RSVP for ADCA Conference May 2021
Please use this form to register for the Conference. Zoom links will be sent after you register.
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Please indicate which sessions you plan to attend (*see information about presenters at the end of the form):
Monday, May 3, 7 pm EST: Centering Ourselves: Laughter Yoga with Simeon Darwick Birenbaum*
Monday, May 3, 8 pm EST: Connecting with Others: Spatial.chat with Peter Eckstein
Tuesday, May 4, 12 pm EST: Jewish Education: The Big Picture – A Panel Discussion, Mordechai Harris (moderator), Marc Wolf (Prizmah), Avi Orlow (FJC), Lyndall Miller (JECEI), Kathy Schwartz (ARJE)**
Tuesday, May 4, 3 pm EST: A Deeper Dive: Breakout rooms with the panelists
Wednesday May 5, 12 pm: The Lay of the Land – What is it we do? What does it mean to be a Central Agency or Department of Jewish Education? with Scott Aaron
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Centering Ourselves: Laughter Yoga with Simeon Darwick Birenbaum Monday, May 3, 7 pm EST:
Simeon Darwick Birenbaum has been a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher since 2009. After his father died in 2006, he found laughter yoga as a complementary approach to express the kaddish for his father. Since then he has explored other embodied approaches towards healing: such as becoming a licensed massage therapy, health and fitness coach, RYT-500 Yoga Instructor, and life coach. He has taught in places such the Omega Institute in New York and Blue Spirit retreat center in Costa Rica, as well as Isabella Freedman retreat center, and at Eden Village Camp. Shimon has shared the gift of laughter yoga in a wide range of settings such as with people in hospice, cancer patients, children living in orphanages, teenagers at summer camp, corporate team building and at yoga studios around the world. Currently he is a practicing husband and father in Kalamazoo, Michigan facilitating online laughter yoga coaching, workshops, and trainings while attending the Western Michigan University pursuing his Master’s in Social Work.
ADCA Panel & Session Monday, May 3, 7 pm EST
Marc Wolf (Prizmah)
Marc Wolf is the Vice President for Field Advancement for the Prizmah Network, seeking ways to capitalize on the knowledge and resources of the field through strategic partnerships, gatherings, data and research, and educational innovation. Previously Marc served as Vice President, East Coast at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he remains a member of the North American faculty, and held several major leadership roles at the Jewish Theological Seminary, including Vice Chancellor, Director of Community Engagement and Chief Development Officer. Marc is a day school parent and passionate advocate for day schools and has dedicated his career to the importance of Jewish Education. He serves on the board of the Play Group Theatre, a children’s theater company in White Plains, New York where he lives with his wife, Rebecca Boim Wolf, and their three children.
Avi Orlow (FJC)
Rabbi Avi Orlow is an educator with a love of irreverent, relevant, and revealing Torah. Avi is the Vice President, Innovation and Education at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He has held numerous positions as a camp educator and a Hillel Rabbi and spent an unforgettable stint running youth programming in Minsk, Belarus. Avi has a BA in religious studies from Columbia University and was ordained in the charter class of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the open Orthodox rabbinical school. Avi lives in White Plains with his wife, Cantor Adina Frydman, and their four children. He blogs religiously at
Lyndall Miller (JECEI)
Lyndall Miller, Ed.D., is the Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), an intensive professional learning initiative for early-career directors and teacher leaders. JECELI is a field program of the Davidson School of The Jewish Theological Seminary which is currently operating in three cities. Previously, she developed certificate programs in Jewish early childhood education for Gratz College, including a Legacy Heritage Institute for the field. Lyndall also worked for the Auerbach Central Agency in Philadelphia as the early childhood consultant. She recently completed her dissertation on Leadership Capacities in Jewish Early Childhood Education in the process of earning an Ed.D., also from Gratz College. A book chapter based on this work will be in a forthcoming volume in December 2021. Overall, Lyndall has been in the field of early childhood education (special needs) and Jewish early childhood education for over 45 years as a therapist, and a Hebrew and parshah teacher with young children as well as creating professional development programs.
Lyndall’s focus is on supporting Jewish early childhood educators as they engage with Judaism to continuously discover deep meaning for themselves while helping children and families to do the same.
Kathy Schwartz (ARJE)
Kathy Schwartz is the the President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Har HaShem and the Associate Director of HUC-JIR’s Executive MA in Jewish Education program. She is a project team leader for Shifting the Paradigm: Hebrew Learning at the JUF in Chicago and has served as the Faith Representative for the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County Advisory Committee. She is an active member of the faculty committee for the URJ's Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute camp where she loves to spend her summers. She has authored teachers’ guides for the former URJ Press and has been published in EJP and the Journal of Jewish Education. Kathy holds an AB from Washington University in St. Louis, an MAJE and MAJCS from HUC-JIR, and an Ed.D from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Kathy lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and two teenagers where she can often be found hiking in the foothills of the Rockies.
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