Ms. Vegh is the religious school and youth activities director at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York. She works with the staff, lay leadership, parents, and kids to find singular and innovative ways to ignite passion for Jewish life and learning. Ms. Vegh received a master’s degree in Jewish Education, focusing on Synagogue Education, from The Davidson School, and she participated in the Joint Program between JTS and Columbia for her undergraduate studies, earning BAs in Jewish Music and Sociology. She has worked with such organizations as MyJewishLearning.com, the Jewish Education Project (formerly BJENY-SAJES), and JESNA.
Throughout the year, the Enriching LIFE Fellows will simultaneously enhance their craft and look toward the future of Jewish education. Each fellow will be mentored by a seasoned Jewish educator who is also an alumnus of the Lainer-Masa Fellowship. In addition, fellows will participate in a community of practice designed to challenge them as educators, support them as colleagues, and help them envision a vibrant future. The community of practice was launched with a two-day seminar in New York City on July 25 and 26, which explored Jewish educational innovation through seminars and workshops with mentors and other top Jewish educators in the New York area.
Sara Shapiro-Plevan, a doctoral student in The Davidson School, will act as a mentor for two of the Enriching LIFE Fellows. She is the founder and lead consultant for Rimonim Consulting, which supports congregations, schools, and organizations as they work together creatively to meet challenges both big and small, design meaningful and powerful learning for all ages, and create structures that enable communities to thrive and engage in self-reflection. At The Davidson School, Ms. Shapiro-Plevan’s research focuses on the impact of social and professional networks in the career trajectory of congregational educators, and communities of practice in support of professional learning and growth. In addition, as an adjunct faculty member in The Davidson School, she prepares graduate students in the field of congregational education to take leadership roles in the field. She most recently served as a consultant for the Board of Jewish Education NY-SAJES (now The Jewish Education Project), working directly with congregational educators in the greater New York area to build strong collegial networks, improve practice, and cultivate leadership.
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