Originally from the Boston area, rabbinic intern Leora Kling Perkins has always loved Maine, and is excited to be involved with the Maine Jewish community through the Center for Small Town Jewish Life in the summer of 2018. Leora spent the past several years working as both a lay leader and a professional with her local Jewish community organizations. After graduating from Brandeis University, she studied at the  Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Upon her return to the Boston area, she served as a fellow with JOIN for Justice, a Jewish community organizing fellowship, and then spent three years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, training and connecting nearly 400 tutors each year to public-school students in the Boston area. A rising fifth year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, she has spent two summers at Camp Ramah in the Rockies as Rosh Chugim (Director of Activities) and one summer as a chaplaincy intern at a hospice in New York. During her JTS year in Israel, she was a rabbinical student fellow for T’ruah: A Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Leora enjoys spending her free time hiking, swimming, and cooking locally sourced vegetarian food. During the year, she lives in Manhattan with her husband Matthew.

Rabbi Dr. Matthew Goldstone is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He has published a number of academic articles, has spoken at numerous conferences, and has taught Talmud at JTS as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Santa Monica, Calif., he is an avid Israeli dancer, and is excited about spending the summer in Maine with his wife Leora.