Shahar Colt

Shahar Colt

Assistant Director for Religious & Spiritual Life and CampusRabbi

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Rabbi Shahar Colt is excited to be part of the Religious and Spiritual Life team at Amherst College. Before coming to Amherst, she served the Boston-area Jewish community since her ordination in 2016.  She acted as the Executive Director of the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, and studied interfaith mental health chaplaincy at Mclean Hospital in Belmont, MA. She spent two years teaching and providing professional development at Hebrew College Rabbinical School and has served as a curriculum developer for the Center for Jewish Ethics’s Race, Religion and American Judaism project.

Rabbi Shahar is an experienced educator. After earning her Masters in Education from Tufts University in 2008, she taught in public and private schools. Later she spent eight years directing childrens, teen and adult education programs at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek  and Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue. She founded the Teen Beit Midrash, a supplementary Jewish learning program for teens.

In addition to her work at Amherst, Shahar continues to serve as the Spiritual Leader for Congregation Ahavas Achim in Westfield MA.