About the Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute is guided by the vision of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and is fully funded by the UJA-Federation of New York. This historic opportunity will enable HUC-JIR and JTS to join together to further the leadership capacity, pedagogic skills and Judaic knowledge of congregational school educators. This program is open to candidates from all denominations in the New York, Long Island, Westchester and the greater metropolitan area.
To qualify, educators must have at least two full years of experience leading a congregational school or other similar Jewish programming. While there is no fee for the Institute, congregations must be willing to contribute to the cost of local transportation and half the principal’s round trip airfare from NY-Tel Aviv. Small grants will be available for both the Professional Learning Project and the Individualized Learning Plan.
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Sheila Adler has been a mentor in the Leadership Institute for the past 8 years and is the former Educational Director of Bet Torah Religious School and Community Hebrew High School where she served for 36 years. She is also a consultant with the Center for Training and Development where she develops and delivers seminars on communication and management skills for major corporations and educational Institutions. Sheila received her M.A. in Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary where she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate. She is past president of the Westchester Association of Hebrew Schools Principal's Council and past president of the Jewish Educators Assembly. Sheila has directed and participated in several leadership initiatives for training principals in Jewish Education under the auspices of Brandeis University, JESNA, JTS and HUC. She created the Educational Leadership Institute for High School Teens and served as its Coordinator in Westchester. She has also been an active member of the United Synagogue National Commission on Jewish Education.
Program Associate, Beth Lutzker Levick, earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Judaic Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She worked for five and half years at The Jewish Theological Seminary in the Public Events Department, planning lectures, conferences, commencements, academic convocations, and more. Beth is an active member of Town & Village Synagogue, and is involved in Jewish communal life.
Dr. Barry W. Holtz is Dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he is also the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education. In addition, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education and Editorial Chair of the Jewish Education Book Series at JTS Press.
As author and editor, Professor Holtz’s books include, among others: Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (Simon and Schuster), Finding Our Way: Jewish Texts and the Lives We Lead Today (Jewish Publication Society) and Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and in Practice, (Jewish Theological Seminary Press) which won the National Jewish Book Award for education in 2004.
As of July 2012, Evie Levy Rotstein has moved to her new position as the director of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, having previously been the director of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators since the beginning of the project in 2004. Prior to this position she was a congregational school educator and developed programs for faculty learning, teen mentoring and parent education. Evie began her career in Jewish education as a camp director for Young Judaea. She holds an M.A. in Foreign Language education and a Doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Evie’s research interests include interfaith families, adolescent identity development, professional learning and mentoring. She teaches courses in the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion and consults to congregations on various projects. Evie has published chapters in What We Now know about Jewish Education (2006), a chapter The Gender Gap, and in the International Handbook of Jewish Education.