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2023 Atlanta Teacher Kallah

February 19 - February 20

Free

Join the Jewish Education Collaborative and JECCA (Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta) for 2023 Teacher Kallah on Sunday, February 19th OR Monday, February 20th.

Featured Presenter:

Dr. Ron Wolfson
Dr. Ron Wolfson is the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University and president of the Kripke Institute. He is the much sought-after consultant and lecturer on building sacred communities in synagogues, schools, community centers, and camps around the world. He earned his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from Washington University, as well as a Masters from the University of Judaism. He is the author of: Relational Judaism, The Spirituality of Welcoming, God’s To-Do List, Raising A+ Human Beings: Crafting a Jewish School Culture of Academic Excellence and AP Kindness, and more! Ron is a living kidney donor on behalf of his wife, Susie. He lives in Los Angeles and eats frozen yogurt just about every day.

Creating the Relational Classroom and Becoming a Relational Teacher
“It’s all about relationships!” In this workshop, we will explore we will explore how we practice the art of “relational teaching” through study of the classic Jewish text on welcoming, increasing the “attractiveness” of our classroom, and engaging our partners in raising A+ human beings – parents and grandparents. We will explore the four major threads in the tapestry of a relational Jewish education program: between you and the children, between you and the parents, between the parents and the parents, and between every person and the Jewish experience itself. Oh, and we’ll laugh!

Please see below for descriptions of workshop options for each day.

Virtual Training - Sunday, February 19

Click on photos for presenter bios.

Session One Workshop Options

J-STEM: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Dr. Tamar Andrews

Enjoy a truly interactive and hands-on experience with J-STEM...Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn how to use bible stories, holidays and more to create an intersection of tradition and innovation. You will have multiple stations to play at, work at, be challenged at, and most importantly, to bring back to your classrooms.

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a preschool director at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and the director of the ECE degree programs at the American Jewish University. She is an international speaker on topics related to early childhood education, and is driven by her passion and crusade to make sure every child has a high quality foundation in life.
Infusing Hebrew into the Everyday

Rabbi Andrew Ergas

Like adding melon to water to infuse it with flavor, Hebrew infusion is an approach where teachers intentionally enhance Jewish educational settings by adding Hebrew language and culture to the mix. Utilizing a series of activities and resources developed in the camp setting, participants will learn the basic elements of this innovative approach and leave with specific tools they can apply to their classroom to advance their Jewish educational goals, the learners’ encounter with Israel, and to help create a rich, joyful Jewish environment.

Rabbi Andrew Ergas is CEO of Hebrew at the Center. Bringing over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and leadership, Rabbi Andrew Ergas has served as the Executive Director of the Shames JCC on the Hudson and in similar role at the Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP). Andrew also served for seven years as Head of School at Beit Rabban Day School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the past, he served as Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), as a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, as a resident and day camp director for both Young Judaea and for JCC’s, and as an organizational management consultant. Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education certificate program, Andrew is also a doctoral candidate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a research focus on Hebrew, identity and pedagogy. A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Ergas is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He is active in his home congregation and serves in a volunteer capacity as the Board Chair for the Council on Hebrew Language and Culture in North America. Andrew enjoys playing guitar, great movies, and spending time outdoors. Andrew lives in New York with his wife Jennifer and has three young adult sons, Erez, Natan and Ari.
Multiple Intelligences: Meeting the Needs of Every Student

Dr. Eileen Flicker

To meet the diverse needs of students, effective teachers differentiate their instruction. They observe and assess to identify students’ unique learning profiles, and then modify lessons accordingly so that learning is accessible for all. This workshop guides educators to apply the theory of "multiple intelligences" to make learning more engaging, and students more joyful and successful.

