I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Shir Chadash staff as the Education and Programming Director. I’m writing to share a few words of personal introduction. At three months, I moved with my family from Haifa, Israel to Rochester, New York where I grew up in a tight-knit Jewish community. In Rochester, I attended Jewish Day School from kindergarten through eighth grade and attended services with my family each week at the local modern Orthodox synagogue. As an adult, I’ve struggled to figure out how best to celebrate Judaism, but I have always found myself most comfortable in Conservative congregations.
In 2015, after completing my undergraduate studies, my husband Max and I moved to New Orleans. As you may know, I have many connections to the Shir Chadash community. My sister, Liba, was education director, my brother-in-law, Ethan, served as rabbi, and my brother, Moshe led high holiday services for the community. At this point, working at Shir Chadash has become a family tradition.
My background in education includes a BA in Human Services (Empire State College, 2013) and an MA in Elementary Education with a specialization in students with mild/moderate disabilities (University of New Orleans, 2019). Since moving to NOLA, I have worked as both a general education teacher and a special education teacher in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. My Jewish education experience includes teaching religious school, leading children’s services, and working as a counselor at Camp Ramah Palmer.
I am excited to apply my Jewish background and professional work in education to the project of growing the various educational offerings here at Shir Chadash. As a seasoned educator, I will bring curricular insight to enhance student engagement and learning. Drawing on my camp experience in informal Jewish education, I look forward to incorporating Jewish values into age-appropriate content designed to motivate teen learners. As someone who has, at times, struggled to figure out how best to celebrate Judaism, I believe my job is to help each individual child and adult foster their own connections to Jewish values, texts, and culture. I look forward to joining you in these personal journeys out of which we must ultimately build a community of meaning and purpose.
Yours with blessings,