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.
Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE
Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE, is privileged to have served 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.
Dr. Kathy Schwartz, RJE
Dr. 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. Kathy also serves as a Clinical Faculty Mentor for HUC-JIR’s Executive Masters in Jewish Education program. She holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR and a doctorate in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She has authored text books, served on advisory committees for early childhood education, youth education and loves her time serving as faculty at OSRUI. When she is not serving the Jewish people, she enjoys baking challenges and being out on the trails in Colorado with her husband, Andy and two children Daniel and Gavi.
Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE
Vice-President for Finance
Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE, has served as the Rabbi-Educator at Congregation B’nai Shalom since 2007. Rabbi Joe grew up in Buffalo and is a graduate of The University of Michigan (Residential College), holds a Master of Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College and a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier University. An alumnus of the URJ Joseph Eisner and Goldman Union Camps, Rabbi Joe attributes much of his Jewish identity and rabbinic calling to his summers spent at Reform Jewish summer camps. Rabbi Joe has worked in the field of Jewish education for over twenty-five years. Joe has served on the boards of PARDES, RAVSAK, Planned Parenthood, Big Brothers and has taught numerous workshops in the field of Jewish education. He and his wife, Rabbi Lisa Eiduson, have found their greatest joy and fulfillment in raising their two children, Rosie and Carly, and their two Labrador retrievers, Maggie and Mason.
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.
Dr. Lesley Litman, RJE
Dr. 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 Laura Novak Winer, RJE
Immediate Past President
Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE, has over twenty years of experience in leading and guiding educational change efforts. Laura is the Director of Clinical Education for the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, CA. Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Laura is pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Graduate Education. She lives in Fresno, CA with her husband Rabbi Rick Winer; they have two young adult sons, Saul and Max.
Members of the Board
Liessa Demba Alperin has just begun a new job as Director of Innovative Learning and Engagement at Congregation B’nai Amoona.(Say that 3 times fast!) She was previously at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis for the past 13 years. Her many positions in the Jewish community have allowed her to do what she loves and love what she does! She is excited to be welcomed onto the ARJE board and continue learning from the multitude of educators who have been mentors, colleagues and friends. Her interests include creating positive Jewish memories for our youth and families and hoping to build a sense of community, kehillah, in all that she does. She lives within 3 miles of 4 generations of her family. Her husband, Mark, agreed to this years ago as she carefully incorporated it into their ketubah without him noticing. Their children Ellye and Micah are her favorite people in the world!
Missy Bell, RJE
Missy Bell, RJE, is the Director of Education at B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL. 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.
Outside of her professional responsibilities, Missy loves football, traveling, cupcakes, and spending time with her really cute nephews, Joey and Danny.
Heather Erez, RJE
Heather Erez, RJE, is the Director of Youth Education and Engagement at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida. She is a California native and lived 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 before working in the synagogue world. 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 and her husband, Shachar, have two pretty awesome and silly kids, Noam and Eden.
Morissa Freiberg, RJE
Morissa R. Freiberg, RJE serves as Director of Education at Congregation Beth Tikvah, a Reform synagogue in Worthington, Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology and a Certificate in Judaic Studies from Ohio University, and a Master’s degree in Judaic Studies and Jewish Education from Siegal College of Judaic Studies. She holds a class “A” teacher certification from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Morissa is a certified RJE (Reform Jewish Educator) by the international Reform Jewish Educators Title Granting Commission, a sub-governing body of the Union for Reform Judaism. Dedicated to inclusion of all learners in her education programming, Morissa completed the Matan Institute for Education Directors in 2015-2016. In 2016, Morissa was honored with the Larry S. Moses Outstanding Young Professional Award by the Jewish Federation of Columbus and The Wexner Foundation. Morissa is a member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), and is excited to be serving on the Board of Directors for the 2018-2021 term.
Before joining the staff at Congregation Beth Tikvah, Morissa has “worn many hats” in the field of Jewish Education, and has served as a Youth Director, Hebrew teacher, and Judaic studies instructor with various age groups. Morissa served as a Peer Engagement Intern at Hillel of Ohio University, where she also was extremely active as a ritual musician. As a cellist, she enjoys exploring the connections between Judaism and the power of music as a learning tool. Morissa is committed to guiding her students and community in building positive Jewish identities, and strengthening individual connections to Judaism through creative and meaningful experiences.
