Religious School Director
While our texts are sacred, and our traditions and practices are meaningful because they form a counterweight to pull of the temporal, the task of Jewish education must be sensitive to, and responsive to, the daily lives of Jewish families and students. Our ability to teach those texts and communicate traditions and practices is important. The time demands on our families and students continue to grow. The cultural imperatives shouted at us from movies, music and television seem more urgent. For all of our families, there seem to be fewer and fewer hours each day to do the things they try to do. In this context, Religious School often becomes a burden rather than an opportunity. David’s task, and the task of Jewish education, is to change that dynamic.
Born and raised in the wilds of Los Angeles, David fled to the Bay Area and received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He then studied for two years at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and started working in the field of Jewish Education. Over twenty-five years later, he is still enthralled by the challenges and the delighted by the successes he experiences.
He is convinced that Judaism provides the context for our students and families to try and make sense of the events in their lives. It is his responsibility to provide an environment where he can prove that to be the case. He believes that we at HERJC are moving steadily in that direction.
Nursery School Director
Cheryl Karp has been the director of the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School since 1993. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in education. A leader in Jewish Early Childhood education, Cheryl has served as an active member of the Jewish Early Childhood Association of Greater New York, and currently serves as its president. She has written many professional articles, and conducts many professional workshops for teachers in the New York and New Jersey area. Under her direction, the nursery school has not only grown in size, but also in program content.