Faculty

Faculty

Alison Kur, Executive Director, Jewish Living

Contact Alison: [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x213

Alison Kur, Executive Director of Jewish Living, oversees learning and engagement for the congregation, including learning programs for all members (children, youth and adults) and other initiatives that engage members in Jewish life in the TBE community. In 2014, Alison received the prestigious Covenant Foundation Award for excellence and innovation in Jewish education.  Continue reading about Alison Kur....

 

Rabbi Philip Sherman

Contact Rabbi Sherman: [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x208

Rabbi Philip Sherman grew up in Minneapolis, Mn., and has enjoyed becoming a New Englander. Active in Jewish life since early childhood, Rabbi Sherman attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin for many years as both a camper and staff member, was active in USY, and always loved celebrating Shabbat with his family. Continue reading about Rabbi Sherman....

 

 

Lynn Burke, Executive AssistanceLynn Burke, Executive Assistant

Contact Lynn: [email protected] or (781) 235-8419 x211

With a background in client services, Lynn has comfortably found her niche as our Adult Jewish Living Administrator and Registrar. Please contact Lynn if you would like more information about our learning programs or need assistance with registration.

 

 

 


Rabbi Jethro Berkman

Rabbi Jethro Berkman is Dean of Jewish Education at Gann Academy. Rabbi Berkman is a member of both the Reform Movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. In rabbinic school at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Jethro was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and was twice honored with the Ann Pinkenson prize in Rabbinics. Through a Dorot Fellowship in Israel, Jethro studied at the Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity. He has also studied at the Harvard Divinity School, the Hebrew University, the Pardes Institute, the Conservative Yeshiva and Machon Schechter. Prior his studies at RRC, Jethro worked for several years for Seeds of Peace, an organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn peacemaking skills. 

 

David Bernat, Ph.D.

David is executive director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a lecturer in Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in biblical Interpretation from Brandeis University. Bernat is the author of “Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Traditions,” and co-editor of “Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage.” He has been with the Me’ah program since 1997, and planned and led Me'ah's summer Israel Study tour.

 

 

Sigalit Davis

Sigalit holds a dual degree in Education and Hebrew Language from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her extensive portfolio includes work in Israel (Rothberg School for Foreign Students at Hebrew University) and the United States: Brandeis University, Prozdor, The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, The Early Childhood Institute, the Congregational Education Initiative and the Me’ah Graduate Institute at Hebrew College.

 

 

Dr. Jonathan Golden

Dr. Golden is Israel Curriculum Coordinator and an American history teacher at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA where he has taught since 1999. Over his 16 years at Gann, he has taught AP American History, chaired the History Department, and served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Academic Operations as well as Senior Professional Development Advisor. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his MJEd from Hebrew College and PhD from Brandeis University. At Brandeis, he studied American Jewish history under the tutelage of Professor Jonathan Sarna and wrote a dissertation entitled From Cooperation to Confrontation: The Rise and Fall of the Synagogue Council of America. In 2007, he was the recipient of Hebrew College’s Sydney Hillson Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in and Commitment to Jewish Education. In 2014, he received the AJC Boston Young Leadership Award. He is the Chair of AJC ACCESS Boston, the young leadership division of the American Jewish Committee’s Boston office and a member of AJC’s Global ACCESS Steering Committee. He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Camp Yavneh which he attended for 13 summers as a camper and counselor. 

Robin Kalis

Robin has over ten years experience in the restaurant and catering business and more recently has provided personal chef services to local families. She first started her career with the Chicago restaurant group, Lettuce Entertain You, specializing in planning and executing social and corporate events. From there, she moved to an upscale hotel to coordinate celebrations such as Bar Mitzvahs and Weddings. Robin now focuses on sharing her true passion for cooking by teaching clients, family and friends how to provide healthy home cooked meals. She believes whether you are cooking for one or 100, your meal should look, taste and feel like it was made with love.

 

Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan, LMHC, NCC, E-RYT500 is a yoga & KMI therapist who works extensively with people who have physical injury, disabilities & ailments that interfere with their mobility. Through her deep understanding of anatomy, she uses hands-on adjustment, asana, and breath-work to help people better understand their bodies and themselves, to build core strength and to increase whole body agility and vigor. Karen leads clients slowly, at their own pace, to discover where they are holding and what is impeding their flexibility, strength and progress in their daily lives.

 

 

Dr. Jacob Meskin

Dr. Meskin both teaches in and trains faculty for Hebrew College's Jewish adult-learning program, Me'ah, and is one of the co-authors of the curriculum for Parenting Through A Jewish Lens, in which he also teaches. In addition, he works as a consultant on adult Jewish education and teacher training in the Boston area. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Meskin was the inaugural holder of the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University and taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, Williams College and Lehigh University. His articles have appeared in Modern Judaism, The Journal of Religion, Soundings, Levinas Studies, Judaism, Cross Currents and in several edited volumes.

 

Donna Rubenoff

During a time of stress, Donna discovered meditation and studied Mind-Body techniques.  As a peer leader at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at MGH, she mentored those with stress-related illnesses to help them elicit the relaxation response through meditation. Donna became involved in studying the Torah and is inspired by teachings of Torah as well as by Buddhism.  She found that these ancient wisdom traditions deepen our understanding of ourselves through a spiritual connection. Donna leads Mindfulness and Meditation groups at synagogues, senior residence communities, and adult education centers.

 

Noam Sender

Noam is a gifted musician and teacher specializing in hand percussion and ancient wind instruments, and in using his voice as a vehicle to inspire joy and peace. Noam grew up in Israel where he learned the treasures of sacred Jewish music and Hasidic niggunim (wordless melodies) around the Shabbat table. Noam received his formal education at Berkeley College of Music and the New England School of Acupuncture. He has been a spiritual seeker, a meditation practitioner, and a student of mystical traditions for nearly forty years. Noam plays music and leads alternative contemplative services in several synagogues in the Boston area. For more information please visit www.noam-sender.squarespace.com.

 

 

Rabbi Alan Ullman

Rabbi Alan Ullman travels the globe teaching Torah.  He teaches at temples, synagogues, churches, businesses, private study groups, and retreats to people who share in the desire to study Torah as a way to guide and inform the spiritual journey that is our lives today.  Through the wisdom of Torah, Alan helps people see the sacred aspects of our daily lives and how to unite the breath of life that resides within each of us with the wind-spirit of God that moves through all of creation.  He also leads adult hiking/study trips to Israel, the Alps, the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Sedona and St. John.  

Alan was ordained by the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1985 and served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts for three years.  In 1988, he founded the School for Jewish Studies, dedicated to teaching Torah to adults, which served as the foundation for his current work. 

 

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