Dr. Dina Maiben is the Assistant Director of Gratz Advance (formerly JCHS) and Hebrew Programs as well as an Adjunct Instructor for Gratz College. Dina 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 Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, 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.