BJEP Leadership Team

BJEP Leadership Team:

Heather Renetzky (she/her), Education Director

Heather will lead the teachers and guide our families through our BJEP program this year, and she can’t wait to welcome families back to the Brandeis campus!  Heather is a self-declared nerd for all things related to Judaism, psychology, and cooking. She is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College and loves exploring and sharing the depths of Jewish tradition (Holidays! Rituals! Texts!). Prior to rabbinical school, Heather worked as the program coordinator for J-Pride, which brings together the Jewish LGBTQ community in the Twin Cities. Her other roles have included teaching Talmud through cooking, and planning a retreat about the power of doubt, and selling bread. Most recently, Heather served as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital in the Twin Cities. You can often find Heather at Moishe House Somerville (where she lives), cooking way too much food for the people she loves and cuddling her dear black cat, Ikey.

Heather joins us in mid August, and can be reached during the school year at director@bjep.com

 

Mike Fishbein (he/him), Interim Director of Strategic Growth

Mike is thrilled to begin his role at BJEP after a year when he was lucky to focus just on his family through the pandemic.  Mike completed his MBA and MA degrees at Brandeis’s Heller School and Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program in May of 2020. Mike worked at Temple Israel of Boston for ten years, ultimately as Assistant Director of Education. Mike helped create “The Tent: a Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston” and was The Tent’s director for its first three years. Mike’s undergrad degree is in biology, and he began his professional life as a high school teacher and coach, and later was the general manager of a Boston restaurant. Mike was a 2018 Combined Jewish Philanthropies “Chai in the Hub” honoree. He recently served on the strategic planning committee for the Jewish special education organization Gateways. He lives with his family in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where he loves to cook paella with friends in the backyard.

For questions about enrollment in the BJEP program, or to share with your neighbor interested in the BJEP program, Mike can be reached at info@bjep.com.

 

 

Rabbi Myra Meskin (She/Her), Rabbi-in-Residence (2021-2022), BJEP Community Director (2020-2021)

Ordained in 2020 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Rabbi Myra discovered her passion for Jewish education while working at Camp Ramah in California as a counselor, educator and unit head. After graduating with a Masters in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, she spent a year in Jerusalem studying in the Pardes Experiential Educators Program. Rabbi Myra has served as the Assistant Director of the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI), a 4-week immersive summer program for Jewish young adults, and as a spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center. She most recently worked as the West Coast Regional Jewish Educator for Moishe House. Originally from California, she loves yoga, hiking, and singing – whether alone in the car or with friends around a Shabbat table. Rabbi Myra joins the Boston Jewish community with her daughter Eleanor and husband Ben Gurin, also an ordained rabbi, by the Hebrew Union College, and a PhD student at BU.  Rabbi Myra will balance this role with her new role as Associate Director for the Maas Center for Jewish Journeys at the American Jewish University, including directing the California-based Ziering Brandeis Collegiate Institute, a Summer camp for Jewish adults.

Rabbi Myra will lead BJEP’s High Holiday services.  For questions about the B’Nai Mitzvah Cohort, Rabbi Myra can be reached at rabbi@bjep.com.