Rabbi Scott Aaron is the Community Scholar for the Agency for Jewish Learning for Greater Pittsburgh, where he specializes in formal and informal adult education. He earned his MA in Hebrew Literature and was ordained at HUC-JIR and has a law degree from the University of Toledo. Scott is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Philosophy through Loyola University of Chicago where his academic work focuses on the impact of experiential education on the Jewish identity of Emerging Adults. Scott has worked in Emerging Adult education through the Hillels at New York University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Chicago. He has also worked extensively in the camping and retreat field, and was the Director of Education for the Brandeis-Bardin Institute outside Los Angeles from 2001-2004.
Scott is the author of a number of published articles and stories including his well-known book, Jewish U: A Contemporary Guide for The Jewish College Student which is now in its second edition. Scott is adjunct faculty at Spertus College and the education schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Scott is also a professional mentor for the Spertus College Master of Arts Program in Jewish Professional Studies and the ICenter, and he consults nationwide on Jewish experiential education and professional development. He was recently named to the editorial board of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education’s publication series on the theme of “Peoplehood in Practice.” He is married to the amazing and beautiful Rabbi Donni Aaron and they are blessed with three children, Meitav, Nitzan and Naor.
Rabbi Andrew Davids, who currently serves as Head of School of the Beit Rabban Day School in Manhattan, has been involved in Jewish organizational leadership and informal education for more than twenty years. Ordained in Israel at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Davids also holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in non-profit management and a B.A. in film and video. In the past, he has served as the Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, a resident and day camp director, and organizational management consultant. A frequent lecturer and writer on Israel and Diaspora relations, Jewish history and effective change management within organizational life, Rabbi Davids is recognized as a leading speaker and educator in the Jewish community and beyond. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. with his wife and three sons.
Phil Liff-Grieff is Associate Director at the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE). He also served as the Executive Director at the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona until September 2001. Liff-Grieff studied Jewish Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and received a Masters in Education in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism. He was achieved several honors, including the Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni (University of Judaism) in 1998 and the Mark Meltzer Award for New and Innovative Programming (JCPSC) in 2007.
Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman serves as the Program Coordinator of the Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Based on the New York campus, she also helps to recruit for all of HUC-JIR’s Schools of Education programs. Prior to coming to HUC-JIR she served as CLAL’s Development Manager and as Program Associate at MAKOM, with the Jewish Agency for Israel. She has also served the Reform movement in many capacities working for affiliates such as the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) as the New York Regional Advisor. Originally from Miami, Melissa came to New York via Boston, where she received her MSW from Boston University. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Dr. Betsy S. Stone is a psychologist at Betsy S. Stone, Ph.D. where she specializes in marital and individual adult counseling. She also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Stone received a Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University. She has written a book entitled “Happily Ever After” that has been published by Random House.
Cyd Weissman serves as the Director of Innovation in Congregational Learning for Greater New York for The Jewish Education Project, where she leads a team to support the creation of a new landscape of Jewish engagement.
Cyd also teaches at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the School of Education and in the Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults.
Publications include: "Not Your Father's Hebrew School," "Experimenting with the Architecture of Jewish Education," and "Professional Development Requires A Discipline for Seeing Wholes." Cyd also serves on the board of ACRE (Alliance for Continuing Rabbinic Education). She has also produced and directed the documentaries, "The High Five: Jewish Learning that Nurtures the Whole Person" and "Not Your Regular Religious School." Follow her weekly blog about Jewish learning that lives in today's world: www. LivingLOMED.blogspot.com
Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education, has been appointed the Senior National Director of the Schools of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Zeldin is Senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, the premier academic and scholarly journal in the field of Jewish education. He is principal author and co-editor of Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional. His many publications include articles appearing in The Journal of Jewish Education, Religious Education, Studies in Jewish Education, The CCAR Journal, Reform Judaism, Agenda: Jewish Education and Compass. Dr. Zeldin’s most recent publications are a chapter on Reform Jewish day schools for the forthcoming Prager Handbook on Faith-Based Schools in the United States and the preface of the 2-volume International Handbook of Jewish Education. He has written teachers’ guides for Behrman House, KTAV and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, as well as several chapters in The Jewish Educational Leaders Handbook. Dr. Zeldin is a member of the Editorial Board of the URJ Press, the Executive Committee of the Commission on Lifelong Jewish Learning of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Executive Committee of the Network for Research on Jewish Education, and the Executive Steering Committee of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. Michael Zeldin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.A. in Hebrew Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.