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Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is the Director of Whole Community Inclusion at Jewish Learning Venture. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at Gratz College. Ms. Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced Jewish educator, having worked as a Supplementary School education director, curriculum writer, teacher, and youth director/advisor for over 20 years. Gabby is the author of two books of plays for young people including Extraordinary Jews: Their Lives on Stage. Ms. Kaplan-Mayer’s nonfiction books include The Creative Jewish Wedding Book and The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner. She created an award-winning Shabbat family education program called Celebrations! for children with special needs and their families. Ms. Kaplan-Mayer’s most recent book, The Kitchen Classroom, is a cookbook for children with special needs, based on the inclusive cooking classes that she has taught for six years. She is a popular writer and blogger about Jewish topics and special needs topics. Ms. Kaplan-Mayer holds a B.F.A. in theatre and creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Adjunct Instructor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dr. Victoria Khiterer is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University, Pennsylvania. 
She is a founding member of the Scientific Council of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. Khiterer is author and editor of six books and over one hundred articles in Russian and Eastern European Jewish History. Dr. Khiterer recently published her books Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel? A History of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 and Jewish Pogroms in Kiev during the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920. She has also recently edited two volumes of Millersville University conference proceedings: The Holocaust: Memories and History and Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America: New Aspects and Dilemmas.
She is working currently on her new monograph Echo of Babi Yar: Commemoration and Memorialization of the Holocaust in Kiev.

Leslie Ginsparg Klein  is the Academic Dean of General Studies at the Women's Institute of Torah Seminary (Maalot Baltimore). She has been an instructor of Jewish history at the Hebrew Theological College (online) and Jewish history and Jewish studies at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School in Baltimore. She is also an instructor of research methods, and previously served as an  educational consultant at the Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary (Maalot Baltimore). She previously served as Director of the Honors Program and as an Assistant Professor of Education, History and Jewish studies at Touro College, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Ginsparg Klein received her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University in September 2009. She focused her studies on the history of education, Jewish history, and gender history. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the history and development of Orthodox girls’ education in post-World War II America. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. Her dissertation research was supported by awards from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Network for Research in Jewish Education. She has presented her research at a number of conferences including those of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Network for Research in Jewish Education.

In her spare time, Dr. Ginsparg Klein organizes "open mic nights" and concerts for women, at which she also performs. She is the founder and director of Girls' Night On, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Jewish women in music and the arts.
 For her work with Girls’ Night On, in 2009, she was named one of the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36,’ forward-thinking young people who are helping to remake the Jewish community.” 


A native Chicagoan, Dr. Ginsparg Klein studied abroad at Michlalah: The Jerusalem College for Women. She continued on to New York, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women with a BA in history. She received her MA in history from New York University. 
Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Ginsparg Klein worked as a writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Adjunct Instructor

Barbara Krasner holds an MBA in Marketing from the Rutgers Business School and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a 30-year veteran of corporate marketing in the technology and publishing industries, where she led teams in marketing communications and digital and print content creation. As a freelance writer, she is the author of more than 25 books and 200 articles. She has also helped small businesses establish a digital presence and has written press releases for scientific and medical journals. She has served on the boards of directors of several Jewish non-profits, including Jewish Records Indexing – Poland. She lives in New Jersey.

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