The ARJE is governed by a dedicated and passionate group of Reform educational leaders who work in a variety of Jewish education settings. The ARJE Board of Directors engages in the work of visioning, identifying trends and challenges in the world that affect Jewish education and Jewish educators and strategically addressing them. The Board works seamlessly along side Operations teams to move our organization and Jewish education forward.
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE, has a rabbinate that focuses on Jewish education, teaching and helping youth develop deep and meaningful connections to Judaism. She recently completed a twelve-year tenure as a specialist in adolescents and experiential education at the Union for Reform Judaism. Laura has led education and change efforts at Jewish schools, synagogues and camps throughout the United States. Laura is the editor of several curricula, including Sacred Choices: Adolescent Relationships and Sexual Ethics (2005 and 2007) and has been published in a variety of academic and online journals. Laura is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Graduate Education. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband, Rabbi Rick Winer and their sons, Saul and Max.
Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE
Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE, is privileged to serve as Congregation Beth Chaim’s first Director of Lifelong Education since July, 1998. In that role, she oversees pre-school, religious school, youth groups, adult ed and college outreach. Anne is very involved in redefining the concept of synagogue affiliation and has brought much of this thinking to how Beth Chaim welcomes and engages families with young children. Anne is a graduate of the Executive Masters in Education from HUC, she has a masters in social work, a masters in Jewish history, and received her undergraduate degree in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania. Anne, an avid knitter, and her husband Josh live in Yardley, PA., and are the parents of two children, Sam and Lily.
Marisa Kaiser, RJE
Marisa Kaiser, RJE, is Director of Education at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, she was the Alpert-Waldman Family Director of Education Chair at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine, California. She has served ARJE in a variety of capacities, including co-chair of the 2012 annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s married to Mike, and they have children who are both numerous and adorable.
Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler, RJE
Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler, RJE, is the Director of Religious Educaiton at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA. At KI she has created a new approach to Jewish education, JQuest, focusing on engaging kids through project-based learning, Hebrew through movement, and arts integration. She is an alumna of URJ Camp Harlam where she serves on faculty, a graduate of HUC-JIR rabbinic and education programs, and a participant in the HUC-JTS Leadership Institute. She is married to Rabbi Peter Rigler and has three children.
Kathy Schwartz, RJE
Vice-President for Finance / Team Leader, Finance
Katherine Schwartz, RJE, has served as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, CO since 1997. Prior to serving Har HaShem, she was the Educator at Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee. She is the author of two URJ Press teachers’ guides: Sex in the Texts and Atlas of Great Jewish Communities. She serves as the faith representative on the state-mandated Early Childhood Council of Boulder County Advisory Committee. Kathy serves as a Clinical Faculty Mentor to students enrolled in HUC-JIR’s Executive Masters in Jewish Education program. She is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Graduate Education. When not doing homework or ARJE work, she enjoys baking challenges and being out on the trails in Colorado with her husband, Andy and two children Daniel and Gavi.
Debbie S. Niederman, RJE
Immediate Past President
Deborah Niederman, RJE, serves as the Project Manager of the Leadership Institute for the Union for Reform Judaism. She also serves as the Coordinator of Career Services for the HUC-JIR Schools of Education. She has been in the field of Jewish education for over 20 years, serving congregations in New Jersey, Florida and Ohio and working as a congregational consultant and curriculum writer. She is a graduate of Washington University and the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Andrew Paley and their children Molly and Sammy.
Members of the Board
Felice Miller Baritz
Felice Miller Baritz has been the principal of the Religious School at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York since 2004. She had also worked as a head teacher in the Kol Ami early childhood program. Felice brings twenty years of creative energy and experience from the business world working as director of product development for licensing at Elle Magazine and as a marketing consultant. Felice was the founder and president of The Studio Group, Inc. She holds a B.S. degree in special and elementary education from Boston University and has done work in early childhood education and intervention. She is a certified North Star life coach. A committed community volunteer, she has served as PTA president and is active in the White Plains school district. She lives in White Plains with her husband Marc and sons Jake and Andrew.
Missy Bell, RJE
Missy Bell, RJE, is the Program Director of Youth Learning and Engagement at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. She has a Master of the Arts in Jewish Education and a Master of the Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She did her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies. Missy grew up in Carmel, Indiana spending summers at Goldman Union Camp Institute. Missy is the Communications Chair of the Alumni Council of HUC’s School of Jewish Non-Profit Management and a clinical faculty member for HUC’s New York School of Education. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Missy loves football, traveling, cupcakes, and spending time with her really cute nephew, Joey.
