NEXT Faculty



Jed Filler, MAJCS, RJE has more than 20 years of extensive experience in a variety of formal and informal Jewish Education settings, specializing in supplemental school milieus in both Reform and Conservative congregations.  He holds a MA in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program; certifications as a Reform Jewish Educator from the URJ (through the Joint Commission of ARJE, URJ, and CCAR), a supplementary school Holocaust educator from Facing History as Ourselves, and a family educator from the Whizin Institute.  He is the founding Director of the Center for Jewish Education of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, MA.

Jed was also part of an extended program cohort sponsored by Hebrew College in Boston, MA designed to help supplementary schools design and implement Project Based Learning in their school programs as well as a Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston’s Jewish Federation) program specializing the process of congregational change.   Jed has served multiple terms on the ARJE Board and co-chaired the ARJE Annual Gathering in 2017.  He has attended Song Leader Boot Camp, served as faculty at GUCI camp in Indianapolis, IN and is a passionate advocate of student-centered as well as differentiated learning, congregational change process, and inclusion of students with special needs in Jewish educational settings.  Jed lives in Indianapolis with his family. 

Laurie Fisher is currently a doctoral student in Jewish education at Gratz where she received her MAJS and MAJEd.  She also earned a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her academic interests include the Philosophy of Education, Reflective Practice, and Teacher Education.  From designing and leading Tot Shabbat to studying Jewish philosophy with adults, Laurie loves educating across the spectrum of Jewish experience.  As a teacher educator, Laurie’s goal is to facilitate adult learning which helps to prepare Jewish educators for the evolving environment of synagogue life and beyond.  In addition to being a professional Jewish educator, in the past Laurie has fulfilled many of the lay roles of synagogue life including Sisterhood President, B’nei mitzvah tutor, committee chair, and board member.  She has worked with the Knoxville Jewish Alliance as a coordinator with the University of Tennessee Hillel.  Her happiest times in life are when she is learning with and from her students or when she has her nose in a book, preferably while dogs and cats are snuggled in with her.

Rabbi Robyn Frisch has been the Director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia since June 2013.  She is also the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, the oldest synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia.  Robyn is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and The New York University School of Law. After practicing as a corporate lawyer in a large Philadelphia law firm for several years, Robyn decided to follow her passion and become a rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. Robyn loves teaching and helping to make Judaism come alive for individuals, couples and families and empowering them to make Jewish rituals, practices and teachings a valuable and meaningful part of their lives. She especially enjoys working with interfaith couples and families and helping them to navigate both the challenges and joys that they encounter. Robyn is the wife of Rabbi Seth Frisch, who serves as the rabbi of Historic Congregation Kesher Israel in Philadelphia, and the proud mother of Benji, Noah and Tali.