Meet Us!

“My daughter  had a very positive experience.  Teen Beit Midrash provides a unique learning environment, which Maya had not yet found in her secular or religious education.  Through teacher led group discussion the students delve into the texts, explore the deeper meanings and look for new ideas in the contents.”

– Bari (Parent)

Meet the Staff

walfish_miriam-simmaDirector/Lead Teacher, Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish: A graduate of the Pardes Educators Program, she has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including Gann Academy and the Heschel High School in New York City. She is also the director of Mechon Hadar’s pre-collegiate seminar and part of Hadar’s summer faculty. She loves empowering students to open up Jewish texts on their own and is excited for this opportunity to connect students with the resources to explore their own questions and deepen their Jewish learning.

Program Manager/Co-Teacher, Rabbi Becky Silverstein believes in the power of Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts Weddingcommunity, Torah, and silliness in transforming the world.  He places active engagement with Jewish tradition and text at the core of building Jewish communities (and a world) that invite, allow, and encourage people to bring all of their identities into them.  Prior to joining the Teen Beit Midrash, Becky served as Director of Education at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.  He worked at the Genesis program at Brandeis University and Congregation Kehillath Israel, and has been an active educator and facilitator with Keshet.  Becky is a lifelong NY Mets fan, has no problem rooting for the Red Sox (unless they are playing the Mets), and lives in Jamaica Plain, with his spouse, Naomi.

Co-Teacher, Joey Glick is a student in the Rabbinical School at Hebrew CollegeJoey this fall.  A graduate of Colorado College and the Graduate Theological Union, Joey’s academic and professional life have centered on the intersection of interfaith dialogue and Jewish learning.  Before beginning rabbinical school, Joey brought these passions to his works as the Interim Rachlin Director of Jewish Life and Assistant Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College.  Joey loves to play the banjo, watch his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, and learn texts with friends.

Founder, Rabbi Shahar Colt, founded Teen Beit Midrash while she was a student at Hebrew College. She is now the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton.