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Rabbi Erin Hirsh, MAHL
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Rabbi Erin Hirsh is the Director of the Jewish Community High School as well as NEXT: the Professiona Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers.
Prior to coming to Gratz, Rabbi Hirsh served as Director of Education for the Reconstructionist Movement. In that capacity, she trained and mentored dozens of rabbis, Jewish educators, and communal leaders. Rabbi Hirsh has worked with Reform, Conservative, Renewal, Reconstructionist and secular communities throughout North America. A graduate of Vassar College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Hirsh has dedicated her rabbinate to ensuring that Jewish education is engaging, relevant and meaningful for everyone involved.
Rabbi Hirsh directed two congregational schools in the greater Philadelphia area for more than a decade. In addition to school and congregational environments, she has taught and worked in informal Jewish settings such as overnight camps and youth groups. Rabbi Hirsh also writes both formal and experiential curricula for elementary age children, teens, families and adults.
Dina Maiben, MAJS - Assistant Director, Gratz Advance
Dina Maiben is the Assistant Director of Gratz Advance and the Hebrew Coordinator for Gratz College and the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College. She has worked extensively in the field of Jewish Education, in both formal and informal settings. She has served as a Hebrew School director, classroom teacher, youth director, camp counselor, program director, and consultant. She was the founding chair of Monmouth County’s Commission on Jewish Education. Dina has authored nineteen books and more than two dozen journal articles and stories. Nationally recognized for her work in the area of Hebrew reading instruction, her Hebrew primer, Alef Bet Quest, won the Association of Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Award for World Language in 2010. Her most recent book, Ready, Set…Go Alef Bet!, is the first fully integrated multi-media Hebrew pre-primer. She also co-authored Z’man Likro and Z’man L’tefilah.
Dina holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies and an Advanced Certificate in Jewish Education from Gratz College, and a B.A. in Middle East Studies: Hebrew from the University of Utah. She also studied at the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. Dina is currently a doctoral candidate at Gratz College.
Luba Pridachin, B.S.
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