Deborah brings her passion for Judaism and a questioning mind to her various roles: teacher, organizer/manager of education programs, synagogue and community developer, and facilitator of life-cycle and other rituals. She has been working in the field of Jewish Education for 25 years.
Her experience encompasses teaching adults as well as children of all ages, creating Family Education and Informal Education programs, and directing large synagogue education programs (Temple Israel of Boston , Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, Massachusetts’s). She is a faculty member of the Portland Melton Adult Mini-School and teaches in various community and regional adult education programs.
Deborah’s education includes graduate degrees in Jewish Studies and in Jewish Education from Brandeis University, a B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College and studies at Pardes Institute (Jerusalem) and Wexner Graduate Fellowship Institute (Leadership Development).
Deborah grew up in Portland and then lived in Israel, Asia, and Boston before happily returning to Portland in 2000. She lives in Sellwood with her partner, Steven, and their 2 young boychiks and daughter.