Chai in the Hub 2016 Winners: Andrew Oberstein

Name: Andrew Oberstein 
Occupation: Coordinator for Social Justice and Young Adult Engagement 
Organization/Employer: Temple Israel of Boston 

Describe your career in one sentence. 
Everything I do is about connecting people to each other—spiritually, politically, and socially. 

What was your favorite way to give back this year? 
I teach a course on social justice and Judaism for teens. The most rewarding part is bringing them to the State House and watching them lobby their representatives on issues they care about. It's incredible to see them begin to develop their civic voice. 

What other organizations, boards, charities, etc. are you a part of?

  • The Riverway Project 
  • Ohel Tzedek (Temple Israel’s social justice organizing initiative)
  • Eser (I’m the co-chair and have been involved for 4 years) 

Just a few of my fun facts are…  

  • Before I started working in the Jewish community, I worked as a professional actor for 5 years, travelling the country doing mostly musical theater and Shakespeare. 
  • In college, I spent a semester living in a 12th-century castle in the Netherlands. 
  • ​I married Nick Sulfaro (an actor in the Boston area) at Temple Israel last year. We met when we were both acting students at Emerson College.