Born in Canada and raised in downtown Toronto and in Vienna, Austria, Jonah received his BA at Brown University, and his MA, MPhil. and PhD. 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. Read Rabbi Jonah's weekly blog at the Huffington Post.
A native Ohioan, Jessica has lived in the Bay State since earning her B.A. from Brandeis University. She came to Harvard Hillel in 2016 after more than four years at the Harvard Alumni Association, where she learned the ropes of email marketing and social media. She is excited to be working at the intersection of Harvard and Judaism and loves seeing Rosovsky Hall filled with students. When she's not at Harvard HIllel, Jessica can be found moonlighting as a hostess at The Comedy Studio in Union Square, Somerville, where she has been selling tickets and greeting guests since 2009.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Dani Passow is in his fifth 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.