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Education Center Team

Rabbi David Fainsilber

Rabbi David Fainsilber is the spiritual leader and first full-time rabbi of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Originally from Montreal, Rabbi David and his wife Alison joined our community in 2013. You may spot Rabbi David, Alison, and their three children skiing at the mountain, biking on the Lamoille Rail Trail, or schmoozing at the Farmers’ Market.  Rabbi David has brought a surge of energy and spirit to JCOGS. He has grown the JCOGS religious school 800%, reaching youth from birth to college. Rabbi David infuses Shabbat and Holy Days with spirit, and composes and records liturgical music. He is instrumental in working across the local community with faith, business, law enforcement, and educational leaders to help form the first homeless shelter in Lamoille County. Rabbi David is an active leader of the newly formed Morrisville-Stowe Coalition steering committee, tackling systemic bigotry in our community. His pastoral presence is healing in our turbulent world. His impact has been featured in the The Boston Globe, the Vermont weekly Seven Days, and VPR. Prior to moving to Vermont, Rabbi David served as an interfaith CIRCLE Fellow, AJWS Kol Tzedek Fellow, and as a rabbinic intern for Nehar Shalom, Kolot Chayeinu, and MIT and Tufts Hillels. Ordained at the pluralistic rabbinical school of Hebrew College, he also received a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Boston University and Hebrew College. He is currently part of the fourth cohort of the prestigious CLI Fellowship.  Rabbi David is more than slightly obsessed with Crossfit, enjoys chopping wood, and loves wrestling with his kids. Read his writings and listen to his music at www.melodyofeverysoul.com.  Contact: rabbidavid@jcogs.org

 

Beth Liberman, Director of Family and Youth Programming

Beth has served as a school and programming director. She has trained as a museum educator and teacher of Second Language Learners in Vermont, New York, and Tel Aviv, and worked as an educator, arts administrator and ELL teacher while living in Israel for 19 years. Beth looks forward to supporting the use of art in our experiential learning programs of Kinderlach, Gesher, and Olam Chesed and strengthening organic Hebrew learning. Contact: beth.liberman@jcogs.org

 

Amy Rosenthal, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator

Amy was a Jewish Studies major in college and continued her involvement in Jewish life as a religious school and b’nai mitzvah teacher in various synagogues in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina. After a long career as a crime victim advocate she retired in 2015 and and is currently teaching positive psychology courses at Johnson State and the University of Pennsylvania.  She is especially excited about her role as JCOGS’s B’nai Mitzvah coordinator and loves being part of our student’s wonderful journey toward becoming engaged members of the JCOGS community. Contact: amy.rosenthal@jcogs.org

 

Debra Ann Pinsof-DePillis,  Coordinator of Young Families Programming

Debra Ann is a life-long learner and educator, including as a Montessori teacher, occupational therapist, and cranio sacral therapist.  She brings to JCOGS her passion for learning and Jewish living experiences in Chicago, Boulder, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem. She transplanted to Montpelier with her husband, Alex, in 2013.  As a new parent of a toddler who loves to ask “why,” she is excited to share with Kinderlach and Gesher families what Judaism means to each one of us today, through young children’s eyes and their questions.  Debra Ann loves to dance, sing, and create art with children and adults of all ages. She also enjoys discovering swimming holes and trails for hiking, biking, and skiing with her family. Contact: youngfamilies@jcogs.org

 

Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780