CJE Professionals

Meet the professionals behind the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education:

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Director, PJ Library
Gabrielle moved from Israel to Baltimore 15 years ago and has spent 12 of those years in the Jewish non-profit world. She has taught Hebrew school, helped converting families learn for their conversions, been a JCC camp director, and ran a Jewish outdoors pursuits ropes course before becoming the Director of PJ Library and PJ Our Way for Baltimore. Gabrielle has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Management from University of Baltimore, yet always finds herself helping people bring Judaism into their lives through nontraditional Jewish educational experiences. Gabrielle has worked for the CJE since 2012, and has the privilege of meeting and engaging with different members of the community.

Jessica picJessica Fink
Librarian
After spending half of her childhood in sunny San Diego and the other half in equally-sunny South Florida, Jessica began her career as an educator at the University of Florida, where she received her degree in Elementary Education (and became a devoted Gator fan). She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master's in Elementary Education. She taught pre-kindergarten in Philadelphia until she moved to New York City to complete a Master's in Library Science at The Pratt Institute, while also teaching at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. Her tour of the northeast finally ended in Baltimore in 2012, where Jessica began teaching at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School and led programming at the local libraries for the JCC Parent, Infant and Toddler Program. She has been a Community Connector for the CJE since 2015 and is very excited to now serve the community as the librarian as well. Jessica resides in Pikesville with her husband, daughter, and son.

small_brenda%20headshot.jpgBrenda Footer
Family Engagement Specialist
Brenda’s role in the CJE means she is always reaching out to new families with young children!  This is her first position working specifically with families.  Previously, she was an educator in Jewish preschools for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and school director. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Trinity Washington University and is a Fellow of the Jewish Early Childhood Educator's Leadership Institute (JECELI), a program of Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religious Education through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Brenda and her husband live in Silver Spring, MD with their daughter. In her spare time, Brenda is an avid reader (her book club is going on 20 years in existence!), and loves to craft, sew, and bake.

Reut%20pic%20web.jpgReut Friedman
Israel Education Senior Associate
Reut Friedman, an Israeli native, moved with her family from Israel to Baltimore. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Communications from Bar Ilan University. Prior to joining the CJE, she worked as a Business and Community Manager at “Mifalot Education”, a non-profit organization in Israel. She is passionate about working with the local Jewish community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and running.

 goodman.jpgMartha Goodman
Coordinator, Maryland Special Needs Advocacy Program (MDSNAP)
Martha has been with the CJE since 2005, working with parent volunteers to support over 200 families each year, as they navigate the special education system.  MDSNAP has a close working relationship with the local school systems, Jewish community schools, and other agencies of the ASSOCIATED, advocating for Jewish students in whatever school they choose to attend. Martha is a member of the Special Education State Advisory Committee.

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Early Childhood Education Program Assistant
Monica Gwon earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education, and has been in Jewish education for over 20 years. She was formerly Director of Education at Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown, MD for 10 years, overseeing both the religious school and early childhood program. While there she was awarded the Gamoran Curriculum Award from NATE for one of the many family education programs she created. Monica was also Director of Professional Development at the CJE for 10 years, and is happy to return in her current position.

small_Untitled.jpgLaura Jasso
Project Assistant
Laura Jasso was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She moved to Northern Virginia in 2008 to attend college at George Mason University. During her college years she became passionate about Jewish education and started working as a preschool teacher during her senior year of college. Following graduation she became a full time educator at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. During the summer of 2016, she volunteered in Jerusalem at the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin. Upon her return to the States, she realized she wanted to be part of a larger Jewish community, moved to Baltimore and joined the CJE as the project assistant where she provides marketing and event support with a special focus on social media. She looks forward to learning more about the Baltimore community and all it has to offer! In her spare time, she likes to learn various languages (Spanish, French, Hebrew, Italian and Portuguese so far!)

