June 14, 2017

Appointments of Director of Lifelong Learning and Curriculum and Staff Development Consultant at FVJC-Emek Shalom.

Alexis-Aaeng-photo.gifThe Board of Directors of Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom is happy to announce the appointment of Alexis Aaeng (pronounced “Owing”) as Director of Lifelong Learning beginning on July 1, 2017. Alexis is responsible for overall management, staffing and coordinaion of our Religious School and youth programs as well as providing adult learning opportunities. She recently worked at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA as Communication and Educational Programs Fellow specializing in the social media and digital collections, as well as organizing and conducting workshops for both adults and children. She ran a three week in-residence learning program for teens and creates content for all of the Center’s social media platforms and developed workshops for students for the Alexis graduated magna cum laude in History at the University of Colorado at Boulder with majors in Jewish Studies and History and was valedictorian of Jewish Studies. At the University she was Vice Chair of the Jewish Studies Student Advisory Board, worked with with the Post Holocaust American Judaism Archive and served as Promotion Director and Social Media Coordinator of the University radio station.



We have also engaged Dr. Galya Greenberg beginning on July 1 as a part- time curriculum and staff development consultant. She will be reviewing and revising our scope and sequence for our overall curriculum and providing direction in the development of learning units this year for grades 4-7.She will work with faculty individually and in small groups to provide support in classroom management and in overall teaching strategy. She will be conducting professional development sessions for our teaching team. She will also serve as a teacher in our school. Galya has over 40 years of experience in the field of Jewish education and served as Assistant Director and Vice Principal for Judaic Studies at Solomon Schechter School and currently serves as Project Director for the MaTok Bible Curriculum. She has a BA in Judaic studies from Brandeis University, a MA in Jewish Educa=on from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an Ed.D. in Jewish Educational Leadership from Northeastern University and Hebrew College. 


May 2017

Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom is happy to announce that for the 2017 High Holidays it has engaged AudreyKlein to provide the spiritual and musical support appropriate for the most important days of the Jewish calendar. She has already begun working closely with Rabbi Bekah to maintain traditions and add new musical and spiritual moments to our services.

Audrey Klein will be ordained as a cantor in June from the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, Boston, MA where she will be receiving a 

cantor kleinMaster of Jewish Education degree. Originally from Shaker Heights, OH, Audrey attended Northwestern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre. She was an active member of the Northwestern Hillel, serving on the executive board of the Jewish Theatre Ensemble, 

coordinating the Reform minyan,

and leading service trips to Uruguay and Cuba. Audrey worked as a performer, event coordinator, and wedding consultant in Chicago before turning to the cantorate.During her years at Hebrew College she was an active member of student government and sat on the Student Advisory Committee to the President of the College. She served as the cantorial intern at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA, in addition to teaching in the congregation’s religious school for three years. Audrey is currently completing her field work for her Master’s degree at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, serving as the Religious School Program Assistant.

For the past three years, she has served as the High Holiday cantorial soloist for the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life near Litchfield, CT. Audrey currently lives in Toronto with her partner, Dr. Joshua Albert.

We look forward to spiritually inspiring High Holiday services this year with Rabbi Bekah, Cantor Klein and our choir.

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