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Terri Bernsohn spent the past 15 years as the Religious School Director at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois. Terri earned a masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from HUC-JIR. Prior to leading JRC’s school, Terri worked as a grantwriter for multiple not-for-profit organizations. Over the past few years, the Terri’s work has focused oncommunity-building, and she has used her grantwriting skills to underwrite multiple family engagement initiatives, including a Shabbat chavurah that used social...

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Anita Block has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education and elementary Jewish education. Anita served as Principal of the Perelman Jewish Day School, Forman Center, and directed a school improvement initiative for the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education (now Jewish Learning Venture). She founded and directed the early childhood center at Main Line Reform Temple for 21 years and served as the Director of Education there for 7 years. Anita has directed numerous Jewish early childhood programs throughout Greater Philadelphia. She is currently an educational...

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Dalia Davis is one of the co-founders of Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys, and serves as its Arts and Education Director. She is passionate about helping people struggling to grow their families find support within the Jewish community.  Dalia is a Jewish Educator, dancer, and choreographer, who uses Jewish text as the inspiration for her choreographic works. Dalia holds a BA in Dance and Jewish History from Barnard College, a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU, and a MA in Jewish Education. Her Jewish educational background include serving as Rosh Beit Midrash...
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Jed Filler, MAJCS, RJE has more than 20 years of extensive experience in a variety of formal and informal Jewish Education settings, specializing in supplemental school milieus in both Reform and Conservative congregations.  He holds a MA in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program; certifications as a Reform Jewish Educator from the URJ (through the Joint Commission of ARJE, URJ, and CCAR), a supplementary school Holocaust educator from Facing History as Ourselves, and a family educator from the Whizin Institute.  He is the founding...

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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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Rabbi Robyn Frisch has been the Director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia since June 2013.  She is also the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, the oldest synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia.  Robyn is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and The New York University School of Law. After practicing as a corporate lawyer in a large Philadelphia law firm for several years, Robyn decided to follow her passion and become a rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. Robyn loves teaching and helping to make...

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Mindy Gold is the founder and lead consultant at EdtechMMG, an educational technology consulting firm focused on relationship-based professional learning, the creation of communities of learners around reflective practice, and the design and implementation of innovative models for congregational school...

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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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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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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...

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Rabbi P.J. Schwartz is the Rabbi Educator at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, CA. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-HIR) in Cincinnati, OH in June 2013 and was the recipient of the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize awarded to the senior rabbinical student who best contributes to the development of community relations. While at HUC-JIR, P.J. served student congregations in Marion, Indiana, Ishpeming, Michigan, and Marion, Ohio. He also served in numerous capacities as a teacher, Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow, and Rabbinic Intern for Isaac M. Wise...

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Mollie Sharfman has been living and working in Jerusalem working with the Shalom Hartman Institute's Rabbinic and Christian Leadership Programs and the iEngage - Pluralistic Israel Education Curriculum. Alongside this work she also serves as the Director of Jewish and Religious Affairs for the Global Muslim-Jewish Conference. In addition, Mollie works as a consultant empowering and training Jewish educators who serve overlooked Global Jewish Communities. Mollie has led and created relevant Jewish experiences for all types of Jews and loves teaching and studying experiential education,...

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Interim Director of NEXT, Director of Educational Technology

Emily Aronoff Teck, Ed.D. is a progressive educator who seeks to increase and improve the ways that the Jewish community invites young children children and families to explore, discover, and celebrate joyful Judaism. Offering a unique combination of experience, knowledge, and creativity, her work includes the creation and facilitation of programs for young children and families as well as the provision of support to clergy and teacher education for leaders working with young children. She is the founding director of the world’s largest searchable database of Jewish educational resources...

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