September 19, 2014   24 Elul 5774
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Director of Youth and Family Engagement  

Mindy SherryMINDY SHERRY , Director of Youth and Family Engagement — Our Board of Trustees made the very wise and forward-looking decision to put together a new professional position for Union Temple, beginning this June, the Director of Youth and Family Engagement. In addition to tak-ing the reins of our Religious School, the Director will oversee Aaron and the Youth Group, es-tablish a college connection, and increase connections between our Preschool and Religious School. The search committee consisted of Rabbi Goodman, President Bea Hanks, Preschool Di-rector Susan Sporer, and members of our Religious School and Youth Group committees. We met with a number of highly qualified people, and ultimately offered the position to Mindy Sherry, whom all of us will get to know well in the coming months. Mindy just completed two Masters Degrees at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion in Los Angeles. Her degrees are Master of Arts in Jewish Education, and Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Mindy also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Mindy has had both administrative and educational experience at congregations in San Pedro, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Pacific Palisades, CA, and Coral Gables and Coconut Grove, FL. She also has Youth Group and Jewish Camp leadership experience. Mindy has been to visit our congregation, and has spent a Shabbat with us at services, sat in on our Adult Hevre, visited our Preschool, and attended our Yom Hashoah commemoration. She is very much looking forward to working with us, as we are with her. Mindy will begin her work with us on June 10. B’ruchah Haba’ah, Welcome Mindy!

Youth Group Leader  

Aaron LHeadShotAaron Levi

He grew up in Maryland and in the labor-Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror. After a gap-year in Israel, he attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He wrote a column as an undergrad for the student newspaper about studying abroad in Morocco and Jewish-Muslim relations on NYU’s campus. In addition, Aaron taught immersive Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Gan Shalom and Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and interned at the Jewish Daily Forward. During the summer, Aaron worked as a counselor at Habonim Dror Camp Moshava in Maryland, as a leader for Israel teen trips, and as an intern with the Jewish Agency's Israel Department in Jerusalem.

In 2007, Aaron graduated NYU as an Honors Scholar with a B.A. in Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and Journalism. The following year, he served as the summer executive director at Camp Moshava before living in Israel for a year where he taught English and studied Hebrew. From 2010-2012, Aaron coordinated a youth leadership program called the San Francisco Diller Teen Fellows and served on the Board of Directors for the supplementary Jewish education program Midrasha at Berkeley, California. He currently participates in Yeshiva University’s Experiential Jewish Education Certificate Program and will study this fall NYU's Dual M.A. program in Education/Jewish Studies and Hebrew/Judaic Studies as a Jim Joseph Fellow.

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