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.
Shari Isserles, RJE
Shari Isserles currently serves as the Director of Education at The Community Synagogue of Port Washington, NY where she has been for the past 13 years. She received her Masters of Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. Shari has been a member of ARJE for 18 years and has served as a Board Member, Advocacy Team Co-Leader and as Chair of the Joint Placement Commission. Shari grew up at the URJ Eisner Camp and loves that she gets to spend time at camp each summer as a member of the faculty. Shari, her husband Paul and her son Michael live in Port Washington, NY.
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg
Rabbi Lisa Levenberg lives in Northern California with her partner Topaz, their two children, and a small menagerie. She received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in 2000 and was ordained in 2002. She is currently the Interim Director of Education at Temple Sinai of Oakland, where she is passionate about creating an inclusive, celebratory Jewish community rooted in values and social justice. She loves camping, the beach, the Girl Scouts, and goats.
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.
Susan D. Morrel, RJE
Susan Morrel, RJE, is the Director of Field Experience at Hebrew College Shoolman School of Jewish Education. In addition, Susan consults for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, as well as for other institutions and individuals in the field of Jewish Education. She is also a teacher educator and consultant in Philosophical Inquiry in Jewish Education (PIJE). Susan has over 25 years of congregational education experience, as well as experience in Jewish camps and organizations. She recently served as the Director of Education at Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, MA.
Susan holds an M.A. in Religious Education from HUC-JIR’s Executive Masters Program and has been part of Hebrew College’s Clinical Mentor Faculty since 2013.
Susan and her husband Dean are the very proud parents of Alicia, Stephanie, David, and Shaina.
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 on the editorial team of Mishkan T’filah for Youth and Mishkan Ha’Nefesh 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 currently serves Stephen Wise Free Synagogue as the Religious School Director. 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 Congregation Emanu-El of the City of NY, Temple Shaaray Tefilah and North Shore Synagogue. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott, and their three children, Eden, Simon, and Micah.
Miles Roger, RJE
Miles L. Roger is the Assistant Director of Religious Education for Washington Hebrew Congregation, where he oversees the Judaic Studies curriculum and operations for the Religious School, a role he has served since 2017. Before this, he was a Religious School Educator at WHC, overseeing the synagogue’s DC Religious School campus. Previously, he served as Assistant Director at the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to entering Jewish education full time, Miles worked for a local bank in Indianapolis while teaching religious school and serving as a youth group adviser. Miles has been active in the national Jewish education field, serving as the Young Professional’s Chair for NewCAJE and on various committees for the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. Miles earned his Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He earned the title of Reform Jewish Educator from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators in 2016.
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 Construction Project Manager at Kahn Mechanical. Rabbi Ross and Justin have two daughters, Leona and Briana, and two dogs, Bella and 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.
Joy Wasserman, RJE
Joy Wasserman RJE currently serves at the URJ as the Coordinator of Introduction to Judaism and A Taste of Judaism, Chicago, and is a member of the Introduction to Judaism Online faculty. In addition, Joy is a member of the Clinical Faculty of the Executive Masters in Jewish Education at the School of Education at HUC-JIR. Joy graduated from the College-Institute’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education with a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education and earned a B.A. (Honours) in Jewish Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada. Joy has served the Reform Jewish community for more than three decades. For fun, Joy and her family love to explore the National Parks across the country. Joy and her husband, Rob Weinberg, live in Evanston, IL and have two sons, Aaron and Noah.
Beth Ellen Young, RJE
Beth Young, RJE, is the Director of Education at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL. Beth holds a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, CA and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. She completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Beth has served the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) on the national board, as well as planning the South Florida Day of Learning in 2016, and co-chairing the national conference, Imagineering Jewish Education for the 21st Century, held in Seattle, Washington in January 2011. In February of 2016, Beth was recognized with the Distinguished Educator’s Award by ARJE.
Beth is married to Rabbi Danny Young and they have twin girls.