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.
of expertise: Curriculum Review - Program Design - Teacher Education - Early Childhood - Field Supervision
Andi 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
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.
of expertise: Synagogue Transformation - Jewish Civics - Social Entrepeneurship - Leadership Training - Organizational