Faculty Biographies

rachel adelman

Rachel Adelman
Assistant Professor, Bible
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rachel Adelman, who joined the full-time faculty in 2012, provides a dynamic, open approach to text study, drawing on a wide range of sources, from Tanakh and classical midrash to modern Israeli poetry. She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Matan/Baltimore Hebrew University and a Ph.D in Hebrew literature, with a specialty in midrash, from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adelman's first book "The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha" (Brill, 2009) is based on her dissertation work. Her second book is entitled "The Female Ruse: Women’s Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible," (Sheffield Press, 2015). She also teaches Hebrew Bible at Hebrew College.

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld became President of Hebrew College in July 2018, after being appointed President-Elect in fall 2017 and serving as Acting President from January-June 2018.  Rabbi Anisfeld first came to Hebrew College in 2003 as an adjunct faculty member of the Rabbinical School and then served as Dean of Students from 2005-2006.   She went on to serve as Dean of the Rabbinical School for eleven years, from 2006-2017.   Rabbi Anisfeld graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, and subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a regular summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women's writings on Passover, "The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and "The Women's Passover Companion: Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002).  From 2011 to 2013, she was named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America. In 2015, Rabbi Anisfeld was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post.  She writes and teaches widely, weaving together Torah, rabbinic commentary, and contemporary poetry and literature in her wise and compassionate approach to the complexities of the human experience and the search for healing and hope in a beautiful but fractured world.

tzilla barone

Tzilla Barone
Hebrew Language Coordinator and Director of Ulpan

Tzilla Barone joined Hebrew College in 1987 after teaching stints at the University of Oklahoma, Brandeis University and Clark University. In addition to her duties for Ulpan and the Hebrew language program, she serves as the coordinator of Israel affairs for Prozdor at Hebrew College. Barone studied at Haifa University and graduated from SUNY Albany. She is affiliated with the Boston Haifa Connection, Technion Alumni Association and Friends of Haifa University and is a member of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew and other professional organizations.

harvey bock 

Harvey Bock
Hebrew Language Coordinator, Rabbinical School
J.D., Yale Law School

Harvey Bock is a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush; Yale College, where he majored in linguistics; and Yale Law School. After more than 20 years of practicing law, with a specialty in banking regulation (most recently as general counsel of Discover Card), Bock embarked in 2001 upon a second career at Hebrew College as a teacher of Hebrew language and Aramaic, areas of study in which he has long maintained an intense interest. He has translated several books, articles and poems from Hebrew into English, including "An Introduction to Biblical Literature" by Alexander Rofé.

deborah skolnick einhorn
Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Development
Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Deborah Skolnick Einhorn is the Associate Dean for Academic Development and an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education in the Shoolman Graduate School at Hebrew College.  Within these roles, Deborah recruits, advises and teaches graduate students, while working with faculty and administration to hone and enhance the Jewish Education and Jewish studies programs.   Her teaching focuses on Jewish American history education, leadership and students’ graduate thesis research.  In addition to speaking and writing on Jewish education, Deborah’s focuses her scholarship on gender, philanthropy and organizational change in American Jewish life. 


art green 

Rabbi Arthur Green
Rector, Rabbinical School
Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion

Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Personal website

Art Green, a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion and a theologian, is the founding dean of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and now serves as its rector. He has lectured widely and taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as both dean and president; Brandeis University; and Hebrew College. Green is the founder of Havurat Shalom, an egalitarian Jewish community in Somerville, Mass., and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement. He is the author of more than a dozen books; his most recent is "Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition," (Yale University Press, 2010). Green has been named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.

marion gribetz

Marion Gribetz
Director, Congregational Education Initiative
Director of Educational Initiatives, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
M.A., Tufts University

A member of the Hebrew College faculty since 1995, Marion Gribetz is director of the Pardes Educators Program in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Gribetz has taught courses on a variety of topics in contemporary Jewish education and the place of art in Jewish education. She holds a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a master's degree from Tufts University, was a Jerusalem Fellow and studied Jewish education and Jewish art at Hebrew University.

rabbi dan judson

Rabbi Dan Judson
Dean, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi Judson was appointed Dean of the Rabbinical School in 2018. He previously served as Associate Dean of Placement and Professional Development of the Rabbinical School. Prior to joining Hebrew College in 2007, Dan Judson served for 10 years as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Canton, Mass. In 2003, he was the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University. Judson has co-authored a number of books on Jewish rituals, including "The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002), "The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind During Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003) and "Meeting at the Well: A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged" (URJ Press, 2002). His articles on American Jewish history have appeared in various journals. Judson recieved his Ph.D. in Jewish history at Brandeis University, where his research focused on the history of synagogues and money.

