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Rachel Schwartz

Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker and the Early Childhood Program and Social Services Manager for JCC Chicago, where she has worked for 15 years in various capacities.  In her current role, Rachel oversees the Social Services team of mental health professionals, and partners with staff and families to enhance the educational and psycho-social development … Continued

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch

Shira Ackerman Simchovitch is currently the director of the early childhood department of the TALI Education Fund which provides Judaic enrichment in the Israeli non-religious school system. Prior to this position she was the educational content and community outreach director for the Shalom Sesame project and she continues to advise the Israeli Rechov Sumsum series … Continued

Caron Blanke

For the last 14 years, Caron has directly run and now supervises all JCC program departments that provide experiences for children under the age of 18, including the Early Childhood Center, day camps, overnight camp and family programs. Caron was the first director of the Shalom Baby program which has welcomed over 1000 new Jewish … Continued

Robin Brous

Robin has worked at the JCC for the past 23 years in Camping and Early Childhood. Robin holds a BA degree in Psychology and K-8 Teaching Certification from Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and NJ Principal Certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison NJ. Robin was selected … Continued

Sandy Lanes

Sandy Lanes has been the curriculum director/pedagogista at the JCC of Greater Washington Preschool in Rockville, Maryland for 10 years, which she has helped to transform from a traditional preschool to a Reggio-inspired program. She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education, and has facilitated many workshops at conferences and preschools as … Continued

Karina Zilberman

Karina Zilberman is the founder of Shababa at 92nd Street Y (92Y) in New York City, and a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She has been educating through the creative arts since her earliest days as a singer in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2007 Karina joined … Continued

Fretta Reitzes

Fretta Reitzes has been at the forefront of early childhood and parenting education for 35 years. Currently the director of the Goldman Center for Youth & Family and the Wonderplay Early Learning Initiative at the 92nd Street Y, she is the founder and director of the annual Wonderplay Conference, now in its 10th year. Fretta … Continued

Meredith Englander Polsky

Meredith Englander Polsky co-founded Matan in 2000 and currently serves as Matan’s national director of institutes and training. Meredith has published articles in various print and online publications, including The Washington Jewish Week, PresenTense, RAVSAK’s HaYidion, The Institute for Southern Jewish Life, eJewishPhilanthropy, Kveller and The New Normal. Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology … Continued

Judi Morosohk

Judi has overseen the Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative since 2008. The Initiative is focused on raising the quality of Jewish early childhood education in the community and more seamlessly weaving Jewish values into the daily life of the programs. She coaches, consults and facilitates trainings at all 11 Jewish ECE Centers in Denver and Boulder. … Continued

Veronica Maravankin

In 2011, Veronica was selected by the JCC Association, along with six other early childhood directors, to serve in the Continental Early Childhood Director’s Advisory Council charged with redefining and implementing excellence in JCC’s early childhood education across the United States and Canada. In 2012, Maravankin, along with eight early childhood educators from across the … Continued