Nosh & Drash

Naomi Gurt Lind

We welcome Naomi Gurt Lind as this year’s Rabbinic intern. Naomi will lead Traditional Shacharit Minyan on Shabbat mornings at 9 am and then Nosh & Drash on the Saturdays listed below. Naomi Gurt Lind (she/her) is in her third year of Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, where she is an Innovation Lab grant recipient, editor (and occasional writer) for the 70 Faces of Torah blog, and a member of the inaugural cohort of Mayyim Rabbim Fellows at Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh. Naomi has completed study programs with Hadar, Drisha, and Aleph Jewish Renewal and has previously served as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Israel of Boston and Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA and as Student Rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, MI (her hometown). This year she is serving as the Student Rabbi of Congregation Betenu in Amherst, NH.

In addition to her congregational work, Naomi is a sought-after educator, with successful courses to her credit through Open Circle Jewish Learning (Hebrew College), Temple Israel of Boston, Brookline Community Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, and Temple Shalom of Newton, among others. She cultivates a lively classroom with plenty of space for questioning, discovery, and connection.

In her free time, she reads, writes divrei Torah on her blog Jewish Themes, solves crossword puzzles (in pencil!), and bakes a legendary challah. Naomi lives with her husband, Bill, and their two sons, Akiva and Gideon, in the Boston area.

Naomi will lead Traditional Shacharit Minyan at 9 am and Nosh & Drash at 10 am, tentatively on the following dates:

  • February 11, 2023
  • March 18, 2023
  • April 22, 2023 (Sermon slot in sanctuary in lieu of Rabbi’s Talk)
  • May 20, 2023

Janis Knight

Janis Knight will present a special series of sessions for the Nosh & Drash based on the Mahloket Matters curriculum. “A mahloket is a dispute and they can be ‘for the sake of heaven’ or not, and figuring out which they are can be difficult to determine,” Knight said. She was trained in this curricular material during this past summer in Jerusalem, and she is very excited to share it with the congregation in more than one way. (Watch for a teen series coming up!)

It is not necessary to attend every session. Find out  how relevant ancient text can be right now!

Janis will lead Nosh & Drash on the following dates:

  • Session 1 – November 12, 2022
  • Session 2 – November 26, 2022
  • Session 3 – January 14, 2023
  • Session 4 – February 18, 2023*
  • Session 5 – February 25, 2023*
  • Session 6 – April 15, 2023
  • Session 7 – May 27, 2023

New sessions just added*

Nosh & Drash is available in-person and online via the Shabbat in the Chapel link

Janis Knight has been our Director of the Center for Jewish Education (CJE) since 2016.  She has a BA degree in Judaic Studies and an MA in Communal Service from Brandeis University.  Her approach to teaching Torah is designed to make text as accessible and relevant to the student’s life as possible.  With humor and insight, she brings you into conversation with an ancient text and with one another.