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Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison, Ph.D.
Executive Director
510-845-6420, ext. 120

Jeremy Morrison assumed his role as Lehrhaus’ Executive Director in August 2017. A 2018 ELI Talks Speakers Fellowship selection, Jeremy was born and raised in Boston. He recently earned a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His dissertation focused on the use of metaphors in the Bible and in other ancient Near Eastern texts.

Following his ordination in 2001 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Jeremy served as Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston for 15 years. Among other leadership roles at Temple Israel, Jeremy served as the founding director of the Riverway Project, a nationally recognized outreach and engagement initiative for adults in their 20s and 30s, and as the synagogue’s Director of Education.

Jeremy lives in North Berkeley with his wife, Molly, and their two children, Ezekiel and Poppy.

Jaimie Baxter
Chief Operating Officer/Kevah Groups Director
510-845-6420, ext. 115

Jaimie Baxter, Chief Operating Officer, joined the Lehrhaus team in July 2018. Previously, she was the Interim Chief Operating Officer and Program Director at Kevah, an organization that empowered individuals and organizations to build Jewish learning communities.

Her previous work includes serving on the Board of Directors as the Outreach Committee Chair for Marin County School Volunteers (MCSV) and as the Volunteer Program Coordinator at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). Jaimie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Judaism from UC Berkeley. She has a passion for community building, lifelong learning and education, and has a deep appreciation for the diverse and complex strands of Jewish culture and history.


Mia Glosson-Ferguson
Community Engagement and Administrative Coordinator

510-845-6420, ext. 119

Mia Glosson-Ferguson joined the Lehrhaus staff in fall 2016. Mia, who was born in San Francisco and raised primarily in Richmond, obtained a Liberal Arts: Math and Science AA from Contra Costa Community College alongside her high school diploma. Mia recently earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Mia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching basketball, and exploring nature.



Jehon Grist, Ph.D.
Senior Educator
510-845-6420, ext. 114

Jehon Grist, who spearheaded Lehrhaus’ online and digital learning opportunities, has been with the school as a faculty member and administrator since 1985. He received his doctorate in Near East Studies and a California State Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley with Doctoral research time at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

A veteran of excavations and field research in both Israel and Egypt, Jehon has published articles and presented papers on a variety of topics, from research identifying an obscure Egyptian queen, to the conflict between Egypt, Israel and the Philistines at the beginning of biblical history. For Lehrhaus and many other institutions, he teaches a wide range of courses in Biblical Hebrew, ancient and modern Israel and the Near East, Introduction to Judaism, and other topics. He also leads tours to a variety of destinations, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Spain.

But the heart of Jehon’s life is his wife Jennifer, his four children and three grandchildren, his less-than-perfect garden, and his totally perfect 2001 Mazda Miata.

Jason Harris
Associate Director
510-845-6420, ext. 117
Jew Oughta Know Podcast by Jason Harris

Jason Harris, Lehrhaus’ Associate Director, is a Jewish educator and former politico with a passion for teaching Jewish and Israeli history. Jason develops and supports vibrant Jewish learning experiences, including courses, large scale public events, and study tours.

The Bay Area native is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a B.A. in International Relations; and the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, with master’s degrees in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Communal Service. Jason served in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Director to Representative Alcee L. Hastings. Prior to assuming his current role in January 2019, Jason spent five years as the Birthright Program Director at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation, leading over five hundred Bay Area young professionals on their Israel journeys.


Dawn Kepler
Founding Director, Building Jewish Bridges
510-845-6420, ext. 111

Dawn Kepler is the founding director of Building Jewish Bridges, a program of Lehrhaus Judaica. She has worked in interfaith outreach since 1990. She has run workshops and classes in synagogues, JCCs, Federations and Jewish agencies. Dawn writes an interfaith column, “Mixed & Matched,” for the j. The Jews News of Northern California.



Fred Rosenbaum
Founding Director Emeritus

Fred Rosenbaum, the Founding Director Emeritus of Lehrhaus Judaica, led the school for 44 years until 2017. He has written eight books on modern Jewish history including Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews of the Bay Area (University of California Press, 2009). According to Kevin Starr, “no single community has contributed comparably to the rise and development of this region—and no book tells this story better than Fred Rosenbaum’s.”

His book Taking Risks (with Joseph Pell) was praised by Michael Krasny as “especially compelling,” and his Out on a Ledge (with Eva Libitzky), an Amazon bestseller, was deemed “honest and piercing, unsentimental and yet deeply moving,” by Michael Berenbaum, Founding Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Rosenbaum’s work has been translated into a dozen foreign languages.

Among many honors, he won the Anne and Robert Cowan Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding writing on Jewish themes by a Bay Area author and was the first educator from Northern California to receive the Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators from the Covenant Foundation in New York. He has taught at several Bay Area universities including the Graduate Theological Union, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, and has been the traveling scholar on numerous Lehrhaus study tours — to Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and the Middle East, South America and Cuba, the American South, and his native New York.


Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Chief Program Officer/Senior Educator
510-845-6420, ext. 118

Peretz Wolf-Prusan, who served for 20 years as rabbi and senior educator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, joined Lehrhaus in October 2010. The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation sponsors this senior executive position.

Peretz, a national Covenant Award winner, spearheaded the development of Lehrhaus’ Bay Area community-wide Talmud Circle, Philosophy Circle, and Zohar Circle programs. He teaches classical texts for many of these offerings. In addition, Peretz oversees many Lehrhaus 360 conferences and new educational initiatives.

After volunteering in Israel 1973-1974, Peretz came to the Bay Area to teach art at UAHC Camp Swig and study at the San Francisco Art Institute. He taught Jewish folklore and Hebrew calligraphy when Lehrhaus began 37 years ago!

After a decade of creating Ketubot, printmaking, working in informal education, he, along with Becki and one-year-old Leora, traveled back to Israel in 1985 to learn at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and became a rabbi in 1990 (along the way, added Avital and Noah to the family). At Emanu-El, he revitalized and earned national recognition for the congregation’s education programs.

Peretz continues to learn at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and with the Consortium for Jewish Family Education. Peretz and Becki live in San Francisco.


Tamar Zaken
Associate Director
510-845-6420, ext. 110

Tamar Zaken, Lehrhaus’ Associate Director, grew up in Oakland and moved to Israel as a teenager. For many years, Tamar directed service learning programs at Memizrach Shemesh, the Center for Jewish Social Activism based in Jerusalem. She graduated from the Joint Program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and received a MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York.

Most recently, Tamar served as the Shamash Resident at the JCC of the East Bay and as interim Director of New Generations at the New Israel Fund in San Francisco. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, Tamar translates Sephardic Rabbinic texts to expose English speaking audiences to their inspiring message of inclusion and justice.