)
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington DC
Jewish Approach to Climate Change
Rabbi Josh Weisman, Rab`18 is a Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at Kavana Cooperative in Seattle, WA, where he “is thrilled to be working” because the organizations reflect his approach to Jewish community. Rabbi Weisman recently help organize the 2020 Seattle Jewish Climate Festival around Tu BiShvat with 16 organizations, and 18 events. Prior to rabbinical school, he worked for 12 years in non-profits, mostly as a grass-roots organizer. During that time, he worked for several years as a congregation-based community organizer—where he experienced the power of religious communities to transform the world and transform themselves in the process—and later helped launch a Jewish start-up.
A Chavruta for Jewish Learning
Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Rab`12, is the founder and CEO of the Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity which offers in-person and online resources for those seeking meaningful, accessible, and personalized Jewish learning, community classes & gatherings, and private spiritual coaching and rabbinic support. While in rabbinical school, she found herself exploring the questions: “What makes a meaningful Jewish learning experience? How is Jewish learning a spiritual practice? How can you connect Jewish spirituality, learning, and creative expression? That experience deeply impacted her work as a trans-denominational rabbi, creative spiritual educator, and Jewish entrepreneur. “My work embodies “Jewish creativity,” one of Hebrew College’s core values. ‘Creativity,’ inspired the name of my organization,” she says. Today, she incorporates experiential Jewish learning, Jewish mindfulness, creative expression, and ritual in her work.
From The Piano to the Pulpit
After a prominent role in Roman Polanski’s acclaimed 2002 Holocaust film ‘The Pianist,’ Jessica Kate Meyer, Rab`14 was poised for a screen career. But that star turn ultimately sent her in a very different direction.” She became a rabbi, serving at Romemu in New York City and currently serves as a spiritual leader at The Kitchen in San Francisco, CA.
Building Connected Communities
Rabbi Phil Bressler, Rab`18 is the spiritual leader of Beit Am Jewish Community in Corvallis, OR (in the Mid-Willamette Valley), where he is helping to grow the congregation and, he says, is “inspired by young people engaging with Judaism — particularly those who are active in politics and in social justice work.” Among his many goals for his congregation and its relationship with the community, he hopes to cultivate a new generation of leaders with vision for this place. “Part of that is education, part of that is empowerment….to make Beit Am the best possible version of Jewish community in Corvallis,” he says.
Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Rab`13 found Judaism nearly a decade after she started practicing. She began observing Shabbat when she was 11 — because she thought it made sense to rest on Saturday and work or shop on Sundays — and she could never understand why her Catholic school teachers told Bible stories out of order. She also developed her own system of kashrut…
After several years leading Temple Har Zion in Mt. Holly, NJ, in the summer of 2019, she will return to the Boston area as Director of Congregational Learning and Programming at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) in Brookline, MA.
Illuminating Life of Campus
As rabbi and educator at Harvard Hillel, my goal is to regularly interrupt people’s lives with moments of meaning, connection, and liberation. That could mean teaching classes with clever names like Shal-Om and Jew Curious, or counseling students in need. The work is most rewarding, he says, when he helps students “take risks to aid in their own growth and to strengthen the good of the world.
– Rabbi Getzel Davis, Rab`13, Rabbi and Educator, Harvard University Hillel.
Hebrew College alumna and teacher blends clinical and spiritual approaches in her work
As a child in Long Island, Margot Meitner planned to be the first Jewish female supreme As a child in Long Island, Margot Meitner planned to be the first Jewish female supreme court justice. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Margot wanted to study law so she could help oppressed and marginalized people, indulge her passion for public speaking and her love of learning, and make a difference in the world. But after Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, young Margot decided on a new career plan: Rabbi.
Combining Prayer and Art
Entrepreneur Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14 and her husband Jeff Kasowitz founded the Jewish Studio Project in 2015 in Berkeley, CA. “Engagement in Jewish text, ritual and tradition in this nonverbal way helps me access ideas and feelings and concepts — internal wisdom that the art-making can tap into,” says, Rabbi Allen. According to Allen, it feels like praying when groups come into the studio to work with paint: “We ask for what we want, need, need to discuss, and then we need to let it go and see what gifts come back.”
Read more in this The Jewish Telegraphic Agency article
Extending the “Magic” of Hebrew College
When Rabbi Jordan Schuster, Rab`18 first came to Hebrew College, he experienced “a unique kind of magic.” At the time, Schuster, then 33, was managing a yoga studio in San Francisco, while taking time off from his doctoral work on Yiddish and Hasidic Literature at Columbia University. He was searching for his path, and while he had contemplated rabbinical school since college, he had doubts about his own ability to support and care for a community as a rabbi, since he had felt alienated from the Jewish community for much of his childhood…
“My relationship to Judaism was mostly solitary up to that point. My prayer-life was entirely individual, be-yahid,” said Schuster, who grew up attending a non-denominational day school and reform and conservative synagogues in Milwaukee. “Growing up, I was an awkward, extremely flamboyant gay kid. I didn’t feel like Jewish communal life had a place for me. Nor did I feel like Jewish communal life did a great job of making me feel like I had a place in it. So I steered away from participating in formal Jewish community…”
Jewish Life Across the Generations
Whether Rabbi Philip Sherman, Rab`13, is sitting on the floor shaking a lulav with an exuberant preschooler or working with an adult learner to breathe new life into an ancient text, his rabbinate at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA is animated by his joyful presence and deep desire to create meaningful experiences across the generations.
In addition to being the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA, Rabbi Alyson Solomon, Rab`09 is also part of a growing group of independent, private practice rabbis. In addition to her official rabbi duties, Rabbi Solomon offer courage coaching — helping people whether they are “about to climb a mountain, bury a friend, write a novel or have a baby.”
Rabbi Sonia Saltzman, Rab`08
Former microfinance executive at ACCION International and spiritual leader of Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA.
Rabbi Sonia brings an uncommon level of wisdom, coupled with a refreshing and non-egotistical, down-to-earth approach to her rabbinate. She is very easy to relate to. As a result, she has touched people in so many ways. Rabbi Sonia fills so many of the positive qualities that you think of when you think of a rabbi. She is sincere. She is caring. She practices what she teaches and she believes it.
– Len Davidson, Past President, Temple Ohabei Shalom
Joel Baron, Rab`14
Hospice Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Dedham, MA
Former Publisher, New England Journal of Medicine
What makes Joel special is his genuine and his honest caring of other human beings. Some people can fake it really well. Joel is not faking it. What I felt from his affection and his warmth was real, and I never felt like he was telling me the things I needed to hear. It felt like he was really speaking to me personally and to who I was and what I was going through…His knowledge and spirituality also makes him unique. He never pushed it on us. He offered it. He spoke of it. And he let us take what we needed from it.
– Helen Rodar. Rabbi Baron was a hospice chaplain for her mother.
Rabbi Dan Berman, Rab `10
Former attorney and current spiritual leader at Temple Reyim, Newton, MA
Rabbi Berman genuinely cares about every member of our congregation. He is wise, and thoughtful, and seeks to build connections within the Reyim community as well as with the wider Jewish community and beyond. I feel privileged to have him as our rabbi.
– Leslie Sherman, Temple Reyim member
Listen to “Amar Amar” from the Rabbinical School’s 10th Anniversary CD Galeh. Jessica Kate Meyer (producer, vocals), Micah Shapiro (producer, recording engineer, cajon), Matt Schwartz (electric guitar), Noah Aronson (producer, mixing). Based on music by Moishe Oysher. Text from Talmud Bavli Brachot 64a.
More Than a Decade Young
The Rabbinical School was founded in 2004 and now has over 100 graduates serving communities all over the world. This video was created in 2014, in celebration of the Rabbinical School’s 10th anniversary. Then Rabbinical School Dean, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, is now President of Hebrew College.