Heather Erez, RJE
Heather Erez, RJE, is the Director of Youth and Family Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. She is a Bay Area native but did venture out to live in Israel on Kibbutz Tzora for 6 years where she worked in various educational settings with children whose ages spanned preschool through middle school. After returning to the states, she was the Assistant Director at San Francisco Hillel for 8 years. Heather received her MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the first cohort of the Executive Masters Program. Heather lives in San Rafael with her husband, Shachar, and has two pretty awesome and silly kids, Noam and Eden.
Andrea Garenhour is Center for Youth Engagement Director at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles. Originally from London, Andrea is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she earned Masters’ degrees from both the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service. Her experience in the field of Jewish education spans more than twenty years and covers a wide cross-section of formal and informal learning experiences. Andrea studied in Israel and served as the graduate intern for the Security General of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem. In Los Angeles, she was the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Director of Israel and Senior High Programs, served as the Director of Family Education for the Religious School of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, taught Jewish Law at Milken Community High School, “Purposes of Jewish Life” in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and led the first class of the Hadassah Leadership Academy. Andrea sees herself first and foremost as a teacher; her commitment and dedication to the transmission of Jewish values and meaningful Jewish experiences is a driving force in her life.
Sarah Gluck has been a congregational educator at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, New Jersey, since 2000. Her special interest and great joy is in helping kids and adults connect to Jewish life through Hebrew, t’fillah, and spiritual exploration. Before coming to Beth-El, Sarah and her husband, Rabbi Arnie Gluck, spent five years in Haifa, at the Leo Baeck Education Center. They live in Skillman, NJ, and are the proud parents of two grown daughters and the delighted sabba and savta of one adorable granddaughter. When not working, Sarah enjoys yoga, being out in nature, and curling up with a good book.
Michael Greenfield, RJE
Michael Greenfield, RJE, currently serves as the Director of Education and Programming for Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah. He got his MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Executive Masters Program. A New Yorker by birth but a mountain Jew at heart, Michael serves a vibrant and growing community that values inclusivity, study, and mid-mountain Shabbat services.
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg has been the Educator at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, California since 2003, where she oversees all aspects of youth and family education, including their experiential family learning program, Free Range Torah. She received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2000 and was ordained in 2002. She and her partner Topaz have two children and a menagerie including two dogs, two cats, two goats, and a veiled chameleon.
Lesley Litman, RJE
Lesley Litman, RJE, is Director of the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and works with the Experiment in Congregational Education as the coordinator of its Boston-based initiative. She also consults to The iCenter in the area of curriculum design and professional development in Israel education. Lesley served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Israel in Boston. Prior to her work at Temple Israel, she was the Regional Educator for the URJ and the URJ’s national specialist in Hebrew and Day School education and served on the staff of Jewish Day Schools for the 21st Century, a project of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Lesley was a founding member of Kibbutz Yahel in the Arava where she was the first treasurer and headed up the kibbutz’s search for an industrial project. She is a doctoral candidate in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary doing research looking at the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.
Rabbi Jessica Locketz, RJE
Rabbi Jessica Locketz, RJE, has been the Associate Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple Emanuel of South Hills since 2004 where she oversees all youth and family programming. She serves as the Educational Leader of both the Torah Center religious school and South Hills Jewish Community High School, in addition to spending time in the Early Childhood Development Center and coordinating the Adult Learning activities of the Beit Midrash. Jessica was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in June 1999. Before coming to Temple Emanuel, she served communities in Pittsburgh (on the other side of the river) and Northern Virginia. She recently returned to her alma mater as a student in the Executive Masters of Religious Education Program and graduated in May 2016. Jessica and her husband Larry live in Pittsburgh and have two sons, Eitan and Ezra.
Joshua Mason-Barkin, RJE
Josh Mason-Barkin, RJE, is Director of Communications at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, California. Prior, he was founder and principal of the The Motech Agency, a full-service design, media, and digital strategies firm serving synagogues and other Jewish organizations. He has masters degrees in Jewish education and Jewish non-profit management from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and served as director of congregational learning at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and Temple Emanu-El in San Jose. He has also worked professionally as a graphic designer, copy editor, curriculum consultant, and IT manager. Josh has authored two books, God: Jewish Choices for Struggling With the Ultimate and Artzeinu: An Israel Encounter He is also a decent bowler. (Book average: 175.) He is married to Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, and he’s Charlie and Sela’s dad. In his free time, Josh works as a professional photographer and (not professional) fan of his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Bears. He feels strongly about the Oxford comma, eradicating the practice of typing two spaces after a period, and the proper use of contractions. His favorite Beatle is George.
