The oldest of three siblings, Rina Goldberg always knew she wanted to work with kids.
Throughout her undergraduate experience at York University, Rina loved working at Associated Hebrew School in Toronto, near where she grew up, and in a first-grade class in the Tali Frankel school in Jerusalem during a year abroad in Israel at Hebrew University. She received both an honors bachelor degree in Psychology and a bachelor's in Education, specializing in Jewish Education.
When the time came to choose a graduate program, Rina wanted to connect her love of teaching to her strong Jewish identity. "The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education was my first choice. I loved the professors when I sat in on classes, and the ability to study Special Education at Columbia University's Teachers College was also very appealing," Rina says.
Now that Rina is attending classes as a second-year student, holding both a Mandell L. Berman Fellowship and a Shapiro Ramah Fellowship, she is finding the experience surpasses her expectations. "The Biblical Exegesis course with Dr. Walter Herzberg, for example, was amazing. Dr. Herzberg not only taught us content when it came to biblical exegesis, but also how to study the Bible and relevant commentaries," she says.
Her classmates have also shaped Rina's love of The Davidson School. Says Rina, "Everyone's commitment to Jewish education is wonderful. Within that common dedication, there is a lot of camaraderie at JTS." One classmate who she keeps in close contact with is David Goldberg, her brother, who is a student at The Rabbinical School.
Upon graduating this year, Rina hopes to work in a Jewish day school in New York with students who have learning and behavior challenges. This will also allow her to continue seeing the many Israeli concerts and films she enjoys and attending hip-hop dance classes.
No matter where life takes her, Rina knows her experience at The Davidson School has provided an even stronger base from which many other people will surely benefit.