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New Director of Education Search

March 7 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

UPDATE – TWO FINALISTS

The Educator Search Committee is excited to announce two finalists who will be visiting Beth David  to learn more about our congregation and interview to be our next Director of Education. We hope you will come out to meet each one.

 


SAYING GOODBYE TO RABBI KEVIN

Dear Friends,

We write to share the news that Rabbi Kevin Bernstein, our Director of Education, has decided to leave Beth David at the end of the school year. Due to changes in his family’s life, Rabbi Kevin will be relocating to Washington, DC, to be closer to family.

We are sad to lose Rabbi Kevin as a part of our Beth David family, and we are grateful for all that he has given as a teacher and leader in our community over the past five years. Over the past four and a half years, Rabbi Kevin has led our Religious School with both a calm, steady hand and a smile, even during exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances. From carefully creating protocols during COVID that kept our students and faculty safe, to bringing in new programming with innovative organizations like Moving Traditions and the Impact Center, Rabbi Kevin has sustained and enriched our community in so many ways. We will miss his booming voice in the hallways, and the gentle love of Judaism it always conveyed.

While we are sorry to be saying goodbye to Rabbi Kevin, we also know that we are at an exciting moment in our Religious School’s evolution. The challenge match that we announced on Yom Kippur includes a focus on reimagining the future of how we educate our children and support our young families. Our next Director of Education will partner with us on this vision.

As a congregation, we have organized a search committee (see below) that will interview candidates to serve as our next Director of Education. We are grateful that Ashlee Goodman, a current Religious School parent, and Karen Wilson, a longtime Beth David member and former school parent, have agreed to co-chair the Search Committee. The search committee will be composed primarily of current Religious School parents, parents of young children, former Religious School parents, faculty, teenagers, and other interested members of the community will be involved in the process as well.

You can read Rabbi Kevin’s letter to the congregation below. Later this spring, we will have opportunities for our community to thank Rabbi Kevin for all he has given to us, and to offer him blessings and well-wishes for his next chapter.

With Gratitude,
Rabbi Beth Kalisch, bkalisch@bdavid.org
Lisa Miller, Congregational President, lmiller@bdavid.org


Dear Beth David Community,

With great bitter-sweetness, I will be moving on to the next chapter of my professional and personal life. Though it was not my long term plan to end our time together this soon……if there is anything that all of us have learned over the last couple of years…..it’s to expect the unexpected things in life.

I am from the Washington, D.C. area, have family there, including an aging mother (don’t tell her I used that language), and was recently fortunate enough to be offered a position there.

Part of the sweetness is that we will have the remaining months of this academic year to wrap things up, and bid farewell. Please know that I will hold the time I had to work with Beth David dear in my heart, with tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the Beth David community.

Shabbat Shalom,

(Rabbi) Kevin
kbernstein@bdavid.org


Director of Education Job Posting

 

MEET OUR SEARCH COMMITTEE

Ashlee Stokes Goodman, Co-Chair

Ashlee (she/her) is the mom of a 7th grader in religious school. She and husband, Ben, have been members of Beth David for five years and chose the synagogue based on their welcoming of interfaith families. Her family has lived in Merion Station for 15 years. Ashlee is a corporate communications consultant working primarily with global clients in healthcare and biotech. When not spending time with her family and their two cats, Ashlee is an avid runner and likes to read a good mystery. 

 

 

Karen Kutcher Wilson, Co-Chair

Karen has been a member of Beth David for 35 years, joining after the synagogue moved to Gladwyne. She and husband Jeff raised their three children in Radnor. She is now a proud grandmother to six grandchildren, ages 2 – 9. Karen has been Chair of Membership, Leadership, on the Board for years, served as a Vice President and as Chair of IHN of the Main Line.

 

Adam Podowitz-Thomas 

Adam is the papa of Edith (5) and EJ (9 months), both through adoption, along with his husband Stephen. The family lives in Wynnewood and has been members of Beth David for three years. Adam is a legal and policy researcher with Princeton University and, in his free time, enjoys cooking with his family.

 

Josh Seeherman

Josh is a new member of Beth David and is a parent of two children in the religious school.  A practicing civil engineer, he and his wife Rebecca live in Lower Merion and are excited to be members of the congregation.

 

Andrew Saltz 

Andrew (he/him) has been at Beth David for his entire life: As a student from grades Kindergarten through Confirmation, as a teacher since 2006, and as a parent of a 3rd grade student (Adina). When he’s not at Beth David, he teaches and does a lot of other stuff at Paul Robeson High School, a small public school in West Philadelphia. 

 

Josh Millman

Josh and wife, Jenna, and their two children (both in Beth David’s religious school) have lived in Narberth for nearly 10 years after a decade in New York City. Josh is head of partnership strategy at Haven Life (a sub of Mass Mutual). He grew up attending a conservative temple in Connecticut in a very secular family. In part due to a close relationship with his rabbi and his family, Josh was inspired to study abroad in Tel Aviv during his junior year at Michigan. He’s excited to be part of the committee that will set the tone and agenda and support the execution put forth by the new Ed Director to help shape the long-term future of Beth David.  

 

Noah McAllister

Noah is at a transition point as a result of the pandemic, taking some time off from college to transfer to a university better suited to his needs. Currently, he is back home, working nearly full time as an environmental engineering intern in Old City. He continues to actively

participate in life at Beth David as a lifelong member and having attended religious school in its entirety, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandmother. Noah is looking forward to supporting this fundamental step in educating the next generation of Beth David learners, seekers, and doers.

 

Norah Mezey-McMahon

Norah is currently a junior at Harriton High School, pursuing a second diploma in the International Baccalaureate program. She attended Beth David for religious school starting in 2014, became a bat mitzvah in 2018, got confirmed in 2021, and is now working as a madricha on Sundays. 

 

 

Jason Barnett

Jason is a corporate communications professional who recently relocated from San Francisco. He lives in Bryn Mawr with his wife Anne (originally from Villanova) and daughter Sophie, who is in 7th grade at the Baldwin School. 

 

 

 

Jaimee Moshe

Jaimee taught at Beth David from 2001 to 2016, during which time her husband also joined as an educator and her sons as students in 2009.  She and her family remain closely connected to and active in the Beth David community. Jaimee has a passion for ensuring students of all ages and abilities are provided opportunities for learning and engagement within the Jewish community.  She is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Services for Gratz College and works to build community support services for individuals living with physical, intellectual, and behavioral disabilities.  

CVEK

Details

Start:
March 7 @ 8:00 am
End:
May 31 @ 5:00 pm