Work History

Work History

Teaching Experience

Kindergarten-Tenth Grade

Congregation Chisuk Amuno, Harrisburg, PA

Beth El Temple, Harrisburg, PA

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Pasadena, CA

Ner Maarav, Encino, CA

Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, White Plains, NY

Temple Shalom, Newton, MA

YM-YWHA Open School, Scarsdale, NY

Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY

Youth Work Experience

Youth Director, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Pasadena, CA

Kadima and USY

High Holiday Coordinator for Religious School and High School studentsPasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Pasadena, CA

Family Education Experience

Family Service Coordinator, Temple Sinai, Dresher, PADeveloped and introduced monthly ‘Tot Shabbat’ program for families with pre-school age children; compiled family machzor for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur for alternative family service on High Holidays.

Family Education Coordinator, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Pasadena, CA

Programming Coordinator: Family and Children, Camp Ramah Family Camp, Ojai, CA

General Camp Experience

Crisis Counselor, Second Mile Summer Challenge, State College, PA

Supervised staff of 15 and aided them in working with at-risk children from throughout Pennsylvania; Mediated situations within groups of campers as well as between staff and campers; Executed programming as established by the Director; Developed workshop on communication skills and updated training manual.Consultant, Ramah Day Camp Network, New York, NYDeveloped, compiled and edited camp-wide eight-week curriculum for three Ramah day camps.Editor-in-Chief, National Ramah Magazine, New York, NYDirector, Jewish Community Association Day Camp, Pasadena, CATheatre Specialist, Camp Ramah, Ojai, CA

Sep 2010 - Present

Associate Director

Jewish Learning Venture

Manage, develop and implement initiatives that strengthen Jewish institutions and empower individuals to engage with the Jewish community; Allocate and manage program budget; Supervise a program staff of fourteen; Consult and train Jewish Federation professionals in seven communities outside of Philadelphia, through a Covenant Foundation-granted initiative; develop curriculum and resource materials used locally and nationally by synagogues and other Jewish institutions; Write grant proposals and evaluation reports for funders and agency board.  Staff two committees of the agency board; Jewish Education and Leadership Development and the Kehillah Oversight Committee, a joint committee of the agency and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, setting agendas and work plans for the committee.

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Integrated the program, staff (eight people) and million dollar budget of the Kehillot of Greater Philadelphia into the agency; designed and implemented a restructuring plan of staff and service provision that allowed the agency to function more efficiently and effectively both programmatically and fiscally.  Facilitated Kehillah Oversight committee providing a voice for both Federation and Kehillah leadership to prioritize and advise on a new structure.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, developed new brand for the agency, created new vision and mission statement, and identified new messaging and language to better communicate the work we do to the general community.
  • Brought Social Media as a tool for communication, education and professional development to forefront of the agency’s practice and community education agenda.  Developed and implemented workshops about the use of technology for enhancing relationships with constituents for educators (teachers and directors), synagogue lay and professional leaders, office staffs, agency directors and volunteers.  This led to the creation of a new staff position: Program Director, Educational Technology.
Sep 2009 - Aug 2010

Director of Educational Resources

Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership

Oversaw and developed the usage, content, and advancement of  the agency’s educational resources including the Seidman Educational Resource Center (SERC) .  Coordinated efforts for the professional development work and conferences for educators in addition to managing City-Wide Symposium for Congregational Leaders.  Staffed and advised the SERC Committee of the Board, identifying areas of growth and developing an action plan for the future of SERC.  

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Developed a new structure for professional development work, integrating all the disparate components (early childhood, congregational schools, adolescents and rabbis) into a cohesive, unifying plan.
  • Created the infrastructure for, and facilitated, an on-line course for educators, a first for the agency.
  • Transitioned resource library to a lending library for community members.
Sep 2003 - Aug 2009

Jewish Outreach Partnership

Director of Community Partnerships    2006-2009

Director of Education and Outreach      2003-2006

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Developed One Book, One Jewish Community (OBOJC) literacy initiative, building community partnerships with local agencies, creating resource and publicity materials, and mentoring leadership of the project. Convened Implementation Team of communal representatives to select a book, guide the project, serve as advocates for the initiative and assist in evaluation.  OBOJC is now the largest Jewish adult literacy initiative in the country.
  • Developed and cultivated local and national market for Making Connections, Home Study Guides (learning resources on Jewish topics for adult learners).  
  • Counseled and transitioned thirty families from communal Jewish education learning to individualized opportunities.
  • Created and implemented community outreach programs throughout the Greater Philadelphia Kehillot, engaging and training synagogue volunteers to serve as advocates for community at such events.
2005 - 2009

Educational Consultant

Ramah Day Camp

Developed and facilitated weekly staff development curriculum; Compiled and developed  ‘Siddur Yomi’, a two-volume interactive, child-friendly weekday siddur along with companion curriculum;wrote curriculum on Outdoor Education for all edot; created adult education programs for parents and consulted on other educational issues with Director and senior staff. 

Accomplishment Highlight:

  • The development of  Siddur Yomi, which is now used in numerous Conservative Synagogues in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Jun 2000 - Jul 2003

Director of Education

Congregation Shearith Israel

Managed all functions of Department of Education which included the Religious School (225 students), High School (115 students), Youth Department, and B’nai Mitzvah Department; responsible for Shabbat and Holiday religious services for children; supervised full and part-time staff of 45; advised two committees of the board of education; gave guidance to the professional staff and laity on issues dealing with Jewish education and Jewish life. 

Created a school-wide curriculum with outcome measures and assessment tools for educators; Transitioned school from three-days a week to two-days with focus groups, proposals and enhanced communication with all stakeholders.

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Developed and implemented innovative faculty training program which brought teachers into school an extra day a week for training with congregational rabbis and local experts in education.
  • Implemented new opportunities for parents to be more directly involved in their child’s Jewish education.
Aug 1998 - May 2000

Director of Programming

Penn State Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Supervised and empowered students to plan and execute programs, created programming goals and created evaluation process, coordinated publicity; recruited and developed students for leadership positions on Hillel student board; prepared University and Hillel International programming grants; mentored and trained two Jewish Campus Service Corps fellows.

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Increased student involvement in programs and leadership positions by 15%.
  • Mentored the first group of Penn State Hillel students who attended a Birthright Israel trip.
Aug 1995 - Aug 1997

Assistant Director

Camp Ramah in the Poconos

Camp serviced 400 campers and 200 staff members per summer.

Recruited staff and campers; coordinated and implemented special program initiatives for families and families with Hard of Hearing members; coordinated winter retreats; hired and advised international staff and formalized international staff program structure; counseled campers with special needs. 

Accomplishment Highlights:

  • Created new system for identifying and responding to campers with special needs.
  • Significantly increased number of off-season retreats.

OTHER POSITIONS:

Yoetzet, Parent Liaison . Summer 2009

Tzilium, Tzevet Omanut, Photography Specialist, Art Staff . Summer 2007

Rosh Drama, Theatre Specialist . Summer 1997

Education

Education
Aug 1993 - May 1995

MAEd, BLit

American Jewish University
Aug 1989 - May 1993

BA, Cum Laude

Brandeis University
Aug 1991 - Jun 1992

Hebrew University: Rothberg School for Overseas Students