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Cantor Ellen Dreskin (www.ellendreskin.com) is an innovative leader in the liberal Jewish movement. Her expertise extends from music to synagogue transformation, from experiential education to enlivened liturgy and mysticism. She has worked as a scholar-in-residence with Jews of all denominations, and has served as Cantor and Educator for congregations in Cleveland and New York. She consults with rabbis and cantors across the country, and has been an online educator for both Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and for the Union for Reform Judaism.
Ellen is a graduate of HUC-JIR, has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and is proud to have received her honorary Doctorate of Music from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2011. She is a synagogue consultant and clergy coach in the areas of liturgical innovation, personal prayer practice, and communal worship skills.
She is married to Rabbi Billy Dreskin, and is extremely proud of their joint projects: Katie, Jonah (z”l), and Aiden.
Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber is the executive director of Derekh: A Pathway into Adult Jewish Learning. Previously, Joan was the co-director of Hevreh: A Community of Adult Jewish Learners. She is a consultant and teacher of adult Jewish learners. For two years, Joan served as Interim Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Armonk, NY. She was Adult Learning Specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism, and was responsible for the development and publication of 10 Minutes of Torah and ran the annual URJ Kallot. Joan has served congregations on the east coast as rabbi and educator since her ordination in 1984 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In addition to ordination in 1984, Joan received an MA of Education from New York University.
Joan is married to Andy Farber. They are inspired by the adult lives of their children: Rabbi Miriam, her husband Rabbi Beni Wajnberg, Adam, Yael and the most amazing grandsons Shai and Rafi.
Rabbi Jodie Gordon serves as one of the rabbis and the Education Director here at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, where she first began as intern in 2012. Originally from Rockville Centre, NY, Rabbi Gordon grew up with strong connections in the Reform movement, and worked in the world of Jewish youth engagement and education with a focus on Jewish feminism before attending HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch joined the Hevreh community in July 2015.
He earned his bachelor degrees in Art History and Classics from Tufts University, and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2010. Prior to coming to Great Barrington, Rabbi Hirsch served as Assistant and later Associate Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Newton, Massachusetts.
Interested in gender studies, Rabbi Hirsch wrote his rabbinical thesis on biblical and rabbinic models of masculinity. He is also a contributing author to The Still Small Voice: reflections on being a Jewish man. He currently serves as a member of the Commission on Social Action for the Religious Action Center, and is a co-chair of the Reform Movement’s campaign for racial justice, focusing on criminal justice reform. He also serves locally on the board of Construct, Inc, an organization that saves lives through housing solutions.
He is married to Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch, an assistant director at the URJ Eisner Camp. They live in Great Barrington with their son, Lior.
Marilyn L Price is an international storyteller, puppeteer, educator, author and a frequent keynote speaker at educational conferences and seminars. A specialist in creativity training and focused listening, she heads a not-for-profit foundation, TriBraining,Inc. which teaches how to reach multiple learners within formal and experiential venues. One of their programs was to sponsor Hevreh: A Community of Adult Jewish Learners that she designed and co-directed with Joan Farber. Her wide range of experience has led her to consulting not for profit agencies on fundraising, out reach and strategic planning utilizing skills learned as a Management Consultant. Published works include books on puppetry, original stories as well as a primer using puppets to teach the Hebrew alphabet. Her latest book co-authored with Rabbi David Teutsch is on the Blessings and Gratitudes using original stories with traditional Jewish blessings. Of her many accomplishments she prizes her work as the puppeteer for the Chicago Public Library and the Mayor’s Award for the Arts in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois.
Rabbi David A. Teutsch is Wiener professor emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as president for a decade, and later as director of the Center for Jewish Ethics. He also served as executive director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as program director of the National Jewish Resource Center (now known as CLAL), and as a congregational rabbi.
He is the editor in chief of the groundbreaking Kol Haneshamah prayer book series and of a three-volume Guide to Jewish Practice, the first volume of which won a National Jewish Book Award, as well as dozens of other books and articles. His new book, co-written with Marilyn Price, is From Gratitude to Blessings and Back. He earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University, his ordination from HUC-JIR in New York, and his PhD at the Wharton School, where his dissertation was on organizational ethics. He also holds four honorary degrees.
An internationally known consultant and trainer, primarily to not-for-profit organizations and synagogues, Teutsch has been helping organizations for over 35 years.
A past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition of Jewish Ethics, he has served on a broad variety of boards and editorial boards. He is also an avid biker.
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and has been appointed as the incoming Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. She served as Campaign Coordinator for “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters” (www.valuesandvoices.com) and Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She is author of Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel (Brill, 2006) and numerous articles on biblical poetry, metaphor, and other topics.
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