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To maximize our comprehensive approach for our clients, we are pleased to announce the availability of 3 renowned national experts. Their expertise in niche areas allows us to customize our services to successfully meet all of our clients' needs.
 

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Allison Cook has over fourteen years of experience working in the field of Jewish Education as a teacher of children and adults, curriculum and program designer, and teacher educator.  She is on the faculty of the Congregational Education Initiative of Hebrew College in Newton, MA where she teaches part time school teachers.  She is also on the faculty of Hebrew Colleges’s Early Childhood Institute, designing and teaching text-based Jewish studies courses for early childhood program directors and teachers.  Allison has mentored and supervised teachers as a Field Instructor for the DeLeT/MAT program at Brandeis University. Allison served as Director of Education many years at the nationally renowned Kesher, Hebrew School After School program in Cambridge, MA. She earned an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2003 and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in 2004. 

 

 

Areas of expertise: Curriculum Review - Program Design - Teacher Education - Early Childhood - Field Supervision

 

andiPhoto1.jpgAndi Meiseles has been a senior educator for over 25 years in Israel and the US. Andi has authored and edited educational curriculum and leadership training programs for national overnight and day camping systems for grades 3-12. Her work includes values education, leadership training, Hebrew language, the arts in education, and family education. Over a span of 19 years she served as: the Education Director for the international Hadassah Youth Department; the Director of Year Course - Freshman Year Abroad Program in Israel; and the Director of Camp Tel Yehudah.  She has conducted research for over 25 Jewish camps, and developed staff training programs for camp directors. At JESNA Andi was the primary address for all issues related to professional development including advocacy initiatives for Jewish educators. She managed JESNA’s Professional Development Center, Professional Development Network and the Professional Development Newsletter. Andi has taught Hebrew for college accredited courses and has an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Hebrew Language Education. 

 

Areas of expertise:  Hebrew Language - Research  - Summer Camping - Informal Education & Group Processes - Israel - Administration and Supervision

 

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Rabbi Sidney Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, activist, organizational leader, congregational rabbi and author. In 1988 Sid founded PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership in Values, an organization that educates, inspires and empowers Jewish youth to a lifetime of activism, leadership and service on behalf of the Jewish people and society at large. He grew the organization to a staff of 20 until its merger with BBYO in the summer of 2009. Sid is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services.  As the executive director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington D.C. in the mid-1980’s, Sid guided the community’s efforts around Israel advocacy, Soviet Jewry and a wide range of social justice issues.  A Ph.D. in Jewish history, Dr. Schwarz has been on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Temple University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is the co-author of Jewish Civics: A Tikkun Olam/World Repair Manual (1994) and Jews, Judaism and Civic Responsibility (1998) and the author of Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (2000), Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (2006). In 2002 Sid received the Covenant Award for his work in the field of Jewish education.

 

Areas of expertise:  Synagogue Transformation - Jewish Civics - Social Entrepeneurship - Leadership Training - Organizational Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

An entrepreneurial spirit for 21st century Judaism