Our Rabbi and Staff

Rabbi Victor Reinstein

Rabbi Victor Hillel Reinstein has been a congregational rabbi for over twenty years and was also the rabbi of a Jewish day school for six years before founding Nehar Shalom with his wife, Mieke, in 2005. As a teacher, learner and seeker, he loves to engage in and share Torah with people of all ages. He especially loves to teach Chassidic texts. Committed to interfaith dialogue, he is particularly involved in building bridges between Jews and Muslims and speaks widely in interfaith contexts throughout the Boston area. A long time social activist, Rabbi Victor draws from Torah and Jewish life the inspiration and the guidance, the “vision and the way,” to help fulfill God’s hope for a world of justice and wholeness in which peace shall flow like a river.

Always happy to speak with individuals and communities, Rabbi Victor invites you to be in touch. For Jews seeking a synagogue home, wherever your path has taken you, whatever your questions, you will find a warm welcome at Nehar Shalom. Devoted to both outreach and to nurturing our core community, Rabbi Victor is available to all, whether or not you are a member of Nehar Shalom. He is also delighted to share with you the blessings of belonging, inviting you to partake.

Rabbinic Intern

In partnership with the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, we are pleased to welcome Noam Lerman as this year’s rabbinic intern.  Noam is completing their final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College, and is also a member of the Nehar Shalom and Jamaica Plain Community. Noam is one of the five core-organizers for Let My People Sing!, an intentional Jewish singing retreat which connects people to various diasporic ancestral singing traditions.  They started ‘Der Yiddish Tekhines Proyekt’, a project where new melodies are paired with excerpts of old Yiddish women’s prayers so that communities can revive them into use today. Noam is a student of safrut, the Hebrew scribal tradition, and enjoys scribing mezuzot and amulets. Noam is a circle keeper in Restorative Practices, and they have facilitated circles in various settings.  They have acted as a chaplain for previously incarcerated individuals, and they are dedicated to working for a world without prisons and borders.

Educators

The teachers in Nehar Shalom’s child-parent learning programs work together to create a learning environment filled with love of Yiddishkeit and an open embrace of every child and family. Read about our wonderful team of teachers here.