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Meet Our Directors

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

Executive Director

Rachel Isaacs was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” (2014) by the Jewish Daily Forward. Ordained in 2011 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Isaacs is the…

Rabbi Dr. David Freidenreich

Associate Director

David Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and director of Colby’s Jewish Studies Program. He teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion, directs Colby’s…

Rabbi Erica Asch

Assistant Director

Erica Asch is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in Augusta, Maine. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2008 and then took a position as a community…