Webinar Presenters
The Dynamics of Educational Change

First Steps to Making Change Happen

Tuesday, Apr 21, 1:30-2:30 pm EST


Rabbi Jennifer Clayman serves Congregation Beth Am as rabbi/educator, and she oversees Connections, Hebrew Program and Hagigah. She also leads services and teaches adults and children. Since coming to Beth Am in 2008, Rabbi Jennifer has worked on several initiatives, most notably Re-Imagine, the long-term project to re-invent the way Beth Am provides congregational education. In 2013-14, Rabbi Jennifer participated in the first cohort of the Kesher Fellowship through Jewish Learning Works; she is a member of the Bay Area's Shinui Think Tank on innovation in congregational education, and she is frequently consulted by educators looking to embark on paths toward innovation in their own congregations or institutions.  

Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Rabbi Jennifer received her B.A. in Religion from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and she holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education. She was ordained by HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 2003. Before coming to Beth Am, she served Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, New Jersey.  

Rabbi Clayman will focus her presentation on Camp Beth Am. Congregation Beth Am has many innovative programs listed on their website


Rabbi Stacy Schlein is the Director of Education of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, OH. She has been teaching for over twenty years in both formal and informal settings. Rabbi Stacy Schlein joined TTTI in 2007 as Director of the Shabbaton – Weekly Family Education Program. A year later she began to oversee the Social Justice Initiatives. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Greater Cleveland Congregations - a non- partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.

She also has served as a consultant to children's author Jean Marzollo for her series of books on the bible and had a story published in Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories by Laney Katz-Becker. 

Rabbi Schlein will be discuss her work with Family Shabbaton and the congregations educational programs


Creating a Culture of Change

Tuesday, Mar 10, 1:30-2:30 pm EST


Nancy Parkes is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY. Shi is a graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), earning her M.A. degree in Jewish Studies and Education in the William Davidson School of Education. She has been involved in Jewish education since 2000, as both a student and teacher. 

Nancy has initiated many programs at Temple Israel Center, including pilot programs in grades K-3, and a new bold model  in Havurat Torah, Temple Israel Center's high school. Nancy is one of the teachers in Havurat Torah along with other members of the professional staff and clergy. Nancy also serves as a mentor for first year graduate students in the William Davidson School of Education at JTS. Nancy is a member of the Board of the Trustees for the William Davidson School of Education of JTS and is a committee member of the Consortium for the Future of the Jewish Family.

Nancy will be speaking about the change process that led to Temple Israel Center's Shorashim program. You can view videos about two of her newer experiential programs: Yom Hashoa and Jerusalem Marathon. Also watch one of her earlier experiments: Kindergarten Teddy Bears

She has recently written two articles for eJewishPhilanthropy about the importance of part-time Jewish education: One Educator's Response on the Findings of the Pew Study and Changing the Negative Narrative of Synagogue Education.


Using Real-Time Assessment and Realignment

Thursday, Feb 12, 1:30–2:30 pm EST

Lori Green has been involved in Jewish education for over 25 years, serving in Miami, FL; West Hartford, CT; and in the Philadelphia area. As the Director of Education at Temple Sholom, Lori strives to foster in her students and their families a commitment to Jewish learning and doing. She brings creative and innovative ideas to engage Temple families in prayer, tikkun olam, love of Torah and commitment to Israel. Lori is the recipient of the National Assoication of Temple Educator's 2015 Yad b'Yad Award for Innovative Education. 

Lori will share her model, Rimon, on the webinar and discuss how her task force assessed their changes and realigned their plans to make Rimon the successful model it is today. 

Amnon Ophir is the director of @Akiva and Israel Educator at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. On the webinar, Amnon will talk about israel.cleveland.next and how he helped the program evolve from two individual Israel trips into a two-year long Israel education initiative. 


Managing the Change Process

Tuesday, January 13, 1:30-2:30 EST

Felice Miller Baritz has been the religious school director at Congregation Kol Ami (White Plains, NY) since 2004 and has launched numerous new models and programs during her tenure. She brings 20 years of creative energy and experience from the business world and was the founder and president of The Studio Group, Inc. Felice holds a B.S. degree in special and elementary education from Boston University, has worked in early childhood education, and is a certified North Star life coach. 

Felice will explore the process that led to Kashkesh, an immersive Hebrew program for 1st through 3rd graders. Learn more about Kol Ami and their innovations, including Yad B'Yad for teens with developmental challenges.


Rabbi Nogah Marshall, a graduate of Brandeis University (BA), Harvard University (M.ed), and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (MA, and Rabbinic Ordination), has served as the director of education at Har Zion Temple (Penn Valley, PA) since 2006. As a Rabbi and Educational Director Rabbi Marshall’s passion is to share her love of Judaism with her students of all ages. She specializes in creative curriculum development, family education, adult education, special needs, and the building of a passionate, inclusive, nurturing Jewish community. Her educational philosophy centers on experiential education coupled with religious observance.  Her dedication to the Madregot (special needs) program of Har Zion Temple was instrumental to receiving the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities. Before she came to Har Zion Temple, Rabbi Marshall was the Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple Emanu-El in Palm Beach, Florida. And prior to Temple Emanuel, she served as the Educational Director for The Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York City. Rabbi Marshall lives in Penn Valley with her husband Scott and their children Karni, Eyden, Austin and Jaclyn. 

Nogah will share how Har Zion Temple prepared and launched Route 613, an choice-based educational approach.