Young Adult Learning Eser

Eser Classic, a 10-week spring program sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), brings together young adults in their 20s and 30s to explore contemporary issues and ideas through a specific Jewish theme. Eser Select offers shorter themed classes in the summer, fall and winter that build connection and community through conversation.

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young adults talking in living room
  • time 20s and 30s
  • location Living rooms and community spaces
  • duration Eser Classic: 10 (eser) Weeks; Eser Select: 6-8 weeks
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The Eser Team

Eser facilitators are educators and rabbis training and experienced in leading young adult groups in discussion and text-based Jewish learning.

Eser Educators

Eser-On-Campus Educators

Rabbi Getzel Davis
Getzel Davis is associate rabbi and Jewish educator at Harvard Hillel. Before joining Harvard, he was a rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue and spiritual director at Eden Village Camp. He has also worked as an educator for American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, the Teva Learning Alliance and Larchmont Temple. A graduate of Brandeis University, Davis received his rabbinic ordination and Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He loves to get lost in deep forests and rock out to brass-band music.

Rabbi Elie Lehmann
Elie Lehmann loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. He is Senior Jewish Educator at BU Hillel, a graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School and former Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Recently, he returned from a year of learning in Israel and summer teaching Judaic Studies in Kenya. Elie is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. When not jamming on drums, Elie can be found experimenting in the kitchen or cycling around new neighborhoods.

Eser Staff

Sara Gardner
Associate Director, Young Adult Programs

Sara Gardner is excited to be the new Associate Director of Young Adult Programs! Before joining the Adult Learning team at Hebrew College, Sara conducted research on the culinary heritage and cultural identity of Sephardic Jews in Madrid as a Fulbright Scholar. Sara is also the creator and head blogger of Boka Dulse (, a food blog dedicated to Jewish food history, and regularly contributes to The Nosher, a Jewish food publication sponsored by An avid cook and food historian, Sara also teaches cooking classes – some of her past teaching engagements include the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid and The Gefilteria. In 2016, Sara graduated with a BA in International Literary & Visual Studies and Spanish from Tufts University. Sara also worked as a Fellow for Innovative Community Building for Tufts, employing her passion for creating vibrant and engaged Jewish communities.

Eser Committee Members

  • Evan Busch
  • Sarah Canterman
  • Misha Clebaner
  • Meredith Reiches
  • Rebecca Strauss

Interested in being on our committee? Let’s get together.


Hear from Our Faculty

Two Hebrew College Rabbinical School students discuss their experience developing curriculum and teaching for Eser. 

Ready to Register for Eser?

If you need additional information, want to get involved, or just want to grab coffee, email Sara Gardner, associate director of young adult learning, at, or call 617-559-8809.