Throughout her education and career, Jo-Ellen straddled the worlds of Jewish education and the arts. Music was a part of her life from a very young age, as she performed in a variety of concerts in multiple venues. She developed her skills in voice, theatre, and dance at the Performing and Visual Arts Center (now New World School of the Arts) in Miami, FL, the Fine Arts program at Florida State University and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She held the position of Assistant Director of UAHC (now URJ) Camp Coleman, coupled with the role of SEFTY (NFTY SE) Regional Advisor, which later evolved into the position of Southeast Council Regional Director for Junior and Senior High School programs.
Jo-Ellen also served as a formal and informal education director at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida and most recently Har Sinai Congregation outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she earned a M.A. in Religious Education.
About URJ 6 Points Creative Arts
At URJ 6 Points Creative Arts, the program staff, campers, and site work together to create a holistic, meaningful experience for artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing. Our program focuses on the whole child, fostering personal advancement and resilience while creating an aspirational arc of growth and possibilities.
Through major and minor workshops, campers challenge themselves to continue their development as artists, sharpening their natural abilities and acquiring new skills. Shabbat programming offers further opportunity to expand imaginations. Specialists from the field serve as compelling role models who weave Jewish values, ethics, and tradition together with the spirit and excitement of a dynamic creative artistic community.