Fall News from AJU's Graduate Center for Education

Dear Colleagues, Alumni and Friends,

The new year 5775 carries a sense of energy and unlimited potential here at AJU. Thanks to your support and friendship we are launching new programs designed to invigorate our students creatively and expand their skills professionally, strengthening and empowering them for their service as Jewish educators.

As you know, the University is not just a granter of degrees: every day, we are developing thought leadership, expanding conversations and mobilizing networks of intelligent, creative, passionate educators. In this newsletter we are delighted to highlight our new initiatives in the areas of the arts and Israel Education.

We are living in a time of great creativity, rapid change and great challenge. And with the support of friends and colleagues, AJU will continue to be at the forefront, cultivating the professionals who will transform Jewish education for tomorrow. Wishing you all a productive, creative, inspiring 5775.

Miriam Heller Stern, Ph.D.

Dean, Graduate Center for Education at American Jewish University


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Introducing our new MAEd students

Allie Donahoo

A recent graduate of AJU, Allie is a swim coach and camp enthusiast who currently teaches at Temple Beth Hillel's religious school in Valley Village.

Aryeh Goldman

Currently the Program Coordinator of the JENE Fellowship (Jewish Experiential Nature Education) at AJU's Brandeis-Bardin campus, Aryeh is known for teaching with moose antlers.

Becca Grossberg

Becca was inspired by her roots at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, where she was a youth educator and camp director, to pursue a career in Jewish education. She is doing teaching fieldwork at Adat Ariel's Jewish Learning Community.

Yifat Mukades

Yifat is this year's sole sabra; after a formative experience as an Israeli counselor at Capital Camps, she gained an appreciation for experiential education and came to the U.S. 9 years ago. This is her second career; she spent a decade in advertising/marketing before deciding to pursue a career in Jewish education. She teaches Hebrew through movement at Adat Ariel.

Natasha Newman

A graduate of California State University in Northridge, Natasha is currently Assistant Director of Youth Learning and Engagement at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles, a collaborating congregation in the brand-new Jewish Learning Community Network.

Jonathan Silberman

After two decades as a residential contractor, soccer coach and with an MA in Public Policy from George Washington University in his back pocket, Jonathan has decided to make a mid-career shift to pursue his passion: teaching. His fieldwork is at Stephen S. Wise Temple and New Community Jewish High School.

Lauren Weiss (MAT)

After graduating from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women and beginning graduate work at Bank Street College of Education in New York, Lauren returned home to LA for a new job as Pre-1 Teacher and Assistant to the Director of Early Childhood at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills.