Background

I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service and a Certificate in Jewish Music from Gratz College. I also spent a year living in Israel and received a Certificate in Hebrew Language and Jewish/Israel Studies from the WUJS Institute. I have been working in the Jewish community for over 25 years, and have extensive experience engaging with youth and families. I have been involved in settings ranging from preschool to camp to youth group to social services. Most recently, I have spent the majority of my time tutoring Bar/Bat Mitzvah students (as well as the occasional adult!). Of course, the most important job I have is raising my three children Hannah, Jonah and Aylah with my husband Brian. In my spare time, I sing in a Jewish rock band, spend time with my beloved family and friends, pretend that I am an interior decorator, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and “300 days of sunshine” in my adopted home state.

Philosophy

As a trained social worker, I believe in the concept of hierarchical needs. Often portrayed as a pyramid, human fundamental needs are at the bottom. Once these basic needs are achieved, people strive for higher level needs such as belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. I have spent my career focusing on people who are ready to attain these goals within the framework of Judaism. My lifelong professional goal is to help individuals integrate Jewish traditions and customs into the fabric of their lives.