1988 – 1991 Masterof Arts in Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
·Rose Warren Award for Achievement in Studies in Jewish Education, 1991
·Samson H. Levey Award for being an Outstanding Student in RabbinicLiterature, 1991
·Rhea Hirsch Award for Overall Excellence in Studies in Education, 1990
·Harvey Goldstein WATE Award for Community Service in the Field ofEducation
1988-1989 HebrewUnion College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, Israel
·Studied Hebrew Language, Literature, Bible, Midrash, Mishnah, Liturgy
1978-1983 Bachelorof Science in Chemical Engineering, University of California at Davis
2007-Present Shdemot’sDepartment for Jewish Peoplehood, Oranim Academic College, Tivon, Israel
·Headof Educational Tourism (since 2009)
2008-Present PedagogicGuide for Early Childhood, Tali Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel
2004 –2007 Head of School and JudaicStudies Principal, Yavneh Day School, Los Gatos, California
·Responsiblefor all day to day operations of the school, including
·implementationof school philosophy and pedagogical oversight
·staffsupervision, curriculum development, evaluation and implementation
·$2M budget,financial management and financial resource development
·communityoutreach and representation
·recruitmentand retention of the student body
·Student bodygrew from 122 students in 2004-2005 to ~150+ students for 2007-2008, reflectinga growth rate of 19% in 2006-2007 and an estimated 15% in 2007-2008 and a dropin attrition rate from 33% in 05-06 to 17% in 06-07 to an estimated 10% in07-08.
·Managedtransition to academic excellence and institutional stability, includingbuilding of infrastructure, creation of processes and procedures and successfulaccreditation
·Oversawfinal stages of construction process and move to new facility
·Managedexpansion into middle school grades
·Developedand implemented new K-8 Judaic Studies and Hebrew curricula
·Mentored,guided, supervised and evaluated teachers in classroom management , curriculumdevelopment and instruction
·Fulfilledthe goal of meeting diverse learning needs by creating and funding a full-time Learning Specialist position
·Taught and ledtefilah in school-wide and classroom settings
·Guidedimplementation of Seventh Grade Tzedakah Project, in which students collectedfunds, set funding priorities and made allocations to non-profit organizations
·Participatedin the strategic planning process, created the action plan for several areas,and successfully completed major areas toward our core goals
·Built a recruitment and admissions program that is not only according tobest practices but that has been nationally recognized by PEJE (Partnership forExcellence in Jewish Education) as deserving of support
·Supervised personnel who created brochures and publicity that reflect avision of excellence and a professionally-run, exciting place to learn;provided direction and copy and edited these documents
·Supervised the creation of processes and procedures in all operations ofthe school, from health and safety, to budget management, to purchasing tofacilities
·Oversaw the creation of a structure for resource development
·Built morale and confidence in the school by bringing together amanagement team and providing a work environment in which their creativity andaspirations were respected and encouraged.
1994-2004 Directorof Education, Temple Sinai, Oakland, California
·Provided institutional leadership for the synagogue's education programsfrom Kindergarten through adults
·Areas of responsibility included Religious School, Adult Education,Family Education, Special Education, Informal Youth Programming and communityholiday celebrations
·Facilitation and implementation of vision and strategic plan forcongregational education, in collaboration with several lay committees
·Communication through community presentations, marketing, publicity,extensive public speaking opportunities, newsletters, and written and verbalinteractions with parents, teachers and students
·Administration of Religious School of 370 students, Grades K-7, and 20adult learners
·Development and implementation of Judaic and Hebrew curricula
·Hiring, supervision, staff development and motivation of 64 staffmembers
·Preparation and management of a $450,000 budget
·Complete re-organization and refocus of staff development program,resulting in an increase in reflective teaching practice, greater investment onthe part of the teachers in their students' success, integration of newteachers into a strong culture, and vast improvement in student learning andperformance
·Grant writer and recipient of funding for Special Needs Program andcurriculum development projects
·Initiation of Temple Sinai's annual Mitzvah Day, which began as aReligious School event and became a temple-wide event with over 500participants
