Sheila Adler has been appointed Project Director of the Leadership Institute. Sheila has been a mentor in the Leadership Institute for the past 8 years and is the former Educational Director of Bet Torah Religious School and Community Hebrew High School where she served for 36 years. She is also a consultant with the Center for Training and Development where she develops and delivers seminars on communication and management skills for major corporations and educational Institutions.
Sheila received her M.A. in Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate. She is past president of the Westchester Association of Hebrew Schools Principal’s Council and past president of the Jewish Educators Assembly. Sheila has directed and participated in several leadership initiatives for training principals in Jewish Education under the auspices of Brandeis University, JESNA, JTS, and HUC-JIR. She created the Educational Leadership Institute for High School Teens and served as its Coordinator in Westchester. She has also been an active member of the United Synagogue National Commission on Jewish Education.
The Leadership Institute, a joint program of HUC-JIR and The Jewish Theological Seminary, and funded by UJA-Federation of New York, offers congregational educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a new vision for leadership. The two and a half year journey addresses many essential issues of Jewish Educational Leadership. leader-institute.org
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