"Dr. Eileen Flicker has been an advocate for children and their families for over 30 years in both Jewish and secular settings. Formally USCJ’s early childhood education specialist,
she currently supports teachers and administrators in early childhood programs and K-12 public schools. Eileen has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum coordinator, school improvement specialist, professor, educational consultant, and yoga instructor. She is the co-author of Guiding Children’s Behavior: Developmental Discipline in the Classroom (Teachers College Press). Eileen has Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, and Developmental Psychology and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University."
Building Learning Experiences for Empathy and Self-Knowledge

Beverly Socher-Lerner

This session is intended for educators who want to add new tools for building a more empathetic learning environment. Empathy-driven learning helps create a robust community within the classroom. After an introduction to Makom Community's unique pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, educators will have new tools to introduce empathy-driven learning principles into their classroom spaces.

Beverly is a driven builder of communal Jewish learning spaces. She believes that people can make endless meaning from exploring Jewish wisdom and bringing it into our lives in creative ways. Makom Community invites kids and grownups into learning experiences that do just that. Beverly received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland then received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Jewish Education. Beverly was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, received the Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, was a Shalom Hartman Created Equal Fellow, and is now in the Mandel Foundation Executive Leadership Program. After running congregational schools in Maryland and New Jersey, working at Barrack Hebrew Academy, and leading Makom Community, she has developed over 100 curricula for learners of all ages. As Beverly continues building community, she is excited to introduce Makom’s pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, to communities around the country.

Session Two Workshop Options

J-STEM: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Dr. Tamar Andrews

Enjoy a truly interactive and hands-on experience with J-STEM...Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn how to use bible stories, holidays and more to create an intersection of tradition and innovation. You will have multiple stations to play at, work at, be challenged at, and most importantly, to bring back to your classrooms.

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a preschool director at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and the director of the ECE degree programs at the American Jewish University. She is an international speaker on topics related to early childhood education, and is driven by her passion and crusade to make sure every child has a high quality foundation in life.
Infusing Hebrew into the Everyday

Rabbi Andrew Ergas

Like adding melon to water to infuse it with flavor, Hebrew infusion is an approach where teachers intentionally enhance Jewish educational settings by adding Hebrew language and culture to the mix. Utilizing a series of activities and resources developed in the camp setting, participants will learn the basic elements of this innovative approach and leave with specific tools they can apply to their classroom to advance their Jewish educational goals, the learners’ encounter with Israel, and to help create a rich, joyful Jewish environment.

Rabbi Andrew Ergas is CEO of Hebrew at the Center. Bringing over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and leadership, Rabbi Andrew Ergas has served as the Executive Director of the Shames JCC on the Hudson and in similar role at the Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP). Andrew also served for seven years as Head of School at Beit Rabban Day School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the past, he served as Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), as a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, as a resident and day camp director for both Young Judaea and for JCC’s, and as an organizational management consultant. Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education certificate program, Andrew is also a doctoral candidate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a research focus on Hebrew, identity and pedagogy. A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Ergas is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He is active in his home congregation and serves in a volunteer capacity as the Board Chair for the Council on Hebrew Language and Culture in North America. Andrew enjoys playing guitar, great movies, and spending time outdoors. Andrew lives in New York with his wife Jennifer and has three young adult sons, Erez, Natan and Ari.
Building Learning Experiences for Empathy and Self-Knowledge

Beverly Socher-Lerner

This session is intended for educators who want to add new tools for building a more empathetic learning environment. Empathy-driven learning helps create a robust community within the classroom. After an introduction to Makom Community's unique pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, educators will have new tools to introduce empathy-driven learning principles into their classroom spaces.

Beverly is a driven builder of communal Jewish learning spaces. She believes that people can make endless meaning from exploring Jewish wisdom and bringing it into our lives in creative ways. Makom Community invites kids and grownups into learning experiences that do just that. Beverly received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland then received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Jewish Education. Beverly was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, received the Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, was a Shalom Hartman Created Equal Fellow, and is now in the Mandel Foundation Executive Leadership Program. After running congregational schools in Maryland and New Jersey, working at Barrack Hebrew Academy, and leading Makom Community, she has developed over 100 curricula for learners of all ages. As Beverly continues building community, she is excited to introduce Makom’s pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, to communities around the country.
Neurodiverse Inclusion in the Classroom

Jenna Swartzberg Sommer, MA CCC-SLP

1 in 5 American children have diagnosed thinking and learning differences (ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences, Dyslexia, and more) - however, all humans think, learn, and communicate differently. When we look at the world through this lens of “Neurodiversity,” we understand that variation in thinking, learning, and communicating enhances our communities. Let’s get together to build awareness and understanding of thinking and learning differences, and envision a world where all thinkers and learners are included, supported, and celebrated!

Jenna is a certified Speech Language Pathologist, Learning Specialist, and Educator with over a decade of professional experience identifying and delivering services to children, adolescents, and young adults with all sorts of needs. She has partnered with public school systems, independent education communities, camps, and individual families to build understanding and awareness of neurodiversity and plan for accommodations.

In-Person Training - Monday, February 20

Click on photos for presenter bios.

Session One Workshop Options

J-STEM: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Dr. Tamar Andrews

Enjoy a truly interactive and hands-on experience with J-STEM...Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn how to use bible stories, holidays and more to create an intersection of tradition and innovation. You will have multiple stations to play at, work at, be challenged at, and most importantly, to bring back to your classrooms.

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a preschool director at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and the director of the ECE degree programs at the American Jewish University. She is an international speaker on topics related to early childhood education, and is driven by her passion and crusade to make sure every child has a high quality foundation in life.
Newish to Jewish: Spring Holidays 101

Marisa Kaiser, RJE

Grogger? Dayenu? Yom Ha-WHAT? We teach the Jewish holidays, but do we even know what they are all about??? Thinking about practical applications for teachers in both ECE and religious school settings, join us for a deeper dive on an adult level into the meaning, history, background, customs and rituals of Purim, Passover and other spring holidays. Then, together we will begin to take that knowledge and apply it into your classrooms in creative, fun ways.

Marisa Kaiser, RJE, serves as the Charles S. Ackerman Senior Director of Learning & Engagement at Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, GA. Marisa has been a Jewish educator for over 20 years and is the current President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), representing all types of Jewish educators throughout the Reform movement. Marisa received a Master’s in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism and a Bachelor’s from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining Temple Sinai in 2014, Marisa was the Alpert-Waldman Family Director of Education Chair at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine, California and Religious School Principal at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. She is married to her husband Michael, and they have three sons, Ryan, Benjamin and Nathan.
Interfaith families: creating a radically welcoming classroom for kids from households where all caregivers may not identify as Jewish

Rabbi Malka Packer- Monroe

If we want interfaith families to feel part of our communities, we need to know what it means to embrace, not just tolerate, family members and caregivers who don’t identify as Jewish in our communities. In this session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives of Jews and their loved ones and learn “best practices” when it comes to language and programming. We will discuss how to respond to challenging situations in the classroom

Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe is a Reconstructionist Rabbi and life cycle officiant in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Founding Director of 18Doors Atlanta, a Jewish non-profit organization that empowers and supports interfaith couples and families. Rabbi Malka helps individuals and families discover deeper meaning, joy and spirituality in their daily lives. As director of 18Doors Atlanta, Rabbi Malka provides guidance, resources and trainings for clergy, lay leaders and Jewish organizations to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities.
Building Learning Experiences for Empathy and Self-Knowledge

Beverly Socher-Lerner

This session is intended for educators who want to add new tools for building a more empathetic learning environment. Empathy-driven learning helps create a robust community within the classroom. After an introduction to Makom Community's unique pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, educators will have new tools to introduce empathy-driven learning principles into their classroom spaces.

Beverly is a driven builder of communal Jewish learning spaces. She believes that people can make endless meaning from exploring Jewish wisdom and bringing it into our lives in creative ways. Makom Community invites kids and grownups into learning experiences that do just that. Beverly received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland then received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Jewish Education. Beverly was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, received the Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, was a Shalom Hartman Created Equal Fellow, and is now in the Mandel Foundation Executive Leadership Program. After running congregational schools in Maryland and New Jersey, working at Barrack Hebrew Academy, and leading Makom Community, she has developed over 100 curricula for learners of all ages. As Beverly continues building community, she is excited to introduce Makom’s pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, to communities around the country.

