The conference will be dynamic, informative and innovative. We have attracted some high calibre overseas presenters, who will provide a unique learning and professional development environment for all professionals involved in Jewish education.
Rabba Wendy Amsellem teaches Halakha at Yeshivat Maharat and directs The Beit Midrash Program, a joint project of Maharat and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. She also teaches regularly at Drisha, Pardes, and the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. Rabba Wendy received semikha from Yeshivat Maharat and is an alumna of the Drisha Scholars Circle. She has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University.
Tal has worked at Hebrew at the Center (HATC) since 2015 and serves as Chief Hebrew Advocacy Officer. Tal has diverse experience in Jewish education. She has worked in formal and informal educational settings across a range of audiences with a focus on Hebrew language and educational leadership. Tal has a BA and MA in Hebrew Literature and Hebrew Language Instruction from Brandeis University. She has also pursued post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Hebrew Literature and at UCLA in Educational Leadership.
Zvi Grumet is a master teacher, creative educational thinker, and innovative Tanakh scholar. He engages his listeners in a close reading of the Biblical text, bringing its characters alive and bringing out the compelling nature of the Biblical message. Rabbi Dr. Grumet earned his Rabbinic ordination and Ed.D. at Yeshiva University. He has extensive experience as a classroom educator, school leader, and teacher trainer and coach. Rabbi Grumet is currently Director of Education at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education and head of the Tanakh Department at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi. His books include Moses and the Path to Leadership (Urim, 2014) and Genesis: From Creation to Covenant (Maggid, 2017), and he is Senior Editor of the Koren Young Adult Humash – Lev Ladaat (Koren).
Dr. Alex Pomson is Principal and Managing Director of Rosov Consulting. For more than 10 years he was a member of the faculty at the Hebrew University, and before that Professor of Jewish Teacher Education at York University in Toronto. He has published numerous articles and books in many areas of Jewish education, including most recently, with Jack Wertheimer, a new book, “Inside Jewish Day Schools: Learning Leadership and Community.”
Rachel Raz is an educator and entrepreneur with extensive experience across the Jewish world and is the founder of multiple initiatives with global reach. She is passionate about the advancement and growth of individuals and communities and the creation of a more interconnected, inclusive and thriving Jewish people.
Rachel is the founder of the Space Torah Project and executive producer of the projectâ€™s film, which shares the journey of NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman (spacetorahproject.com). Rachel serves as Moishe House East Coast Regional Jewish educator. Rachel is also a mentor for students at the American Jewish Universityâ€™s (AJU) Jewish Education and Leadership Program. For over a decade Rachel led the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew Collegeâ€™s Graduate School of Jewish Education. During this time, she initiated and chaired the collegeâ€™s annual Educators Conference. She also directed the Boston-Haifa Early Childhood Educators Connection. In addition, Rachel designed and led seminars in Israel and the US for educators and other professionals.
Rachel has published articles about myriad aspects of education and the Jewish ecosystem. She has authored two childrenâ€™s books: ABC Israel and The Colors of Israel. Rachel, an Israeli-American, earned her BA from Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and her MJED from Hebrew College (USA, Newton MA.).
Dr. Noam Weissman is Executive Vice President of OpenDor Media, where he spearheads the organization’s educational vision and leads content creation across all divisions. Noam heads a team of producers and educators for the Unpacked YouTube channel, which has over 110,000 subscribers and millions of views. He is also the host of the popular Unpacked podcasts “Unpacking Israeli History” and “The Power Of.” Noam has a doctorate in educational psychology from USC where he wrote his dissertation is titled, “Approaching Israel Education.” Prior to joining OpenDor Media, Noam served as the Principal of Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. Additionally, Noam has been rejected from a number of fellowships he has applied to. Noam is married to the hilarious Raizie Erreich and they are the proud parents of Eyal, Liana, and Nissa.