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Assistant Director, Gratz Advance; Director, JCHS & JOLT

Dina Maiben is the Assistant Director of Gratz Advance, the Director of the Jewish Community High School and JOLT: Jewish Online Learning for Teens, as well as an Adjunct Instructor and Hebrew Coordinator 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 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.

Adjunct Instructor in History

Jennifer Marlow received her doctorate in East Central European history from  Michigan State University in May 2014. Her specialty is modern Poland, specifically Polish-Jewish relations during the interwar period and the Holocaust.  Her dissertation, “Polish Catholic Maids and Nannies: Female Aid and the Domestic Realm in Nazi-Occupied Poland," examines the role of Polish Catholic household servants working in interwar Jewish homes and their role in rescue during the Holocaust. She is currently in the process of  revising the dissertation into a book manuscript. She has written the article, “Female Bonds and the Domestic Realm in Holocaust Rescue: The Role of Polish Nannies,” for Yad Vashem’s forthcoming anthology, Hiding, Sheltering and Borrowing Identities as Avenues of Rescue During the Holocaust as well as the chapter, "Life in Hiding and Beyond," in the forthcoming edited volume, Jewish Families in Europe, 1939-Present: History, Representation, and Memory.  In addition to serving as adjunct faculty at Gratz College, Dr. Marlow also teaches at Bethel University.

Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Joan Dawson McConnon, C.P.A. is Associate Executive Director of Project HOME. In 1989, Joan, along with Sister Mary Scullion, founded Project HOME, which has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  In 2002, Joan and Sister Mary, received the “Leadership for a Changing World” award from the Ford Foundation, and in 2007 they were listed among the “75 Greatest Living Philadelphians” in the Philadelphia Daily News.  Joan earned her B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Taxation from Drexel University. She received the Service to the Community Award from the Drexel University Alumni Association and was inducted into the “Drexel 100.” Joan and Sister Mary received the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame. In 2012, Joan was inducted into the Pennsylvania State University’s Society of Distinguished Alumni.  In 2014, she and Sister Mary received the 2014 Urban Leadership Award from University of Pennsylvania.

Director of the Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education

Dr. Anita Meinbach joined the University of Miami faculty in 2003 and is an Associate Professor teaching in the School of Education and Human Development. 

Formerly with the Miami-Dade Public School System, Meinbach was a teacher, curriculum writer and teacher trainer, proving seminars and guidance in curriculum development.   She was named to the U.S.A. Today “All Teacher Team” in 2002 and received the Mary Collins Award for Outstanding Teacher Educator from the Florida Association of Teacher Educators.   In 2003, she was honored to have been named the Miami-Dade County Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year.

Meinbach has written or co-written numerous texts, including The Literature Connection:  Using Children’s Books in the Classroom, Memories of the Night: A Guide to the Study of the Holocaust, The Complete Guide to Thematic Units: Creating the Integrated Curriculum and Teaching the Holocaust through Film and Memoir. Her published articles include “Seeking the Light: Welcoming a Visually Impaired Student” in Middle School Journal. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at U.M., for the last eight years Meinbach has served as the Director of the Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education.   To meet the vision and mission of the Rosenfeld Foundation,  she has been responsible for establishing the Annual Rosenfeld Ethics Institute and was instrumental in the creation of The Rosenfeld Legacy Project:  Connecting Children’s Literature with Judaic Heritage (for grades K-3) and The Rosenfeld Legacy Project: Exploring Jewish Values Through Children’s Literature-Early Childhood Edition.  

The Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation is also responsible for a new and sustainable virtual data base,  Jewish Learning Matters (www.JewishLearningMatters.com ), which offers a myriad of learning opportunities, professional development options, and over 2,000 resources for teachers in the Jewish Day Schools and Congregational Schools in South Florida and beyond.  The website is dynamic , growing and evolving over time.  

Andi Meiseles has been a senior educator for over 25 years in the United States and Israel. Her professional experience spans the range from early childhood through adult education with particular interests in experiential, Hebrew language and Israel education.

Andi held a variety of positions in the Young Judaea youth movement including: Director of Education; Director of Year Course - Freshman Year Abroad Program in Israel; and Director of Camp Tel Yehudah, the teen leadership camp.  At the Jewish Educational Service of North America (JESNA) Andi was the primary address for all issues related to professional development. She has also served on research teams investigating topics in early childhood education and Jewish camping.

Andi has taught Hebrew in Jewish day schools in New York and Philadelphia and English as a Second Language at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She served for 9 years as the Director of the North American Office of International Academic Affairs for Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Andi earned her doctorate in Education at the Davidson School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was entitled: “You Say Aggressive, I Say Assertive: The Intercultural Experience of Israeli Staff Members at American Jewish Summer Camp.” Her research drew from the literature of group dynamics, intercultural competence, and transformational learning. She is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and earned her M. Ed. with Distinction in Secondary Education and Administration and Foreign Language Education at Temple University. She resides in Manhattan.

Interim Dean of Academic Affairs

Honour H. Moore, EdD, is the Interim Dean and Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. She holds a B.A. in American Studies, from Rosemont College; an M.A in History, from Villanova University, and an EdD in Leadership, from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration, having served as Dean in three different institutions, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dr. Moore has also served as a consultant to more than a dozen institutions, primarily in the area of program development, faculty training, and organizational trouble shooting. In addition to her work in administration, Dr. Moore has been teaching on ground and online, for a number of different institutions, primarily in the areas of history and education. She has presented widely on the topic of adult program development and best practices in the facilitation of adult learning. Her dissertation focused on the perceptions held by academic administrators of accelerated degree programs for adult learners. Dr. Moore came to Gratz College in 2016 as a consultant for new program development where she was responsible for re-designing the Doctorate in Education to attract a wider audience. In 2017 she became the director of that program, and in the summer of 2018 became the Interim Dean.

 

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