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

Salem Pearce

In partnership with the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, we are pleased to welcome Salem Pearce as this year’s rabbinic intern. Salem is a master Torah reader, a supportive and comforting friend, a seeker of wholeness in realms of spirit and justice, a joyful and vibrant presence. Toward the healing of people hurting in body and soul, she is training in Clinical Pastoral Education as part of a summer program at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. We look forward to drawing from Salem’s depth of involvement with the world and its needs as we strive to enrich our own learning and doing as a community for the sake of a more just and peaceful world and society.

Read more about Salem Pearce here.


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.