November 29, 2015   17 Kislev 5776
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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  

Laura Finkelstein

Laura grew up in New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, and was always an active member of her Jewish community working at her synagogue and participating in United Synagogue Youth.  She also went to Camp Ramah for the past 15 years, as a camper, a counselor, and an active alumnus.  Laura graduated from Hofstra University on with a B.A. in Mass Media studies and a minor in Jewish studies. While there Laura was Hofstra Hillel President running weekly Shabbat dinners, discussions, and community service events.  Laura is the Union Temple Youth Group Leader.

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