rabbi jane kanarek 

Rabbi Jane Kanarek
Associate  Dean for Academic Development and Advising;
Professor of Rabbinics
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Rabbi Dr. Kanarek is Associate Professor of Rabbinics at Hebrew College, where she teaches Talmud and halakhah and supervises the year-in-Israel curriculum. She is the author of "Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law" (Cambridge University Press, 2015) as well as the co-editor of Learning to Read Talmud: What It Looks Like and How It Happens.  In addition to her scholarly work, she is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

jonathan klawans

Jonathan Klawans
Visiting Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University

Jonathan Klawans is a specialist in the religion and religious literature of Judaism in late antiquity. In addition to his duties at Hebrew College, he is a  professor of religion at Boston University, where he has served on the faculty of the Department of Religion and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies since 1997. Klawans teaches courses in Western Religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history and rabbinic literature. He has published articles in journals such as AJS Review, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Jewish Studies, New Testament Studies and Religious Studies Review.

Rabbi Daniel Klein

Rabbi Daniel Klein, Rab`10, MJEd`10
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Life
Rabbinic Ordination, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Daniel Klein grew up in Newton, MA and has been part of Hebrew College for over 20 years, attending as a teenager Prozdor, Hebrew College’s Hebrew High School, and Camp Yavneh, an affiliate of Hebrew College. Daniel earned his BA from The University of Chicago. Raised to love Judaism and Jews, Daniel found his own path into Jewish tradition beginning in college in the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Arthur Green and the Hasidic masters. After teaching middle school and high school social studies at a Jewish Day School in New Jersey, Daniel came to rabbinical school and was ordained by Hebrew College in 2010. In addition to being Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Life for the Rabbinical School, Daniel serves as the Rabbi in Residence of The Boston Synagogue. 

rabbi ebn leader

Rabbi Ebn Leader
Faculty, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

Ebn Leader grew up in Jerusalem and was a "talmid" (student-disciple) of Rabbi David Hartman, where he learned Talmud, and of Amos Hetz, where he studied movement and movement notation. He is currently a talmid of Hebrew College Rector Art Green, from whom he has received semicha. Leader has a growing international reputation as a Jewish spiritual teacher in the neo-Hasidic tradition and is an authority on Jewish prayer. He is co-editor, with Rabbi Or Rose, of "God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom From Hasidic Masters" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011).

rabbi allan lehmann 

Rabbi Allan Lehmann
Associate Dean, Rabbinical School
Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Whether in his office, the bet midrash or the classroom, Allan Lehmann counsels, teaches and advises rabbinical students in his role as associate dean of the Rabbinical School. Before joining Hebrew College in 2007, Lehmann served for seven years as Jewish chaplain and Rabbinic Hillel director at Brandeis University. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as the rabbi of a Conservative synagogue in Gainesville, Fla. Lehmann and his wife, Joanne Schindler, often host Minyan Olat Shabbat at their house in Newton Centre on Friday evenings.

brian j mayer 

Cantor Brian J. Mayer
Dean, School of Jewish Music
Associate Professor of Jewish Music
Cantorial Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
D.S.M., Jewish Theological Seminary

Brian J. Mayer, a recognized scholar of "hazzanut" (cantorial music), has served as dean of the school since 2011. Prior to his appointment at Hebrew College, Mayer taught for 14 years at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York as an assistant professor of hazzanut. Since 1989, he has also served as cantor of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, R.I. Mayer was featured in the ABC-TV documentary "To God's Ear," which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002. In 2008, he was the artistic director of "Shining Through Broken Glass: Kristallnacht Concert," a highly acclaimed multimedia production featuring Leonard Nimoy. In 2003, he produced the CD "Kolot Emanu-El."

provost barry mesch 

Barry Mesch, H'13
Stone-Teplow Families Professor of Jewish Thought
Special Adviser to the President
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Barry Mesch, an expert in medieval and modern Jewish thought, theology and the Holocaust, and the history of biblical interpretation, is special assistant to the president and takes special responsibility for the Jewish studies program. In 2001, he guided the creation and administration of the first online Master of Arts in Jewish Studies program on the Internet. Prior to his arrival at Hebrew College in 1990, Mesch had a 20-year career as the founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. During this time, he was instrumental in acquiring several large collections of Judaica for the university. These became the Isser and Ray Price Library, the largest Judaica collection in the southeast. His book, "Joseph Ibn Caspi, Fourteenth Century Philosopher and Exegete," was published in 1975. 

nehemia polen 

Rabbi Nehemia Polen
Professor of Jewish Thought
Rabbinic Ordination, Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Ph.D., Boston University

Nehemia Polen is a leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. A widely published author, his books include "The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto" (Jason Aronson Inc., first ed., 1977); "The Rebbe's Daughter" (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), based on Polen's research as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and recipient of a National Jewish Book Award; and "Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004), written with Lawrence Kushner. Polen holds a doctorate from Boston University, where he studied with and served as a teaching fellow for Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Prior to his career in Jewish academia, Polen served for 23 years as a congregational rabbi.

rabbi shayna rhodes 

Rabbi Shayna Rhodes, Rab'08
Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew College

Shayna Rhodes joined the Rabbinical School as a bet midrash instructor after earning her rabbic ordination at Hebrew College. She now divides her time between the classroom and the bet midrash, teaching Talmud, Tanakh (canon of the Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Jewish law) and facilitating tefilla (prayer). Rhodes combines tradition with feminism, empowering students to discover their own voice in sacred text.

rabbi or rose 

Rabbi Or Rose
Director, Center for Global Judaism
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

A leading writer and social activist, Or Rose is the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership which promotes religious and cultural literacy, dialogue, and joint action for the common good. He also was founding director of the former Center for Global Judaism, which provides educational programming and resources on issues of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Israel-Diaspora relations, religious pluralism and environmental responsibility. In addition to his duties at the Miller Center, Rose serves as co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to taking this position, Rose was associate dean and director of informal education at the Rabbinical School, where he still teaches. He is co-editor of "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections" (Jewish Lights, 2010) and "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth and Transformation (Orbis, 2012).

rabbi micha'el rosenberg 

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg
Associate Professor of Rabbinics
Rabbinic Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel
Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary

Micha'el Rosenberg joined the Hebrew College faculty in August 2012. He formerly served as rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center and an adjunct professor of Talmud and codes at the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York City. He has taught bible, Talmud and halakhah in a variety of settings, including the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, the National Havurah Institute and the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash of Ramah Wisconsin, and has a particular interest in the intersection of Jewish studies and legal theory. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program and Harvard College, Rosenberg holds a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinic literature.

solomon schimmel 

Solomon Schimmel
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Solomon Schimmel, a longtime professor of Jewish education and psychology at Hebrew College, is the author of three books, "The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth," "Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness" and "The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology," all published by Oxford University Press. His research interests include the psychology of religion, comparative religious ethics and classical Jewish thought and texts. Schimmel was a Fulbright senior research scholar and visiting fellow at Cambridge University in England in 1998, where he researched the concepts and practices of repentance and forgiveness in the Abrahamic religions, psychology and moral and legal philosophy. He has been a National Science Foundation research fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University and, most recently, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and Shalom College in Sydney, Australia.


Rabbi Jordan Schuster
Mekorot Director
Rabbinic Ordination, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Jordan Schuster serves as Director of the Rabbinical School's Mekorot program and Associate Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning’s Mysticism and Mindful Living track. Before receiving his ordination through Hebrew College in 2018, Jordan taught Yiddish literature and language at Columbia University in New York, studied psychoanalysis and queer theory in San Francisco, and tended the gardens and greenhouse of a small local grocery store in southeastern Wisconsin. He loves to bring Jewish texts – both classical and modern – to life with his students, and he feels blessed to watch how the meanings of these texts shift, refract and evolve as he and his students forge a way through them together.

rabbi michael shire 

Rabbi Michael Shire
Chief Academic Officer
Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Graduate Programs in Jewish Studies
Professor of Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College
Ph.D., Hebrew Union College

Michael Shire joined Hebrew College in 2011 as professor of Jewish education and dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. In July 2015, he assumed the additional responsibilities of chief academic officer of the college and dean of the graduate programs in Jewish studies. 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. 

cantor lynn torgove 

Cantor Lynn Torgove, MAJS'11, Can'12
Head of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew College

Lynn Torgove is a mezzo-soprano and stage director and has had an international career as a soloist in many genres of classical music. She has served on the opera faculty at the New England Conservatory and the Boston University Opera Institute and currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory Vocal and Choral Institute.

