Dr. Evie Rotstein, Director of the New York School of Education, will also serve as Coordinator of the Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults, succeeding Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman who has so ably led the program since its inception.
Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director, Schools of Education, stated, "Dr. Rotstein will bring her considerable talents and expertise to the Certificate program. I am confident that under her leadership the program will have a profound impact on the professionals who engage teens and emerging adults with Jewish living and learning."
Dr. Rotstein continued, "I look forward to further developing this high quality learning opportunity for Jewish educators working with teens and emerging adults."
Before becoming Director of the New York School of Education, Dr. Rotstein directed the Leadership Institute, a professional development program for congregational educators in the Greater New York area. In addition to her expertise in leading academic and professional development programs, Dr. Rotstein brings her experience as a former camp director to her leadership of the Certificate Program.
The fourth Cohort of the Certificate Program will begin its studies under Dr. Rotstein’s leadership at URJ Kutz Camp in August and will continue in the program for nine months of online courses, face-to-face intensives, an eight-day winter institute, mentorship, and a field-related action project. Courses focus on adolescent development, experiential learning, program planning, change theory, service learning, and the uses of social media.
The Certificate Program is part of the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR, a series of programs at the College-Institute sponsored by the Foundation and designed to increase the number of highly qualified Jewish educators prepared to provide compelling experiences of Jewish learning and living to youth, teens and young adults.
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