Maureen has a deep commitment to the Jewish people and has been an active member of the Jewish community in the Valley for decades. Maureen resides in the Valley with her fiance, Rabbi Ben Goldstein, and their six fantastic children.
DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
As a highly regarded educator for the last 20 years, Claudine brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our Early Childhood Education program. Claudine continues to explore new ways to provide students with a rewarding, engaging and valuable educational experiences.
As a Southern California native, Claudine attended preschool at the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and embraced Jewish values from an early age. She knew early on that she wanted to be an educator; Claudine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a graduate degree with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. As a teacher in La Canada Unified School District, she took on additional district leadership roles, including district assessment mentor, grade level technology chair, and curriculum writer. In addition, Claudine has completed additional credits and initiatives at UCLA in early childhood education as well as early childhood administration and has completed administrative training through Los Angeles County’s California School LeadershipAcademy.
Claudine has worked passionately with all ages and led educational experiences through Parent & Me groups, elementary school, preschool enrichment and has served as an educational consultant for Los Angeles Unified School District as well as UCLA.
A decade ago, Claudine walked into TBH’s Baby & Me class with her then 6-week-old son and soon realized what a truly transformative experience that would turn out to be.For the last seven years, Claudine has led ECE initiatives at TBH and was instrumental in the development of highly engaging enrichment programs, valuable Parent & Me classes, as well as the design and execution of a highly successful summer camp program. Claudine’s warmth, understanding and calm demeanor are appreciated by both the staff and families in the ECE.
ELEMENTARY HEAD OF SCHOOL
Kathryn Jensen has worked with private, public, and charter schools in a variety of capacities. Her experiences include grant writing, instructional coaching, strategic planning, and curriculum design.
In 2012, Kathryn was the Founding Teacher for a K-6 Elementary School inMinnetonka, MN. In the same year, she received her Master’s Degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN studying how movement and free play impact student achievement.
These experiences follow Kathryn to Beth Hillel from the Midwest where she was born and raised. She joined the Beth Hillel community after moving to California in August 2014 and started in the role of Interim Head of School in 2015.
Kathryn is passionate about creating schools where social and emotional development is an equal importance to rigorous and exciting curriculum. She continues to reflect on the practice of teaching and caring for the whole child and making students future-ready.
RABBI KEARA STEIN
DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING
As Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Stein is an integral member of the senior professional staff and is responsible for the operation of the Religious School, adult and family education, and oversight of Judaic and Hebrew curriculum and instruction in the Elementary School. Additionally, Rabbi Stein performs rabbinic duties and provide support for programs within our congregation.
Rabbi Stein was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to that, she received her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters, completed a Rabbinic Student Interdenominational Program and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a minor in music from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Before joining TBH, Rabbi Stein worked in Development at the Jewish Community Center in Silverlake. Additionally, she has served as Rabbi for Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf and Director of InterfaithFamily Los Angeles where she provided counseling and teaching to couples, individuals, and families relating to religion, tradition and lifecycle events.
Rabbi Stein brings to TBH an extensive background working with individuals and families to have positive Jewish experiences and has specific expertise working with interfaith families to navigate religious and family challenges, and as a hospital chaplain.
Rabbi Stein is married to Jason Stein and is the proud parent of JT, Elliot, and Nora.
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