Adjunct Faculty
edward bruer  Edward Breuer

Ph.D., Harvard University

Edward Breuer teaches Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work focuses on medieval and modern Jewish intellectual history, specializing in the Jewish Enlightenment of the 18th and 19th centuries. Breuer is the author of "The Limits of Enlightenment: Jews, Germans and the 18th Century Study of Scripture" (Harvard University Press, 1996).

rabbi david frankel  Rabbi David Frankel
Rabbinic Ordination, Schechter Institute for Judaic Studies

Ph.D., Hebrew University

David Frankel, an adjunct instructor in Bible, has served since 1992 as a senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 1991 to 1996, he was rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo, Jerusalem. Among his published works are "The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School: A Retrieval of Ancient Sacerdotal Lore" (Brill, 2002) and "The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel: Theologies of Territory in the Hebrew Bible" (Eisenbrauns, 2011).

abigail gillman 

Abigail Gillman
Ph.D., Harvard University

Abigail Gillman, associate professor of modern languages and comparative literature at Boston University, is an expert on German Jewish culture, bible translation, the art and architecture of memory and on the historic dialogue between German and Hebrew language and literature. She is the author of "Viennese Jewish Modernism: Freud, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler and Beer-Hofmann" (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008) and is writing a cultural history of German Jewish Bible translation from 1783 to 1961.

rabbi zvi grumet  Rabbi Zvi Grumet
Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University

Ed.D., Yeshiva University

Zvi Grumet is on the faculty of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and is the coordinator of the Tanakh program at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi. He also serves as a senior staff member at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, where he edits the professional journal Jewish Educational Leadership. Grumet's primary research focus is on literary-theological reading of Tanakh; he is currently completing a book on Moses' development as a leader.

joshua r. jacobson 

Joshua R. Jacobson
Senior Adviser, School of Jewish Music
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati

Joshua Jacobson is professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, where he served for nine years as chair of the music department and six years as the Bernard Stotsky Professor of Jewish Cultural Studies. He is also founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble specializing in Hebrew music. Jacobson has written numerous articles and books, including "Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Art of Cantillation" (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.

neil janes 

Rabbi Neil Janes
Rabbinic Ordination, Leo Baeck College

Neil Janes is spiritual leader of the West London 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.

rabbi alvan kaunfer 

Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary 
D.H.L., Jewish Theological Seminary

Alvan Kaunfer is rabbi emeritus at Temple Emanu-El, Providence, R.I., where he served for 25 years as religious-school and high-school principal, youth director, adult-education coordinator and associate rabbi, and supervised educational and family programming. He is also founding director of the Solomon Schechter Day School in Providence. Kaunfer has published many articles on Jewish education and on midrash.

jonathan klawans 

Jonathan Klawans
Ph.D., Columbia University

Jonathan Klawans is professor of religion at Boston University, where he teaches courses in Western religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history and rabbinic literature. He has published several articles, written two books — "Purity, Sacrifice and the Temple: Symbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism" (Oxford University Press, 2009) and "Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism" (Oxford University Press, 2000) — and and serves as editor for ancient Judaism for the journal Currents in Biblical Research.

cantor jeff klepper 

Cantor Jeff Klepper
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Jeff Klepper is a practicing cantor and one of the world's leading composers of contemporary synagogue music. Several of his compositions, including "Modeh Ani" and "Lo Alecha" (both written with Klepper's former music partner, Rabbi Dan Freelander), have become synagogue standards. Their setting of "Shalom Rav," composed in 1974, is the defining Jewish melody of a new style of worship, bridging varied traditions and connecting multiple generations. Klepper, who has served since 2003 as cantor of Temple Sinai in Sharon, Mass., holds an honorary Doctor of Music from his alma mater, Hebrew Union College.

Amy Liberman 

Amy Lieberman
M.M., Yale University

Amy Lieberman is a conductor equally at home in orchestral and choral music. For five years, she was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she conducted the NEC concert choir, chamber singers and women's chorus. Lieberman has also been a visiting assistant professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where she was director of choral activities and music director for the opera and theater division.

ariel margolis

Ariel Margolis

Ariel Margolis joined Hebrew College in 2014 as director of Makor, director of online learning, and instructor in special education at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. He is known in the Jewish day school teaching community for his commitment to innovative educational models and leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM and Judaic curriculum. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Margolis worked at Kehillah Schechter Academy for 15 years, where he served as a math, science and Tanakh teacher; middle-school principal; teacher coach; and instructional technology coach.