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J Town Jewish Education Coordinator
As a child Teri celebrated Purim all year round; dancing in fancy bohemian dress, acting, singing and designing her way through Hebrew day school and university. Graduating with degrees in Theatre, Psychology and Social Anthropology, she has traveled through South Africa in a children’s theatre company before turning to the East (South East Asia, Nepal, India, Taiwan and Mongolia) for spiritual and professional exploration. She eventually returned full-cycle to her heritage with a colorful approach toward Jewish community involvement. Interning as a Neshama Community fellow (Elat Chayim, in Accord,New York), learning at the Fuchsberg Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and participating in Limmud SA and Limmud UK further exposed her to a world of pluralist values and initiatives, including Jewish musical collaboration, Jewish meditation and Torah Yoga. Highlights of Teri’s Jewish professional career include designing Fair Trade Judaica with African Home, founding T.I.S.A, Temple Israel Social Action (South Africa), educating and community garden creating at the Pearlstone Center, Baltimore and educating at Beth Israel Hebrew Congregation, Baltimore. Teri is currently a Masters student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and is excited to join the JTown-JCC-CJE team.

Amian%20headshot-sm.jpgAmian Frost Kelemer
Chief Executive Officer
Amian is passionate about ensuring access to outstanding Jewish education for all members of the greater Baltimore community. This commitment was first shaped by her teaching experience at Gesher LaTorah over 24 years ago and she has been working at the CJE in various capacities ever since! Amian received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Education from Barnard College, Columbia University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Amian is honored to work with the exceptional board and staff of the CJE to fulfill the agency’s mission. When not at the office, Amian enjoys playing violin, cooking and spending time with her husband and five children.

small_kruger.jpgAdam Kruger
Director of Educational Initiatives
Adam is a product of the Baltimore Jewish community, having been born and raised in Pikesville and graduated from both Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware where he discovered his love for teaching and Jewish Education before pursuing a Master's of Jewish Studies from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute in Biblical Literature and Civilization with a focus on First Temple Judaism.  After receiving his Master’s Adam served for 3 years as Youth Director and Family Programmer at Beth Shalom Congregation, a Conservative congregation in Howard County, MD before joining the CJE.  In his spare time Adam enjoys playing and writing music, songleading for Jewish Youth, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two cats at their home in Federal Hill.

Leah Margolis
Chief Financial Officer
Leah directs the Finance and Human Resource departments of the CJE.  After receiving her CPA, she worked in the non-profit arena before moving to THE ASSOCIATED where she worked for six years.  In 2006, she moved to the CJE.

small_Moriah%20headshot.jpgMoriah Omer-Attali
Israel Engagement Associate
Moriah and her family moved from Israel to Baltimore in 2016. She is an Israeli lawyer holding a law degree and an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as a Master’s degree in educational policy from Tel Aviv University. Moriah acquired experience in commercial litigation as a lawyer, and later worked in the media as a news editor in a daily business newspaper. More recently, she planned and executed a wide range of initiatives for the development of one of the most challenging areas in Israel, in the city of Lod, as an economic development director in a non-profit organization. Alongside working and studying, Moriah has volunteered in various educational organizations. Moriah has a strong passion and commitment both to education and to strengthening the ties between the Baltimore and Ashkelon communities.

small_amalia.jpg.jpgAmalia Phillips
Director, Israel & Overseas Education
Amalia, an Israeli native (sabra), has lived in Montreal, Canada, and Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to a Bachelor's degree in Education, and a Master's degree in Instructional and Performance Technology, she attended DSLTI in New York where she completed the Day School Leadership Training program. In Atlanta, Amalia was the principal of the Epstein Elementary School (Solomon Schechter), the largest Jewish day school in Atlanta with over 600 children. Most recently, Amalia trained as a mediator for Ann Arundel County and has been facilitating programs in conflict resolution for several years. In her spare time, she makes jewelry, upcycles kids’ clothing and practices yoga. Amalia loves her job as the Director of Israel and Overseas Education where she gets to inspire American Jews to invest in a personal relationship with Israel in the belief that Israel is essential to our identity as Jews.

small_Linkedin%20photo.jpgTerri Rosen
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
After working for 13 years as operations coordinator for a financial planner, Terri joined the CJE as Executive Assistant.  Following graduation from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Terri was the marketing coordinator for an architecture firm in Boston before moving to Baltimore with her husband in 2003, where they now live with their 4 children.  In 2011, Terri was instrumental in the founding of Ohr Chadash Academy (where all her children attend) and serves on the OCA Board of Directors as the Marketing Chair.  Her volunteer work in the school added to her passion for education and led her to the CJE where her responsibilities include supporting the Executive Management Team, CJE board members, and the agency’s educational professionals.

