Educational Advisory Board

Educational Advisory Board

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A retired business owner, FRED CLAAR is actively involved in Jewish education as a Board member, teacher, and lifelong learner. He is the co-author with Joyce, his wife of 56 years, of Values and Ethics: Torah Topics for Today a book that easily brings Judaism into family discussions.

As Chair of the Board of the Jim Joseph Foundation, ALISA DOCTOROFF guides the Foundation in their mission to provide compelling and effective learning experiences for young Jews. Alisa is a past president of UJA-Federation of New York, where she also served as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal.

RABBI DAVID GEDZELMAN is President & CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, which is dedicated to revitalizing Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives as well as to advocating for and supporting Hebrew and Jewish literacy among the general population.

RABBI LISA GOLDSTEIN is a master teacher and facilitator with 25 years of executive experience.  Formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality,  she currently teaches Jewish mindfulness and resilience in a variety of settings.

RABBI MATT GREEN is the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, where he is also the director of the Brooklyn Jews community. A native Michigander, Matt has a BA in History from the University of Michigan and was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2018.

After a career as an attorney and child advocate, ALISON KUR obtained a Masters degree from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University and made the career change to Jewish education. She is the Executive Director of Jewish Living at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. Prior to TBE, Alison worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

DR. JON LEVISOHN is the Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Educational Thought at Brandeis University, where he also directs the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. A philosopher of Jewish and general education, his recent publications include the edited volume Beyond Jewish Identity and two position papers for the Applied Research Collective on American Jewry at NYU: “A New Paradigm of Jewish Literacy” and “Producers Not Possessors.”

Currently a Ph.D. student in Jewish Thought at New York University, KYLIE UNELL is the founding Executive Director of Rooted, a project that provides young Jews with the community and content they need to live flourishing modern Jewish lives. She also runs Models of Faith, a Rooted photoblog devoted to showing the human side of faith through storytelling.