Monday, November 4, 2019
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Originally from London, UK, Moshe moved to Israel in 1983 where he served in the Israel Defense Forces and received his Bachelors degree from the University of Haifa in Biblical Archeology and English. Moshe moved to the U.S with his wife and completed his Masters degree in Jewish Studies.
Moshe received a Jewish day school education which has been his basis for his approach to Jewish education.
Having been trained as a youth worker and then having taught for several years in various Jewish settings in Israel, UK, and U.S, Moshe feels that, “Creating opportunities to connect students of all ages, needs, and backgrounds, Judaically is most important.”
Moshe was involved in the Northern Virginia Jewish education community, chairing the NOVA Education Directors Council for four years, and creating a 6th grade regional program revolved around Tikkun Olam, and an 11/12th grade family program on Anti-Semitism on college campus.
Moshe has published a paper on “Avirah Rachunit – Creating a Spiritual Atmosphere for Teens” for the CCAR journal (The Central Conference of American Rabbis).
Moshe believes strongly in creating an inclusive environment. He has created an inclusion program working with Matan, a Jewish organization specializing in educating Jewish professionals in special needs education and issues.
Over the last five years, Moshe has created a duel curriculum that incorporates the educational concept of a Social Emotional Curriculum with the five main pillars of Judaic learning; Ethics/God talk, Torah, Israel, the Jewish festivals, and Jewish history. “The goal of our educational program is to engage the whole child, enabling each child to connect with his/her community while learning at his/her own pace using the methodology that we utilize in order to gain knowledge and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Jew.”
Moshe strongly believes in creating experiential learning experiences. Creative, dynamic, out-of-box instruction is what he strives for in his philosophical approach to Jewish education.