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
  • Scholars
  • Educators and Heads of School
  • Musicians
  • Artists
  • Social activists
  • Community organizers
  • Rav-Hazzans

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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.

Placement Support

At Hebrew College, you are not alone in your search. Our faculty and staff work with studentss 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.

Placement Partners in the Hebrew College Internship Program

Our students serve as rabbinic and cantorial interns in the Greater Boston area and beyond.

Meet Two Rabbinical Interns

giulia-fleishmanRead about rabbinical students Giulia Fleishman (above) and Ryan Lezner, who are deepening their rabbinical training and connecting with community members as part of their rabbinical internship training.


Recent and Current Student Internships

Here are some of the synagogues and organizations where our students serve:

Congregations

  • Asiyah Jewish Community, Somerville, MA [Renewal]
  • Betenu, Amherst, NH [Reform]
  • Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto, Canada [Conservative]
  • Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge, CT [Conservative]
  • Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Newton, MA [Reconstructionist]
  • Kehillat Israel, Brookline, MA [Conservative]
  • Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, Jamaica Plain, MA [Independent]
  • Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA [Conservative]
  • Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA [Reform]
  • Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham, MA [Conservative]
  • Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA [Independent]
  • Temple Israel, Boston, MA [Reform]
  • Temple Sha’arey Tefila, Glens Falls, NY [Conservative]
  • Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA [Reform]
  • Temple Tiferet Israel, Winthrop, MA [Independent]
  • Romemu, New York, NY [Independent]
  • Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA [Reform]
  • Temple Beth El, Portland, ME [Conservative]
  • Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill, MA [Reform]
  • Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA [Conservative]
  • Temple Israel, Boston, MA  [Reform]
  • Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA [Reform]
  • The Boston Synagogue, Boston, MA [Independent]

Hillels

  • Brown/RISD Hillel, Providence, RI
  • Northeastern University Hillel, Boston, MA
  • Boston College Hillel, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Tufts Hillel, Somerville, MA
  • Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA

Community Organizations

  • 2Life Communities, Brighton, MA
  • Bronfman Fellowship, White Plains, NY
  • Center for Small Town Jewish Life, various communities in Maine
  • Hebrew College Prozdor, Newton, MA
  • Hebrew College Teen Beit Midrash, Newton, MA
  • Hebrew SeniorLife, Brookline, MA
  • Hebrew SeniorLife, Randolf, MA
  • Jewish Learning Collaborative Metro West, Framingham, MA [Independent]
  • Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikvah, Newton, MA
  • MetroWest Jewish Day School, Framingham, MA
  • The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College, Newton, MA

When I was Keshet’s* intern, I was the person anchoring the justice work. I was primarily working with them on a ballot initiative campaign here in Massachusetts that was aimed at repealing public protection that was enshrined into law for transgender people. We were 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, Former rabbinical student (ordained in 2020) 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.


Teaching Experience

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.

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For Those Working in Pulpits

  • 24% work in synagogues affiliated with the Reform movement
  • 34% work in synagogues affiliated with the Conservative movement
  • 32% work in Independent Synagogues
  • 10% work in synagogues affiliated with the Reconstructing Judaism movement

Hillel/College Chaplaincy

  • Ezra Balser ’17, Rabbi, BASE Hillel, Chicago, IL
  • Jordan Braunig ’14, Jewish Chaplain, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Getzel Davis ’13, Director of Graduate Programming & Conservative Minyan Advisor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Jevin Eagle ’19, Executive Director, Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA
  • Jeremy Fierstien ’11, Executive Director, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • Aaron Fine ’09, Executive Director, University of Massachusetts Hillel, Amherst, MA
  • Jessica Goldberg ’20, Chaplain for Jewish Community, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Hayley Goldstein ’19, Rabbi of BASE Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Justin Held `21, Director of Education, University of Minnesota Hillel & Herzl Camp, Minneapolis, MN
  • 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
  • Noam Lerman `20, Jewish Chaplain, Smith College, Northampton, MA
  • Bryan Mann ’18, Director for Jewish Student Life & Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Sarah Mulhern ‘17, Rabbi of Base Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Noyovitz ’20, Campus Rabbi, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Stephanie Sanger-Miller ’19, Assistant Director, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Micah Shapiro ’17, Rabbinic Innovation Fellow & Campus Rabbi, 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
  • Julia Appel ’11, Director of Innovation Training, CLAL, New York, NY
  • Elyssa Austerklein ‘11, Founder, Ivrim Jews Without Borders
  • Minna Bromberg ’10, Founder and President, Fat Torah, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Nate de Groot, ’16, Director, Hazon Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • Ayalon Eliach ’18, Senior Advisor, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, Brooklyn, NY
  • Shoshana Friedman ’14, Director of Field Placement, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton, MA
  • Gita Karasov ’20, Director of Admissions and Student Life, Hebrew College, Newton, MA
  • Avi Killip ’14, Vice President for Strategy and Programs, Mechon Hadar, New York City, NY
  • Daniel Klein ’10, Dean of Students, Hebrew College, Newton, MA
  • Amalia Mark ’21, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh, Newton MA
  • Lev Meirowitz Nelson ’13, Director of Education, Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, New York City, NY
  • Salem Pearce ’18, Executive Director, Carolina Jews for Justice, North Carolina
  • Margie Klein Ronkin ’11, Director of Clergy & Leadership Development, Essex County Community Organization, Essex County, MA
  • Avi Strausberg ’15, Director of National Learning Initiatives, Mechon Hadar, Washington, DC
  • Sarah Tasman ’12, Director of Jewish Journeys and Engagement, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Bethesda, MD
  • Josh Weisman ’18, Senior Program Officer, Resilience and East Bay, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Berkeley, CA
  • Ilana Zietman ’19, Rabbi, Gather DC, Washington, DC

Jewish Education

  • Benjamin Barer ’18, Jewish Text Faculty, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington, DC
  • Laura Bellows ’18, Director of Prozdor & Youth Initiatives, Hebrew College, Newton, MA
  • Tiferet Berenbaum ’13, Rabbi of Congregational Learning and Programming, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA (Independent)
  • Dena Glasgow ’21, Jewish History Faculty, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
  • Hillel Greene ’14, Jewish Studies Faculty, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
  • Marcie Kamerow ’18, Director of Education, Temple Sinai, Boston, MA (Reform)
  • Sara Meirowitz ’13, Department Chair, Associate Dean of Jewish Education, 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
  • Shoshana Rosenbaum ’21, Faculty Member & Beit Midrash Staff, Hebrew College Rabbinical School
  • Jordan Schuster ’18, Faculty Member & Director of Mekorot, Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Newton Centre, MA
  • Alyson Solmon ’09, Rabbi Educator, Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, OR (Reconstructionist)
  • Rebecca Weinstein ’18, Judaics Teacher, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Newton, MA

Pastoral Care

  • Michael Cohen ’08, Director of Rabbinic Services & Pastoral Care, The Legacy Senior Communities, Dallas, TX
  • Judi Ehrlich ’08, Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
  • Rachel Kaplan ’21, Hospice Chaplain, Hebrew Senior Life, Roslindale, MA
  • Rick Kline ’16, Chaplain, Bethany Senior Care, Calgary Canada
  • Adam Lavitt ’12, Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
  • Sam Luckey ’20, Chaplain, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Jim Morgan ’08, Staff Chaplain, Hebrew SeniorLife, Brookline, MA
  • Richard Rudnick ’11, Chaplain, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • Dena Trugman ’19, Palliative Care Chaplain, UCLA Health – Santa Monica Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Pulpits

  • Leora Abelson ’17, Rabbi, Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, Boston, MA
  • Alison Adler ’08, Rabbi, Temple B’nai Abraham, Beverly, MA (Independent)
  • Alana Alpert ’14, Congregation T’chivah, Detroit, MI (Reconstructionist); Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Jews for Justice
  • 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)
  • Sam Blumberg ’21, Rabbi, Temple Beth Am, Framingham, MA (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 Enriquez ’10, Rabbi, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Pensacola, FL (Reform)
  • Rogerio Cukierman ’11, Rabbi, Congregacao Israelita Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Independent)
  • Tyler Dratch ’21, Rabbi for Tefilah Leadership and Director of Youth and Family Education, Beth Am Synagogue, Baltimore, MD (Conservative)
  • Max Edwards ’21, Assistant Rabbi, Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, NJ (Independent)
  • 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)
  • Bekah Goldman ’16, Rabbi, Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, Simsbury, CT (Reform)
  • Monica Gomery ’17, Rabbi, Music Director, Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA (Reconstructionist); Teaching Kollel and Talmud Faculty, SVARA
  • 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)
  • Noam Lerman ’20, Associate Clergy, LAB/SHUL, New York, NY (Independent)
  • Steven Lewis ’11, Rabbi, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, MA (Conservative)
  • Jessica Lowenthal ’19, Rabbi, Temple Beth Shlaom, Melrose, MA (Reform)
  • Jessica Kate Meyer ’14, Rabbi/Chazzan, The Kitchen, San Francisco, CA (Independent)
  • Mimi Micner ’20, Rabbi, Temple Beth Torah, Holliston, MA (Conservative)
  • J. Hannah Orden ’10, Rabbi, Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit, NJ (Reconstructionist)
  • Allison Poirier ’19, Rabbi, Tempel Beth Sholom, Framingham, MA (Conservative)
  • Matt Ponak ’20, Assistant Rabbi and Hebrew School Director, Congregation Emanu-El, Victoria, British Columbia (Conservative)
  • Ken Richmond ’21, Cantor, Temple Israel, Natcik, MA (Conservative)
  • Scott Roland ’13, Rabbi, Shaarey Tikvah Congregation, Beachwood, OH (Conservative)
  • Arielle Rosenberg ’17, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis, MN (Reform)
  • Maayan Sands ’16, Rabbi, Temple B’nai Shalom, Braintree, MA (Independent)
  • 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, Congregation Agudas Achim, Bexley, OH (Conservative)
  • Talia Stein ’20, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA (Reform)
  • Lila Veissid ’11, Rabbi, Kibbutz Ha-Ma’apil, Israel (Independent)
  • Rebecca Weintraub ’20, Assistant Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY (Not Affiliated)
  • David Winship ’17, Rabbi, Temple Beth David of the South Shore, Canton, MA (Reform)
  • Shuki Zehavi ’19, Rabbi, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Syracuse, NY (Conservative)

By Location

NATIONAL
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington DC

INTERNATIONAL

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Israel

Meet Our Alumni

Nobody Can Make It Out there Alone

Rabbi Suzie Schwartz Jacobson`15, rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston, offered this teaching for Hebrew College’s Elul Together 5780 Project.


Jewish Approach to Climate Change

josh-weismanRabbi Josh Weisman`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.

Read more about his work with the Seattle Jewish Climate Festival 


Sweetness in Elul

Jewish chaplain and beekeeper Rabbi Suzanne Offit`09 offered this teaching on cherishing the small moments for Hebrew College’s Elul Together 5780 Project.


In the Field

In this Elul Together video by Rabbi Elisha Herb ’16, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Salem, OR , he takes us into the field, with wind and rain in the background, for a short Torah teaching.


A Chavruta for Jewish Learning

Sarah-TasmanRabbi Sarah Tasman`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.

Read more about Sara


From The Piano to the Pulpit

After a prominent role in Roman Polanski’s acclaimed 2002 Holocaust film ‘The Pianist,’ Jessica Kate Meyer`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 rabbi/chazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, CA. Watch her creative musical prayer leadership style in this video.

Watch Jessica in action
Read more in this The Boston Globe story


Capacity to Love

Rabbi Philip Sherman`13, rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA, offered this teaching for Hebrew College’s Elul Together 5780 Project, asking, “Where can we make space for love and learning in our busy lives?”


Building Connected Communities

Phil BresslerRabbi Phil Bressler`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.

Read more about Phil


rabbi-tiferet-berenbaumFinding Judaism

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum`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.

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Music and Chesed

Rabbi David Fainsilber`14, spiritual leader of The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, VT, uses music to bring chesed to his congregation, The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, VT.


The Teshuvah of Missed Connections

Rabbi Gita Karasov`20, Hebrew College Director of Ordination Program Admissions, asks how we can work to mend our missed connections in this teaching for Hebrew College’s Elul Together 5780 Project.


Rabbi Getzel DavisIlluminating 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`13, Rabbi and Educator, Harvard University Hillel.

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Rabbi Margot MeitnerBlending clinical and spiritual approaches to work

As a child in Long Island, Margot Meitner`14 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.

Read more about Rabbi Meitner


Rabbi Adina AllenCombining Prayer and Art

Entrepreneur Rabbi Adina Allen`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


rabbi-jordan-schusterExtending the “Magic” of Hebrew College

When Rabbi Jordan Schuster`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…”

Read more about Rabbi Schuster


Rabbi Alyson SolomonCourage Coach

In addition to being the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA, Rabbi Alyson Solomon`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.”

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Second-Career Rabbis

Rabbi Sonia Saltzman`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“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 `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


Alumni Music

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.



Contact Admissions

Rabbi GIta Karasov
Director of Admissions and Student Life
gkarasov@hebrewcollege.edu