RCJE Teacher Workshop

RCJE hosts teacher workshop, awards presented to three

On Sunday Aug. 23, the Richmond Council for Jewish Education hosted its annual back-to-school Professional Development Workshop for new and returning religious school teachers at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. 

New this year, the RCJE committee recognized teachers with the Excellence in Education Teacher Award, to highlight innovative work being done in the schools. Each of the three award winners will be given $100 toward a classroom project. The winners are Alyssa Freeman, Or Ami; Rachel Beck-Berman, Beth Ahabah; and Jordan Wilburn, Beth Ahabah. 

During the workshop, educators learned useful tips and insights from some of the education directors of the Synagogues and organizations. They included Megan Ferenczy from the Virginia Holocaust Museum; Hazzan Marian Turk, Beth-El; Rabbi Ahuvah Zaches, Or Ami; Rabbi Royi Shaffin, Or Atid; and Ramona Brand, Beth Ahabah. 

They also heard from keynote speaker, Steve Kerbel, who discussed innovations in education. Kerbel, an independent education consultant in the Greater Washington,  D.C., area, has been involved in Jewish education  –formal and informal, youth groups, camps, day schools and congregational schools for the last 30 years. Most recently he served as director of education for Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, Md. He earlier served as the inaugural retreat director of Capital Camps & Retreat Center in Waynesboro, Pa. He also has been a full-time faculty member at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., and an educational consultant to the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and USY.

Kerbel has a law degree and was in private practice for eight years. He also facilitates wine tastings featuring Israeli wines and teaches about the geography of the diversity of Israel through its wines and wine makers.

For more information on RCJE, contact Sara Rosenbaum at (804) 545-8629 or srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org.




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