JEA Officers 2018-2019

STEVE KERBEL, CJE
CONGREGATION B'NAI TZEDEK
POTOMAC MD

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VICE PRESIDENT - BARRY GRUBER

TEMPLE SHOLOM
GREENWICH, CT

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Barry has been a Jewish educator for almost twenty years, first serving as Education Director at Temple Beth El in Rochester NY, then as Principal of Talmud Torah of Minneapolis, and currently as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Sholom in Greenwich CT.   In all three positions, he was hired as a change agent to dramatically reimagine what religious school should look like.  Over these years, Barry has played a variety of national leadership roles, including being appointed as one of only 14 educators in a national fellowship regarding technology in Jewish education, chairing the Jewish Educators Assembly national conference, and currently serving his fourth term on that organization’s board. His driving philosophy is that Jewish education should be serious, but it also needs to be joyful and engaging.
Barry lives in Stamford with his dog, Auggie.  He has three children and two grandchildren.
 

 

VICE PRESIDENT - RABBI ROBIN FOONBERG
CONGREGATION B'NAI ISRAEL
TUSTIN, CA

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Rabbi Robin Foonberg has been the Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Israel since 2011 after beginning her career as a Jewish Educator in 1995.  She holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago and was ordained as a Rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion/CA in 2013. She has worked at several synagogues as a teacher, Assistant Director, and Family Educator, and for seven years was the Judaic Studies Director at Morasha Jewish Day School.  In 2006, Robin earned the title “Conservative Jewish Educator” from the JEA.  Robin lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband Alan, and is very proud of her daughter Marisa, a rabbinic student at HUC.

 

 

 

Secretary - Jason Cathcart

Beth David Synagogue

Greensboro, NC

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Treasurer - Cantor Larry Brandspiegel

East Brunswick Jewish Center

East Brunswick, NJ

 

Officer-at-large - beth copelovitch

Beth Israel Center Talmud Torah

Madison, WI

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Louis Nagel head shot

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – LOUIS NAGEL, PHD, CJE
BETH SHALOM CONGREGATION
COLUMBIA, MD

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Louis has been a member of the JEA since 1991 and has served on the conference committee, edited the JEA journal V'Eleh HaHadashot, served four terms on the Board of Directors, three terms as Vice President with the Professional Development portfolio and is presently serving as President.  He has a BS in Early Childhood Education (University of Maryland), an MA in Jewish Studies (Baltimore Hebrew College), and a PhD in Education Policy and Administration (University of Maryland). He is the Education Director at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, MD. Louis has two wonderful daughters, Margo and Jamie. His favorite holiday is Hanukkah and most appreciated Torah verse is, "Justice, justice you shall pursue"(Devarim 16:20).