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Simsbury shul names director of Lifelong Learning and curriculum consultant

SIMSBURY – Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom in Simsbury has announced the appointed of a director of lifelong learning, as well as a curriculum and staff development consultant.

Alex Aaeng

As the Reform congregation’s new director of lifelong learning, Alexis Aaeng will be responsible for the overall management, staffing and coordination of the Reform congregation’s religious school and youth programs and adult learning opportunities.

Aaeng (pronounced “owing”), who will assume her new role on July 1, is currently a communication and educational programs fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she specializes in the Center’s social media and digital collections, and organizes and conducts workshops for both adults and children. She runs a three-week in-residence learning program for teens, creates content for all of the Center’s social media platforms, and develops workshops for students for teachgreatjewishbooks.org.

Previously, Aaeng was vice chair of the Jewish Studies Student Advisory Board at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which she graduated with majors in Jewish studies and history. At the university, she also worked with the Post Holocaust American Judaism Archive and served as promotion director and social media coordinator of the university radio station.

Galya Greenberg

Dr. Galya Greenberg will assume her position of a part-time curriculum and staff development consultant on July 1. In her new role, she will work with faculty to provide support in classroom management and in overall teaching strategy. She will also conduct professional development sessions for the synagogue’s teaching team, and serve as a religious school teacher.

Greenberg has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Jewish education. She previously 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 holds a BA in Judaic studies from Brandeis University, an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an Ed.D. in Jewish educational leadership from Northeastern University and Hebrew College.

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