·Mentoring of two educational administrators, both of whom have wonprestigious grants/fellowships for their work, and of several teachers who havepresented their work at local conferences
·Taught in Adult Education, Family Education, and Religious SchoolPrograms
·Leading Tefilah in the Religious School
1991-1994 Directorof Education, Temple Beth Hillel, Valley Village, California
·Areas of responsibility included Religious School, Adult Education,Family Education and Temple Library
·Religious School educated 470 students, Kindergarten through Grade 11,with 53 staff members
RELATED PROFESSIONALLEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
2003-2004 Chairof Alumni Recruitment Working Group, Rhea Hirsch School of Education AlumniAssociation
·Lead and implemented strategic planning process to increase alumniparticipation in recruiting candidates for careers in Jewish education
1998-2000 Chairof Principals' Council, Center for Jewish Living and Learning, Jewish Federation ofthe Greater East Bay
·Lead East Bay Jewish educators' organization, which gives voice toJewish education concerns and issues in the community, initiates staff developmentopportunities for teachers, and functions as a support network
2000 AdministrativeChair of National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) Conference
·Planned, organized and carried out the administration of the annualnational conference, which met in San Francisco in December 2000
1995 Receivedcertification as a Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) in recognition of academic achievement,continuing education, and experience in the field of Jewish education
1993-1994 ClinicalFaculty Member of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hebrew Union College
·Mentor/supervisor to two graduate student interns
1992 – present Frequentpresenter at national and local Jewish education conferences in the areas ofstaff development,curriculum, Jewish values, working with lay committees, and development (CAJE, NATE, PEJE and others)
1985-1987 EnvironmentalCoordinator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, The Geysers
Designed andimplemented programs to meet all federal, state and local hazardous waste, air quality and water quality regulation;worked closely with regulatory agencies; trained all plant personnel (approx. 400 people)in hazardous waste management; planned and coordinated emergency response.
1983-1985 ChemicalEngineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, The Geysers
Provided engineeringsupport for the ongoing operation of pollution control systems. Included troubleshooting and system design.
Abramson, L., Bell-Kligler, R., Mittelberg, D., “IsraelEducation in School Twinning Programs,” Forthcoming paper to be presented atMelton Conference, December 2009.
Abramson, L., Bell-Kligler, R., Mittelberg, D., “JewishPeoplehood Education,” International Handbook of Jewish Education, publicationforthcoming, 2009-2010.
San Francisco School Twinning Program Compendium of Evaluations,2007-2009. Shdemot Dept. for Jewish Peoplehood, Oranim Academic College, Tivon,Israel. (April 2009).
Boston-Haifa Connection, School-to-School PartnershipPrograms, Evaluation Reports 2002-2007. (March 2008).
Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement, by Linda Lambert,Ed. D.
“The Collaborative Principal.” Vignette detailing theevolution of Temple Sinai's staff development program and my growth as an educator.
“Shirah B'Tiyul: A Musical Israel Curriculum,” A.R.E.Publishing, Inc., (Denver, Colorado, 1993). Co-authored with Joel Abramson. An eleven unit curriculumwhich uses a selection of popular Israeli folk songs as the vehicle to study the history, culture, and traditions ofIsraeli and Jewish life. Each song relates to a specific geographica location, allowing the students to embark on aunique tour of Israel.
“Shirah B'Tiyul: A Musical Tour of Israel.” (1992).Arranged, performed and produced with Joel Abramson. Musical recording of ten Israeli folk songs, eachfocusing on a specific geographical location Accompanied by a booklet which includes backgroundinformation, translations, Hebrew and transliteration.
SPECIAL INTERESTS ANDTALENTS
Semi-fluency in biblical and modern Hebrew
Particular love of Jewish text study
Ability to write and deliver divrei Torah
Song Leader – Teach Jewish and Hebrew music to adultsand children, with guitar accompaniment, 1984 – present.
Cantorial Soloist , Ba'alat Kriah and Ba'alat Tefilah– Lead and perform music for Shabbat,festival and High Holidayservices, including Torah and Haftarahcantillation, 1984 – present.
Musical Entertainer– Entertain in both volunteer andprofessional capacities as a soloist and as a vocalist with Joel AbramsonOrchestras. 1984 – present.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPONREQUEST