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Rabbi Erin Hirsh, MAHL
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Rabbi Erin Hirsh is the Director of NEXT: the Professiona Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers. 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. Most recently, 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 also writes both formal and experiential curricula for elementary age children, teens, families and adults.
Dr. Mimi Ferraro, EdD.
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Mimi Polin Ferraro is an alumna of the Gratz Hebrew High School and received her MA and EdD Jewish Education from Gratz College. Last spring, she became the first graduate of Gratz’s doctoral program in Jewish Education. Dr. Ferraro's research is entitled The Development of Special Needs Programs in the Philadelphia Jewish Community 2006- 2011. Since 1995, Dr. Ferraro has served as Director of Education at Old York Road Temple Beth Am. Dr. Ferraro’s school was among the first cohort of the Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools (NESS) initiative and continues to focus intensively on professional learning for its staff. Dr. Ferraro is an active member of the education community in Philadelphia, leading workshops in a variety of settings and serving on the Special Needs Consortium of Jewish Learning Venture.
Luba Pridachin, B.S.
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