Keren McGinity, Ph.D.
Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement
Ph.D. Brown University

Keren R. McGinity is the Founding Director of the Love & Tradition Institute. She is the author of Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage in America (NYU Press, 2009) and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014) among other publications. She was the inaugural Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2008-2010) and earned her Ph.D. from Brown University, where she subsequently held an appointment as a visiting assistant professor of history (2005-2008). Dr. McGinity is affiliated with Brandeis University. 

judith pinnolis

Judith S. Pinnolis
M.M., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

M.S., Simmons College

Judith S. Pinnolis has taught at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is creator and editor of The Jewish Music WebCenter, a go-to resource in Jewish music. Currently she works as Collection Assessment Librarian at Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory and previously was a Librarian at Brandeis University for over 20 years. She has been active as former Chair of the Chapters Council of the Association of College and Research Libraries; President of the ACRL New England chapter; and Chair of the Jewish Music Roundtable of the Music Library Association.

ina regosin 

Ina Regosin
M.A., Wheelock College

A national leader in the field of early-childhood education, Ina Regosin is the founding director of the Early Childhood Institute in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. 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.

cantor ken richmond  Cantor Ken Richmond

Cantorial Investiture, Jewish Theological Seminary

Ken Richmond has served since 2006 as cantor and family educator of Temple Israel of Natick, Mass. He began his Jewish studies locally as a student at Solomon Schechter and Prozdor and as an apprentice to Cantor Charles Osborne. Richmond served as cantorial soloist for five years in Swampscott before graduating in 2004 from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He plays several instruments, including violin, and his compositions include a Friday night Klezmer service.

susie rodenstein 

Susie Rodenstein
M.A., Harvard University

Susie Rodenstein is an experienced instructor in Jewish education and a certified school counselor. From 1992 to 1996, she was a Jerusalem Fellow. Upon her return to the United States, she joined the Mandel Teacher Educators Network, an organization that provides opportunities for text-based learning with colleagues from the United States, Canada and Israel.

francine ferraro rothkopf

Francine Ferraro Rothkopf, MJLS'10

Francine Ferraro Rothkopf is tefillah coordinator and Web director at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, Mass., and was a member of the school’s founding board of directors. An independent torah teacher for b'nai mitzvah students, she served for 13 years as cantorial soloist for the High Holy Days at Congregation Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland, Mass. The focus of Rothkopf's Master of Arts in Jewish Liberal Studies at Hebrew College was biblical and rabbinic text interpretation, concentrating on educating people with special needs.

neil schwartz 

Cantor Neil Schwartz
Cantorial Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary 

Neil Schwartz has served Conservative congregations for almost 40 years in Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Saskatchewan, and Louisiana. Since 2009, he has taught courses in biblical cantillation and liturgical chant for the online program at Hebrew College. Schwartz founded the Music Network within the Coalition for Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). Since 2007, he has notated musical settings for more than 1,200 Hebrew prayers for the Tefillah Trainer teaching software of Kinnor.com. His investiture as a Hazzan is from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and he also has a master's degree in religion and culture.

Susan Shevitz
Ph.D., Harvard University

Susan Shevitz teaches the seminar in rabbinic leadership to fifth year students. In addition, she is professor emerita at Brandeis University where she taught in and then directed the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service (now Jewish Professional Leadership) for over 20 years. Susan is currently on the faculty of the executive doctoral program at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Her research and teaching focus on organizational culture and change, leadership and pluralism in Jewish life.

jeffrey spitzer

Jeffrey Spitzer
M.Phil., Jewish Theological Seminary 

Jeffrey Spitzer is a master teacher and educational leader in the field of
Jewish studies and Jewish educational technology. He is former chair of the rabbinic literature department at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass., and is currently on the Jewish studies faculty at American Hebrew Academy, a Jewish, college-preparatory boarding school in Greensboro, N.C. Spitzer holds a Master of Philosophy in ancient Judaism with distinction from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

cantor louise treitman 

Cantor Louise Treitman
Cantorial Ordination, Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Louise Treitman, who helped to create the Jewish Music Institute — now the School of Jewish Music — in the 1980s, returned to Hebrew College in 2008 to work in the cantor-educator program. In June 2015, she stepped down as the school's associate dean to return to the pulpit at Beth El Temple Center, a Reform congregation in Belmont, Mass. Treitman formerly served as assistant conductor of the Zamir Chorale of Boston and continues to sing with the group. She is co-director of Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo and serves on the board of Mayyim Hayyim, a community mikveh and family-education center in Newton, Mass.