Meet the Administration

Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, JTS

Rabbi Daniel Nevins

Rabbi Daniel Nevins is Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership at The Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to leading The Rabbinical School, he also oversees the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music and the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS. Rabbi Nevins teaches courses in professional skills and serves on the Chancellor's Academic Council. Before returning to JTS in 2007, he served for 13 years as the rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Rabbi Nevins serves in a number of leadership positions for the Conservative Movement. He is currently co-chair of the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism and a member of the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly, where he is on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS). He is also a member of the Joint Placement and Keruv commissions. Rabbi Nevins has written decisions of Jewish law in the fields of bioethics, disabilities, technology, and sexuality for the CJLS, and has also published chapters in recent books such as Jewish Theology in our Time (Jewish Lights, 2010) and The Observant Life (Aviv Press, in publication).

Rabbi Nevins grew up in New Jersey, received his BA in History from Harvard College, and his MA and rabbinical ordination from JTS. He lives with his family in New York City.

Rabbi Lisa Gelber, Associate Dean and Rabbi of the Women's League Seminary Synagogue

Rabbi Lisa Gelber

Rabbi Lisa Gelber serves as associate dean of The Rabbinical School and rabbi of the Women's League Seminary Synagogue at JTS. A trained spiritual director, Rabbi Gelber aims to incorporate mindful, compassionate listening into her work and her everyday life. 

After graduating from Amherst College, Rabbi Gelber earned a degree from the University of Judaism and an MA and rabbinic ordination from JTS. She went on to serve as rabbi at a large congregation in suburban Seattle and a fledgling shul in suburban Chicago, in addition to working as a chaplain at a level-one trauma center in Seattle.

An editor of numerous works on domestic violence in the Jewish community, including A Journey Towards Freedom: A Haggadah for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence (FaithTrust Institute, 2003), she also served as a consultant for And the Gates Opened: Women in the Rabbinate, a video produced in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women rabbis at JTS.

Rabbi Gelber is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, an ardent supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, and a marathon runner. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her daughter Zahara.

Rabbi Joel Alter, Director of Admissions

Rabrabbi joel alterbi Joel Alter is director of Admissions for The Rabbinical School and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He comes to JTS after 16 years of service at Jewish day schools in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Boston. A teacher of Tanakh, rabbinics, and Jewish living to children in grades K to 12, Rabbi Alter helped shape the schools in which he served through administrative and curricular leadership. His dual commitments during that time were to Jewish pluralism and building mission-driven institutions, both of which continue to inform his current role at JTS.

Rabbi Alter earned his BA in Jewish History at Columbia University, and rabbinic ordination and MA in Jewish Education at JTS. He trained for school leadership in the Day School Leadership Training Institute of JTS, and also studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Ordained while still in the closet, Joel is proud to serve at JTS as an openly gay rabbi. He serves on the board of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT community. Shabbat, Torah, Hebrew, hiking, good friends, and good food are among the things that bring him joy. He lives in Washington Heights.