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Steve is the principal of Steven Kerbel Educational Consulting in Rockville, Maryland. Among Steve’s current clients, he is a project director for the Center for Israel Education at Emory University in Atlanta and has also coordinated educational programming for the last two International Conventions of United Synagogue Youth (2015 and 2016). Before this, he served as Director of Education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland for a combined 14 years.  Prior to this Steve was the inaugural Retreat Director of Capital Camps & Retreat Center...

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Associate Professor of Education

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...

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Debra L. Lawrence has over 35 years in the field of early care and education. She has presented workshops and seminars at the international, national, state, and local level.   Her service to the profession includes leadership positions including serving a four-year term on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s governing board and continuing to serve the organization through the Board Alumni committee.

Debra is a Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Program Reviewer for higher education teacher certification programs, a certified play coach, and a...

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Rabbi

Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, Ph.D., serves as Director of Jewish Studies at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic Jewish day school in the Philadelphia area.  In addition to his teaching and administrative duties there, he also convenes the Derech Eretz Council, advises the Environmental Action Club and he coaches the school's 8th-12th grade Ultimate Frisbee team.  He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University (A.B.), Beijing University (certificate) and the Jewish Theological Seminary (M.A., Rabbi, Ph.D.) and he has taught and served as a member of the...

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Adjunct Instructor in Nonprofit Management

Marilyn Lucas is a celebrated fundraiser in Philadelphia and among her colleagues nationally. Most recently, she was the Vice President for Development of the Philadelphia Orchestra, stepping in to build a successful fundraising program after the Orchestra filed for Chapter 11 in 2011.  She served in other  nonprofit fundraising positions for Gallaudet University, Arcadia University, University of Pennsylvania’s Development and Alumni Relations for Penn Health System and School of Medicine, The American Cancer Society, Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University, and...

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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...

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Jodi Gross is the Director of Adult Learning and Youth Engagement at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan.   Jodi attended James Madison College at Michigan State University where she obtained a bachelors degree in Public Affairs with a minor in Jewish Studies. Upon graduation, she worked as a Staff Associate at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue post-graduate studies at Gratz College.  While working at a variety of supplementary schools and Jewish agencies, Jodi earned simultaneous masters degrees in Jewish...

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Laurie Fisher is currently a doctoral student in Jewish education at Gratz where she received her MAJS and MAJEd.  She also earned a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her academic interests include the Philosophy of Education, Reflective Practice, and Teacher Education.  From designing and leading Tot Shabbat to studying Jewish philosophy with adults, Laurie loves educating across the spectrum of Jewish experience.  As a teacher educator, Laurie’s goal is to facilitate adult learning which helps to prepare Jewish educators for the evolving...

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Director of Educational Technologies, Gratz Advance

215-635-7300 ext. 184
peckstein@gratz.edu

Peter Eckstein is the Director of Educational Technologies for the Gratz Advance Program and the Technology Integration Educator for the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education He also is founder and Lead Educator for JEdHorizons LLC. He has been a congregational educator in both the Reform and Conservative movements, earning the title Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) from the Reform Movement and Conservative Jewish Educator (CJE) from the Conservative Movement.  Having earned his Masters in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University and in Jewish Education from...

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