Student Conservative Minyan Advisor 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!
Though she has called New Jersey, North Carolina and Colorado her home, Boston winters prove that Jaime is a Florida girl at heart. Jaime came to Harvard Hillel in 2016 as a graduate student seeking Jewish community. After being intellectually, spiritually and physically fed by the community, she is honored by the opportunity to give back in her roles as the Student Activities Director and Reform Community Advisor. As a master’s student at the Divinity School, she is deeply immersed in questions of religion, meaning, identity, and justice with a particular interest in how to grapple with these questions in both religious and non-religious educational settings. Before coming to Harvard, Jaime was a middle school Spanish teacher with Teach for America in rural North Carolina. In addition to her work as an educator, Jaime has served as an interfaith chaplain in both hospice and jails. Jaime can often be found beaming with love, grateful to participate in the beautiful religious pluralism made possible at Harvard Hillel.
As chief operating officer, Annette oversees the financial, administrative, and general operations of Harvard Hillel and key programs such as the Harvard College Israel Trek. She came to Harvard Hillel in 2002 from Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, where she was the Temple Administrator at a time of re-building and trememdous growth. She transistioned to the nonprofit world after many years in the travel and tourism industry in Israel and the United States. In Israel, Annette was part of a team that introduced the international, corporate incentive business to Israel and specialized in special interest groups and international conventions. Annette is a graduate of Tel Aviv University's School of Social Work. Post-graduation, she worked for several years as a social worker and community organizer in an underserved neighborhood in Israel. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan, where she lived until her late teens. She has fond and vivid memories of Karachi and its warm and vibrant Jewish community.
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 Campaign Advisor, 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.
Mikhael Reuven is an experienced Jewish educator with a passion for nuanced and informed Israel engagement. He is the product of graduate study at Brandeis University (NEJS, Hornstein), undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge (Philosophy & Mathematics), and lishma study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Born and raised in London, Mikhael lived in Israel for several years before moving to Boston three years ago. His recent work includes graduate student engagement at M.I.T. Hillel, faculty support at Hebrew College, and research at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.
Linda joined Harvard Hillel in 1991 and enjoyed the unforgettable experience of sharing a front office with students at the former Riesman Center for Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel located at 74 Mt Auburn Street. Since the move to the new Harvard Hillel at Rosovsky Hall, Linda's role as administrative assistnat has grown and changed. Greeting students and visitors as they walk through the front door and providing visitors and callers with information about Harvard Hillel activites and events continues as usual. Linda manages and maintains the scheduling of the auto lock/auto unlock feature on the front and rear doors. She also schedules and supervises the guards covering the front desk on weekday nights, weekends, and Jewish holidays. Linda assists Hillel statt in a variety of administrative functions and as a contact person for meal reservations and High Holiday ticket information. General inquiries may be directed to Linda and she will provide you with the information you are seeking of direct you to the appropriate Harvard Hillel staff member.
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, 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, where he won the Dov Zakheim Talmud Prize. 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.
Jenn was born on Boston's North Shore, lived in Boca Raton, FL, Dallas, TX, and many places since, and is thrilled to return to the area as a member of the Harvard Hillel team! Jenn is an alumna of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she received degrees in Jewish Studies, and from the Individualized Major Program in "The Applied Health and Social Science of Sexuality" in 2009. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion and Community Heallth Advocacy from The George Washington University School of Public Health in 2012. Jenn received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's New York campus in May 2019. Jenn loves public radio, being involved with justice issues, listening to and playing music, biking, hiking and being outdoors, and spending time with her pitbull mix, Bruin.