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Meet an Innovator: Jessica Rothbart

11/01/13

Jessica is the Project Manager for the Department of Congregational Learning at The Jewish Education Project. She heads the nerve center of the department: the metaphorical motor oil to the educator’s engine of innovation. She loves working as a team and having a sounding board to make ideas stronger.

Being an innovator means always staying open to new ideas. It means never settling for ‘that’s how we’ve always done it.’

JR

Jessica’s professional drive comes from a focus on organizational behavior and Jewish professional leadership.  After twenty-five years of Jewish education and engagement as both an educator and a learner, Jessica earned an MBA in Non-Profit Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership through the Hornstein/Heller Joint Program at Brandeis University. Post graduate school, Jessica was the Program Director at Congregation B’nai Torah in Atlanta, shifting the 150-program line-up to reflect the congregation’s mission and vision. Her redesigned Youth High Holy Day program was the feather in her cap, with over 700 kids in attendance – and some even wanting to voluntarily return for the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah. With her on-the-ground experience in congregations, Jessica hopes to further best practices and innovation to the Coalition in the role of Project Manager.

 

She and her husband Isaac live in Jersey City, and enjoy musical theater and traveling. You can contact Jessica at jrothbart@jewishedproject.org

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