Dr. Kathy Schwartz, MAJE/MAJCS ’94, RJE, was installed as President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), the voice of Reform Jewish education, on January 16, 2019. Dr. Schwartz serves as a clinical faculty mentor in the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR and is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Har Hashem in Boulder, CO, where she has served since 1997.
Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the School of Education, stated, "We are proud and delighted to see the chain of School of Education Alumni leadership continue, from current ARJE President and EMA Alumna Anne Berman-Waldorf to Dr. Kathy Schwartz. HUC-JIR is committed to supporting and partnering with the ARJE and all of its leadership to advance the quality of Reform and progressive Jewish education."
ARJE is the professional association of Jewish Reform educators. Through members working in partnership across the United States as well as in Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Australia, and South Africa, ARJE serves a wide variety of Jewish organizations by working to strengthen Reform Jewish religious education. Dr. Schwartz’s installation took place at ARJE’s annual gathering, “The Nachshon Effect: Facing the Sea of Change,” which convened 200 educators in Washington, DC, from January 14-16, 2019, and provided opportunities to network, share, mentor, develop strategies, and learn about change processes.