"Our Hebrew School had grown, and we had both one-day and two-day per week options.
We wanted to maintain our commitment to mastery of weekday and Shabbat prayers in a
Conservative setting, and also to enhance meaning, experiential learning, and joy in our school.
Rabbi Erin Hirsh immediately understood and responded to those dynamics with a rare combination of supreme expertise and down-to-earth accessibility.
She envisions the big-picture and pays close attention to the details."
Rabbi Debra Orenstein
Congregation B'nai Israel, Emerson
"Working with Rabbi Erin is an entire learning experience. She brings professionalism,
a broad knowledge base and an extensive knowledge of Jewish curricular materials
and effective pedagogical practices to the table. Her sincere and caring approach
makes her easy to work with and her out-of-the box thought processes ensure
successful team-based problem solving."
University Synagogue, Irvine, CA
"Sarah has added a spark of original creativity to our programs which feels both familiar and rich for our congregation."
President, Westchester Reform Temple
"Rabbi Erin’s extraordinary ability to ask the right questions and hone in on the right
details enabled us to improve not only the program she was asked to evaluate, but
our entire approach to integrated congregational learning. She is a master educator
with a wealth of experiences and resources to bring to every conversation."
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
Congregation Agudas Achim
"As the Education Chair for Ramat Shalom, it was a very exciting experience
to witness Rabbi Jeff create the Family B'nai Mitzvah
Program. It was an innovative program to give the entire family an
educational experience in a fun, memory creating way. This wonderful
program allowed the family to engage in thought provoking, educational
activities that led to a more meaningful simcha."
Chair of Camp JRF
"Rabbi Erin Hirsh is both a visionary and a problem solver. With her collaborative
leadership style, she can really help an institution take great strides and make the
improvements they desire."
Dr. Shoshana Silberman
Jewish Educator & Author
Siddur Shema Yisrael, A Family Haggadah I & II and Active Jewish Learning (with Dr. Mel Silberman)
"Sarah’s passion for experiential Jewish education shines through in all she does.
Her programs are innovative, creative, rooted deeply in Jewish content, based on sound pedagogy, and – in ever new and exciting ways – fun.
Sarah's energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor are always apparent as she creates some of the most innovative programs I’ve ever seen."
Rabbi Isaac Sposnick
Director, Camp JRF
South Sterling PA
"Rabbi Erin's excellent listening skills, wide knowledge of Jewish educational issues
and practices, and her ability to combine the two to assist educators in "reaching and
teaching" have made a significant difference for many of us - and the children and
families we work with."
Mary F. Meyerson
Morah Mary Consulting, LLC
"Jeff is one of the outstanding educators working in the Jewish community today.
I have been the beneficiary of his skill sets having worked with him in the development of a monthly, camp-based religious school program and a yearly summer camp.
Jeff’s style of programming is inventive, interactive and entertaining.
He has helped me develop new approaches to Jewish education and I continue to be inspired by the knowledge Jeff has imparted to me."
Rabbi Jon Hanish
Temple Kol Tikvah
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
"Rabbi Erin Hirsh’s curriculum writing is a wonderful marriage of content and
process. Adult learners become attached to the texts they study, but also gain skills to
become more independent learners. The way she uses questions to unpack a passage,
add historical context, and bring the issue into the 21st century is exactly what today’s
adults need to re-engage with Judaism on a sophisticated level."
Director of the Shulamith Reich Elster Resource Center
The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning
"An always energetic Rabbi Sarah thinks outside the box when creating unique educational programs.
These learning adventures were always exciting, enriching and memorable."
Director of Education, Congregation Beth Emeth
"Rabbi Erin Hirsh is one of the most innovative and experienced educators in the
Jewish community. She is a pleasure to work with and brings so many wonderful
ideas to the table. Rabbi Erin is my go-to person when I need anything in my school!"
Rabbi James Greene
Director of the Center for Jewish Life and Learning
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
Los Gatos, CA
& Chair, Reconstructionist Educators of North America
"Rabbis Jeff Eisenstat and Sarah Messenger bring to the educational table years of experience,
dynamic and creative new paradigms for transformative Jewish education and life-long learning!
Their formal and informal educational approaches, wisdom and programmatic innovations will benefit
any learning environment as I have seen first-hand as a colleague, who has benefited greatly in my own
institutional and congregational work for years. They are masters of Jewish values-based and spiritually transformative e
ducational consultants and teachers for children, teens, college age and adults across the learning spectrum."
Rabbi Shawn Zevit
Co-Director of the Davennen Leaders Training Institute
"Rabbi Messinger has a unique way of assessing the community and enhancing the program with an interactive, multi-generational
Rabbi, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim
"Jeffrey Eisenstat is an extraordinary Rabbi and educator!
We can easily sing dayenu about his attributes.
It would have been enough if he were committed to creating wonderful educational experiences for Jewish learners of all ages.
It would have been enough if his energy and ruach were present at every turn of an educational program.
It would have been enough if he were the mentsch and fine collegue to other Jewish educators .
It would have been enough if he were one of the most accessible role model for Jewish teens and children. Dayenu!"
Dr. Jeffrey Schein
Director of the Department of Jewish Education
Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies