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For Immediate Release: Rabbi Ariella Rosen to join CBI as new Director of Youth and Family Education and Engagement (DYFEE)

03/17/2022 11:44:57 AM

Mar17

Dear CBI Community, 

We are thrilled to share that Rabbi Ariella Rosen will be joining the Congregation B’nai Israel community as our new Director of Youth and Family Education and Engagement (DYFEE) on June 1, 2022.

After a thorough six-month search process, led by a search committee whose members ranged in age from thirteen to seventy, Rabbi Rosen emerged as the standout leader. Her deep and diverse work experiences include having served as the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Adath Israel in Merion, Pennsylvania where she launched a community Hebrew High School with the input of prospective teens. Rabbi Rosen also has worked as a faculty member for the Foundation for Jewish Camp and most recently has been a Senior Director and Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel Ontario. Her training in inclusive experiential education and community organizing stood out to the search committee.

“Rabbi Rosen has a strong academic and professional background,” shared Rachel Currie-Rubin, chair of the search committee. “She is able to balance the big picture with details, and she is thoughtful and insightful about the most challenging topics related to Jewish education. Most importantly, she exudes an air of warmth and openness.”

The DYFEE position is a new role that will oversee all of CBI’s education and engagement initiatives from birth through the teen years, including b’nai mitzvah and major community holiday initiatives. As CBI membership has seen unprecedented growth over the last several years, this new role has been envisioned to strengthen existing programs while proactively meeting the growing needs and interests of CBI’s increasingly diverse demography.

Rabbi Rosen shared, “This role at CBI is an ideal setting in which to combine my love of experiential education with my ability to form authentic and deep relationships in intergenerational settings. I have long yearned to work in a community as nurturing, open, and creative as I know CBI to be.”

Rabbi Justin David shared, “Rabbi Ariella Rosen is an outstanding educator and leader. Her commitment to ongoing educational innovation and dynamic personality, informed by a unique diversity of experiences, will help the CBI community deepen our educational programs while reaching new people. We look forward to a mutually nurturing relationship with Rabbi Rosen and her family for years to come.”

Rabbi Rosen is excited to move to Northampton later this spring with her wife, Becca (also a rabbi), and their dog Neffy. A number of events are being planned to give the community opportunities to get to know Rabbi Rosen over the coming months.

Rabbi Justin David

Rabbi Jacob Fine

Emily Kieval

Joel Feldman

Meredith Lewis

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