STAFF%20-%20Rena%20Roshgadol.jpgReena Roshgadol 
Administrator, Community Fund for Israel Experiences (CFIE)
Reena began administering CJE’s CFIE program while working for an Israel-based non-profit housed at CJE.  She has since taken on additional projects such as assisting with the PJ Library, Shalom Baby and Gesher LaTorah programs.  She utilizes her creativity in multiple ways to support CJE’s efforts.  

Liz Rozmaryn
Connector Coordinator

 

 rachel-t-new-web.jpg Rachel Delman Turniansky 
Coordinator of Special Needs Programming
Rachel holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Infant and Toddler Habilitation from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Hearing and Language Disabilities from Long Island University. She has worked at CJE since 2000 and her portfolio has included consulting with Jewish early childhood education programs as well as facilitating and coordinating professional development for general educators and special educators. Prior to her work with CJE, Rachel worked as a special educator at the Hearing and Speech Agency’s Gateway school and has worked in Baltimore City and County as a special educator. She is a member of the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, a network of professionals in the area of special needs from central agencies from around the country, as well as Canada and Israel. She is an active participant of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Disability Task Force. She is also the recipient of the Nathan and Ruth Lipsetts Jewish Educator Award. 

Rebecca TylerRebecca Tyler
Administrative Assistant

Rebecca recently moved to the Baltimore community from Sharon, MA.  Rebecca grew up in the MA area and relocated with her family to become part of a bigger Jewish community.  Her two sons currently attend yeshiva in Baltimore.  Rebecca graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance.  She is the first person you will see when you walk through the doors of the CJE and is happy to assist you with anything you may need.  Rebecca and her family look forward to getting to know the community better.  In her free time, Rebecca loves spending time with her husband, sons and her friends.  She also loves to cook, read and learn more about Judaism.

medium_yael.jpgYael Zelinger
Coordinator of JADE: Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education & Disability and Inclusion Associate

Yael has worked at CJE since 1999, advocating for and supporting individuals with special needs. As a member of the Disability and Inclusion team her role has included: Establishing and managing an interpreter fund for the deaf and hard of hearing community, Co-Chairing the only biennial Deafblind Shabbatonimin the country, Coordinating professional development workshops on special education topics for educators, and Conducting B’more Inclusive disAbility Awareness experiences in Jewish schools and organizations.
As the granddaughter of the founders of HASC, Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Yael spent summers and vacations in the company of people with special needs. That grew into a Master of Arts in Deaf Education/Special Education from Western Maryland College. Yael continues to work with practicality and passion to ensure that the Jewish community is welcoming and accommodating of every member. 


small_az_0.jpgAlison Zimbalist
Director, Early Childhood Education
Alison joins the CJE after over two decades in curriculum development and teaching. Originally from St. Louis, Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters in Education from Emory University in Atlanta. After several years as a high school English teacher in Atlanta and New York, Alison worked at The New York Times for eight years as the editor and product manager for NYTimes.com’s education department. She has since worked as a curriculum writer and editing consultant for Scholastic, The Jewish Lens, Insight Education Group, and other prominent leaders in secular and Jewish education.  Alison founded a congregational preschool in New York in 2004, which she helped direct for over nine years, and was the head of the art departments of the Ramah Day Camps in both Nyack, NY and Greater DC for six years. Alison enjoys spending quality time with her son, daughter, and husband, and their menagerie of pets. She moonlights as a pendant jewelry crafter, and loves volunteering at her synagogue and her children’s schools.

 

CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. www.associated.org