Dale Glasser has had the privilege of spending more than three decades as a Jewish Communal Professional and is pleased to work together with colleagues, leaders, and members of Temple Shaaray Tefila to build and strengthen our sacred community.
Dale has served as Senior Director, Consulting and Community Development for the Jewish Federations of North America, a Jewish Big Brothers case worker, JCC director, and, for 16 years, worked to enhance congregational life in communities throughout the United States and Canada as the senior management consultant to the nearly 900 congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism. He has spoken at congregations and Jewish communal gatherings throughout North America, all four campuses of Hebrew Union College, and written and edited numerous publications. He is the co-founder and served for 15 years as lead faculty of the URJ Scheidt Seminar, where during his tenure, over 1100 congregational presidents and presidents-elect were part of a 4 day learning experience.
Dale has also fulfilled many volunteer roles including serving as a federation board member, a congregational president, and co-chair of the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service alumni association. Dale holds Masters Degrees in Counseling, Social Work, and Jewish Communal Service and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is a loyal Mets fan, and is the proud parent of two brilliant, adorable, and accomplished young adults.
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Director of Education
Barbara Loewentheil Murray was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis. She has spent many years as a Jewish Educator in both formal and informal settings, in Miami, Florida, as well as in Westchester County in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut. She has taught parenting classes, preschool, art and movement classes, as well as Religious School classes, in numerous synagogues and JCC’s, and directed summer day camp programs. She also served over 10 years as a lay leader and trustee at Temple Sholom in Greenwich.
She then decided to return to school full-time after developing a passion for working with learners of all ages where she graduated in May 2011 with her Masters Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Her philosophy is that meaningful Jewish education creates lasting connections through a variety of educational opportunities. It is these moments that allow our learners to create long term connections to their local Jewish community and Judaism as a whole. These opportunities need to be made available to all learners through a variety of pathways and experiences.
Barbara has two grown children Chad and Jana, and lives in Stamford, CT with her husband Peter. They have a variety of pets, and enjoy traveling, reading, the outdoors and exploring the wide diversity of cuisines.
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Debra comes to us from the Larchmont Temple and the JCC of the Upper Westside. In addition to being a highly experienced ECC Director, Debra also plays the guitar and sings. She is passionate about social action and gardening. Debra has an MA in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and a BA from SUNY Purchase.
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Director of Experiential Learning
Brad grew up in Queens, NY and attended Temple Israel of Jamaica. There he became a Bar Mitzvah, was confirmed and became president of his youth group. However, it was his nine summers spent between the URJ's Eisner Camp and Crane Lake Camp that inspired Brad to work with Reform Jewish Youth.
Brad is currently working on his Master's Degree at The New School for Non-Profit Management and Public Policy. Brad has served as the Director of Youth Programs since the fall of 2002. In that time, he has expanded the youth program from three to five distinct youth groups. He also organizes an international house building trip to Nicaragua each year. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Bridges to Community. He lives in Somers with his wife Nicole and their children Lily, Dylan and Zoe.
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