Session Two Workshop Options

J-STEM: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation

Dr. Tamar Andrews

Enjoy a truly interactive and hands-on experience with J-STEM...Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn how to use bible stories, holidays and more to create an intersection of tradition and innovation. You will have multiple stations to play at, work at, be challenged at, and most importantly, to bring back to your classrooms.

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a preschool director at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and the director of the ECE degree programs at the American Jewish University. She is an international speaker on topics related to early childhood education, and is driven by her passion and crusade to make sure every child has a high quality foundation in life.
Infusing Hebrew into the Everyday

Rabbi Andrew Ergas

Like adding melon to water to infuse it with flavor, Hebrew infusion is an approach where teachers intentionally enhance Jewish educational settings by adding Hebrew language and culture to the mix. Utilizing a series of activities and resources developed in the camp setting, participants will learn the basic elements of this innovative approach and leave with specific tools they can apply to their classroom to advance their Jewish educational goals, the learners’ encounter with Israel, and to help create a rich, joyful Jewish environment.

Rabbi Andrew Ergas is CEO of Hebrew at the Center. Bringing over twenty-five years of involvement in Jewish education and leadership, Rabbi Andrew Ergas has served as the Executive Director of the Shames JCC on the Hudson and in similar role at the Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP). Andrew also served for seven years as Head of School at Beit Rabban Day School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the past, he served as Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), as a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, as a resident and day camp director for both Young Judaea and for JCC’s, and as an organizational management consultant. Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management and in Hebrew literature. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education certificate program, Andrew is also a doctoral candidate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with a research focus on Hebrew, identity and pedagogy. A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Ergas is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He is active in his home congregation and serves in a volunteer capacity as the Board Chair for the Council on Hebrew Language and Culture in North America. Andrew enjoys playing guitar, great movies, and spending time outdoors. Andrew lives in New York with his wife Jennifer and has three young adult sons, Erez, Natan and Ari.
Neurodiverse Inclusion in the Classroom

Jenna Swartzberg Sommer, MA CCC-SLP

1 in 5 American children have diagnosed thinking and learning differences (ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences, Dyslexia, and more) - however, all humans think, learn, and communicate differently. When we look at the world through this lens of “Neurodiversity,” we understand that variation in thinking, learning, and communicating enhances our communities. Let’s get together to build awareness and understanding of thinking and learning differences, and envision a world where all thinkers and learners are included, supported, and celebrated!

Jenna is a certified Speech Language Pathologist, Learning Specialist, and Educator with over a decade of professional experience identifying and delivering services to children, adolescents, and young adults with all sorts of needs. She has partnered with public school systems, independent education communities, camps, and individual families to build understanding and awareness of neurodiversity and plan for accommodations.
Interfaith families: creating a radically welcoming classroom for kids from households where all caregivers may not identify as Jewish

Rabbi Malka Packer- Monroe

If we want interfaith families to feel part of our communities, we need to know what it means to embrace, not just tolerate, family members and caregivers who don’t identify as Jewish in our communities. In this session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives of Jews and their loved ones and learn “best practices” when it comes to language and programming. We will discuss how to respond to challenging situations in the classroom.

Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe is a Reconstructionist Rabbi and life cycle officiant in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Founding Director of 18Doors Atlanta, a Jewish non-profit organization that empowers and supports interfaith couples and families. Rabbi Malka helps individuals and families discover deeper meaning, joy and spirituality in their daily lives. As director of 18Doors Atlanta, Rabbi Malka provides guidance, resources and trainings for clergy, lay leaders and Jewish organizations to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities.

Session Three Workshop Options

Building Learning Experiences for Empathy and Self-Knowledge

Beverly Socher-Lerner

This session is intended for educators who want to add new tools for building a more empathetic learning environment. Empathy-driven learning helps create a robust community within the classroom. After an introduction to Makom Community's unique pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, educators will have new tools to introduce empathy-driven learning principles into their classroom spaces.

