Staff and Clergy

Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg, Ph.D.Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Harvard Chaplain
Born in Canada and raised in downtown Toronto and in Vienna, Austria, Jonah received his B.A. at Brown University, and his M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees at Columbia University. He served as Visiting Instructor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, taught at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University, and headed the program in Rabbinic Literature and Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College before becoming Associate Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Jonah has received the New Scholar Award from Harvard's Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and has published articles exploring rabbinic sources and traditions and ways in which this legacy can inspire us today. See Rabbi Jonah's blessing at Harvard's 363rd Commencement Exercises, and read Rabbi Jonah's weekly blog at the Huffington Post.

jonah@hillel.harvard.edu
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Jessica Axel

Jessica Axel

Director of Annual Fund & Digital Engagement

A native Ohioan, Jessica has lived in the Bay State since earning her BA in English & American Literature from Brandeis University. She comes to Harvard Hillel after nearly four and a half years at the Harvard Alumni Association, where she cut her teeth on email and social media marketing. When she's not at work, Jessica volunteers as a chapter advisor with New England Region BBYO, helping foster the next generation of Jewish leaders. Among the things she loves are Boston terriers, flowers, classic literature, and the Hamilton original Broadway cast recording, so feel free to stop by her office with any of the above (or just to say hi).  Jessica is thrilled to have joined the Harvard Hillel team, and looks forward to sending many emails from Rosovsky Hall.

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Lauren Cohen Fisher

IACT Israel & Campus Engagement Coordinator

Having spent the last few years in Israel, Lauren Cohen Fisher is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Boston to join the Hillel team at Harvard University. Lauren received her BA in Government from Colby College. Lauren's interest in Israel blossomed during her semester at the University of Haifa's Peace and Conflict program, where she had the opportunity to unpack some of the complexities of the contemporary Israeli landscape. She returned to Israel after finishing her BA to complete an MA in Security & Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. Throughout both of her degrees, Lauren played an active role engaging in the conversation on Israel in her communities both at home and abroad. Following her graduate work, Lauren has worked in experiential education in Israel, focusing on the intersections between leadership, Jewish pluralism, and the Jewish-American connection to Israel. A summer camp counselor at heart, Lauren's favorite pastime is reminiscing on her memories at the Cohen Camps, where she has been for the last thirteen summers. Lauren is excited to grow with and from Harvard Hillel students!

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Getzel Davis

Rabbi Getzel Davis

Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator
Director of Graduate Programming

Reb Getzel is trying to answer this question: How do we live meaningful and ethical lives in this post-modern, high-stress, computerized world? While he hasn’t yet resolved the question, many of the clues he has found are in gems of ancient Jewish wisdom. Rabbi Getzel Davis received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbinical School of Hebrew College where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. He works as a rabbi and educator at Harvard Hillel and also as an Harvard University Chaplain, where much of Getzel’s work is to engage unobservant students. He is also the adviser for the Reform Minyan, teaches regular classes, and counsels students, faculty, and community members. 
Getzel is also the founder and executive director of Unorthodox Celebrations, a service that connects unaffiliated Jews with inspiring rabbis and cantors nationwide to facilitate meaningful weddings, bar mitzvahs and baby namings. Getzel is also a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post and received an honorable mention in Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis of 2015 for leading Yom Kippur Services at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. He recently was honored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropy’s Chai in the Hub award for his work with Unorthodox Celebrations. One of Getzel’s favorite things in the world is to meet new people, so email him and let him take you out for coffee!

Hear Getzel blessing 2014 graduates here.

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Barbara Gross

Barbara Gross

Interim Head of Development

Raised in the Cleveland area, Barbara received her BA from Bowdoin College and initially pursued a career in advertising and public relations in New York. After many years of managing marketing campaigns for Honey Nut Cheerios and other equally delicious consumer products, she decided to seek professional fulfillment in the development field—with the objective of tikkun olam through the power of philanthropy. With a move to Boston, a highly rewarding career ensued at some of the area's leading institutions, including Wellesley College, Phillips Academy/Andover, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Facing History & Ourselves. Barbara is the founder of BDG Consulting, a firm specializing in development counsel to nonprofits, and currently serves as Harvard Hillel's acting Head of Development, where she is thrilled to have the opportunity to guide the program and talented professional team. Extra-curricularly, Barbara is active with the Philanthropy Connection, Invest to Elect, and the Pan-Mass Challenge.

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Celine Kreisel-Ginsburg

Celine Kreisel-Ginsburg

Institutional Advancement Manager

Celine was raised in Paris, France and moved to Israel in 2009 following an 18-month trip around Asia and South America. After completing her master's degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2015, she moved to the United States with her husband. Before joining Hillel, Celine was working for the American Zionist Movement in New York City. She is excited to be part of the Harvard Hillel community and to help foster a strong Jewish community at Harvard. Feel free to stop by her office if you want to practice your French or your Hebrew!

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Kathleen Lane

Kathleen Lane

Operations and Facilities Manager

Kathleen is a proud Bostonian and adopted Cantabrigian! She is a Providence College graduate with a BA in political science. Prior to Harvard Hillel, Kathleen was an account executive with Citicorp Information Resources and marketing manager at Cabot Investments. Kathleen is the "go to" person at Hillel, from managing daily operations to overseeing High Holidays. As a parent of a Harvard alum, she has a unique perspective on college life and knows that Harvard Hillel is a special place where all students feel welcome. If you are interested in renting one of our beautiful halls or just want to take a look, she will be happy to give you a tour!

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Dani Passow

Rabbi Dani Passow

Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator

Dani Passow is in his second year as rabbi and educator at Harvard Hillel. Prior to starting at Harvard, Dani served as assistant campus Rabbi at Columbia University Hillel and as rabbinic intern at Congregation Shaare Tefillah in Newton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Cooper Union’s engineering school and formerly a researcher in chemistry and bio-engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Dani has studied in a number of yeshivot in Israel, including Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Dani served as rabbinic consultant for the Sukkah City design competition in Union Square, NY in the fall of 2010 and from 2010-2011 directed the Tav HaYosher— a non-profit program of Uri L’Tzedek, which certifies and promotes kosher eating establishments that treat employees fairly. He lectures and writes frequently about Judaism and social justice and was awarded the 2010 Whizin Prize for Jewish ethics.

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Rebecca Powell

Rebecca Powell

Student Activities Director

Rebecca grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in social welfare. In college, she could often be found singing with her a cappella group, performing in a show, or, most likely, at Hillel. Before coming to Harvard Hillel, Rebecca lived in New York working in the education departments at Roundabout Theatre Company and Central Synagogue. As Student Activities Director, she is here to help you make all of your Harvard Hillel programming dreams come to life.  Feel free to reach out anytime if you want to hang out over coffee, frozen yogurt, or offer your advice on surviving Boston winters.

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