Rabbi Steven Rau, RJE
Rabbi Steven Rau, RJE, joined The Temple in Atlanta as Director of Lifelong Learning in 2002. He oversees The Temple’s Breman Religious School, youth programs department, Tamid: A Lifetime of Jewish Learning (adult education), and the Weinberg Early Learning Center. Steven was born in New Orleans and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. Steven is actively involved in local and national boards, and serves as an Accreditation Mentor to ARJE. He is co-author of Everyone is Welcome: Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Congregational Schools, published by URJ Press and now available from Behrman House and was a contributing writer and editor of Mishkan T’filah for Youth, published by the CCAR. Steven and his wife, Julie, live in Atlanta and have five children – daughters Aviv and Amit, and sons Ohad, Matthew, and Reid.
Rabbi Rena Rifkin
Rabbi Rena Rifkin is the Coordinator of Faculty and Family Engagement at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. She received her MAJE from the HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2008 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2010. She has worked in various synagogues throughout the New York area, including Temple Shaaray Tefilah and North Shore Synagogue. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Eden and Simon.
Stacy Rosenthal, RJE
Stacy Rosenthal, RJE, has served as the Religious School Director at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2007. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. In 2013, she earned her Master in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was part of the inaugural Cohort of the Executive Masters’ program. At CBI, Stacy launched Ma’ayan, a weekly program for high school students designed to engage them in meaningful Jewish learning and Simchat Shabbat, a monthly Shabbat service for adults with special needs. Stacy and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of Alex, Benjamin and Annie.
Rabbi Amy Ross, RJE
Rabbi Amy Ross, RJE, serves as the Director of Learning and Innovation at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University, a Master of Educational Administration from Xavier University, and Rabbinic Ordination at the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Ross has been involved in Reform Jewish education since her first year teaching at Temple Emanu-El’s Religious School when she was 16 years old. She also spent 15 incredible and formative summers as a camper and staff member at the URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. Rabbi Ross is married to Justin Ross, a Project Manager at Polk Mechanical. Rabbi Ross and Justin have two daughters, Leona and Briana, and a lovable beagle named Honey. Rabbi Ross is also proud to be a second-generation ARJE/NATE board member.
Rabbi Eve Rudin
Rabbi Eve Rudin is the Director of Education, Youth and Families at Larchmont Temple. Prior to joining the Larchmont Temple team, she served as the Director of the Congregational School at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the Director of Camp Excellence and Advancement at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and served as the Director of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and the URJ Kutz Camp for Reform Jewish teens for the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism). A product of the Reform Jewish movement, Eve graduated with a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and was awarded a Wexner Graduate Fellowship during her rabbinic studies at HUC-JIR where she was ordained in May 2000. Her undergraduate and graduate thesis work focused upon youth movements and camping, and she has spoken and presented at numerous conferences on experiential Jewish education, camping, faith development and youth mentorship.
Rabbi Rudin is married to Rabbi Elliott Kleinman and, together, they have three children: Emma, Avi and Shira.
Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, Congregation Kol Tikvah’s Director of Lifelong Learning, came to Parkland from New York City after serving her alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) as the Program Coordinator of the Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults. Rabbi Stollman received Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR in New York in May 2010. In 2008, she also received her Master’s Degree in Religious Education as part of a Mandel Fellowship. Rabbi Stollman has extensive experience working for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its affiliates such as the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). Prior to rabbinical school and during, Rabbi Stollman led several KESHER Birthright Israel trips and traveled with NFTY-EIE and NFTY in Israel as a music and worship leader.
Rabbi Stollman also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and is happy to have returned to her home state. Rabbi Stollman serves as a board member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority Foundation and enjoys singing and strumming her guitar, playing mahjong, and spending time with her husband, David, and their three children.
Lauren Luskey Taube, RJE
Lauren Luskey Taube, RJE, is the Director of Youth and Family Learning at Temple Israel in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2010 and served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Before joining the ARJE Board, Lauren served as the HUC-ARJE Extern co-coordinator, and loves helping aspiring Jewish educators learn more about the field.