Beverly is a driven builder of communal Jewish learning spaces. She believes that people can make endless meaning from exploring Jewish wisdom and bringing it into our lives in creative ways. Makom Community invites kids and grownups into learning experiences that do just that. Beverly received a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland then received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in Jewish Education. Beverly was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, received the Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, was a Shalom Hartman Created Equal Fellow, and is now in the Mandel Foundation Executive Leadership Program. After running congregational schools in Maryland and New Jersey, working at Barrack Hebrew Academy, and leading Makom Community, she has developed over 100 curricula for learners of all ages. As Beverly continues building community, she is excited to introduce Makom’s pedagogy, Jewish Placemaking, to communities around the country.
Neurodiverse Inclusion in the Classroom

Jenna Swartzberg Sommer, MA CCC-SLP

1 in 5 American children have diagnosed thinking and learning differences (ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences, Dyslexia, and more) - however, all humans think, learn, and communicate differently. When we look at the world through this lens of “Neurodiversity,” we understand that variation in thinking, learning, and communicating enhances our communities. Let’s get together to build awareness and understanding of thinking and learning differences, and envision a world where all thinkers and learners are included, supported, and celebrated!

Jenna is a certified Speech Language Pathologist, Learning Specialist, and Educator with over a decade of professional experience identifying and delivering services to children, adolescents, and young adults with all sorts of needs. She has partnered with public school systems, independent education communities, camps, and individual families to build understanding and awareness of neurodiversity and plan for accommodations.
Multiple Intelligences: Meeting the Needs of Every Student

Dr. Eileen Flicker

To meet the diverse needs of students, effective teachers differentiate their instruction. They observe and assess to identify students’ unique learning profiles, and then modify lessons accordingly so that learning is accessible for all. This workshop guides educators to apply the theory of "multiple intelligences" to make learning more engaging, and students more joyful and successful. Please note: presenter will lead this session remotely

"Dr. Eileen Flicker has been an advocate for children and their families for over 30 years in both Jewish and secular settings. Formally USCJ’s early childhood education specialist,
she currently supports teachers and administrators in early childhood programs and K-12 public schools. Eileen has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum coordinator, school improvement specialist, professor, educational consultant, and yoga instructor. She is the co-author of Guiding Children’s Behavior: Developmental Discipline in the Classroom (Teachers College Press). Eileen has Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, and Developmental Psychology and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University."
Key Milestones for Children Ages 0-2

Sherri Cauthen, LCSW, RPT-S and Michelle Jacobs, LCSW

The early years of life are particularly important for infant and toddler health and development. As children grow, they pass through key developmental milestones at certain ages. There are four basic types of milestones: physical milestones, cognitive milestones, social and emotional milestones, and communication milestones. This training will look specifically at the ages of 0 – 2 years of childhood, and provide a brief overview of the main types of milestones, why they matter and the importance of tracking progress in a child’s growth and development.

Sherri Cauthen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She specializes in treating children and adolescents who’ve experienced difficulties with emotional regulation, impulse-control, complex trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and mood disorders. | Michelle Jacobs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with children, adolescents and their families. She specializes in working with young clients experiencing difficulty with emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, sensory processing and impulse control.

Optional Afternoon Session For All - 2:30 pm

Taking the Challenge out of Challenging Behavior

Dr. Tamar Andrews

This very important workshop will focus on those children who may not have a diagnosis but present with behaviors and dispositions that challenge any teacher. Concrete examples of what you can do will be presented along with detailed explanations for why some behaviors occur in the first place. Feel free to reach out to Tamar.Andrews@aju.edu prior to the workshop with your most challenging cases so that we can try to cover as many of them as possible.

Dr. Tamar Andrews has been working in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She is a preschool director at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and the director of the ECE degree programs at the American Jewish University. She is an international speaker on topics related to early childhood education, and is driven by her passion and crusade to make sure every child has a high quality foundation in life.

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Start:
February 19
End:
February 20
Cost:
Free

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